Davis' honors include election to Beta Phi Mu (Golden Anniversary Award, 1999) and Phi Kappa Phi and fellowships from the Newberry Library and the American Institute of Indian Studies. In 2003 he received a lifetime editorial achievement award from the ALA Library History Round Table, and in 2004 was named Distinguished Alumnus of his school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has held various School Teaching Fellowships, a Big XII Faculty Fellowship and several awards from the University Research Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as the Texas Excellence Teaching Award. He is listed in the major biographical reference works.
On January 24, 2003, Donald G. Davis, Jr.
was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Library
History Round Table of the American Library Association for
being "a model of judicious and
diligent scholarship, for
service to the ALA Library History Round Table through
editorship of Libraries
for the past quarter century." The Round Table
also expressed its sincere appreciation to Davis for editorship
of Libraries & Culture:
A Journal of Library History and its predecessor, The
Journal of Library History, Philosophy & Comparative
According to the award text, under his
leadership, the Libraries
& Culture "book
review sections and special issues became rich with
Library history seminar proceedings became excellent
examples of cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural research. For
this and his many other achievements, Davis deserves the abiding
respect of a grateful Round Table."