Papers of James Lawrence Basil Williams [manuscript], 1895-1995.


Papers of James Lawrence Basil Williams [manuscript], 1895-1995.

Papers of Williams consist of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia and miscellany pertaining to his clerical career, family, and autograph collection. Papers generated by Williams's life as an Episcopal priest include material concerning the various congregations he served, particularly Bethesda-by-the-Sea, Palm Beach, Fl.; as well as church organizations including the American Bible Institute, the American Center for Theological Studies which he founded, the Association of International Churches of Europe and the Middle East, the Convocation of American Churches in Europe, and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. The papers also contain a file concerning Williams's opposition to the Gray Commission Report on Integration in the Public Schools and the subsequent censoring by his congregation. Other topics in his files include his ministry to the horse industry in Virginia, the Society of the Cincinnati, the Society of Colonial Wars, and the remodeling of "Upshot," Boyce, Va. The papers also contain correspondence with his wives Jean Rowell McCardell Williams and Griselda Higginson Hewitt Cunningham Williams, his children Judith Barcroft Williams Washam and Ian Rowell Denmead Williams and his grandchilden. Topics in this personal correspondence include his naval career in World War II in England, including a brief descripiton of D-Day celebrations; Griselda Higginson's travels and studies in France in the 1930s; Judith Washam's acting career, and the last illness and death of Jean Williams. Among the correspondents in the autograph collection are Sherman Adams, Lloyd Bensen, Ralph J.. Bunche, Harry F. Byrd, Harry F. Byrd, Jr., Jimmy Doolittle, Hubert H. Humphrey, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., Archdeacon Frederick W. Neve, Prince Rainier, III, Princess Grace of Monaco, Harry S. Truman, and Thornton Wilder. Other correspondents in the collection include Cordell Hull, Jessie Ball duPont and Herblock.

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University of Virginia. Library

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