Davenport, Russell W. (Russell Wheeler), 1899-1954

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Author, editor, and political activist.

From the description of Papers, 1899-1980 (bulk 1930-1954). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 31816454

Biographical Note

  • 1899, July 12: Born, South Bethlehem, Pa.
  • 1917: Graduated Thacher School, Ojai, Calif. Private, American Ambulance Service, 41st French Division
  • 1923: B.A., Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1924: Reporter, Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.
  • 1929: Married Marcia Gluck Zimbalist Clarke (divorced 1946)
  • 1930: Published Through-Traffic (New York: Doubleday, Doran and Co. 307 pp.) Published The Abominable Branch (London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. 286 pp.) British version of Through-Traffic
  • 1930 - 1937 : Staff writer, Fortune magazine
  • 1931: Published "California Spring," American Caravan, Vol. IV, pp. 336-343
  • 1937 - 1940 : Managing editor, Fortune magazine
  • 1940: Coordinator and speech writer, Wendell Willkie presidential campaign
  • 1941 - 1944 : Chairman, board of editors, Fortune magazine
  • 1942 - 1944 : Chief editorial writer, Life magazine
  • 1944: Published My Country (New York: Simon and Schuster. 62 pp.)
  • 1945: War correspondent with 11th Armored Division, U. S. Army, in Germany
  • 1947: Director, Experimental Magazine Division, Time, Inc. Consultant, Columbia Broadcasting System
  • 1948 - 1949 : Editor and moderator, Life magazine round tables
  • 1949 - 1951 : Special projects editor, Fortune magazine
  • 1950: Founded Institute For Creative Research, New York, N.Y.
  • 1951: Editor in charge, U.S.A., The Permanent Revolution (New York: Prentice-Hall. 267 pp.), originally published as special issue of Fortune, Feb. 1940
  • 1952: Executive director, Institute For Creative Research, New York, N.Y. Married Natalie Potter Ladd
  • 1954, Apr. 19: Died, New York, N.Y.
  • 1955: Published posthumously The Dignity of Man (New York: Harper and Brothers. 338 pp.)

From the guide to the Russell Wheeler Davenport Papers, 1899-1980, (bulk 1930-1954), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982. Papers of Archibald MacLeish, 1907-1981 (bulk 1925-1970). Library of Congress
referencedIn Buell, Raymond Leslie, 1896-1946. Raymond Leslie Buell papers, 1915-1981 (bulk 1920-1946). Library of Congress
referencedIn Raymond Leslie Buell Papers, 1915-1984, (bulk 1920-1946) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Halsman, Philippe. Photographs by Philippe Halsman of Yale-affiliated individuals, 1946-1967 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. Papers, 1870-1969 Houghton Library
referencedIn Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. Additional papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library
referencedIn Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962. Papers, 1897-1930 Houghton Library
creatorOf Davenport, Russell W. (Russell Wheeler), 1899-1954. Correspondence to Maxwell Struthers Burt, 1944. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library
creatorOf Davenport, Russell W. (Russell Wheeler), 1899-1954. Papers, 1899-1980 (bulk 1930-1954). Library of Congress
referencedIn Archibald MacLeish Papers, 1907-1981, (bulk 1925-1970) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982. Papers, 1907-1981 (bulk 1925-1970). Library of Congress
creatorOf Russell Wheeler Davenport Papers, 1899-1980, (bulk 1930-1954) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Davenport, Russell W. (Russell Wheeler), 1899-1954. Letters, 1932-1940, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Joseph N. Scanlon Papers University of Pittsburgh
referencedIn R. Buckminster Fuller papers, ca. 1920-1983 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
correspondedWith Bates, Robert Chapman, 1901-1942 person
correspondedWith Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962 person
correspondedWith Buell, Raymond Leslie, 1896-1946 person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
associatedWith Corsi, Edward, 1896-1965. person
correspondedWith Cowles, Harriet person
correspondedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 person
correspondedWith Davenport, Cornelia Whipple, 1865-1946 person
correspondedWith Davenport, Marcia, 1903-1996 person
correspondedWith Davenport, Natalie Potter person
correspondedWith Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969 person
associatedWith Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983 person
associatedWith Halsman, Philippe. person
correspondedWith Hodgins, Eric, 1899-1971 person
correspondedWith Hoffman, Paul G. (Paul Gray), 1891-1974 person
correspondedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964 person
correspondedWith Hopkins, Harry L. (Harry Lloyd), 1890-1946 person
associatedWith Institute for Creative Research (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Johnson, Robert L. (Robert Livingston), 1894-1966 person
correspondedWith Kennedy, Joseph P. (Joseph Patrick), 1888-1969 person
correspondedWith Lippmann, Walter, 1889-1974 person
correspondedWith Lloyd-Smith, Parker person
correspondedWith Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1902-1985 person
correspondedWith Luce, Clare Boothe, 1903-1987 person
correspondedWith Luce, Henry Robinson, 1898-1967 person
correspondedWith MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982. person
associatedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
correspondedWith Poor, Henry V. person
correspondedWith Putnam, Phelps, 1894-1948 person
associatedWith Republican Advance (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) corporateBody
correspondedWith Rockefeller, John D., Jr. (John Davison), 1874-1960 person
correspondedWith Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979 person
correspondedWith Roper, Elmo, 1900-1971 person
associatedWith Scanlon, Joseph N. (Joseph Norbert), 1899-1956. person
correspondedWith Schlamm, William S. (William Siegmund), 1904-1978 person
correspondedWith Scribner, Joseph M., 1897-1979 person
correspondedWith Simon and Schuster, inc. corporateBody
correspondedWith Smith, Blackwell, 1904- person
correspondedWith Thacher School (Ojai, Calif.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Walker, Adelaide person
associatedWith Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
New York (State)--New York
Great Britain
Medical care
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1939-1945--Journalists
Anti-communist movements
International relations
Astrology and business
International organization
Social security
Political planning
American periodicals
World War, 1939-1945
Military readiness
Industrial relations
Anti-fascist movements
Astrology and politics
World War, 1914-1918--Medical care
Political activists--United States
College students--Connecticut
Political activists
War correspondents
Periodical editors--United States


Birth 1899

Death 1954


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