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Collection Number: 05182

Collection Title: Kenny J. Williams Papers, 1962-2003

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,500 items)
Abstract Kenny Jackson Williams (1927-2003), an African American studies scholar, taught at Duke University and was appointed to the Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The collection consists of correspondence, writings, clippings, photographic slides, and other miscellaneous papers of Kenny J. Williams. The correspondence is chiefly professional, with publishers, students, members of the English Department at Duke University, and others, regarding publishing, teaching, and faculty matters, and her NEH appointment. Also included are some personal letters from friends and other correspondence regarding membership in a women's club. Writings include drafts of various articles on African American writers, Sherwood Anderson, and midwestern writers of the nineteenth century, and Williams's conservative positions, considered controversial in the academy, on multiculturalism, affirmative action in higher education, and the ideological implications of studying African American literature. The photographic slides document travel to Liberia, Romania, Hungary, and China during the 1960s.
Creator Williams, Kenny J.
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 Kenny J. Williams Papers #5182, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the estate of Kenny J. Williams in October 2004 (Acc. 99913).
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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Kenny Jackson Williams (1927-2003), named after Kentucky, the state in which she was born, received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught at several universities before joining the English Department at Duke University in Durham, N.C., in 1977. Williams published extensively on African American writers, Sherwood Anderson, and other midwestern writers of the nineteenth century. In 1991, President George H. W. Bush appointed her to the Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Kenny J. Williams died in 2003.

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The collection consists of correspondence, writings, clippings, photographic slides, and other miscellaneous papers of Kenny J. Williams (1927-2003), an African American studies scholar who taught at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and was appointed to the Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The correspondence is chiefly professional, with publishers, students, members of the English Department at Duke University, and others, regarding publishing, teaching, and faculty matters, and her NEH appointment. There are some personal letters from friends and other correspondence regarding membership in a women's club. Writings include drafts of various articles on African American writers, Sherwood Anderson, and midwestern writers of the nineteenth century, and Williams's positions, considered controversial in the academy, on multiculturalism, affirmative action in higher education, and the ideological implications of studying African American literature. The photographic slides document travel to Liberia, Romania, Hungary, and China during the 1960s.

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Contents list

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About 1,000 items.

Arrangement: in two runs (folders 1-45 and 46-66) chronologically then alphabetical by subject.

Note that original file folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1975-1978 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 1

Folder 2

Correspondence, 1980-1981 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 2

Folder 3

Correspondence, 1982 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 3

Folder 4

Correspondence, 1983 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 4

Folder 5

Correspondence, 1984 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 5

Folder 6

Correspondence, 1985 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 6

Folder 7

Correspondence, 1986 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 7

Folder 8

Correspondence, 1987 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 8

Folder 9

Correspondence, 1988 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 9

Folder 10

Correspondence, 1989 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 10

Folder 11

Correspondence, 1990 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 11

Folder 12

Correspondence, 1991 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 12

Folder 13

Correspondence, 1992 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 13

Folder 14-15

Folder 14

Folder 15

Correspondence, 1993 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 14-15

Folder 16-17

Folder 16

Folder 17

Correspondence, 1994 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 16-17

Folder 18

Correspondence, 1995 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 18

Folder 19

Correspondence, undated #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 19

Folder 20

Academic Questions: A Reconsideration of Afro-American Literature #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 20

Folder 21

Sherwood Anderson's Marching Men: An Essay on "Non-Violent Civil Disobedience" #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 21

Folder 22

Blacks in Higher Education Essay #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 22

Folder 23

Clergy #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 23

Folder 24

Clippings #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 24

Folder 25-26

Folder 25

Folder 26

College Board Review articles #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 25-26

Folder 27

A Dream City Rises in Chicago: the World's Columbian Exposition #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 27

Folder 28

Emory Speech on Multiculturalism, 1991 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 28

Folder 29

English Department Correspondence, 1983, 1985 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 29

Folder 30

English Department Correspondence, 1986-1987 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 30

Folder 31

Henry Louis Gates, 1987 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 31

Folder 32-33

Folder 32

Folder 33

The Links, Incorporated. Durham Chapter #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 32-33

Folder 34a-b

Miscellaneous, 1984-1994, and undated #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 34a-b

Folder 35

New England's Libraries #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 35

Folder 36

Daniel Payne/Phyllis Wheatley #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 36

Folder 37

Public Illusions and Private Realities #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 37

Folder 38-39

Folder 38

Folder 39

Published Essays and Manuscripts #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 38-39

Folder 40-41

Folder 40

Folder 41

The Rites of Spring #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 40-41

Folder 42

Student letters, 1983-1984 and undated #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 42

Folder 43

Torch Club #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 43

Folder 44

The Tyranny of Consumerism #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 44

Folder 45

University of Kentucky Press, 1998 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 45

Image Folder P-5182/1-2

P-5182/1

P-5182/2

Slides, 1962 and undated #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." P-5182/1-2

Folder 46

Correspondence, 1990-1991 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 46

Folder 47-48

Folder 47

Folder 48

Correspondence, 1992 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 47-48

Folder 49

Correspondence, 1993 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 49

Folder 50

Correspondence, 1994 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 50

Folder 51

Correspondence, 1995 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 51

Folder 52

Correspondence, 1996 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 52

Folder 53

Correspondence, 1997 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 53

Folder 54

Correspondence, 1998 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 54

Folder 55

Correspondence, 1999, 2003 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 55

Folder 56

Correspondence, undated #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 56

Folder 57

An Appeal to Ability #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 57

Folder 58

The Black Studies Syndrome #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 58

Folder 59

Clippings: Blacks in Durham, N.C. #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 59

Folder 60

Creative work #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 60

Folder 61

English Department correspondence, 1997 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 61

Folder 62

Fish-Tompkins #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 62

Folder 63

Lynne Cheney, 1991-1993 #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 63

Folder 64

Personal data forms #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 64

Folder 65

Poems #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 65

Folder 66

Ron Butters's mess #05182, Series: "Papers, 1962-2003." Folder 66

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nancy Kaiser, December 2005

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, December 2005

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