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Daves, Joan

b. 1919 - d. 1997

Joan Daves, born Liselotte Davidson in Berlin, Germany, was literary agent for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She emigrated from Germany as the Nazis were coming to power in the mid-1930s, initially taking refuge in Paris and Britain before finally settling in the U.S. in 1940. She became an editor at Harpers & Brothers and later co-founded the Marie Rodell and Joan Daves literary agency, and then the Joan Daves Agency. Daves worked with King on his first book, Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, and remained his literary agent for his next three books, Strength to Love, Why We Can’t Wait and Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? In 1964, she accompanied Dr. King to Norway for his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize. Daves worked with King’s literary property until her death.

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Letter from Joan Daves to Dora McDonald Regarding Quotes

In this letter, Joan Daves asks Dora McDonald to show Dr. King quotes attached to the document. Joan Daves also asks that comments and reviews be passed to her respectively.

Letter from Joan Daves to Dora McDonald Regarding Tax Forms

Joan Daves forwards a set of tax forms related to the German edition of "Stride Toward Freedom".

Letter from Joan Daves to Dr. King Regarding "Stride Toward Freedom"

In this letter from Joan Daves, Dr. King is informed that Ballantine Books has the pocket rights to "Stride Toward Freedom" but they did not do much with the title. Harper & Brothers then got the rights back.The letter closes by saying that Harper & Brothers would like Dr. King's approval so the deal can be cleared.

Letter from Joan Daves to Dr. King Regarding Edition of "Strength to Love"

In this letter,Joan Daves informs Dr. King that an offer for a Norwegian edition of "Strength to Love" has been made. Joan also mentions that contracts have been made for Dr.King to sign.

Letter from Joan Daves to Dr. King Regarding Education Heritage

In this letter, Joan Daves informs Dr. King that the Educational Heritage Company has come to an arrangement about distributing "Stride Toward Freedom" and "Strength to Love." The letter goes on to say that Educational Heritage will pay a guarantee of $2500 against a royalty of 42 cent per copy sold.

Letter From Joan Daves to Dr. King Regarding Publication Date of the German Edition of "Why We Can't Wait"

In this letter, Joan Daves informs Dr. King about the desire of the German publishers to have a publication date. Joan Daves also inquires if Dr. King has free time for Mayor Brandt.

Letter from Joan Daves to Dr. King Regarding Saturday Review

Joan Daves, literary agent to Dr. King, wrote Dr. King to gain insight on his preference for a sentence revision to appear in his book "Why We Cant Wait."

Letter from Joan Daves to Dr. King Regarding Schedule with Publisher

Joan Daves provides details for the Monday, June 8th schedule that Dr. King's publisher would like to set up. The day starts off with the Today Show and ends with a cocktail party.

Letter from Joan Daves to Dr. King Regarding the "Times"

Joan Daves, Dr. King's literary agent, provided a detailed advertisement schedule for his latest book "Why We Can't Wait." Advertisements appeared in the Times, Harper, The Atlantic, Christian Herald and the Christian Century to name a few.

Letter from Joan Daves to Dr. King Regarding The Critic in Chicago

In this letter, Joan Daves informs Dr. King about the only magazine commitment to-date with The Critic in Chicago.

Letter from Joan Daves to Dr. Lamm

Joan Daves corresponds with a German citizen regarding a recent request to submit Dr. King's book Why We Can't Wait to a German publisher.

Letter from Joan Daves to Dr. V. E. Moray

Joan Daves gives Dr. Moray permission to publish a Marathi edition of "Why We Can't Wait."

Letter from Joan Daves to Earl Smith

In this letter, a representative of Dr. King's literary work, replies to Pastor Earl M. Smith regarding Smith's interest in having the F.O.R. Committee in Rio de Janeiro, collaborate on the Portuguese printing of "Strength to Love."

Letter from Joan Daves to Emanuel Schreiber Regarding Distribution of Speech

Joan Daves explains to Emanuel Schreiber the terms and conditions surrounding permission rights to the distribution of King's speech, published by "Ramparts".

Letter from Joan Daves to Harry H. Wachtel

Joan Daves sends Mr. Watchel a copy of a proposed Memorandum of Agreement for the distribution of hand lettered copies of Martin Luther King's speech I Have A Dream.

Letter From Joan Daves to Hermine Popper

Joan Daves informs Hermine Popper of an issue regarding writing credit for Dr. King's book "Where Do We Go from Here."

Letter from Joan Daves to Hoki Ishihara

Joan Daves encloses a copy of a manuscript of the proposed speech to be given in Berlin by Dr. King. Daves also indicates the fifty-dollar fee for the one-time publication of Dr. King's comments about the late President Kennedy.

Letter from Joan Daves to Howard Gotlieb

Joan Daves responds to Mr. Gotlieb regarding a request to write Dr. King's biography from archival material in the possession of Boston University. At the present time and for various reasons, Dr. King has decided not to approve this project.

Letter from Joan Daves to Jose Moya about Spanish edition of "Why We Can't Wait"

Here Joan Daves specifies the particulars of negotiations in advances and royalties on the sale of the Spanish edition of "Why We Can't Wait".

Letter from Joan Daves to Marcel Bernfeld Regarding Letter "The Birmingham City Jail"

In this Letter, Joan Daves informs Marcel Bernfield that he may not have the permission to use Dr. King's Letter from The Birmingham City Jail for African universities and French students because of conflicts it may cause with rights.

Letter from Joan Daves to Miss Dora MacDonald Regarding MLK's Schedule

Here Joan Daves writes to Dr. King's secretary, Ms. Dora MacDonald, requesting to know when and where Dr. King can be reached while in New York. Joan Daves also informs Miss MacDonald of the availability of Hermine Popper and requests the notes from earlier publishing meetings.

Letter from Joan Daves to Miss Dora McDonald

Dr. King's literary agent Joan Daves requests that Dora McDonald send her the full text of Dr. King's speech in Montgomery. She also reports on Dr. King's recent book royalties.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

Joan Daves writes Dr. King to express her concern about Miss Hoover contacting Dr. King instead of herself regarding his upcoming book.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

Joan Daves, Dr. King's literary agent, writes to Dr. King regarding his "I Have A Dream" speech.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

Mrs. Joan Daves references an enclosure of two copies of the Swedish-language edition of "Strength to Love," along with an advanced payment for the return of a signed copy.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

Joan Daves references an enclosed check for royalties received for the Harper edition of "Stride Toward Freedom" and "Strength to Love." She also inquires about several charges on one of the book's statement and requests permission to check their validity.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

Joan Daves writes Dr. King regarding an incomplete document that he signed for the "English tax people." For his convenience, she encloses a pre-written letter to send to England once the document is officially completed.

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

Joan Daves sends three checks to Dr. King. The first check is an advance due from Harper and Row, the second represents an advance from NAL and the third is a partial payment from "Life."

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

This letter serves to inform Dr.King of the offers being made from a Japanese publisher, to purchase the rights to "Strength to Love."

Letter from Joan Daves to MLK

In this letter, Joan Daves informs Dr. King about Protestant Publishing Co. Ltd, lacking the ability to offer better figures, for the Japanese rights to "Strength to Love."

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