Guide to the Davis Dunbar McElroy Papers 1950-1969
Cage 451

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
McElroy, Davis Dunbar
Title
Davis Dunbar McElroy Papers
ID
Cage 451
Date [inclusive]
1950-1969
Extent
3850.0 items.
General Physical Description note
2 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Research notes, typescript drafts and other papers relating to Scotland's literary clubs, published in part as Scotland's Age of Improvement, a Survey of Eighteenth Century Literary Clubs and Societies (1970).

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 451, Davis Dunbar McElroy Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Davis Dunbar McElroy was born in San Francisco, California on August 1, 1917. He served in the United States Navy from 1942-1946. After the war, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley in 1949, and received his doctoral degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1952. From 1960 to 1962 McElroy was an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University. He served on Washington State University's English Department faculty from 1962 to 1970. Since 1970 McElroy has been Chairman of Humanities at Centralia College. His book Scotland's Age of Improvement, a Survey of Eighteenth Century Literary Clubs and Societies, based on his dissertation, was completed in 1969 and published by the Washington State University Press the following year.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in three series: Typescripts, Rough Notes, and Reference Materials. The first series, Typescripts, consists of two sub-series: McElroy's typescript of his book, A Century of Scottish Clubs, 1700-1800, along with an extensive index to that typescript; and earlier typewritten drafts of the chapters (arranged alphabetically by title) which later became chapters of the book. The second series, Rough Notes, consists of research notes, both handwritten and typewritten, which were compiled by the author during the course of his work on the book. This series is arranged alphabetically by subject, and contains references to persons, places, and clubs which appear throughout McElroy's work. The types of materials found in this series include accounts of the various clubs taken from journals and newspapers of the day, club information taken from biographies and writings of famous members, and observations and opinions about the various societies found in the minutes of club meetings. The third series, Reference Materials, is comprised of other published works including Harry A. Cockburn's An Account of the Friday Club, Written by Lord Cockburn, Together with Notes on Certain Other Social Clubs in Edinburgh (1911), and a reel of microfilm containing extracts of biographical sketches and memoirs of the Alexander Monros: Primus, Secondus, Tertius.

The clubs McElroy described were not solely concerned with literature, social improvement, or debate. Many were convivial fraternities which emphasized camaraderie. According to the author, many of these societies were founded for the purpose of teaching Scots men of letters to write and speak proper English. Other clubs promoted improvement in agriculture, fisheries, industries, and conduct.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1982

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of Davis Dunbar McElroy were donated by him to the Washington State University Libraries in April 1979 (79-11).

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • McElroy, Davis Dunbar, 1917- --Archives

Subject(s)

  • Colleges and Universities
  • International Relations
  • Scottish literature--18th century
  • Scottish literature--Societies, etc.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Typescripts 

A Century of Scottish Clubs, 1700-1800 

Box Folder

Volume One (Text)   1.0 item.

1 1

Volume Two (Index)   1.0 item.

1 2

Earlier Drafts 

Box Folder

Academies of Art   1.0 item.

1 3

Achievement   1.0 item.

1 4

The Age of Improvement   1.0 item.

1 5

Bibliography   1.0 item.

1 6

Conclusion   1.0 item.

1 7

Fictitious Clubs and Societies   1.0 item.

1 8

Membership of the Literary Society of Glasgow   1.0 item.

1 9

Non-Literary Clubs and Societies of Literary Interest   1.0 item.

1 10

Period of Recognition   1.0 item.

1 11

Preparation   1.0 item.

1 12

Student Clubs and Societies   1.0 item.

1 13

Table of Contents and Introduction   1.0 item.

1 14

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Series 2: Rough Notes 

Box Folder

Aberdeen and St. Andrew's Student Societies   1.0 item.

1 15

Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society   5.0 items.

1 16

Academies of Art, notes   10.0 items.

1 17

Academies and Arts Clubs   200.0 items.

1 18

Agricultural Economic Background   15.0 items.

1 19

Agricultural Societies   50.0 items.

1 20

American Physical Society 1794-1797   11.0 items.

1 21

Appendices of Thesis   8.0 items.

1 22

Appendix Materials on Carnival Clubs   100.0 items.

1 23

Beggar's Bennison, Hell Fire Club   50.0 items.

1 24

Belles Lettres Society   40.0 items.

1 25

Belles Lettres Society Members   1.0 item.

1 26

Bibliography   50.0 items.

1 27

Black (Joseph) and James Watt   25.0 items.

1 28

Books and Pamphlets in Scot's Magazine   1.0 item.

1 29

Boswell, James   25.0 items.

1 30

Burns, Robert   75.0 items.

1 31

Caledonian Unit   50.0 items.

1 32

Carnival Club   25.0 items.

1 33

Carnival Clubs   300.0 items.

1 34

Chapter Three, Materials   5.0 items.

1 35

Chapter Two, Materials   75.0 items.

1 36

Chemical Societies of Edinburgh   100.0 items.

1 37

Chirigo-Physical Society 1789-1791   5.0 items.

1 38

Cochrane's Political Economy Club   5.0 items.

1 39

Democratic Offshoots   25.0 items.

1 40

Discards, not useful   200.0 items.

1 41

Duncan, Andrew   15.0 items.

1 42

Early Improving Societies   100.0 items.

1 43

Edinburgh Clubs   3.0 items.

1 44

Edinburgh Improving Societies   35.0 items.

1 45

Edinburgh Review 1755   10.0 items.

1 46

Easy Club   100.0 items.

1 47

Fair Intellectual Club   25.0 items.

1 48

Ferguson (Robert) and the Cape Club   150.0 items.

1 49

Fictitious Clubs   80.0 items.

1 50

Foreign Societies and Scottish Clubs   35.0 items.

1 51

French Notes   10.0 items.

1 52

General Literary Background   10.0 items.

1 53

Glasgow Clubs   15.0 items.

1 54

Glasgow Societies   5.0 items.

1 55

Glasgow University Student Societies   50.0 items.

1 56

Griskin Club   35.0 items.

1 57

Grotesque Club   25.0 items.

1 58

Guilds   35.0 items.

1 59

Harveian Society   5.0 items.

1 60

Hibernia Medical Society   1.0 item.

1 61

Highland Society of Edinburgh   25.0 items.

1 62

Highland Societies of London and Glasgow   35.0 items.

1 63

Hodge Podge Club of Glasgow   5.0 items.

1 64

Hume, David   35.0 items.

1 65

Improving Clubs and Societies   55.0 items.

1 66

Introduction   10.0 items.

1 67

Journal of The Easy Club   1.0 item.

1 68

Legal Societies   15.0 items.

1 69

Libraries and Mechanical Institutes   25.0 items.

1 70

Literary Societies of Glasgow   10.0 items.

1 71

Literary Society of Glasgow   15.0 items.

1 72

Loose Notes   5.0 items.

1 73

Manuscript Notes, National Library of Scotland   3.0 items.

1 74

Masons   35.0 items.

1 75

Materials for Appendix A   50.0 items.

1 76

Material for supplement number one   45.0 items.

1 77

Members of the St. Andrew Society   1.0 item.

1 78

The Mirror   50.0 items.

1 79

Mirror Club   3.0 items.

1 80

Monro, Doctors   5.0 items.

1 81

National History Society   1.0 item.

1 82

Notes   2.0 items.

1 83

Oyster Club   10.0 items.

1 84

Pantheon Society   1.0 item.

1 85

Period of Recognition, notes   25.0 items.

1 86

Philalethic Society   2.0 items.

1 87

Philosophic Society of Aberdeen   50.0 items.

1 88

Philosophical Society   50.0 items.

1 89

Physical Society of Edinburgh   50.0 items.

1 90

Poker Club   50.0 items.

1 91

Poker Club-Minutes and Members   100.0 items.

1 92

Political Club   50.0 items.

1 93

Professional Societies   25.0 items.

1 94

Ramsay (Allen Jr.) and the Select Society   10.0 items.

1 95

Rankenian Club   75.0 items.

1 96

Religious Societies   25.0 items.

1 97

Right and Wrong Club   35.0 items.

1 98

Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh   25.0 items.

1 99

Royal and Philosophical Societies   45.0 items.

1 100

Ruddiman's Club   45.0 items.

2 101

Rush (Benjamin) and other Yanks   5.0 items.

2 102

Select Society   85.0 items.

2 103

Select Society to Teach English Speech   50.0 items.

2 104

Scott, Sir Walter   25.0 items.

2 105

Sinclair, Sir John   25.0 items.

2 106

Smith, Adam   45.0 items.

2 107

Societies of Antiquaries   75.0 items.

2 108

Society for the Reformation of Manner   50.0 items.

2 109

Source Materials on Scottish Clubs   75.0 items.

2 110

Speculative Society   50.0 items.

2 111

Sports Clubs   25.0 items.

2 112

Student Societies   100.0 items.

2 113

Useful Extracts   25.0 items.

2 114

Watt (James) and his Condensor   75.0 items.

2 115

Women's Clubs and Foreign Clubs   75.0 items.

2 116

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Series 3: Additional Published Materials 

Box Folder

Old Edinburgh Clubs (book)   1.0 item.

2 117

Primus, Secundus, Tertius (microfilm)   1.0 item.

2 118

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