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Reminiscences of Gordon Davis : oral history, 1983.

Creator: Davis, Gordon.
Project: Individual interviews oral history collection.
(see all project interviews)
Phys. Desc. :Transcript 508 leaves. Tape 10 cassettes.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Lawyer, public official.

Scope and Contents

Family background, childhood on Chicago's South Side: race relations in Chicago, influence of father, William Davis; Williams College, BA, 1963, honarary 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.


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