James E. Williams collection
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James E. Williams collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Williams, James Etheldred, 1826-1900
Title: James E. Williams collection
Dates: 1820-1905, undated
Quantity: 2.09 linear ft. (1 document case, 1 oversize box, and FF folder)
Identification: ahc.MSS329

Biographical/Historical Note

James Etheldred Williams (1826-1900), born in Granger County, Tennessee, in 1826, came to Atlanta, Georgia in 1851. He established a business as a commission merchant of produce and established a theatre on the second floor of the building he constructed at Pryor and Hunter Streets in 1854. Before the Civil War, he was one of the founding members of the Georgia and Western Railroad, and a vestryman of St. Phillip's church. In 1862, he represented the 2nd ward on the City Council. He served as Mayor of Atlant afor two terms, beginning in 1866. Additional biographical information about James E. Williams has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of Williams family members letters, bills, and receipts beinginning in the 1820s to the turn of the century. There are three bound books: checkbook 1854, Williams company account book 1859, and scrapbook 1904-1905. There are also several Confederate bond receipts and checks, letters from the field, a parole, a bill of sale for a slave, and monthly subsistence papers. Other items include a fire insurance policy dated October 16, 1865; an invitation to Fanny Gordon's wedding - daughter of John B. Gordon; and graduation programs from Boys' High and Girls' High.

Index Terms

Associations, institutions, etc.--Georgia--Atlanta
Atlanta (Ga.)
Atlanta Public Library. Ida Williams Branch.
Business records--Georgia
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate
Williams family--Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James E. Williams collection, MSS 329, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1969


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Receipts, accounts, letters to William Williams, Bean Station, Tennessee, 1820s
2Letters and receipts, 1830s
3Personal letters to James E. Williams, 1840s
4Receipts and letters, William Williams primarily, 1850s
5Census taker appointment, 1850
6Checkbook, 1854
7Deed, Fulton County, Georgia, 1856
8Letters and reports from West Point, South Carolina, 1858-1860
9Letters, 1860
10Handwritten roster Fulton Dragoons, Company G, military telegram, undated
11Monthly subsistence papers, Fort Randall, New Jersey, undated
12Accounts, Lt. S.C. Williams, 1861
13Receipt for negro girl, miscellaneous Confederate papers including parole of William Williams, 1864
14"Dear Brother" Civil War letters, undated
15Civil War letters, undated
16"Passport" in Spanish for S.C. Williams, 1866
17Speech to City Council by James E. Williams, 1866
18Southern Insurance and Trust Company, 1866
19Letter from Ireland, 1867
20Letters to William J. Williams, 1870s
21Graduation programs - Atlanta High School, Boys High, Girls High, and Washington Seminary, 1869-1886
22Invitation to Fanny Gordon's wedding, 1888
23Letters, 1899
24Constitution - Young Men's Social Club of Atlanta, undated
25Miscellaneous letters, undated
26Miscellaneous, undated
27Playbill "Monte Cristo", undated


MSS OS box 3.253Williams Company account book and scrapbook, 1859, 1904-1905


MSS OS FF 332Newspapers and clippings, undated