The collection consists of newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, photographic tintypes, published articles, unpublished manuscripts, memorial service notes and assorted personal items dating from the early 1800s to 2009. Williams's correspondence includes letters to friends, colleagues and associates, with many communications relating directly to works authored by Williams. The collection also includes personnel information dating to Williams's time at Oregon State University, documents related to his service in the United States Navy, and genealogical records collected and saved by the Williams family.
An addition (Accession 2012:021) to the Williams Appleman Williams Papers consists of several dozen letters exchanged between Edward Crapol and William Appleman Williams in which the two discuss matters both personal and professional. The bulk of the letters are written by Williams. The materials also include a reprint of a publication by Williams, "Fire in the Ashes of Scientific History," as well as several typescripts of articles and speeches by Williams. The accession likewise includes greeting cards and a handful of newspaper clippings related to Williams and his work.
Edward Crapol was a student of William Appleman Williams at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He began his career as professor of history at the College of William and Mary in 1967, retiring as professor emeritus in 2004. Crapol is regarded to be an expert on the life and presidency of John Tyler. Materials may not be viewed until ten years after Crapol's death.
A second addition to the William Appleman Williams Papers (Accession 2012:074) consists of a number of items both created by and documenting the life of William Appleman Williams. The heart of the accession is a collection of perhaps 200 photographs of scenery - principally the scenery of the Oregon coast - taken by Williams. Also included are about a dozen photographs of Williams himself. Records and mementos make up the remainder of the accession. Notable among the records are programs, newspaper clippings, and a speech typescript, penned by Jeri McCormick, about Williams and his work. The records also include Williams correspondence, legal documents related to Williams' coastal property, and an article written by Williams for a conference, "Literature and the Sea," held in Newport, Oregon. The mementos transferred in this accession include award plaques and Williams' paperweight, rubber stamp, and money clip.
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