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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Gordon Davis
RLIN number: NXCP87-A66
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Family background, childhood on Chicago's South Side: race relations in Chicago, influence of father, William Davis; Williams College, BA, 1963, honorary PhD, 1983: comparison of racial relations with father's experience at Williams in 1920s; Columbia University, MA 1964; Harvard Law School, 1967; involvement with civil rights movement, 1963-68; courtship and marriage to Peggy Cooper; European travels; work with John V. Lindsay, especially 1971 presidential campaign; Budget Bureau, 1968-69; Planning Commission, 1973; Rupert Murdoch's purchase of NEW YORK magazine, 1976; Commissioner, Parks Department, 1978-83: administrative style, dealings with press, reaction to project proposal by Christo, 1982 anti-nuclear rally; impressions of Edward Koch, assessment of his relations with black community; New York City's School Chancellor appointment, 1983.
Extent: Transcript: 508 leaves, Tape: 10 cassettes
Restrictions: Access: Written permission required from interviewee. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1983 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Davis, Gordon
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker occupation: Lawyer; Public official
Document date: 1983
Interviewer: Tanner, Estelle N.
Organizations discussed: Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Locations discussed: Massachusetts; New York; New York, NY; North America; United States; Williamstown, MA
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African Americans--Civil rights; Government executives--New York; Lawyers; Massachusetts; Mayors--United States; New York; New York, NY; North America; Oral history; Race relations--United States; United States; Williams College, Williamstown, MA; Williamstown, MA
Topics discussed - Other terms: Davis, Gordon; Koch, Ed, 1924-; New York (NY)--Dept of Parks; New York (NY)--Politics and government--1951-
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0018444-13887