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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 Ms. Joan Daves to MLK

Ms. Daves writes Dr. King concerning an invitation to speak from the University Settlement.

Letter from Ms. Joan Daves to MLK

In this letter Ms. Daves informs Dr. King that she is working to solve issue of copyright for his Oslo University address, and stresses the importance of copyrighting all of his "writings...and speeches."

Letter from Ms. Joan Daves to MLK

In this letter Ms. Daves covers several topics relating to dealings with publishers and the protocol in the future. She makes a number of recommendations on the allocation of Dr. King's time and resources and stresses the priority of "a constructive and continuing publishing program related to your work and ideas."

Letter from Ms. Joan Daves to MLK

In this letter Ms. Daves writes to Dr. King to thank him for sending her the commission check from the "Saturday Review" SELMA piece. Daves goes on to say that Dr. King's article on the Watts riots was not published in several publications due to "scheduling problems", but will run in the "Saturday Review".

Letter from Ms. Joan Daves to MLK about a Publication

In this letter Joan Daves requests Dr. King's input on his chapter, "Black Power." Daves also inquires as to which magazine to send the manuscript first and suggests first sending it to "Life" magazine.

Letter from Ms. Joan Daves to MLK about Potential Publishers

This letter, dated 4/6/65, from Ms. Daves to Dr. King, discusses possible courses of action concerning various elements wanting to publish selections of Dr. King's work. These elements are competing and, in some cases, conflicting. Ms. Daves mentions an upcoming conference in which another matter would be discussed in addition to these.

Letter from Ms. Joan Daves to Mr. August Schou

In this letter Ms. Daves addresses Mr. Schou's request to have copyright assignment to the speech which Dr King delivered at the University of Oslo, after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. She stipulates to Mr. Schou's "first call" but stresses the importance of copyright protocol "after Oslo."

Letter from Ms. Joan Daves to Mr. Gosta Dahl

In this letter, dated June 11, 1964 to Mr. Gosta Dahl, Joan Daves expresses the importance of "Why We Can't Wait" and why they feel it is a "...potentially more successful" work than Dr. King's other two books. Accordingly, they request minimum advance and royalty schedules. She asks that Mr. Dahl check with the Swedish publishers to see if they would raise their offer, for the use of Dr. King's work.

Letter from Ms. Joan Daves to Ms. Dora McDonald

In this letter to Miss McDonald, Ms. Daves discusses a request for Dr. King to write a short introduction to William Bradford Huie's work "Three Lives for Mississippi". Ms. Daves stresses the importance of this opportunity as it addresses a topic "very much on Dr. King's mind," namely the starting of a "dialogue...between the two opposing forces."

Letter from Ms. Joan Daves to Ms. Dora McDonald Regarding Samples

In this letter, Ms. Daves, Dr. King's literary agent, is asking Ms. McDonald if Dr. King wants to see copies of the promotion for his book's paperback edition.

Letter from Nils K. Stahle to Joan Daves

The Director of the Nobel Foundation, Niles K. Stahle, explains the copyright of Dr. King's Nobel Lecture. Stahle states that the Lecture belongs to the Nobel Foundation and that measures will be taken to preserve its integrity.

Letter from Philip Foubert to Joan Daves

This letter dated November 28, 1964, was sent to Joan Daves from Philip Foubert. Foubert, editor of ECHO at Seattle Prep, writes to Joan Daves requesting that Dr. King write a "short letter, suitable for publication in our yearbook and addressed to the students of Seattle Prep."

Letter from Pierre Servais to MLK and Joan Daves

Pierre Servais writes to Dr. King on behalf of the publishing company that will soon be translating "Strength To Love" in French. Servais would like to know, among other things, if Dr. King will be able to make a stop in Paris or Brussels while he is in Europe. Servais would like to hear from Dr. King as soon as possible concerning a meeting because he would like to launch the French version of "Strength To Love", while Dr. King is in Europe.

Letter from Rev. Michael Hamilton to MLK

Rev. Michael Hamilton informs Dr. King that the book "The Viet Nam War - Christian Perspectives", which includes Dr. King's address on Vietnam, has just been published. Hamilton also notifies Dr. King of publicity plans and expresses gratitude for his contribution.

Letter from S. Leiss to Dr. King about Payment from Simon and Schuster, Inc.

Here in this notation, Leiss references a check enclosure as a permission fee to reprint "I Have a Dream" in the "Treasure of the World's Greatest Speeches" literature.

Letter from Secretary to Joan Regarding the Rights to "Strength to Love"

In this letter, the secretary asks Joan the status of the Japanese Edition to "Strength To Love", since Dr. King hadn't had the time to write the preface.

Letter from Tetsuo Kohmoto to MLK

Tetsuo Kohmoto, president of the Shinkyo Shuppansha Protestant Publishing Company, writes Dr. King regarding the Japanese edition of "Strength to Love." Kuhmoto requests a preface or message for the book and thanks Dr. King in advance for his kindness.

Letter from Tetsuo Kohmoto to MLK

Tetsuo Kohmoto, president of the Shinkyo Shuppansha Protestant Publishing Company, inquired to Joan Daves about publishing Dr. King's book, "Strength to Love," in Japanese. Mr. Kohmoto happily informs Dr. King that the Japanese edition of his book has now been "published to the reading public in Japan."

Letter from the British and Foreign Bible Society to MLK

The British and Foreign Bible Society invites Dr. King to their Bible Week at Aberystwyth during the summer of 1967. The society is commemorating the 400th anniversary of Welsh New Testament. Rev. T. J. Davies informs Dr. King of possible publication opportunities for his book that can take place during his stay in Aberystwyth.

Letter to Dora MacDonald from Joan Daves

Joan Daves writes to Ms. McDonald regarding Dr. King's availability, while he's away in New York. She also requests that a copy of the transcript, from a conference, be given to Dr. King as well as herself.

Letter to Joan Daves to Philip Hanson

Here Mr. Hanson conveys his appreciation for the permission to include words from Dr. King's "Why We Can't Wait", in his performance "The Rebels".

Letter to MLK from Joan Daves

Joan Daves writes Dr. King concerning materials that she received from Harper & Row Publishers.

Letter to MLK from Joan Daves about New Publication

In this letter Joan Daves reports to Dr. King a proposal for a French edition of "Strength to Love" based on a specified advance and royalty.

Letter to Monsier Sempe from Joan Daves

This is a letter stating that Dr. King's "Letter from the Birmingham Jail" cannot be used in any books because Dr. King wants it to appear in his own book first and it cannot be used before a French version of that book becomes available. Any translation and duplication of his letter violates copyright laws.

Letter to Ms. Hoover from Joan Daves

Joan Daves writes Miss Carol Hoover of the SCLC to coordinate efforts to market and promote Dr. King's "Why We Can't Wait."

Letter to Representatives of Harper & Row and N.A.L from Joan Daves Regarding "Why We Cant Wait"

This memo serves to inform all parties involved with the publishing of "Why We Can't Wait" of the arranged prepublication agreements made by Mrs. Joan Daves.

Memo from Joan Daves to Dr. King Regarding a Japanese Edition

Joan Daves, literary agent to Dr. King, requests permission from Dr. King to proceed with the Japanese edition of his book "Strength to Love" per the terms outlined in her letter of April 13.

Memo from Joan Daves to MLK

In this memo, Joan Daves informs Dr. King, along with others, that the Detroit News will run installments for "Why We Cant Wait." They are also told that the copyright will be in Dr. King's name and that credit will be given to Harper and NAL.

Memo from Joan Daves to MLK, Clarence Jones and Stanley Levison

Joan Daves expresses the importance of gaining proper copyright reassignment for Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

Memorandum of Agreement for Strength to Love

This document is a signed copy of Dr. King's Memorandum of Agreement for the Spanish edition of "Strength to Love."

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