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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Teaching

Series II: Writing

Series III: Miscellaneous

Series IV: Correspondence

Series V: Ornithology

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to George G. Williams papers, 1923-1983, bulk 1932-1964



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Williams, George Guion.
Title: George G. Williams Papers
Dates: 1923-1983, bulk 1923-1964
Abstract: Typescript and handwritten manuscripts, newspaper clippings, student questionnaires and papers, and correspondence which reflect the literary and academic career of George G. Williams, Professor of English, Rice University (1928-1968), along with his interests in ornithology.
Identification: MS 341
Extent: 4.5 linear ft.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Note

Born on May 1, 1902 at Rogers, Texas, George Guion Williams moved with his family to Houston in 1918 and attended Central High School. He entered Rice Institute in 1919 to study biology and English and graduated in 1923. Williams earned his Master's degree in English from Rice in 1925 and accepted an assistantship in English at New York University in 1927. He returned to Houston in 1928 to help with family matters. His hopes of returning to New York to obtain a doctorate in English were dashed by the Depression, so Williams began his 40-year teaching career at Rice in English literature and creative writing. He retired in 1968 and became a professor emeritus. Among his published works are Creative Writing for Advanced College Classes (1935), which remained in print for almost 40 years; The Blind Bull (1952) a novel that won first prize from the Texas Institute of Letters; Some of My Best Friends are Professors (1958); A New View of Chaucer (1965); and Guide to Literary London (1975). Some of the more notable students Williams helped influence include David Westheimer, William Goyen, Larry McMurtry, John Graves, James P. Miller and James Korges. Williams may be best known among his former students for sponsoring the Rice Writing Club.

While teaching English, Williams also cultivated his love for ornithology. He wrote numerous articles about birds for scientific journals and a book on bird migration that was published in 1961. He helped to establish the Houston Museum of Natural Science and served as the museums first president of their board of directors from 1948 to 1950. Williams married the former Marian Williams in 1930 and had two sons. He died December 1, 1999.

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Scope and Contents

The papers, housed in 13 Hollinger boxes, reflect Williams literary and academic careers, along with his interests in ornithology. Material includes typescript and handwritten manuscripts, newspaper clippings, student questionnaires and papers, and correspondence. There is a list of correspondents available in the control file. When donating these papers, Williams annotated the files with illustrative biographies or thoughts he remembered about the person or event.

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The papers are arranged in five series:
Series I: Teaching
Series II: Writing
Series III: Miscellaneous
Series IV: Correspondence
Series V: Ornithology

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials from the George G. Williams papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Williams, George Guion.
Subjects
Birds.
Fiction--Technique.
English language--Rhetoric.
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University. Dept. of English -- History.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George G. Williams Papers, 1923-1983, MS 341, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

The collection was received as a gift from George G. Williams in 1980 with additions made in 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by Lee Pecht

Edited by Gerrianne Schaad

December, 1999

There is material in President Lovett's (Rice University Archives) papers regarding the Heinrich Meyer trial.

There is a dual numbering system for the folders for Guide to Literary London. Numbers to the left of folder titles follow the preliminary numbering system, while numbers in parentheses indicate chapters in the final published form.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Teaching

The Teaching materials include his students responses to a biographical questionnaire Williams handed out at the beginning of the course. N.B. The preliminary drafts of Williams' Guide to Literary London are written on the backs of his syllabus and other class handouts.
Box Folder
1 1 English 330: Biographical questionnaires, 1948, 1950-53
2 English 330: Biographical questionnaires, 1954-56
3 English 330: Biographical questionnaires, 1957-59
4 English 330: Biographical questionnaires, 1960
5 English 330: Biographical questionnaires, 1961-64
6 English 330: Biographical questionnaires, n.d.
7 English 330: Biographical questionnaires, n.d.
8 English 330: Biographical questionnaires, n.d.
9 English 330: Biographical questionnaires, n.d.
10 English 330: Biographical questionnaires, n.d.
11 English 330: Biographical questionnaires, n.d.
12 English 330: Student class notes, c. 1960
13 English 360: Themes, 1930
Box Folder
2 1 Student themes, 1940, 1953, 1957-58, 1960, 1964
2 Student themes, 1963
3 Student themes, n.d.
4 Written tributes from former students solicited for Sallyport article on Professor Williams' retirement, William Goyen, John Graves, Larry McMurtry, J.P. Miller, David Westheimer 1976:
5 Letters regarding teaching appointments from the Rice Institute administration, 1924, 1951

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Series II: Writing

The Writing materials include draft, typescript, and proof copies of his books and the preliminary drafts of his Guide to Literary London, and copies of articles and reviews. The ornithological writings are included with the Ornithology series. N.B. The preliminary drafts of his Guide to Literary London are written on the backs of his syllabus and other class handouts.
Box Folder
2 6 Creative Writing: Original handwritten manuscript
7 Creative Writing: Partial first edition typescript with corrections
8 Creative Writing: Partial first edition typescript with corrections
9 Creative Writing: Revised edition typescript
10-11 The Blind Bull: Original handwritten manuscript
12 The Blind Bull: Typescript draft
13 The Blind Bull: Typescript draft
14 The Blind Bull: Page proofs
Box Folder
3 1 Some of My Best Friends are Professors: Original draft
2 Some of My Best Friends are Professors: Final draft
3 Geographical Factors in the Distribution of American Birds [and] Evolutionary Aspects of Migration: correspondence, notes, mailing list
4 A New View of Chaucer: First typescript draft
5 A New View of Chaucer: Typescript draft to printer
6 A New View of Chaucer: Carbon of original draft
7 A New View of Chaucer: Page proofs
8 A New View of Chaucer: Galley proofs
9 Guide to Literary London: Westminster (1)
10 Guide to Literary London: 2 Manchester (34, 21)
11 Guide to Literary London: 3 Bryanston area (34)
12 Guide to Literary London: 1, 3, 29 Kensington (24, 27, 29)
13 Guide to Literary London: 3 City Road to Blackfriars (3)
14 Guide to Literary London: 3, 15, 16 Chelsea (15, 16)
15 Guide to Literary London: 4 Tower to Shoreditch (4)
16 Guide to Literary London: 9, 2 Aldersgate and St. Paul's (2)
17 Guide to Literary London: 5, 11 Mayfair (Picadilly) (11)
18 Guide to Literary London: 6 Bloomsbury (8)
19 Guide to Literary London: 5 Southwark (5)
20 Guide to Literary London: 6 The Strand and Fleet Street (6)
21 Guide to Literary London: 7 Coram Fields area (18)
22 Guide to Literary London: 7 Inns at Court and vicinity (7)
23 Guide to Literary London: 8 The Temple area (7)
24 Guide to Literary London: 9 Covent Garden (9)
25 Guide to Literary London: 10 St. Jame's (10)
26 Guide to Literary London: 12 Grosvenor Square (12)
27 Guide to Literary London: 13 Campden Hill area (13)
28 Guide to Literary London: 16 Buckingham area (17)
29 Guide to Literary London: 17 Soho (14)
30 Guide to Literary London: 19 Berkeley Square (19)
31 Guide to Literary London: 20 Brompton (20)
32 Guide to Literary London: 1 Portland Place (21)
33 Guide to Literary London: 22, 2 Baker Street (Marylebone) (22)
34 Guide to Literary London: 23 Marylebone II (Wimpole Street) (23)
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4 35 Guide to Literary London: 25 Regent's Park West (25)
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3 36 Guide to Literary London: 26 Hampton (26)
37 Guide to Literary London: 28 Fitzroy Square (28)
38 Guide to Literary London 30 Belgravia (30)
39 Guide to Literary London: 31 Camden Town (35)
40 Guide to Literary London: 32 Bayswater (32)
41 Guide to Literary London: 33 Hyde Park area (33)
42 Guide to Literary London: 35 Primrose Hill (38)
43 Guide to Literary London: 36 Westbourne Park (appendix)
44 Guide to Literary London: 37 North of London Bridge (31)
45 Guide to Literary London: 38 Paddington (37)
46 Guide to Literary London: 39 Maida Vale (appendix)
47 Guide to Literary London: Introduction
48 Guide to Literary London: Tour 1-Westminster
49 Guide to Literary London: Tour 2-Aldersgate and St. Paul's
Box Folder
4 1 Guide to Literary London: Tour 3-City Road to Blackfriars
2 Guide to Literary London: Tour 4-Tower to Shoreditch; Tour 5-Southwark
3 Guide to Literary London: Tour 6-The Strand and Fleet Street
4 Guide to Literary London: Tour 7-Inns of Court and vicinity
5 Guide to Literary London: Tour 8-Bloomsbury
6 Guide to Literary London: Tour 9-Covent Garden
7 Guide to Literary London: Tour 10-St. Jame's
8 Guide to Literary London: Tour 11-Piccadilly
9 Guide to Literary London: Tour 12-Grosvenor Square; Tour 13-Campden Hill area
10 Guide to Literary London: Tour 14-Soho
11 Guide to Literary London: Tour 15-Chelsea West
12 Guide to Literary London: Tour 16-Chelsea East; Tour 17-Buckingham area
13 Guide to Literary London: Tour 18-Coram Fields area; Tour 19-Berkeley Square
14 Guide to Literary London: Tour 20-Brompton; Tour 21-Portland Place
15 Guide to Literary London: Tour 22-Marylebone; Tour 23-Wimpole Street area
16 Guide to Literary London: Tour 24-Kensington East; Tour 25-Regent's Park West
17 Guide to Literary London: Tour 26-Hampstead; Tour 27-South Kensington
18 Guide to Literary London: Tour 28-Fitzroy Square; Tour 29-Kensington West
19 Guide to Literary London: Tour 30-Belgravia-Pimlico; Tour 31-North of London Bridge
20 Guide to Literary London: Tour 32-Bayswater; Tour 33-Hyde Park area
21 Guide to Literary London: Tour 34-Bryanston area; Tour 35-Regent's Park East
22 Guide to Literary London: Tour 36-St. John's Wood; Tour 37-Paddington
23 Guide to Literary London: Appendix; Isolated locations Published articles, off-prints, reviews
24 Off-prints
25 Off-prints, Rice-related
26 Reviews of others' works/edited copy
27 Literature and Democracy: Handwritten draft/notes
28 Literature as a Fine Art in America: Initial draft/notes
29 Humors and Adventures of the Pacific Coast: Handwritten draft/notes
30 Various published works

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Series III: Miscellaneous

The Miscellaneous files include news clippings about Heinrich Meyer's court battles to retain his citizenship. The material does not contain any correspondence between Meyer and Williams, but does include a poem Meyer wrote for Williams and notes and commentary that Williams wrote about the trial. There are also letters to Julia Harris concerning her donation to Meyers legal fund.
Box Folder
4 31 Lectures
32 Heinrich Meyer case
33 Personal

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Series IV: Correspondence

The Correspondence series consists of letters received from friends and work colleagues. They are in alphabetical order. Williams included brief descriptions of the correspondent in most of the files.
Professor Williams wrote a large number of notes pertaining to his many correspondents. The notes are a few sentences on small scraps of paper attached to the first piece of correspondence. The notes explain the relationship between the writer and Williams. In some cases, the note or annotation runs to several pages.
Box Folder
4 34 A-M, miscellaneous
35 Abelard Schuman Publishers/Abelard Press
36 Adamic, Louis
37 Altenburg, Edgar
38 Anderson, Mrs. Sherwood
39 Arnold, E. Oren
40 Axson, Stockton
41 Bedichek, Roy
42 Bent, A.C.
43 Boord, Willa
44 Branch, E. Douglas
45 Craig, Hardin T.
46 Davies, Joseph I.
47 Dickey, James
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5 1 Dobie, James Frank
2 Erdman, Loula Grace
3 Fisher, James
4 Fuermann, George
5 Fuller, Muriel
6 Gipson, Fred
7 Glenn, Jack
8 Goyen, William
9 Graves, John A.
10 Griscom, Ludlow
11 Hamner, Laura
12 Jahn, Theodore
13 Johnson, Lyndon
14 Kilman, Ed
15 Krutch, Joseph Wood
16 McMurtry, Larry
17 McWilliams, Carey
18 Major, Mabel
19 Meyer, Heinrich
20 Miller, J.P.
21 Miller, Vassar
22 Moore, Marianne
23 Muir, Andrew
24 Murphy, Robert Cushman
25 N-Z, miscellaneous
26 Oberholser, Harry
27 Oberlé, E.J.
28 O'Neal, Cothburn
29 Peterson, Roger Tory
30 Pettingill, Olin
31 Pough, Richard
32 Powell, Lawrence Clark
33 Schneider, Franz
34 Schorer, Mark
35 Simons, Elwyn
36 Sprunt, Alexander Jr.
37 Steele, Paul
38 Steele, Paul
39 Stevenson, Allan
40 Stevenson, Rachel Waples
41 Sutton, George M.
42 Thomas, Albert
43 Tinkle, Lon
44 Van Tyne, Josselyn
45 Wardlaw, Frank
46 Westheimer, David
47 Williamson, George
48 Woodring, Carl
49 Yarborough, Ralph W.
50 Zimmer, John T.

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Series V: Ornithology

The final series, Ornithology consists of the typescript of Williams' book Ornithological Records, 1932-1940, his published articles about ornithology and field check lists.
Box Folder
5 51 Ornithological Records, 1932-40, pp. 4-165 (typescript)
52 Ornithological Records, 1932-40, pp. 166-348 (typescript)
53 Ornithological Records, 1932-40, pp. 349-469 (typescript)
54 Ornithological Records, 1932-40, pp. 470-570 (typescript)
55 Handwritten cards of sightings for Ornithological Records
56 Handwritten cards of sightings for Ornithological Records
57 Handwritten cards of sightings for Ornithological Records
58 Williams' published articles re: ornithology
59 Field check lists of the birds of the upper Gulf Coast area of Texas

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