Williams, Chester S. (Chester Sidney), 1907-1992

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American Chester Sidney Williams (b. 1907) was an administrator of educational programs and a public relations officer for the United States and the United Nations, from 1930 to 1952. From 1952 to 1963, he was a public relations consultant for private businesses and non-profit agencies. In 1968, Williams retired to Sarasota, Florida, where became very involved in community affairs and hosted radio and television programs. Williams advocated for global awareness and an emphasis on internationalism and pacifism in education.

From the description of Chester S. Williams papers, 1926-1976. (University of Oregon Libraries). WorldCat record id: 67840530

Chester Sidney Williams (1907-1992), worked in fourteen countries between 1928-1929 as representative of the Convention des Etudiants. From 1930-1931 he was the Executive Secretary for the National Student Federation of America. During the thirties he held several positions in the Educational Branch of Government. He was a lecturer for adult education forums (1932-1934); Assistant to the U.S. Commission of Education (1934-1936); and Assistant Administrator of Federal Forum Program (1936-1941) under John W. Studebaker.

From 1941-1942, Williams was Director of Adult Civic Education for the U.S. Office of Education, in which he developed war information centers in all of the states. In 1942, he was sent to England to work for the Office of War Information in charge of distributing educational programs abroad. From 1943-1944, he was Chief of Educational Programs for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. He worked as Public Liaison Officer for the Department of State from 1946-1950. At this same time (1946-1952) he was Deputy Director in the Office of Public Information, U.S. Mission to the U.N. Williams then became President of World Information, Inc.

Between 1952-1963, he operated some private business and did public relations work for other businesses and non-profit agencies. Among these were Hill and Knowlton, Inc., Gaynor and Ducas, Inc., American Cancer Society, International Rescue Committee, Hudson Institute, and Freedom House.

He officially retired in 1968 to his home in Sarasota, Florida where he conducted a weekly radio hour, and a television talk show. He was very involved in community affairs. Williams wrote extensively on education. He was very active in the push towards global awareness and advocated an education focus emphasizing internationalism and pacifism. Williams was married to Elizabeth Kemp in 1931. They had one son--Jon Allen. After his wife Elizabeth passed away, he married Frances Smith on February 19, 1974.

From the guide to the Chester S. Williams papers, 1926-1976, (Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Guide to the Pamela Spence Richards Papers, 1963-1998 Rutgers University. Special Collections and University Archives.
creatorOf Williams, Chester S. (Chester Sidney), 1907-1992. Chester S. Williams papers, 1926-1976. University of Oregon Libraries, UO Libraries
referencedIn Mahoney, Hugh T., 1910-1987. Hugh T. Mahoney scrapbook of a trip to Great Britain, 1943-1967. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Chester S. Williams papers, 1926-1976 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries
referencedIn Richards, Pamela Spence, 1944-1999. Pamela Spence Richards Papers 1963-1998. Rutgers University
referencedIn Sampson, Edith S. (Edith Spurlock), 1901?-1979. Papers, 1927-1979 (inclusive) 1934-1979 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Papers, 1927-1979 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Correspondence, 1860-1979. Houghton Library.
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correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
correspondedWith Mahoney, Hugh T., 1910-1987. person
correspondedWith Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). corporateBody
associatedWith Richards, Pamela Spence, 1944-1999. person
associatedWith Sampson, Edith S. (Edith Spurlock), 1901?-1979. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Sarasota (Fla.)
Middle East
Sarasota (Fla.)
Middle East
United States
Progressive education--United States
Communism--Philippines--History--20th century
Strikes and lockouts--Agricultural laborers--History--20th century
Communism History 20th century
International relations
Progressive education
Strikes and lockouts--Agricultural laborers--California--History--20th century
Elementary and Secondary Education


Birth 1907

Death 1992


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