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Merle L. Davis Papers

 Collection — Box: 8
Identifier: FMS-75

Scope and Contents

The Merle L. Davis Papers consist of correspondence, notebooks, photographs, reports, and other materials documenting the career of Merle Leonard Davis as a Quaker minister, missionary, and administrator. The collection contains significant material for the history of the Five Years Meeting of Friends (now Friends United Meeting), Quaker missions, and Friends in Kenya and Cuba.


  • 1915-1965
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1995

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be protected by copyright. Permission to reproduce and to publish for commercial purposes must be requested from the Archivist.

Biographical or Historical Information

Merle L. Davis was born in Neosho County, Kansas, March 12, 1893, the son of Thomas and Hannah (Stanley) Davis, and was reared in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from Friends University in Wichita in 1917, and continued his education at the University of Chicago, the Teachers College of Columbia University, and Union Theological Seminary. From 1919 to 1929 he served as principal of the Friends School in Holguin, Cuba. From 1936 to 1954 he was administrative secretary of the American Friends Board of Missions of the Five Years Meeting. From 1955 to 1965 he served as pastor of the Salem Friends Meeting near Liberty, Indiana. He also ran a bookstore in Richmond after leaving the Five Years Meeting office. David died in Richmond, Indiana, Feb. 3, 1973. Merrle Davis was twice married. He married first, June 12, 1918, in Ringwood, Oklahoma, Carrie Hays, daughter of Loyd and Ora (Wallace) Hays, born near Benton, Kansas, Sept. 3, 1893, died in Richmond, June 6, 1951. His second wife was Margaret Farlow, whom he married in Guilford County, North Carolina, June 20, 1952.

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8 Boxes

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Method of Acquisition

bulk by Merle Davis's daughter, Ruthanna Hadley of Philadelphia PA, and his widow, Margaret Davis, in 1995. Ruthanna Hadley donated additions material in 1999.

Accruals and Additions

No additions are expected.

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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository