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Collection Number: 02252

Collection Title: James Merrill Williams Papers, 1842-1892

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This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 25 items)
Abstract Methodist and Episcopal minister and professor at colleges in Maryland, Delaware, and New England. Reminiscences relating epecially to slavery on the eastern shore of Maryland when Williams was a boy, and to Williams's European travels and student life in Germany, 1869-1871; speeches while a student at Dickinson College, Pa., 1864-1865, and while he was teaching in New England, 1880- 1889; historical articles; a commonplace book; and other items.
Creator Williams, James Merrill, 1842-1894.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James Merrill Williams Papers #2252, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from W. T. Chichester of Arlington, Va., in October 1949.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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James Merrill Williams:

1842 Born 4 April
1865-1868 Taught at a private school
1868 Joined the Philadelphia Methodist Conference
1868-1869 Preached at Harrington, Del.
1869-1871 Student at the University of Berlin and the University of Tubingen
1871-1873 Pastor in Cambridge, Md.
1873 Principal of the Wilmington Conference Academy in Dover, Del.
1878-1882 President of the Wesleyan Female College in Wilmington, Del.
1882-1885 Pastor of Pine Street Church, Portland, Md.
1885-1886 Pastor of First Church in Concord, N.H.
1866 Received Ph.D. degree pro merits from Boston University
1886-1889 Pastor at St. Paul's in Manchester, N.H.
1889-1892 Pastor at St. Paul's in Fall River, Mass.
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Reminiscences relating epecially to slavery on the eastern shore of Maryland when Williams was a boy, and to Williams's European travels and student life in Germany, 1869-1871; speeches while a student at Dickinson College, Pa., 1864-1865, and while he was teaching in New England, 1880- 1889; historical articles; a commonplace book; and other items.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. School and Preaching Items, 1838-1892.

11 items.

Diplomas, 1868-1870; master's oration, 1868; notifications of admission as candidate for the priest's orders, 1892; letter from Bishop Phillips Brooks, 1892; certificate of ordination as deacon by the bishop of Rhode Island, 1893; and a license to preach, 1893, of James Merrill Williams.

Folder 1

School and preaching items #02252, Series: "1. School and Preaching Items, 1838-1892." Folder 1

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2 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 10

Volume 1: 1861-1866, 88 pp. #02252, Series: "3. Volumes, 1861-1866." Folder 10

Commonplace book and account book of James M. Williams.

Folder 11

Volume 2: 1864-1865, 1870, 1880, and 1893, 120 pp. #02252, Series: "3. Volumes, 1861-1866." Folder 11

Orations from Dickinson College and Reminiscences and a journal of James M. Williams from 1870, 1880, and 1893.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, September 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, January 2010

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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