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Guide to the Henry Delton Williams Papers
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Description
Henry Delton Williams (b. 1941), costume designer who crafted pieces for Motown and Hollywood stars, was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. The Henry Delton Williams Papers includes performance costumes, clothing, and accessories designed by Williams, as well as correspondence, clippings, photographs and assorted printed material documenting his career as a gospel singer and fashion designer.
Background
Henry Delton Williams (b. 1941), costume designer who crafted pieces for Motown and Hollywood stars, was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. His father worked at the local saw mill, performed gospel music and provided tailoring services. In 1945, hearing of naval supply jobs in the Bay Area, the family moved to West Oakland, California. The family then relocated to East Oakland where Williams attended Roosevelt Junior High School and Oakland High School. Williams went on to work at the Chevrolet assembly line while pursuing a career in gospel music, singing with such talents as the Hawkins Family and on the weekly live gospel show for KRE radio, Berkeley.
Extent
6.75 linear feet (5 boxes + 3 oversized boxes)
Restrictions
Permission to publish must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.
Availability
No access restrictions to the Henry Delton Williams Papers . Collection is open to the public.