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Guide to the O. C. Williams Records
MSS-2010-06-03  
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Description
The O. C. Williams Records, 1887-1992 (bulk 1946-1974), document Dr. Williams' tenure at San Jose State College, as well as his professional career as a poet. The records consist of Humanities Department records, index card files, class notes, correspondence, literary research notes, microfilm records of the Defoe's Tour thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, and Williams' original poetry. The records are arranged into three series: Series I: Humanities Department Records, 1946-1992 (bulk 1946-1959); Series II: Kappa Alpha and Gamma Delta Fraternity Organizational Records, 1946-1959; and Series III: O. C. Williams Research Files, 1887-1979 (bulk 1946-1974).
Background
Dr. Otho Clinton (O.C.) Williams, Professor Emeritus of English and Humanities, was born in Forth Worth, Texas in 1908. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1930 with a B.A. in English, and immediately attended the University of Southern California (USC) for his secondary credential and master's degree, both of which he received in 1935. Upon graduation, he attended the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) for his doctorate. Williams was hired by Reed College in Portland, Oregon after completing all but his doctoral dissertation, but was drafted and joined the Air Force's pre-meteorological training program. He later spent two and a half years in the Navy as an enlisted man and a classification specialist. Upon being discharged from the Navy, he returned to his job at Reed College.
Extent
13 boxes, 15.8 linear feet
Restrictions
Copyright is assigned to the San Jose State University Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives. Copyright restrictions may apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.
Availability
The collection is open for research.