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Ed Davis Collection on the Trinity River

Identifier: THR/01/2015.s085

Scope and Contents

The Ed Davis Collection on the Trinity River contains research materials collected by Edwin S. Davis as he wrote his thesis 'The Movement for Trinity River Development' for a Master of Arts in Public Administration at the University of North Texas in 1964. The collection includes drafts of the thesis and Ed Davis' handwritten notes; as well as, administrative documents, correspondence, magazines, newspapers, and other materials relating to the history and condition of the Trinity River. The collection also contains many newspaper clippings and correspondence relating to the Trinity River in the late 1930s that were collected and compiled into scrapbooks by John Carpenter and then donated to Edwin Davis by Carpenter’s son, Ben.


  • 1928 - 2015

Conditions Governing Use

The materials represented in this finding aid have been made available for research, teaching and private use. For these purposes, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) these items without prior permission on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies.

Please contact the Newton Gresham Library's Special Collections and University Archives department to request permissions to reproduce materials for any other purpose, or to obtain information regarding the copyright status of a particular digital image, text, audio or video recording.

Biographical / Historical

Edwin S. Davis began his university teaching career at Sam Houston State University in 1966 after receiving a Master of Pulic Administration, among the first degrees in public administration awarded in the state of Texas. Dr. Davis taught classes in public policy, organizational theory, research methods, Canadian studies, state and national government, and restorative justice until 2009.

John W. Carpenter was a major supporter of canalizing and developing the Trinity River and served as president of the Trinity Improvement Association for twenty-nine years.


5 boxes (This collection is stored in 4 archival boxes. Some items are stored within an oversize box.)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged as 3 series, with the materials arranged by format and creator.

Series 1: Thesis Materials; Series 2: Publications and Magazines; Series 3: John Carpenter Correspondence

Trent Shotwell; Michelle McCrary
2015; updated 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Thomason Special Collections & SHSU University Archives Repository

1830 Bobby K. Marks Drive
Huntsville TX 77341 US