Davis, Robert H. (Robert Hobart), 1869-1942

Alternative names

Hide Profile

Robert Hobart Davis (1869-1942) was an American journalist, editor, dramatist, and photographer. He was editor of Munsey's Magazine from 1904 to 1925, columnist for the New York Sun from 1925 to 1942, and honorary president of the Stevenson Society of America.

From the guide to the Robert H. Davis papers, 1871-1946, 1908-1942, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Robert H. Davis was an American novelist and poet, and he served as fiction editor of MUNSEY'S MAGAZINE (1903-1904).

From the description of Robert H. Davis collection, 1907-1929. (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 377798411

Editor, author, and journalist, of New York, N.Y.; often known as Bob Davis.

From the description of Robert H. Davis papers, 1903-1935. (Nevada State Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 615581821

Madge Hutchinson Davis was the wife of Robert Davis.

From the description of Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1921-1931. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155898073

Robert (Bob) Hobart Davis (1869-1942) was an American editor and photographer. He was born in Brownsville, Nebraska on March 23, 1869 to Reverend George Ransome Davis and Silvia Nichols Davis. His parents had moved from New England to Nebraska to do missionary work with the American Indians of the region. As a result, Davis was exposed to American Indian culture early-on in his childhood and even could speak a few words of Comanche, Sioux, and Cheyenne by the age of six.

Davis began his career working for this brother, Sam, to publish the Carson City Daily Appeal . Although he started by delivering the newspaper to weekly subscribers, Davis was a proficient compositor by the age of nineteen. After Carson City, Davis moved to San Francisco before moving to New York to begin work at the New York Journal . During the Spanish American War, Davis wrote about the conditions of war, his most notable work being an exposé on the rotten meat served to soldiers. Davis's first editing job was at the New York Sunday News, where he served as managing editor in early 1900s. He would go on to become editor of Munsey's Magazine, owned by Frank Munsey. While in this position Davis was known for his willingness to help young writers break into the field of literary fiction.

In addition to his editorial career, Davis was an amateur photographer. During his lifetime he took more than 3,000 portraits of a variety of prominent individuals.

Bob Davis married Madge Lee Hutchinson of San Francisco in 1899. He died in Montreal, Canada in 1942 at the age of 73.

From the guide to the Robert H. Davis Papers, 1905-1935, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Ditrichstein, Leo, 1865-1928. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1921-1926. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Grey, Zane, 1875-1939. Papers of Zane Grey [manuscript] 1914-30. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Boulder Hose Company No. 1 : championship team. Boulder Public Library
referencedIn Kieran, John, 1892-1981. Papers of John Kieran, 1917-1981. Library of Congress
creatorOf Davis, Robert H. (Robert Hobart), 1869-1942. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1903-1904. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Ashley, Clifford W. (Clifford Warren), 1881-1947. Clifford W. Ashley papers, 1903-1964. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Popular Publications, Inc. Popular Publications, Inc. records, 1910-1977, bulk (1945-1960). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Faust, Frederick Schiller, 1892-1944. Frederick Schiller Faust papers, [ca. 1917-1940]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Frank A. Munsey Publications. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1899-1925. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946. Booth Tarkington papers [manuscript], 1900-1945. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Gottschalk, Louis F. (Louis Ferdinand), 1869-1934. I love a lisping girl [microform] / words by Robert Hobart Davis ; music by Louis F. Gottschalk. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
creatorOf Robert H. Davis papers, 1871-1946, 1908-1942 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Davis, Robert H. (Robert Hobart), 1869-1942. Robert H. Davis collection, 1907-1929. Princeton University Library
referencedIn John Kieran Papers, 1917-1985 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Butler, Ellis Parker, 1869-1937. Papers of Ellis Parker Butler, 1891-1940. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Robert H. Davis Papers, 1905-1935 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Ehrmann, Max, 1872-1945. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1924-1934. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Charles R. Flint papers, 1872-1930, 1885-1915 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Day, Clarence, 1874-1935. Clarence Day papers, 1935. Library of Congress
creatorOf Davis, Robert H. (Robert Hobart), 1869-1942. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1921-1931. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. Maynard Dixon papers, [ca. 1896-1946]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Boulder Hose Company No. 1 : championship team. Boulder Public Library
creatorOf Marquis, Neeta. Papers of Neeta Marquis, 1862-1957. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Flint, Charles R. (Charles Ranlett), 1850-1934. Charles R. Flint papers, 1872-1930, bulk (1885-1915). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Radcliffe, Zoe Green. Zoë Green Radcliffe papers, 1899-1932. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Davis, Robert H. (Robert Hobart), 1869-1942. Robert H. Davis papers, 1903-1935. Nevada State Historical Society
creatorOf Glass, Montague, 1877-1934. Montague Glass letter to R.H. Davis, 1912 January 10. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Gottschalk, Louis F. (Louis Ferdinand), 1869-1934. Mirthful Lady Bountiful [microform] / words by Robert Hobart Davis ; music by Louis F. Gottschalk. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
referencedIn Popular Publications, Inc. records, 1910-1977, 1945-1960 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Maynard Dixon Papers, [ca. 1896-1946] Bancroft Library
creatorOf Gottschalk, Louis F. (Louis Ferdinand), 1869-1934. If you will marry me [microform] / words by Robert Hobart Davis ; music by Louis F. Gottschalk. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
referencedIn University of Central Florida Photographs, 1965-2006 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries,
creatorOf Stilwill, Sarah S. Correspondence with R. H. Davis, 1904. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith A. E. W. Mason person
associatedWith Ashley, Clifford W. (Clifford Warren), 1881-1947. person
associatedWith Baskerville, Thomas person
associatedWith Beach, Rex, 1877-1949 person
associatedWith Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914? person
correspondedWith Borglum, Gutzon, 1867-1941 person
associatedWith Butler, Ellis Parker, 1869-1937. person
associatedWith Castle, Egerton, 1858-1920 person
associatedWith Cobb, Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury), 1876-1944 person
associatedWith Cohen, Octavus Roy, 1891- person
associatedWith Davis, Madge Hutchinson. person
associatedWith Davis, Sam P. (Sam Post), 1850-1918 person
correspondedWith Day, Clarence, 1874-1935. person
associatedWith Depew, Chauncey M. (Chauncey Mitchell), 1834-1928 person
associatedWith Ditrichstein, Leo, 1865-1928. person
associatedWith Dixon, Maynard, 1875-1946. person
associatedWith Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945 person
associatedWith Ehrmann, Max, 1872-1945. person
associatedWith England, George Allan, 1877-1936 person
associatedWith Farrar, Geraldine, 1882-1967 person
associatedWith Faust, Frederick Schiller, 1892-1944. person
associatedWith Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958 person
associatedWith Flint, Charles R. (Charles Ranlett), 1850-1934. person
associatedWith Frank A. Munsey & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Frank A. Munsey Publications. corporateBody
associatedWith Gibbs, Arthur Hamilton person
associatedWith Glass, Montague, 1877-1934. person
associatedWith Gottschalk, Louis F. (Louis Ferdinand), 1869-1934. person
associatedWith Grey, Zane, 1875-1939. person
associatedWith Henry, O., 1862-1910 person
correspondedWith Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968 person
correspondedWith Hutchison, Miller Reese, 1876-1944 person
correspondedWith Kieran, John, 1892-1981. person
associatedWith Le Gallienne, Richard, 1866-1947 person
correspondedWith Lockhart, Caroline, 1870-1962 person
correspondedWith Loeb, William, 1866-1937 person
associatedWith MacArthur, Charles, 1895-1956 person
associatedWith MacGrath, Harold, 1871-1932 person
associatedWith Maltby, Frances (Goggin), Mrs. person
associatedWith Marlow, Julia, 1865-1950 person
associatedWith Marquis, Neeta. person
associatedWith Marshall, Edison, 1894- person
associatedWith Masters, Edgar Lee, 1869-1950 person
associatedWith McFee, William, 1881-1966 person
associatedWith McIntyre, O. O. (Oscar Odd), 1884-1938 person
associatedWith Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956 person
associatedWith Montague, Margaret Prescott, 1878-1955 person
associatedWith Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957 person
associatedWith Mulford, Clarence Edward, 1883-1956 person
associatedWith Munsey, Frank Andrew, 1854-1925 person
associatedWith Nathan, George Jean, 1882-1958 person
associatedWith Norwood, Robert Winkworth, 1874-1932 person
associatedWith O’Connor, William Frederick Travers, Sir, 1870- person
associatedWith Oppenheim, E. Phillips (Edward Phillips), 1866-1946 person
associatedWith Opper, Frederick Burr, 1857-1937 person
associatedWith Orczy, Emmuska Orczy, Baroness, 1865-1947 person
associatedWith Paine, Albert Bigelow, 1861-1937 person
associatedWith Parker, Gilbert, 1862-1932 person
associatedWith Phelps, William Lyon, 1865-1943 person
associatedWith Phillips, Henry Wallace, 1869-1930 person
associatedWith Pinner, Erna, 1893- person
associatedWith Polk, Frank L. (Frank Lyon), 1871-1943 person
associatedWith Popular Publications, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Radcliffe, Zoe Green. person
associatedWith Raine, William MacLeod, 1871-1954 person
associatedWith Rinehart, Mary Roberts, 1876-1958 person
associatedWith Ripley, Robert Le Roy, 1893-1949 person
associatedWith Robinson, Corinne Roosevelt, 1861-1933 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948 person
associatedWith Root, Elihu, 1845-1937 person
associatedWith Rothafel, Samuel Lionel, d. 1936 person
associatedWith Salisbury, Frank O., 1874- person
associatedWith Sarazen, Gene. person
associatedWith Sears, Jack person
associatedWith Sheehan, Perley Poore person
associatedWith Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968 person
associatedWith Sitwell, Osbert, 1892-1969 person
associatedWith Steffens, Lincoln, 1866-1936 person
associatedWith Stevenson Society of America corporateBody
associatedWith Stilwill, Sarah S. person
associatedWith Stone, Fred Andrew, 1873- person
associatedWith Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946. person
associatedWith The images were created by the Office of News and Information corporateBody
associatedWith Thielen, Benedict, 1902- person
associatedWith Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981 person
associatedWith Tunney, Gene person
associatedWith Williams, Ben Ames, 1889-1953 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Nevada
New York (State)--New York
United States
United States
Subject
Journalism
Journalism--New York (State)--New York
Journalists--United States
Autographs--Collectors and collecting--20th century
Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
American literature--20th century
Photography
Photography--United States
Photography--Portraits
American newspapers
Newspaper editors--United States
Photographers--United States
Editors--20th century--Correspondence
Occupation
Journalists
Photographers
Newspaper editors--United States
Function

Person

Birth 1869

Death 1942

Information

Permalink: http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w60r9r55

Ark ID: w60r9r55

SNAC ID: 28149680