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Williams (Edward T.) Papers
BANC MSS C-B 977  
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Correspondence; MSS of his writings on China and the Far East and of an unpublished autobiography; diaries; account books; clippings of articles written by him; personalia; photographs; and scrapbooks, relating primarily to his career in the U.S. diplomatic service in China; as professor of oriental languages, University of California, Berkeley; as advisor on far eastern affairs to the American Commission to Negotiate Peace, 1919; and as a special assistant to Department of State for the Conference on Limitation of Armament, 1921-22. Included also is some material prior to 1896 relating to his ministry in the Disciples of Christ Church in the U.S. and China. Also includes two scrolls created by Empress Tzu Hsi created for Mrs. Edward T. Williams in approximately 1900. Portraits can be found in the Portrait collection of the Bancroft Library.

Partial List of Correspondents

  • Adee, Alvey Augustus, 1842-1924 (see U.S. Dept. of State)
  • Alsberg, Carl Lucas, 1877-1940 (Letter, May 21, 1934) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Anderson, George Everett, 1869-1940 (Letter, Nov. 24, 1913) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Arnold, Julean Herbert, 1875- (Letter, July 11, 1912) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Bacon, Robert, 1860-1919 (see U.S. Dept. of State)
  • Baker, Ray Stannard, 1870-1946 (3 letters, 1922)
  • Barrows, David Prescott, 1873-1954 (2 letters, 1929-1934)
  • Bliss, Tasker Howard, 1853-1930 (Letter, May 1, 1919); enclosure: Letter (copy) from Bliss to President Wilson, April 29, 1919. (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925 (2 letters, 191[2?]-1915)
  • California. University. President (8 letters, 1918-1941. Written by B. I. Wheeler, R. G. Sproul, and M. E. Deutsch); enclosure to letter, July 1, 1918: letter to Wheeler from Warren Olney, June 29, 1918.
  • California. University. Regents (4 letters, 1921-1925. Written by R. G. Sproul and C. J. Struble)
  • California. University, Berkeley. Library (3 letters, 1928-1929. Written by Harold L. Leupp)
  • Carr, Wilbur John, 1870-1942 (see U.S. Dept. of State)
  • China Commerce Club of California (Letter, Dec. 6, 1918); Copy, signed by Robert Dollar) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Clark, Champ, 1850-1921 (Letter, Apr. 6, 1911 (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Coffee, John Main, 1897- (Letter, May 10, 1939) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Colegrove, Kenneth Wallace, 1886- (Letter, Feb. 19, 1929) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Crowell (Thomas Y.) Company (4 letters, 1927-1934. Concern Williams' book, China Yesterday and Today)
  • Deutsch, Monroe Emanuel, 1879-1955 (see California. University. President)
  • Dollar, Robert, 1844-1932 (see China Commerce Club of California) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Fletcher, Henry Prather, 1873-1959 (Letter, Aug. 30, 1909) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Ford, Guy Stanton, 1873- (Letter, June 1, 1927) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Freemasons. California. Henry Morse Stephens Lodge, no. 541 (2 letters, 1933-1940)
  • Greene, Roger Sherman, 1881-1947 (2 letters, 1912-1939. Letter dated 1939 written while chairman, American Committee for Non-Participation in Japanese Aggression)
  • Grose, George Richmond, 1869-1953 (Letter, Oct. 1, 1924) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Harado, Tasuku, 1863- (2 letters, 1920-1921)
  • Harper and Brothers (4 letters, 1922-1928. Concern Williams book, Short History of China)
  • Harris, Norman Dwight, 1870- (2 letters, 1924-1927)
  • Hinckley, Frank Erastus, 1871-1950 (Letter, Oct. 17, 1934) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Hornbeck, Stanley Kuhl, 1883- (3 letters, 1934-1936)
  • Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948 (see U.S. Dept. of State)
  • Johnson, Hiram Warren, 1866-1945 (Letter, June 12, 1919) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Johnson, Nelson Trusler, 1887-1954 (2 letters, 1929-1937)
  • Kerner, Robert Joseph, 1887-1956 (2 letters, 1937-1939)
  • Lansing, Robert, 1864-1928 (see U.S. American Commission to Negotiate Peace and U.S. Dept. of State
  • Lessing, Ferdinand Diedrich, 1882-1961 (2 letters, 1939)
  • Leupp, Harold Lewis, 1877-1952 (see California. University. Berkeley. Library)
  • Lineberger, Walter Franklin, 1883-1943 (Letter, June 10, 1925) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Lobingier, Andrew Stewart, 1862-1939 (Letter, Nov. 19, 1928) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Lockhart, Frank P., 1881-1949 (see U.S. Dept. of State)
  • MacMurray, John Van Antwerp, 1881- (6 letters, 1912-1925)
  • McClatchy, Valentine Stuart, 1857-1938 (Letter, Aug. 2, 1924); enclosure: Letter (copy) from McClatchy to K. Abiko re Japanese exclusion, July 23, 1924. (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • McCormick, Frederick, 1870-1951 (Letter, Dec. 11, 1928) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Miller, Ransford Stevens, 1867-1932 (see U.S. Dept. of State)
  • Nicolay, Helen, 1866-1954 (see Washington, D.C. All Souls Sunday School)
  • Olney, Warren, 1870-1939 (see California. University. President)
  • Patchin, Philip Halsey, 1884-1954 (Letter, Oct. 18, 1934) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Phillips, William, 1878- (Letter, July 24, 1911) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Polk, Frank Lyon, 1871- (see U.S. Dept. of State)
  • Root, Elihu, 1845-1937 (see U.S. Dept. of State)
  • Rowe, Leo Stanton, 1871-1946 (Letter, Nov. 3, 1921) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Saunders, Kenneth James, 1883-1937 (Letter, Aug. 2, 1922) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891- (see California. University. President and California. University. Regents)
  • Stephens, Henry Morse, 1857-1919 (2 letters, 1919)
  • Straight, Willard Dickerman, 1880-1918 (Letter, Feb. 25, 1914) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Sze, Sao-ke Alfred, 1877-1958 (Letter, May 15, 1936) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Taft, William Howard, 1857-1930 (Letter, June 12, 1915) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Thomas, Elbert Duncan, 1883-1953 (Letter, May 16, 1936) (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • U.S. American Commission to Negotiate Peace (3 letters, 1919. Include letters from Robert Lansing)
  • U.S. Library of Congress (Letter, Dec. 21, 1917); signed by Herbert Putnam, librarian (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • U.S. Dept. of State (17 letters, 1907-1937. Written by Elihu Root, Robert Bacon, R. S. Miller, A. A. Adee, W. J. Carr and others)
  • Washington, D. C. All Souls Sunday School (3 letters, 1919. Letter dated May 11 written by Helen Nicolay)
  • Willcox, Walter Francis, 1861- (4 letters, 1927)
  • Wilson, Huntington, 1875- (see U.S. Dept. of State)
  • Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924 (Letter, Mar. 30, 1915); written to Sec. of State William J. Bryan (in A-Z miscellany folder)
  • Wittfogel, Karl August, 1896- (3 letters, 1934. With these: Letter dated Aug. 17, 1933 written by M. Winternitz asking help in securing Wittfogel's release from German prison)
  • Young, Wallace Jesse, 1880-1923 (see U.S. Dept. of State)
  • Background
    Edward Thomas Williams was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1854. In 1875 he graduated from Bethany College and was also ordained in the Disciples of Christ Church. After serving in pastorates at Springfield (Illinois), Denver, Brooklyn, and Cincinnati, he was sent to China in 1887. Here he became intensely interested in the country and began to study the language, history and customs.
    Extent
    11 linear feet (9 cartons, 1 box, 1 oversize box, 1 volume, 1 oversize folder and 2 rolled items in 1 package);
    Restrictions
    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
    Availability
    Collection is open for research with the exception of the scrolls in package 1, which are fragile and require curatorial permission.