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Cortney Davis Papers

An inventory of her papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Davis, Cortney, 1945-
Title: Cortney Davis Papers
Inclusive Dates: circa 1960-2007
Quantity: 8 linear ft.
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, fan mail, journals, juvenilia, memorabilia of the nurse practitioner and poet.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Cortney Davis (1945- ) is an American nurse practitioner, author and lecturer. She attended Western Connecticut State University, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in 1983 and an M.A. in 1989, and is a registered nurse (RN) and Advanced Practice RN (APRN) as well as a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Davis is also a published author, having worked as staff writer and freelance editor for Nursing Spectrum Magazine as well as publishing books, articles, essays and poetry.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Cortney Davis Papers consist of correspondence, writings, and memorabilia.

Correspondence includes personal, business, and fan mail. Writings include several years' worth of Davis' journals as well as juvenilia, poetry, speeches, and notes and assignments from her undergraduate and graduate school days. Memorabilia relates to poetry readings and to workshops (both given and attended), along with a small amount of miscellaneous material.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Writings and Memorabilia are arranged alphabetically by type.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Davis, Cortney, 1945-


American literature -- 20th century.
American poetry -- 20th century.
Medical personnel, Writings of.
Medical practice -- Poetry.
Nurse and patient -- Literary collections.
Nurses -- Literary collections.
Nurses' writings, American.
Nursing -- Literary collections.

Genres and Forms

Speeches (documents)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Cortney Davis Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Cortney Davis, 2007.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: PRB
Date: 1 Apr 2008
Revision history:

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Box 1 Allen, Dick
Box 1 Allen, Lori
Box 1 Armer, Sondra
Box 1 Cramer, Steven
Box 1 Deppe, Ted
Box 1 Fadiman, Mark
Box 1 Gioia, Dana
Box 1 Hemphill, Betty
Box 1 Hicks, Tom
Box 1 Grosholz, Emily
Box 1 Honemann, Debbie
Box 2 Lindsay, Meg
Box 2 Lux, Tom
Box 2 Metras, Gary
Box 2 Menashe, Samuel
Box 2 Miller-Laino, E. J.
Box 2 Morgan, Fred
Box 2 Murch, Muriel
Box 2 Mysko, Madeleine
Box 2 Ogden, Hugh
Box 2 Olds, Sharon
Box 2 Parker-Gibson, Necia
Box 2 Pensak, Susan
Box 2 Perel, Jane Lunin
Box 2 Pollard, Norah
Box 2 Pushcart Prize
Box 2 Ratzan, Richard
Box 2 Richman, Elliot
Box 2 Rust, Laurel
Box 2 Sands, Jean
Box 2 Schaefer, Judy
Box 2 Selgin, Peter
Box 2 Shipley, Vivian
Box 2 Sternlieb, Barry
Box 2 Stamatien, Claire
Box 2 Starkman, Elaine
Box 2 Taylor, Nancy
Box 2 Vahanian, Tilla
Box 2 Valentine, Jean
Box 2 Volk, Brenda
Box 2 miscellaneous
Box 2 fan mail
Box 3 correspondence with editors publishers 2002-2007
Box 3 correspondence about grants and grant applications 1990-2005
Box 4 “Change Journal” 1985-1986
Box 4 “Dream Journal” 1981-1998
Box 5 “Dream Journal” 1998-2002
Box 5 “Vacations” 1987-1999
Box 5 Juvenilia
Box 5 Poetry 1977-1984
Box 5 Speeches undated
Box 5 Undergraduate and graduate courses notes and assignments
Box 6 Poetry readings 1993-2007
Box 7 Workshops given 1992-2007
Box 8 Workshops attended 1993-1997
Box 8 Misc.

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