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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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MLK Itinerary

Dr. King's secretary is writing Joan Daves to notify her of his speaking engagements for the 1964-1965 season.

MLK Royalty Statement from Joan Daves

This royalty statement from Joan Daves references a French publication of Dr. King's "Strength To Love".

MLK's Statement on Current Electoral Politics

This is the draft of a statement that Dr. King planned to make, concerning the state of politics in America. Dr. King expresses his disappointment in that "the quality of some of the men elected makes a mockery of responsible government," and urges African-Americans to "lose faith in a shallow 'good will' that provides nothing."

Nonviolence

Dr. King defines nonviolence as a "sword" that attacks hatred by striking at the conscience and morality of man.

Note from Joan Daves to Dr. King

This note is to request Dr. King's signature on a contract with British publishers, Hodder & Stroughton in London for his book "Strength To Love."

Note from Joan Daves to MLK

A representative of Joan Daves is enclosing a check for $120 for the Spanish edition of the book "Stride Toward Freedom."

Note to Dr. King from JOAN DAVES, New York, NY, dated September 23, 1973

This note is to request Dr. King's signature on a contract with Oncken for german language edition of Stride Toward Freedom.

Note to MLK

In a brief note, Joan Daves informs Dr. King of an enclosed British publisher's catalogue for his review.

People to People

Dr. King announces the SCLC's launching of a People to People tour of four northern cities. The SCLC launched this tour in the north to display a concern for the "moral welfare of Northern Negroes."

Permission form sent via Joan Daves to Mr.Gilford to Reprint Material Pertaining to Dr.King

This form serves as a way to grant Mr.Gilford permission to reprint the "Letter from Birmingham City Jail" in the "Free Government in the Making, 3rd ed."

President Kennedy's Record

In this February 1962 column for the New York Amsterdam News, Dr. King acknowledges President Kennedy's appointment of Negroes and executive order ending employment discrimination. But he calls the President “cautious and defensive” in providing strong leadership in civil rights and criticizes him for not ordering an end to discrimination in federally-assisted housing.

Review on "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community" 1967

The Virginia Kirkus Review wrote this descriptive review on Dr. King's final book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? The context of the review shows differences between the messages of Dr. King's earlier works and Where Do We Go From Here. Dr. King's earlier publications focused on the work of gaining decent treatment and basic civil rights for black Americans. However, this book heavily challenged the status quo in America.

Reviews of Strength to Love

These reviews of Dr. King's "Strength to Love" illustrate King's use of theological beliefs in conjunction with the struggle for civil rights reform.

Royalties from "Why We Can't Wait"

This document is a reference to the royalties earned from Dr.King's book "Why we Can't Wait", the Norwegian edition.

Royalty Statement

This statement provides figures of terms and earned royalties for the German-language edition "Strength to Love."

Royalty Statement for "Strength To Love"

This royalty statement reference royalties from Dr. King's french-language edition book, "Strength To Love", published by Castermann s.a.

Royalty Statement for "Stride Toward Freedom"

The document shown here is a book royalty statement for Dr. King's first book, "Stride Toward Freedom."

Royalty Statement for a Payot Published Edition of "Why We Can't Wait"

This royalty statement for a French-language edition of "Why We Can't Wait" documents royalties earned in 1966.

Royalty Statement for Casterman Published Edition of "Strength to Love"

This royalty statement references royalties earned for a French-language edition of "Strength to Love".

Royalty Statement for Dr. King’s “Strength to Love”

This statement from Joan Daves details royalty earnings for the Finnish edition of Dr. King's "Strength to Love," published by Kirjapaja.

Royalty Statement for French Edition of The Strength to Love

This statement from Joan Daves details royalty earnings for the French edition of Dr. King's "The Strength to Love," published by Casterman S.A. for the period October 1, 1965 to March 31, 1966.

Royalty Statement for Japanese Edition of Stride Toward Freedom

Joan Daves details royalty earnings for the Japanese edition of Dr. King's "Stride Toward Freedom," including the number of copies sold in 1966.

Royalty Statement for MLK

This royalties statement from Joan Daves to Dr. King details the earnings and number of copies sold for the French edition of "The Strength to Love" during the given time period.

Royalty Statement for MLK from Joan Daves

In this royalty statement, Joan Daves provides a detailed report of earnings for the British edition of Dr. King's book "Strength to Love."

Royalty Statement for MLK's "Strength to Love" German Edition

This statement from Joan Daves details royalty earnings for the German edition of Dr. King's "Strength to Love," published by Christliche.

Royalty Statement for MLK's "Stride Toward Freedom"

This statement from Victor Gollancz, Ltd. details royalty earnings for Dr. King's "Stride Toward Freedom",for the six-month period ending 9/29/66.

Royalty Statement for MLK's "Why We Can't Wait"

This statement from Joan Daves details royalty earnings for the German edition of Dr. King's "Why We Can't Wait", published by Econ Verlag, for the period 1/1/65 to 12/31/65.

Royalty Statement for Strength To Love

This financial document from Joan Daves, an agent of Harper & Row in New York City, references an itemized Royalty statement for Dr. King's book, "Strength To Love."

Royalty Statement for Strength to Love

Joan Daves issues this royalty statement for a German language edition of Dr. King's Strength to Love. The statement includes the amount earned and number of copies sold.

Royalty Statement for Stride Toward Freedom

Harper and Row Publishers itemize the royalties from Dr. King's "Stride Toward Freedom" for a total of $97.89 for 3765 copies.

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