Charles B. Davenport Collection


Title: Charles B. Davenport Collection
Dates: 1809-1965
Creator: Davenport, Charles Benedict, 1866-1944
Repository: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives
Abstract: The Charles B. Davenport Collection contains the papers of Davenport and those of his wife Gertrude Crotty Davenport. It consists of family, institutional, and scientific photographs, biographical material, memorabilia, correspondence, photocopies of his articles, and supporting material. It is divided into four record groups: Record Group I: Photographs; Record Group II: Biographical Material; Record Group III: Memorabilia; and Record Group IV: Supporting Material.
Quantity: 6 cubic feet
Physical Location: See Inventory for box and folder locations
Language: English (bulk)
Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives
1 Bungtown Road
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Phone: (516) 367-8414
Fax: (516) 367-6843
Finding Aid Prepared by Charles Egleston
Machine readable finding aid prepared by Charles Egleston. October 2007
© 2007 CSHL Library and Archives

Administrative Information


The photograph of Charles B. Davenport, Hugo de Vries and others on the steps of the Carnegie Laboratory was given by Elizabeth L. Watson. Except for this and a collection of photographs of Charles B. Davenport and his future wife at Alexander Agassiz's Laboratory in 1893, which was given to the library by Mrs. Dana B. Casteel in 1965, the collection was assembled by Jane Davenport Harris de Tomasi. Before her death De Tomasi gave a photograph album belonging to her father dating from 1898 to the library. In 1998 Noelle and Thomas Glenn, who purchased her home after her death, donated to the library the papers and photographs she had stored there, to include the papers of her first husband, Reginald G. Harris, those of her parents, and her own papers. The Reginald G. Harris Collection represents those papers that related to Harris, and the Charles Davenport Collection is yet a further division of the papers into those materials that represent Davenport. The photocopies of Davenport's scientific publications and supporting material have been collected by the library.

Preferred Citation

Courtesy of the Charles B. Davenport Collection, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives.


Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions on access. Access is given only by appointment, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Use Restrictions

Archival materials must remain in the archival reading area. Photoduplication is to be done by archivists. Digital photography is permitted by users. Due to the very fragile nature of some materials in this collection, some are available through photocopies; others must be used under the supervision of an archivist.


Charles Benedict Davenport was born on 1 June 1866 at Davenport Ridge, the family's summer home near Stamford, Connecticut. He was the eighth child of Amzi Benedict Davenport (1817-1894), who had trained as a school teacher and who had founded an academy. At the time of Charles's birth his father operated a successful real estate office in Brooklyn. Jane Joralemon Dimon Davenport (1826-1895), his mother, was the daughter of John Dimon, a carpenter and builder. She was her husband's second wife. During the winter the family lived in Brooklyn Heights. Davenport was home-schooled and worked at his father's office until 26 November 1879, when he enrolled in Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute at the age of thirteen.

He graduated with a B.S. in civil engineering in 1886. For nine months during 1886-1887 he worked as a surveyor for the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railroad in Michigan. He left the job in September 1887, and entered Harvard as a junior that same month.

He excelled at Harvard. In his first year he completed seven courses earning an A in each. Zoologist E. L. Mark was a major influence on Davenport. Davenport completed his undergraduate degree in 1889, and he worked that year at the biological station at Woods Hole, Masssachusetts. He continued at Harvard toward the Ph.D., winning the Thayer Scholarship in 1890 and 1891. He received his doctorate in 1892; his dissertation was on Bryozoa.

Davenport was an instructor at Harvard from 1891 until 1899, variously teaching introductory and intermediate zoology. He first taught Experimental Morphology in 1893, a course of his own design. He continued to develop this course at Harvard, often publishing work with his students as coauthors to include W.E. Castel, H.V. Neal, W.B. Cannon. H. Perkins, and C. Bullard. Davenport also taught in Harvard's Annex, and there he met Gertrude Crotty, the daughter of William and Millia Crotty of Burlington, Kansas. She had received her M.A. from the University of Kansas, and was an instructor at the annex. Both attended Alexander Agassiz's marine biological laboratory in Newport, Rhode Island, in the summer of 1893. They married in June 1894. The couple's daughter, Millia Crotty Davenport, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on 30 March 1895.

The first part of Davenport's first book, Experimental Morphology, was published in 1897. Both it and his Statistical Methods with Special Reference to Biological Variation (1899) were of great importance in introducing to the sciences the quantitative methods advocated by Francis Galton and Karl Pearson.

Daughter Jane Joralemon Davenport was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on 11 September 1897.

Davenport was appointed director of the summer school of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences Biological Laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor, New York, in the spring of 1898. In 1899, after declining an invitation to become associated with the Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, he was appointed an assistant professor at the University of Chicago; two years later he was named an associate professor. During summers he continued to direct the Biological Laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor.

Charles B. Davenport was one of the first scientists in the United States to write about the rediscovery of Gregor Mendel's laws of inheritance. In November 1900 for the Biological Bulletin he wrote a review of the publications of Carl Correns and Hugo de Vries on Mendel, which was published in its June 1901 issue.

The Carnegie Institution of Washington was founded in 1902. Nearly simultaneous with its founding, Davenport began a campaign for it to invest funds to create a study center for genetics at Cold Spring Harbor. That year he and his wife traveled to Europe, and there met Galton and Pearson. In 1904 the Carnegie Institution established the Station for Experimental Evolution at Cold Spring Harbor, making him its director, and he resigned from the University of Chicago. W. R. T. Jones, John S. Billings, Franklin W. Hooper, and Hugo De Vries spoke at the opening of the station on 11 June 1904.

The Carnegie labroatory building opened on 1 January 1905. In 1906 the name of the Station for Experimental Evolution was changed to the Department of Experimental Evolution. Davenport was president of the American Society of Zoologists in 1907 and 1929. In 1910 he founded the Eugenics Record Office at Cold Spring Harbor, and he appointed Harry H. Laughlin to direct it. Charles Benedict Davenport, Jr. was born on 8 January 1911; he died of polomyelitis on 5 September 1916.

During World War I Davenport was a major assigned to the office of the Surgeon General. In 1918 and 1919 he and Albert G. Love compiled anthropometric data on draft recruits. The Department of Experimental Evolution and the Eugenics Record Office were consolidated by the Carnegie Institution as the Department of Genetics in December 1920, with Davenport continuing as over all administrator of offices. He receved the gold medal of the National Institute of Social Sciences in 1923.

The Biological Laboratory separated from the Brooklyn Institute in 1924, becoming an independent entity, the Long Island Biological Association. Reginald G. Harris, Davenport's son-in-law, was appointed the director of L.I.B.A. Davenport traveled to Mexico in March 1932 and there met with anthropologist Hermann Beyer. Davenport retired as director of the Department of Genetics in 1934. After his retirement he remained active in the affairs of the laboratory and the community. He was the first director of the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, and in laboring to prepare an exhibit for that institution was stricken by the pneumonia that killed him. At his death he was the president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Gertrude Crotty Davenport died in 1946. Both are buried in the Memorial Cemetery of St. John's Church.

Scope and Content

The Charles B. Davenport Collection is particulary rich in photographs, both family and scientific. Davenport began visiting the Cold Spring Harbor area in the 1890s, and its environs are the background of many of the photographs. There are nine photographs of Alexander Agassiz's Newport, Rhode Island laboratory, six of which are dated 1893 and three of which are undated, but which are likely of the same date. Of particular note in the collection are cabinet photographs, mostly of scientists, to include Asa Gray, F.L. Washburn, Mathias Duval, Sir Michael Foster, Winfield S. Nickerson, Seitaro Goto, Karl Pearson, Louis Agassiz, Elie Metchnikoff (Nobelist), Herbert Haviland Field, J. B. Lippincott, Fridjtof Nansen, Sir Edwin Ray Lankester, Shozaburo Watase, and Franz Keibel; some of these photographs are signed.

Among the scientists pictured in group photographs and casual photographs are Alexander Graham Bell, Alfred Francis Blakeslee, Reginald G. Harris, Clyde Fisher, Eugen Fischer, Irving Fisher, John Harvey Kellogg, George Howard Parker, Alfred G. Mayor, E. L. Mark, and Thomas Hunt Morgan. The group photograph of Davenport, Irving Fisher, Morgan, and Bell was taken on or around 10 April 1915, at the same time as a photograph of three of them that was used as the frontispiece to the issue of the Eugenical News of August 1929.

The oldest substantive materials in the collection are the school copybooks of Charles B. Davenport's parents. His mother describes a May 1855 lecture by Charles Sumner and an 1858 lecture by Rembrandt Peale. Among the other Davenport family materials are some relating to Rev. William E. Davenport, one of the founders of the Italian Settlement House in Brooklyn.

Charles B. Davenport's correspondence in this collection is not extensive, but it does contain material of note, to include Reginald G. Harris's application to study at Cold Spring Harbor in 1916. In 1884 Davenport corresponded with ornithologist Owen Durfee, and there are two very long letters from him, with bird lists. Davenport's Biological Laboratory carbon letter book dates from 1900 to 1901, and includes letters to Eugene G. Blackford, Franklin W. Hooper, and Blakeslee (p. 152), among others. Davenport collected postcards from scientists, most of which date from the late 1890s to 1905; those with substantive messages have been separated from the mass and placed with correspondence. Postcard correspondents include F.A. Bather, William Healey Dall, Wilhelm Roux, Yves Delage, Kakichi Mitsukuri, Friedrich Zschokke, Bashford Dean, Carl I. Cori, Sir S.F. Harmer, Charles Robert Richet (Nobelist), Tine Tammes, Charles Emerson Beecher, John Stanley Gardiner, Kamakichi Kishinouye, Paul Pelseneer, Richard Wolfgang Semon, Sir John Arthur Thomson, C. Wesenberg-Lund, Jacob Reighard, Samuel Garman, Goto, and Jon Alfred Hansen Mjoen.

Both Charles and Gertrude Davenport owned property around the Town of Oyster Bay, and some of this property is now owned by the Cold Spring Harbor laboratory. Included in the house and land records are records of property owned by Gertrude Davenport in Kansas, with voluminous correspondence from her agent, Noble I. Nesbitt.

Scientific memoramilia collected by Davenport includes the postcards, zoological drawings, and autographs. Among the artists are Mark, Parker, Field, Watase, Nickerson, Henry Baldwin Ward, William E. Ritter, Herbert Spencer Jennings, John H. Gerould, Mayor, A.S. Packard, and J.S. Kingsley. The autograph collection includes a letter which is signed twice by Alexander Von Humboldt. Most of the autographs are in an unbound book dating from 1909 to 1912; included are the signatures of Oscar Riddle, Erich Tschermak, De Vries, and Theophilus S. Painter.

There were with the papers a great number of old deeds, insurance and property indentures that seem to have no relationship to Davenport or to properties that he and his wife owned. These have been filed as part of memorabilia.

Jane Davenport Harris de Tomasi was her parents executrix, and the materials and correspondence for this role have been integrated into the collection. The supporting material chiefly consists of obituaries of Charles B. Davenport.


The collection is divided into four record groups:

Record Group I: Photographs, 1884-1942

Record Group II: Biographical Material, 1842-1948

Record Group III: Memorabilia, 1809-1941

Record Group IV: Supporting Material, 1944-2005

Items are arranged chronologically. Some oversized materials are housed together.


People, Subjects, Locations, and Institutions
The following people related to this collection, when applicable, were cataloged according to the Library of Congress Name Authority File (LCNAF):
Castell, Dana B., Mrs.
Davenport, Charles Benedict, 1866-1944
Glenn, Noelle
Glenn, Thomas
Harris de Tomasi, Jane Davenport, 1897-1984
Watson, Elizabeth L.
Agassiz, Alexander, 1835-1910
Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873
Artom, Cesare
Banta, Arthur M. (Arthur Mangun), 1877-1946
Bather, F. A.
Beecher, Charles Emerson, 1856-1904
Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922
Beyer, Hermann, 1880-1942
Blackford, Eugene G.
Blakeslee, Albert Francis, 1874-1954
Cori, Carl I.
Dall, William Healey, 1845-1927
Davenport, A. Shelton
Davenport, Amzi Benedict, 1817-1894
Davenport, Charles Benedict, 1866-1944
Davenport, Charles Benedict, 1911-1916
Davenport, Frances G. (Frances Gardiner), 1870-1927
Davenport, Gertrude Crotty
Davenport, Henry J., 1907-1933
Davenport, Jane J. Dimon, 1826-1895
Davenport, Milla
Davenport, Pierrepont
Davenport, W. E. (William Edwards)
Dean, Bashford, 1867-1928
Delage, Yves, 1854-1920
Demerec, M. (Milislav), 1895-1966
Durfee, Owen
Duval, Mathias, 1844-1907
Dyche, Lewis Lindsay, 1857-1915
Field, Herbert Haviland
Fischer, Eugen, 1874-1967
Fisher, Clyde, 1878-1949
Fisher, Irving, 1867-1947
Foster, M. (Michael), Sir, 1836-1907
Gardiner, John Stanley, 1872-1946
Garman, Samuel, 1846-1927
Gerould, John H. (John Hiram), 1868-1961
Gini, Corrado, 1884-1965
Gortner, R. A. (Ross Aiken), 1885-1942
Goto, Seitaro, 1867-1928
Gray, Asa, 1810-1888
Harmer, S. F. (Sidney Frederic), Sir, 1862-
Harris de Tomasi, Jane Davenport
Harris, J. Arthur (James Arthur), 1880-1930
Harris, Reginald G.
Herewerden, Maria Anna van, 1874-1934
Hirsch, Stefan, 1899-1964
Hooper, Franklin William, 1851-1914
Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
Ireland, M. W. (Meritte Weber), 1867-1952
Jennings, H. S. (Herbert Spencer), 1868-1947
Jones, Lynds, b. 1865
Kamakichi, Kishinouye, 1867-1929
Keibel, Franz, 1861-1929
Kellogg, John Harvey, 1852-1943
Kingsley, J. S. (John Sterling), 1854-1929
Lankaster, Edwin Ray, Sir, 1846-1929
Laughlin, Harry Hamilton, 1880-1943
Lippincott, Joseph Barlow, 1864-1942
Mark, E. L. (Edward Laurens), 1847-1946
Mayor, Alfred Goldsborough, 1868-1922
McCurdy, J. A. D. (John Alexander Douglas), 1886-1961
Merriam, John C. (John Campbell), 1869-1945
Metchnikoff, Elie, 1845-1916
Mitsukuri, K. (Kakichi), 1857-1909
Mjoen, Jon Alfred Hansen, 1860-1939
Morgan, Thomas Hunt, 1866-1945
Nansen, Fridtjof, 1861-1930
Nickerson, Winfield S.
Packard, A. S. (Alpheus Spring), 1839-1905
Painter, Theophilus S. (Theophilus Shickel), 1889-
Parker, George Howard, 1864-1955
Pearson, Karl, 1857-1936
Pelseneer, Paul, 1863-1945
Pratt, Henry Sherring, b. 1859
Reighard, Jacob, 1861-1942
Richet, Charles Robert, 1850-1935
Ritter, William Emerson, 1856-1944
Roux, Wilhelm, 1850-1924
Semon, Richard Wolfgang, 1859-1918
Shull, George Harrison, 1874-1954
Tammes, Tine, 1871-1947
Thomson, J. Arthur (John Arthur), 1861-1933
Tschermak, Erich, b. 1871
Tullberg, Tycho, 1842-1920
Vries, Hugo de
Walter, Herbert Eugene, 1867
Ward, Henry Baldwin, 1865-1945
Washburn, F. L. (Frederic Leonard), 1860-1927
Watase, Shozaburo
Wesenberg-Lund, C. (Carl), 1867-1955
Zschokke, Friedrich, 1860-1936
The following subjects related to this series were cataloged using the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):
Crotty family
Davenport family
Harris family
The following locations related to this series were cataloged using the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):
Brooklyn (N.Y.)
Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)
The following institutions related to this series were cataloged using the Library of Congress Name Authority File (LCNAF):
Biological Laboratory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.)
Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences
Carnegie Institution of Washingon
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.)
Eugenics Record Office (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.)
Letchworth Village
Long Island Biological Association (N.Y.)
Radcliffe College
Station for Experimental Evolution (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.)
Material Types
Journals (accounts)
Laboratory notes Lectures
Autograph albums
Cabinet photographs
Checks (bank checks)
Exhibition catalogs
Letter books


Record Group I: Photographs , 1884-1942  (4 boxes )

Series 1: Family photographs , 1884-1942

1 1 Gertrude Crotty and the George W. Crotty home 1884, 1912
1 2 Davenport family photographs ca. 1897-1900
1 3 Jane Davenport 1899, ca. 1900, 1904
1 4 Charles B. Davenport 1900, 1903, 1910, 1912, ca. 1914
1 5 Millia and Jane Davenport? ca. 1901
1 6 Millia Davenport 1903, n. d.
1 7 Charles B. Davenport, Jr. 1911
1 8 Jane Davenport and Charles B. Davenport, Jr. ca. 1911-1912
1 9 George H. Shull and others to include Mrs. Shull, Mrs. J. Arthur Harris and Mrs. Arthur M. Banta; at left in front are Millia and Charles B. Davenport, Jr. ca. 1913-1914
1 10 Jane Davenport in France 1914-1915
1 11 Jane Davenport and friends 1915
1 12 Davenport family photographs ca. 1915, n. d.
1 13 Jane Davenport, Charles B. Davenport, and Charles B. Davenport, Jr. ca. 1916
1 14 Jane Davenport photo album ca. 1916
1 15 Charles B. Davenport 1917, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924
1 16 Davenport family photographs ca. 1917-1930
1 17 Jane Davenport 1920
1 18 Charles B. Davenport 1925-1929
1 19 Reginald G. Harris's parents 1928, 1934, n. d.
1 20 Charles B. Davenport 1930-1934
1 21 Reginald G. Harris 1931, n. d.
1 22 Charles B. Davenport 1936, 1938, 1941, 1942
1 23 Charles B. Davenport n. d.
1 24 Jane Davenport n. d.
1 25 Unidentified n. d.

Series 2: Scientific photographs ,  1886-1936

2 1 Scientist cabinet photographs 1886-1899, n. d.
2 2 Scientist cabinet photographs n. d.
2 3 Anatomist (L. L. Dyche?) and a class of students ca. 1890
2 4 Charles B. Davenport, H. M. Kelly, and Henry S. Pratt with women students at the Harvard Annex 1892-1893
2 5 Harvard Zoology Department 1892
2 6 Alexander Agassiz's Laboratory, Newport, Rhode Island 1893
2 7 Alexander Agassiz's Laboratory, Newport, Rhode Island 1893?
2 8 Harvard Zoology Department 1893
2 9 Group portrait of Alexander Agassiz, Charles B. Davenport, and other scientists ca. 1893
2 10 Harvard Zoology Department 1896
2 11 J. A. Douglas McCurdy photograph of lamb nipples, signed by Alexander Graham Bell 1906
2 12 Groups at the Biological Laboratory (CSH) 1907, 1909
2 13 Group photo of Ross G. Harrison, Charles B. Davenport, and J. Arthur Harris and a group photo of the summer school (CSH) 1910
2 14 G. Clyde Fisher and wife canoeing in the harbor (CSH) 1911
2 15 George H. Shull, Arthur M. Banta, unidentified, J. Arthur Harris, Hugo de Vries, A. F. Blakeslee, Charles B. Davenport, and Ross A. Gortner on the steps of the Carnegie Laboratory (CSH), 1912 1912
2 16 Charles B. Davenport and Alfred G. Mayor, Jamaica, 1912 1912
2 17 Charles B. Davenport, Irving Fisher, Thomas Hunt Morgan, and Alexander Graham Bell at the Eugenics Record Office, CSH, ca. 10 April 1915 ca. 10 April 1915
2 18 Charles B. Davenport with scientists 1923, 1925, 1926, 1931, 1932
2 19 25th Anniversary of the Station for Experimental Evolution 1929
2 20 J. J. van der Leeuw photograph of Charles B. Davenport as a Mayan high priest slaughtering a sacrificial victim Mar. 18, 1932
2 21 Amos Avery, Charles B. Davenport, Mrs. Harry Laughlin, Alfred Francis Blakeslee, Lincoln Cartledge, and Harry Laughlin in Laughlin's garden, 1935 1935
2 22 Unidentified in front of Blackford Dining Hall 1935, n. d.
2 23 Charles B. Davenport in a group at the Harvard Faculty Club 1936
2 24 John Harvey Kellogg Christmas photograph 1936
2 25 Charles B. Davenport with scientists (keyed) 1937
2 26 Charles B. Davenport with Mr. Y. Koga and Dr. Motohashi n. d.
2 27 Charles B. Davenport with scientists to include Eugen Fischer, Jon Alfred Hansen Mjoen, Cesare Antom, Corrado Gini, and (Friedrich?) Burgdorfer n. d.
2 28 Charles B. Davenport with the staff of the Eugenics Record Office n. d.
2 29 Harry Laughlin and a bust n. d.
2 30 Tailless cat n. d.
2 31 Biological Laboratory (CSH) dock n. d.
2 32 Charles B. Davenport and three unidentified individuals n. d.
2 33 Unidentified scientist photographs n. d.

Series 3: Oversize photographs ,  1914-1939

3 Charles B. Davenport in the group portrait of the Harvard Class of 1889, 25th anniversary 1914
3 Charles B. Davenport in the group portrait of the National Academy of Science Conference (keyed) 1919
3 Charles B. Davenport in the group portrait of the Harvard Class of 1889, 40th anniversary 1929
3 Charles B. Davenport in the group portrait of the Genetics Congress 1932
3 Charles B. Davenport in the group portrait of the 3rd International Congress of Eugenics (keyed) 1932
3 Charles B. Davenport in the group portrait of the dinner at the 3rd International Congress of Eugenics 1932
3 Charles B. Davenport in the group portrait of the Harvard Class of 1889, 50th anniversary (keyed) 1939

Series 4: Photograph albums ,  1898-ca. 1920

4 Charles B. Davenport's photograph album 1898
4 Memory Album, Biological Laboratory summer school presentation album, signed 1914
4 Millia Davenport photograph album ca. 1930

Record Group II: Biographical material , 1842-1948  (7 boxes )

Series 1: Davenport family papers , 1842-1943

5 1 Jane J. Dimon (JJD) copybook and diary 1842-1862
5 2 Amzi B. Davenport (ABD) composition book 1843-1846
5 3 JJD letter to Maria H. 1844
5 4 JJD copybook 1844-1851
5 5 JJD school exercises 1846
5 6 ABD correspondence from JJD 1878, 1893
5 7 JJD correspondence from ABD 1849-1855
5 8 ABD correspondence to Charles B. Davenport 1882-1894
5 9 Historical Account of the Celebration of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Organization of the Congregational Church of New Canaan, Conn. (book coedited by ABD) with tipped-in invitation 1883
5 10 JJD correspondence to Charles B. Davenport 1884-1895
5 11 JJD correspondence to Frances G. Davenport 1889
5 12 Henry J. Davenport letters to Charles B. Davenport 1907-1933
5 13 Pierrepont Davenport cancelled check and letters to Charles B. Davenport 1929, 1943
5 14 W. E. Davenport: The Battle of Brooklyn and Other Verses (pamphlet, 2 editions) and inventory of his library ca. 1936

Series 2: Personal records , 1897-1948

Subseries 1:Personal papers , 1913-1930

6 1 Correspondence 1884-1944
15 Charles B. Davenport reprints, no. 1-32 (photocopies) 1890-1903
11 Biological Laboratory carbon letter book 1900-1901
6 2 Loose carbon copies and drafts extracted from the Biological Laboratory carbon letter book 1902, 1905, n. d.
16 Charles B. Davenport reprints, no. 33-76 (photocopies) 1903-1940
6 3 Clubs and organizations 1910-1947
9 2 Newspaper clippings 1910-1941
9 3 Newspaper clippings (photocopies) 1910-1941
6 4 Gertrude C. Davenport wills, codicils, obituary and estate 1910-1948
6 5 Letchworth Village notebook 1914
6 6 Firearms permit 1917
6 7 Shall we have on Long Island the World's Greatest Biological Center?1924
6 8 Mexico research materials 1929-1942
6 9 Manuscript: Embryonic development and evolution 1932
6 10 Rutgers graduation 1932
6 11 Retirement 1934-1943
6 12 Article: Reginald G. Harris 1936
6 13 Stain research materials 1937
6 14 Retirement dinner for John Campbell Merriam of the Carnegie Institution 1938
6 15 Letchworth Village, Village Views issue of 1939 on Charles B. Davenport 1939
6 16 Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum files 1941-1942
6 17 Charles B. Davenport estate correspondence 1944
6 18 Gertrude C. Davenport Kansas estate 1945-1948
6 19 Lecture: Where the River Meets the Sea, with Special Reference to Cold Spring Marsh n. d.

Subseries 2:Houses and land , 1865-1943

6 20 Kansas land agent and tenant correpondence 1930-1940
6 21 Kansas land business correspondence 1931-1938
6 22 General land and house correspondence 1936-1940
7 1 Laurel Hill Road property 1865-1943, n. d.
7 2 Chicago property release deed 1903
7 3 Jones House bills 1928-1929
7 4 Property tax receipts 1913-1931
7 5 Syosset properties 1922-1944
7 6 Kansas land maps and tax records 1923-1943
7 7 Laurel Hill Road property, land taken for road widening 1925, 1931
7 8 Long Island Biological Association, road and subdivision plan 1926
7 9 Property tax reduction activities 1932
7 10 Property tax receipts 1933-1943
7 11 Laurel Hill Road property, subdivision 1935
7 12 Property tax reduction activities 1938-1940
7 13 Laurel Hill Road property, subdivision 1940-1941
7 14 Property tax reduction activities 1942-1943

Subseries 3:Houses and land oversize , 1897-1943, n. d.

9 1 Harbor House 1897-1943, n. d.
9 4 Bar and Barrow Beach 1930-1944
9 7 Cold Spring Harbor land research n. d.

Subseries 4:Financial records , 1920-1944

7 15 Tax returns 1920-1930
7 16 General stock transactions, folder 1 of 2 1923-1941
7 17 General stock transactions, folder 2 of 2 1923-1941
8 1 Bills 1927-1944
8 2 Home Title Guaranty stocks 1929-1943
8 3 Tax returns 1931-1934
8 4 Ruzicka bindery receipts 1931-1943
8 5 Tax returns 1935-1937
8 6 Royalties 1936-1943
8 7 Tax returns 1938-1940
8 8 Meenan Oil Company correspondence 1938-1944
8 9 Tax returns 1941-1942
9 6 Tax returns 1943
8 10 Promisory note 1943

Subseries 5:Financial records oversize , 1936-1943

11 Ledger 1936
11 Ledger 1939
11 Ledger 1943

Record Group III: Memorabilia , 1809-1941  (4 boxes )

8 11 Deeds, insurance and indentures 1809-1835
8 12 Autographs 1858, 1909-1912
8 13 Deeds, insurance and indentures 1868-1892
12 Drawings by Zoological Friends ca. 1890-1900
13 Postcards ca. 1895-1905
8 14 Lynds Jones, "Bachman's Sparrow", Wilson Bulletin, inscribed Jan. 1899
8 15 Deeds, insurance and indentures 1905-1913
8 16 Darwin Commemoration, Cambridge, England 1909
9 5 Eugenics Record Office, Cold Spring Harbor newsletter 1930-1931
8 17 Biological Laboratory annual announcement 1936
8 18 Morris Steggerda, "Anthropometry of the Living" 1941

Record Group IV: Supporting material , 1944-2007, n. d.  (1 box )

14 1 Newspaper obituaries of Charles B. Davenport (originals) Feb. 1944
14 2 Newspaper obituaries of Charles B. Davenport (photocopies) Feb. 1944
14 3 Morris Steggerda, "Dr. Charles B. Davenport and His Contributions to Eugenics", Eugenical NewsMar. 1944
14 4 Oscar Riddle, "Charles Benedict Davenport", ScienceJune 1944
14 5 Morris Steggerda, "Charles Benedict Davenport (1866-1944): the Man and His Contributions to Physical Anthropology", American Journal of AnthropologyJune 1944
14 6 A.M. Banta, "Charles Benedict Davenport", Anatomical RecordApril 1945
14 7 E. Carlton Macdowell, "Charles Benedict Davenport, 1866-1944: A Study of Conflicting Influences", BiosMar. 1946
14 8 Oscar Riddle, "Biographical Memoir of Charles Benedict Davenport, 1866-1944", Biographical MemoirsFall 1947
14 9 Anonymous, "Present Papers of CSH Scientists of Philosophical Society", Observer, Northport, N.Y. Sept. 1965
14 10 Alan Siraco, "The Research Program of Charles B. Davenport (1866-1944): A Case Study of the Birth of a Science" Nov. 1965
14 11 American Philosophical Society Library, "Charles B. Davenport Papers, American Philosophical Society, finding aid 2005
14 12 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archive, "Bibliography of Charles B. Davenport Contained in the Archive" n. d.
14 13 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archive, "Carnegie Institution of Washington Correspondence File" n. d.