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Richmond B. Williams papers, 1904-1987

Series I: Richmond B. Williams papers, 1904-1987

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The correspondence includes some letters from Williams's days as a Columbia student, but the majority of the letters relate to a draft of an article Williams was working on in 1960 about the President's House. An updated version of the article appeared in Columbia College Today in the Fall 1970 issue.

Box 1 Folder 1 Coffee, Joseph D., 1961

Box 1 Folder 2 Columbia University, 1924-1971

Includes materials related to the Brander Matthews Dramatic Museum

Box 1 Folder 3 Fackenthal, Frank D., 1925-1960

Box 1 Folder 4 Hocker, H.D., circa 1960

Box 1 Folder 5 "Jim", 1960

School of Architecture

Box 1 Folder 6 K, 1959-1961

Box 1 Folder 7 Michelfelder, Phyllis, 1961

Box 1 Folder 8 Proffitt, Ruth, circa 1960

Box 1 Folder 9 Seabury, Charles Ward, 1904-1940

Williams's godfather

Box 1 Folder 10 Thomas, Milton Halsey, 1960

Box 1 Folder 11 Williams, Richmond, 1932-1970

Box 1 Folder 12 Manuscripts, 1960s-1970s

Includes manuscripts of articles on the President's House and Brander Matthews's legacy

Box 1 Folder 13 Drawings, 1920s

Subject Files

Box 1 Folder 14 Academic Transcripts, 1924-1942

Columbia College and School of Journalism

Box 1 Folder 15 Biographical, 1986-1987


Box 1 Folder 16 Dramatic Museum, circa 1970

Notes for an article

Box 1 Folder 17 John Jay Hall, 1928

Box 1 Folder 18 Oral History, 1970


Includes original prints, copy negatives and prints from the copy negatives

Box 1 Folder 19-20 The Great God Pan and the Victorian Society, 1920s, 2 folders

The statue used to located near the southwest corner of 120th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.

Box 1 Folder 21-22 The Reading from Homer, 1920s, 2 folders

Victorian Society members in front of the Great God Pan statue reading from a book

Box 1 Folder 23-24 The Victorians express horror at the Age of the Machine, 1920s, 2 folders

Victorian Society members pose with machinery on campus

Box 1 Folder 25 Negatives, undated

Copy negatives for the three prints

Box 1 Folder 26 Certificate and Award, 1925-1975

Certificate of degree of Bachelor of Literature and Distinguished Classmate award

Box 1 Folder 27 Printed Materials, 1922-1969

Newspaper clippings from the 1920s and a George C. Marshall Research Library newsletter, 1969


These materials were donated by Richmond Williams to the Columbiana Collection. His Class of 1925 materials can be found in the Alumni class records (UA#0259).

Box 1 Folder 28 Articles re: Columbia, 1954-1956

Includes articles on Arden House, the American Assembly, Poughkeepsie Regatta

Box 1 Folder 29 Columbia Alumni News, 1939-1948

Issues of CAN: King's Visit in 1939, Nicholas Murray Butler's retirement, and Dwight D. Eisenhower's appoint to University President

Box 1 Folder 30 International Debates, 1923-1924, 1966

Debate team materials, invitations to the President's House and a note from Jacques Barzun on remembering the 1923 Debate Team. The first Oxford-Columbia debate was held at Columbia in 1922. Money was raised to send the Columbia team to Great Britain in June 1923 on a ten-university tour. When the Oxford team returned in 1924, Williams served as the Debate Manager.

Box 1 Folder 31 King's College seal reproductions, 1958-1962

As a member of the Columbiana Committee, Williams looks into making reproductions of the King's College seal

Box 1 Folder 32 Newspaper clippings, 1920s-1950s

Includes Class Day 1925 clippings

Box 1 Folder 33 Spectator Banquet menus, 1922-1925

Spring dinner menus, held at hotels before the opening of Faculty House

Box 1 Folder 34 Spectator re: Students Hall (now John Jay Hall), 1924-1925

Correspondence Williams received as Spectator Editor-in-Chief in response to this editorials on the need for a Students Hall. Includes a letter from Nicholas Murray Butler.

Box 1 Folder 35 When Columbia Rowed at Henley, 1920s

Article by Williams published in the Columbia Varsity