Fonds F3655 - Richard Davidson fonds

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Richard Davidson fonds

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CONTENT WARNING: File 1-3 in this collection contains a postcard containing use of the word "darkey," racist stereotypes and outdated, inappropriate language. The word "darkey" or "darkie" is derogatory, and a racist term used for a dark-skinned person, usually a Black person. It contains a colonial implication of inferiority based on race and ethnicity. It is now regarded as highly-offensive. Please make any necessary preparations prior to viewing. Materials of this nature may be upsetting and may be unsuitable for some uses.

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CA ON00340 F3655

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  • 1911-1944 (Creation)
    Davidson, Richard, 1876-1944

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32 cm of textual records

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Richard Davidson (1876-1944) was born in Ayr, Ontario. He was educated at Woodstock Collegiate, then graduated from University College in 1899 and Knox College in 1902, earning a degree of Doctor of Philosophy. He was a lecturer at Presbyterian College, Montreal from 1905-1906, and Associate Professor in Oriental Languages at University College, Toronto from 1906-1910. In 1910 he took the chair of Old Testament Language and Literature in Knox, transferring at the time of church union to the United Church College. In 1932 he was appointed Principal at Emmanuel College; he held this Office until retiring in 1943. Davidson was married to Edith Mary Northwood and had four children; Rev. Richard Davidson, Craig Davidson, Carolyn and Edith Janet.

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This material forms part of the General Council program of the United Church of Canada Archive.

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Fonds consists of a personal record; including baptismal stubs (1921-1942) for Bruce Beach (Kincardine, Ontario), Forest Hill (Toronto), Broadway Tabernacle (Toronto) and Emmanuel College (Toronto), marriage stubs (1911, 1913) in Toronto, and a personal Marriage Register (1923-1944) for marriages at Knox College Chapel (Toronto), Emmanuel College (Toronto), Toronto and London, Ontario; and a substantial amount of correspondence written to Rev. Davidson by his wife Edith, and his children, siblings and parents, and sent by Davidson to his parents and others (1927-1939).

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      Updated 4/3/2024 by LH.

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