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Collection Number RG0771.AM
Collection Name RG0771 Davis, Bette (Rathburn), 1920-1997
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box and two volumes
Title Bette (Rathburn) Davis papers
Date or Date Span 1926-1946
Year Range from 1926
Year Range to 1946
Admin/Biographical History Born June 9, 1920 at Lincoln, Nebraska, Elizabeth Constance "Bette" Rathburn was the daughter of Howard and Elizabeth (Gaylord) Rathburn. She married Thomas Holman Davis at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, on October 8, 1945. She passed away on January 20, 1997 in Pensacola, Florida. She is buried next to her husband at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Level of description Fonds/Coll
Scope & Content This collection consists of one box and two volumes of manuscript material arranged in two series: 1) scrapbooks, 1926-1946; and 2) Miscellany. This material relates primarily to the dance and dramatic performances of Betty Rathburn and her sister, Lois and to the social life she led at the University of Nebraska in the late 1930's and early 1940's.

The Scrapbooks of series one trace Betty Rathburn's performances as a dancer and actress during the late 1920's and early 1930's. Miss Rathburn was a student of Flavia Waters Champe during this period. Material relating to Miss Rathburn's years at the University of Nebraska is also included, particularly items pertaining to social events in which she participated. Miss Rathburn was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Newspaper clippings and memorabilia from her marriage to Thomas H. Davis and other Rathburn and Davis family items are in this series as well.

The Miscellany of Series Two includes a recipe book, ca. 1905; war savings bond pledge information, 1943; military materials of Tom Davis; and newspaper clippings and other mementoes of the Davis and Rathburn families.
Creator Davis, Bette (Rathburn), 1920-1997
Related units of description Papers of Thomas Holman Davis [RG5441]
Papers of Elizabeth (Gaylord) Rathburn [RG1351]
Subjects Students
Student organizations
World War II
People Champe, Flavia (Waters), 1902-1992
Davis, Bette (Rathburn), 1920-1997
Davis, Thomas Holman, 1921-1999
Search Terms Delta Gamma Sorority -- Nebraska
Greek letter societies -- Nebraska
Lancaster County (Neb.) -- History
Lincoln (Neb.) -- History
Rathburn family
Students - Nebraska
World War, 1939-1945