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Accession 1561

Inclusive Dates

late 1800s-2017


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

224,000 pieces


English; French; Spanish;

Historical Note

Dr. Luckett V. Davis was a Professor of Biology at Winthrop University. He was born in Smyrna, Tennessee on October 16, 1932. After receiving his B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State in 1955, his M.S. degree from Duke University in 1958, and his Ph.D. from Duke in 1962, he taught at Vanderbilt Univ., Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, and the Univ. of the Pacific before joining Winthrop in 1964. Dr. Davis served as Chair of the Biology Department 1976-1998. Upon his retirement he was named Emeritus Professor of Biology. For many years, he was an avid runner and ran in 407 races. He was a Charter Member of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO) and maintained membership from 1975 until his death. Dr. Davis passed away on December 1, 2022.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the professional research performed by former Winthrop faculty member and Biology professor Dr. Luckett Davis (1932-2022). Dr. Davis’ research focused on the sport of boxing and the history of the sport. He wrote extensively on the topic and the collection consists of his research including correspondence, research notes, microfilm, publications, statistical fact books, newspaper and magazine articles, published books, boxer narratives, complete or near complete runs of publications such as Weekly Boxing World, The Ring, The Ring Encyclopedia and Record Book, Bare Knuckle Record Books, Boxing News, American Boxing Record Books, Boxing, Boxe, La Boxe and Les Boxeurs, etc.. The records cover boxing from around the world including the United States, South America, France, etc.


The Luckett Davis Papers were given to the Archives on September 27, 2016 and October 13, 2007 by Dr. Luckett Davis.


Boxing History, Boxing Statistics, Boxers


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Luckett Davis Papers - Accession 1561

LC Subject Headings

Davis, Luckett V. (Luckett Vanderford), 1932-2022--Archives; Boxing--History; Boxing--History--Sources; Boxing--Statistics