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Lloyd H. and Ruth Elizabeth Williams Papers

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 1998.21-2007.66-2015.146

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Scope and Contents

Mss. Acc. 1998.21: Papers, (bulk 1947-1959), of Lloyd Haynes Williams, photographer and journalist. The largest part of the collection is financial in nature. Includes newspaper clippings concerning Williams, including an obituary and editorial at his death. Includes papers of Mrs. E. E. Goodrich. Also includes notes on sailing, shipbuilding, fishing, oystering and crab industries. There are many notes concerning piracy and a manuscript by Williams called "Blackbeard's Account."

Mss. Acc. 2007.66 (Addition), circa 1939-1960, consists of musical programs given at Bruton Parish Church and the Governor's Palace, plus newspaper articles written by Lloyd H. Williams about the music programs in Williamsburg, Virginia. Filed at end of Accession 1998.21.

Mss. Acc. 2015.146 (Addition), contains photographs, ephemera, VHS videotapes and other material related to the Williams family of Williamsburg, Virginia, most notably Lloyd Haynes Williams and his daughter, Ruth Elizabeth Williams. Included in the collection are photographs of scenes in Colonial Williamsburg, including the Bruton Parish Church and the Governor's Palace; photographs of local organizations such as the Pulaski Club and the Rotary Club; pamphlets and booklets from Colonial Williamsburg and the city of Williamsburg; and VHS videotapes of family gatherings. The collection also contains speeches by Lloyd H. Williams for the radio from 1947-1950 and research material for his book, Shipwrecks in Virginia.


  • Creation: 1917-2008 and undated
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1947-1959


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. 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, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical / Historical

Williamsburg, Virginia photographer and journalist.


5 Linear Feet (4 record cartons. )

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1998.21 and 2007.66 are gifts Betty Williams through the Williamsburg Historic Records Association. Acc. 20015.146 is a gift of Barbara Harvell through the Williamsburg Historic Records Association..

Related Materials:

Lloyd H. Williams film in the University Archives Audiovisual Collection (UA Acc. 1987.089). Information about related materials is available at

Ruth Elizabeth Williams' 1956 class ring from James Blair High School (Acc. 2016.039).


This collection, is not yet fully arranged and described. There is no container listing for Series 2 (3 cu.ft.; Boxes 2-4). However, a list of materials included in the accession, compiled by the donor, is filed in Box 2. Researchers may wish to consult with a staff member for further information in advance of using the collection.

Processing Information:

Processed by Emily Hester in 1998

Guide to the Lloyd H. and Ruth Elizabeth Williams Papers
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Emily Hester, SCRC staff
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository