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John Edward Williams Papers

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1956-005

Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers of John Edward Williams, a professor of mathematics (1903-1924) and Dean of the College (1924-1943) at Virginia Tech. The collection contains notes kept by Williams while a graduate student in courses taught by James Morris Page, William H. Echols, and others at the University of Virginia. There are several notebooks devoted to various mathematical problems and solutions, together with texts of a number of Williams' speeches, as well as a small set of printed articles written by Williams, Page, Echols, and others. Williams' diplomas and membership certificates complete the collection.

Dates

  • 1892 - 1940

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials.

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Biographical Note

John Edward Williams (1867-1943) was a Virginia Tech mathematics professor and Dean of the College. He was born in Charlotte County, Virginia on September 17, 1867, to Albert H. and Matilda Berkeley Williams. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1892, before serving as principal of Boydton High School for two years. From 1894 to 1895, Williams served as assistant principal of Roanoke's Commerce Street School, then returned to Boydton as a private instructor for Col. Thomas F. Goode.

Williams next entered a special course in pure mathematics at the University of Virginia in 1896, obtaining his master's degree in 1899 and doctoral degree in 1902. He served as a mathematics instructor at the university from 1899 until 1903, when he was appointed to the mathematics department at Virginia Tech.

In 1924, Williams was named Virginia Tech's Dean of the College, a position he held until his death. Williams also served on the State Board of Education and on the Hampden-Sydney Board of Trustees and was a member of several mathematics- and science-related societies. In 1925, Hampden-Sydney conferred upon him an honorary doctorate of laws.

Williams married Sallie Taylor Patton, daughter of Col. William M. Patton, in 1905. The couple had three children. Williams died in Blacksburg on April 19, 1943.

Extent

0.6 Cubic Feet (1 box; 1 oversize)

Abstract

This collection contains the papers of John Edward Williams (1867-1943), professor of mathematics (1903-1924) and Dean of the College (1924-1943) at Virginia Tech. Materials include class notes taken by Williams as a graduate student at the University of Virginia; notes and solutions for various mathematical problems; texts of Williams' speeches; printed articles by Williams and others; and diplomas and membership certificates.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by document type, then chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

The John Edward Williams Papers were donated to Newman Library in 1956.

Related Archival Materials

See also the Records of the Dean of the College, John E. Williams, RG 11/2 at Virginia Tech Special Collections and University Archives.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the John Edward Williams Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the John Edward Williams Papers commenced and was completed in October 2007.

Title
A Guide to the John Edward Williams Papers, 1892-1940
Status
Completed
Author
John M. Jackson
Date
2007 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308