University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Roger J. Williams Papers, 1920-1988

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Williams, Roger J.
Title: Roger J. Williams Papers
Dates: 1920-1988
Abstract: The Roger J. Williams Papers contain correspondence, subject files, research notes, manuscripts of lectures and publications, administrative records, and teaching material documenting Williams' career as a biochemist and professor.
Accession No.: 88-87; 92-295; 2004-154; 2008-062
Extent: 124 feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Roger J. Williams (1893-1988) was a biochemist and professor who did pioneering work in the fields of nutrition, human biochemical and physiological individuality, and public education. His early work at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon dealt largely with the biochemistry and nutritional importance of vitamins. He discovered pantothenic acid and did early work on, and named, folic acid. After arriving at the University of Texas, his interests shifted to the study of human individuality, particularly with respect to nutritional requirements. In a series of well-known books, he explored the implications of biochemical individuality for nutrition, disease prevention, and the treatment of alcoholism. While at the University of Texas, he founded the Clayton Foundation Biochemical Institute.

Scope and Contents

The Roger J. Williams Papers document Williams' career from 1920 through 1988. The bulk of the papers concern Williams' career at the University of Texas (1933-1988) and particularly his research and writing on biochemical individuality, nutrition, and disease prevention. His time in Oregon is represented by general correspondence files (1920, 1927-1939). Later general correspondence files (1939-1975) include administrative records of the Clayton Foundation Biochemical Institute. Records of Williams' work in biochemical individuality and its application to nutrition, alcoholism, and disease prevention include subject files, research notes, and correspondence, together with manuscripts of lectures and publications, editorial correspondence, and reader reaction letters. There are research notebooks recording the work on pantothenic acid (1930's), as well as correspondence and documents relating to the patenting of Williams' methods of synthesis (1939-1946). The papers also include teaching material.



Writings - General
Unpublished Writings
Research Data, Notes, Reports, Grant Materials
Subjects of Interest Files
Biographical Files
Clayton Foundation Biochemical Institute
Chemistry Department
University of Texas: Administration, Offices, Branches
American Chemical Society
National Academy of Science
Societies and Clubs
Photographic and Audiovisual Material
Assorted Personal Material


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Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Williams, Roger John
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas - Department of Chemistry
Clayton Foundation Biochemical Institute
Variation (Biology)
Human biology

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Roger J. Williams Papers, 1920-1988, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Other Finding Aid

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