William Appleman Williams (1921-1990), an influential American historian and writer, was a member of the History faculty at Oregon State University from 1968-1986. He is regarded to be a founder of the "revisionist school" of American diplomatic history. A prolific author, Williams's The Contours of American History (1961), was named, by the Modern Library, one of the 100 best non-fiction books written in English in the twentieth century. The Williams Papers consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, books, photographs and memorabilia.
History As a Way of Learning: On the Death of the American Historian William A. Williams
by Frank Unger. 1990. 11 pages.
A Good Life and A Good Death: A Memoir of An Independent Lady
by William Appleman Williams. 1984. 10 pages.
Ninety Days Inside The Empire
by William Appleman Williams. 2010. 132 pages.
by William Appleman Williams. 2012. 14 pages.
22 linear feet; 35 boxes; 29 books
The Williams Papers are organized into six series. All archival materials within each series are arranged either chronologically or thematically, as appropriate. Items in the Williams library are organized alphabetically by author.
An oral history interview conducted with Bill Robbins recounting his memories of William Appleman Williams is held in the History of Oregon State University Oral Histories and Sound Recordings Collection (OH 03).
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