Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (132.15 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
 
 
Table of contents What's This?

Collection Contents

 

Biographical material

Physical Description: 10 folders + 1 oversized folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

Biographical material includes Benjamin Williams' resumes, personal correspondence with family and friends, transcript of speeches delivered to local organizations, newspaper clippings related to his career as a journalist and awards and certificates.

Arrangement

Arranged by format and chronologically thereafter.
Box 1:1

Biographical sketches 1990-2010

Box 1:2

Personal correspondence 1959-2012

Box 1:3

Obituary 2012

 

Writings and speeches

 

Speeches

Box 1:4

Speech delivered to the Berkeley Rotary Club 1980-12-31

Box 1:5

“Black History Week” 1983

Box 1:6

“Black man in the media” undated

Box 1:7

“Men’s day – One nation under god and the media” undated

Box 1:7

“Talk for Marsha’s mother” undated

 

Writings

Box 1:8

Ben’s Mail Bag 2003

Box 1:8

“A Cuban adventure” 2002-02-15

Box 1:9

Newspaper clippings 1967-1981

 

Certificates

Box 1:10

San Francisco State College certificate of meritorious achievement 1969-11-26

Box 1:10

San Francisco State University diploma 1963-08-23

Box 1:10

Postal transportation service Examiner’s office room 1957-03-22

Box 1:10

N.A.A.C.P. El Cerrito Branch commendation of Ben Williams 1973-06-09

Box 1:10

Rotary Club certificate of appreciation 1980-12-31

Box 1:10

Summer Institute on Law and Ethics in Urban Society at Stanford University 1969-08-22

Box 1:10

Boys’ Clubs of America certificate of appreciation 1973-10-28

Box 1:10

Niagara Movement Democratic Club certificate 1983-02-12

Box 1:10

Next Step Learning Center certificate and photograph undated

Box 1:10

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, San Francisco / Northern California Chapter silver circle award undated

Box 1:10

Society to preserve and encourage radio drama, variety and comedy friend of PERDVAC certificate 2000-11-11

Box 1:10

Arrested landing aboard the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise CVAN-65 1966-06-20

Box 1:10

ACLU membership card 2004

Box OM 32:13

California State Legislature assembly resolution KPIX-TV Oakland News Bureau chief Ben Williams 1990-03-07

Box 1:10

College Bounders Committee, Inc. National Association for United Services presents outstanding services to education award 1979-04-15

Box 1:10

Broadcast Communication Arts Department School of Creative Arts San Francisco State University present Broadcast Media Award to KPIX-TV “Sara Jane Moore” interview 1977-04-24

 

Journalism

Physical Description: 3 boxes + 1 oversized folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

Journalism series includes Benjamin Williams' employment records, pay stubs, correspondence with editors and viewers, draft news stories, his notebooks covering Huey P. Newton's trial and Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign, and various journalism awards presented to Williams. Also included is correspondence between Williams and Sara Jane Moore from prison and transcripts and drafts of Williams' news stories on Moore's attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford.

Arrangement

Arranged by news organization and by format thereafter.
 

San Francisco Examiner / Bay Area Daily Record

Box 1:11

Correspondence 1960-1964

Box 1:12

Newspaper story drafts circa 1960s

Box 1:13

Pay stubs 1963-1964

Box 1:13

Berkeley Civil Defense Organization press pass circa 1960s

Box 1:14

Notes circa 1960s

Box 1:15

Press releases circa 1960s

 

KPIX 5

Box 1:16

Employment application 1965-09-17

Box 1:17

Business cards undated

 

Promotional material

Box 1:18

KPIX 5 Show Slant press release

Box 1:18

Again we’re honored brochure circa 1960s

Box 1:19

Talent contract 1972-08-15

 

Correspondence

Box 1:20

Internal correspondence 1968-1990

Box 1:21

General correspondence 1965-1990

Box 1:22

Pay stubs undated

 

Artist’s sketches

Box OM 32:13

Courtroom sketch of Ben Williams at Huey P. Newton trial 1968-08-13

Box OM 32:13

Courtroom sketch of Ben Williams at Juan Corona retrial awaiting verdict, Hayward, California 1982

 

Reporter’s notebooks

Box 2:1

Huey P. Newton trial 1968

Box 2:2

Jesse Jackson presidential campaign circa 1988

Box 2:3

News report transcripts 1974-1976, 1981 and undated

 

Press passes

Box 2:4

San Francisco Papal visit, John Paul II 1987

Box 2:4

1984 presidential campaign 1984

Box 2:4

San Francisco Police Department press pass 1978-1983

Box 2:4

Oakland Police department press passes 1965-1990

Box 2:4

Funeral of Huey P. Newton, Allen Temple Baptist Church pass 1989-08-28

Box 2:4

California Highway Patrol press pass 1972

Box 2:4

Atlanta Journal-Constitution presidential debates pass undated

 

Sara Jane Moore

 

Correspondence

Box 2:5

1976-1977

Box 2:6

1978

Box 2:7

1979-1982

Box 2:8

1985

Box 2:9

1987

Box 2:10

2004-2005

Box 3:1

Newspaper story drafts 1975

Box 3:2

News report transcripts 1976

 

Women’s Refections, newsletter of the Federal Corrections Institution (Alderson, WV)

Box 3:3

Vol. I. No. 17 1978-12-13

Box 3:3

Vol. II, No. 3 1979-01-17

 

Awards

Box 4:1

Top Mr. Personality of 1968 donor Texas College Alumni 1968

Box 4:2

Association of Catholic Newsmen Edward V. McQuade Radio-TV award for distinguished programing in the field of social justice, KPIX-TV “Old folks at home 1971

Box 4:3

Ben Williams charter board member Next Step Learning Center 1999-10-13

Box 1977-07-09

Lincoln University Alumni Association San Francisco Bay Area Chapter distinguished service award 8

Box 4:4

National Association of Black Journalists 1989 journalism award first place sports features for outstanding coverage of the Black condition presented to Ben Williams, KPIX-TV for “Travis Williams" 1989

Box 8

Bay Area Black Media Coalition presents Beverly Ann Johnson award undated

 

Audiovisual material

Physical Description: 3 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

Audiovisual material includes Ben Williams' news stories for KPIX on the Berkeley riots, Robert Kennedy's assassination, his interview with Sara Jane Moore, Gerald Ford's attempted assassin, and various radio news reports on the Symbionese Liberation Army's kidnapping of Patty Hearst.

Arrangement

Arranged by subject matter.
 

News stories

Box 5

Dub tape for B. Williams, Cal professor, Umatic tape undated

Box 5

Corporation for Public Broadcasting Local Television Program Awards show, Moscone/Milk 1978-11-27

Box 5

Jolie [?] DeBewards [?] final project, Umatic tape undated

Box 7

Ben Williams' news report on the Berkeley riots / Press conference with California State Assemblyman John Stull on the firing of Herbert Marcuse 1969

Box 8

KPIX News Hour, 1964-08-18 / KPIX live coverage of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination 1964-1968

Box 7

Sara Jane Moore interviewed by Ben Williams 1978

Box 5

Mt. Diablo fire, KPIX live shot, Ben Williams, Joseph Smith, and Wayne Tiner circa 1977

Box 5

“Hometown hero,” Next Step Learning Center, KPIX Channel 5 2001-05-01

Box 5

News reports on the Symbionese Liberation Army's kidnapping of Patty Hearst 1974

Box 7

Taped from CBS Report on tv, discussion of [James] Baldwin in San Francisco circa 1960s

Box 7

Baldwin and Kirkpatrick, French and Perseflage undated

Box 7

Oxford and James Baldwin discussing “The case for segregation” undated

Box 7

Integration of University of Mississippi by James Meredith 1962

Box 6

Ben Williams package undated

Box 6

Unlabeled vhs-c tape undated

Box 6

Ben’s retirement #2 1990-03

Box 6

Travis Williams homeless pro football player undated

Box 6

West Oakland schools face cutbacks undated

Box 6

Kids do “Oliver” undated

Box 6

Black Panther Party (partial recording) undated

Box 6

Sara Jane Moore circa 1977

Box 6

Sara Jane Moore (finalized) circa 1977

Box 6

Anti-war march Oakland Induction Center, Bettina Apetheker undated

Box 6

“World’s longest continuous balloon release” 1984

Box 6

Ben Williams undated

Box 6

Hank Schoepp’s case, San Francisco Police Department undated

Box 6

Svetlana Ogorodnikova spy case undated

Box 6

Ben Williams retirement party circa 1990s

 

Home movies

Box 5

Costa Rica artisans 2001

Box 5

Robbin Island South Africa Capetown undated

Box 5

Caribbean trip 1993

Box 6

Cuba trip, starts at Museo de Revolution, beach, interview with English teacher, good talk and music undated

 

Assorted tapes

Box 6

Case Pareto Partners v. Inktomi Corp., OFPD David Brewer, Attorney Joseph Thornhill 1997-10-30

Box 6

Case: Cardiac v. St. Jude, Depo: Steve Masson, attorney Larry Jarvis 1997-12-11

Box 4

Unlabeled ¼ reel-to-reel audiotape circa 1960s

 

Photographs

Physical Description: 11 photographs

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes 11 photographs of Ben Williams as a reporter for KPIX.

Arrangement

Arranged by photograph identification number.
Box OM 32:13

Reporter Ben Williams interviewing San Francisco mayor John F. Shelley [001] 1965-05-16

Box OM 32:13

(left-right): Lisa Hobbs, Gale Cook, Bill O’Brien, and Mary Ellen O’Brien having drinks at party [002] 1965-09-11

Box 3:14

KPIX News (left-right): Rollin Post, Helen Bentley, Ben Williams [003] circa 1960s

Box 3:14

Ben Williams posing with National Association of Black Journalists plaque in subway car, New York, New York [004] circa 1989

Box 3:14

Ben Williams posing with National Association of Black Journalists plaque in subway car, New York, New York [005] circa 1989

Box 3:14

Ben Williams interviewing workers working on Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) tunnel [006] circa 1960s

Box 3:14

Ben Williams and KPIX news crew with employees working on Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) tunnel [007] circa 1960s

Box 3:14

Journalist Tom Fleming sitting in chair [008] 2004-09-11

Box 3:14

Rosa Parks sitting in chair [009] 1969-12

Box 3:14

Group photograph of KPIX news team [010] 1983

Box 3:14

Portrait of Juan Corona [reproduction, three copies][011] undated

 

Assorted printed material

Physical Description: 10 folders + 2 oversized folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes assorted newsletters, flyers, calendars, magazines, and newspapers mostly related to African Americans and journalism in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box 3:4

Equal opportunity in Oakland: a survey of affirmative action successes & failures / Oakland Citizens Committee for Urban Renewal (OCCUR) 1976

Box 3:5

feed/ back : the journalism report & review for Northern California [two copies] Fall 1976

Box 3:6

Citations of merit for outstanding performance in journalism / Lincoln University Department of Journalism 1969

Box 3:6

the Left Bank / Upstairs Art Association [three copies] 1975-04

Box 3:7

The San Francisco Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences sixth annual Northern California area Emmy awards program 1977-04-23

Box 3:7

Unit-K West U.S.N. mess attendants reunion program 1983

Box 3:7

The 27th annual broadcast industry conference, San Francisco State University 1977-04-24

Box 3:8

Pamoja vol. 2 no. 1 1981-06

Box 3:8

Lions roar newsletter, vol. XL, no. 3 1973-06-13

Box 3:8

Arista: magazine for Oakland Athletic Club members, vol. 1 no. 4 1978-07

Box 3:9

San Francisco Examiner News Call Bulletin style book 1963

Box 3:9

Phone numbers for press, radio, & television San Francisco Bay Area 1985

Box 3:9

National Association of Black Journalists salute to excellence program 1989-08-19

Box 3:10

“The economic status of negroes in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area: a report based on the 1960 census of population,” California State Employment Service 1963-05

Box 3:10

Sumner High School (St. Louis, MO) reunion 1946-1951 program 1985-08-18

Box 3:11

Arthur Jackson v. Frank M. Jordan petition for writ of mandate, Supreme Court of the State of California 1964-09-04

Box 3:11

Huey P. Newton funeral program 1989-08-28

Box 3:11

Jack LaLanne press packet 2004

Box 3:12

Off camera, newsletter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences San Francisco / Northern California Chapter 2000-10

Box 3:12

Jesse Jackson itinerary February 26-28, 1988 1988-02-26

Box 3:12

Concert honoring National Negro History Week presenting Paul Robeson basso in “An afternoon of music and poetry” with William Duncan Allen, Oakland Auditorium Theatre 1958-02-09

Box 3:12

Press statement from Bobby Seale on “Blaxploitation” 1972-09-27

Box 3:12

Resolution – Union Local 250-A undated

Box 3:12

“Seven relevant issues,” Cedric X 1972-12-07

Box 3:12

William Shockley, Alexander M. Poniatoff Professor of Engineering Science, Stanford University, biographical sketch 1972-06-15

Box 3:12

“Statement by Senator Robert F. Kennedy” 1968-06-04

Box 3:12

The Brief Case, pp. 37-38 1966-01

Box OM 32:14

Bay Area Daily Record, vol. 1 no. 30 1960-12-26

Box OM 32:14

Gary’s political review souvenir edition welcome first National Black Caucus 1972

Box OM 32:14

National Black political agenda presented to the National Black Political Convention, Gary, Indiana 1972-03-11

Box OM 32:14

San Quentin News, vol. XXVI, no. 10 1960-05-12

Box OM 32:14

The Bottom Line: a monthly entertainment & cultural guide, Oakland, CA, vol. 1 no. 5 [two copies] 1992-09

Box OM 32:14

Oakland Metro Reporter, vol. 4, no. 14 1975-03-31

Box OM 32:14

50th anniversary edition celebration The Sun Reporter 1994

Box OM 32:14

The Sun-Reporter, Thomas Courtney Fleming 1907-2006 circa 2006

 

Morrie Turner

Box 3:13

Wee Pals the kid power gang presents significant dates in African-American History [two copies] 1997

Box 3:13

African-American Advocate and Wee Pals present the century African-American personalities and events that shaped Black history in America the last 100 years 2000

Box 3:13

Salute to pioneering cartoonists of color 1998

Box 3:13

Soul corner – Ben Williams undated

Box 3:13

Soul corner – Ben Williams undated

 

News and political buttons

Physical Description: 41 buttons

Series Scope and Content Summary

News-related and political buttons collected by Ben Williams from his time working as a journalist.

Arrangement

Arranged by subject.
 

News buttons

Box 4:5

Channel 5 button undated

Box 4:5

CBS KPIX 5 button undated

Box 4:5

California Black TV Commission member button undated

Box 4:5

Golden Gate Field press button undated

Box 4:5

KPIX 5 Eyewitness News We’re #1 button undated

Box 4:5

Eddie Alexander KRON-TV good luck, everybody button undated

 

Political buttons

Box 4:6

Jesse Jackson ’88 button circa 1988

Box 4:6

Asians and Pacific Islanders for Jesse Jackson ’88 circa 1988

Box 4:6

Jesse Jackson for President in ’88 circa 1988

Box 4:6

Run Jesse run! button circa 1980s

Box 4:6

Win Jesse Win button circa 1980s

Box 4:6

Labor for Jackson ’88 circa 1988

Box 4:6

Democratic National Convention San Francisco July 16-19, 1984 button 1984

Box 4:6

Jackson for president follow the rainbow button 1984

Box 4:6

Latinos for Jesse Jackson ’88 circa 1988

Box 4:6

Jesse Jackson for president in ’84 circa 1984

Box 4:6

Geraldine Ferraro America’s first woman vice pres. button [three copies] circa 1984

Box 4:6

Paul Simon president ’88 button circa 1988

Box 4:6

United labor for Alioto for Governor ’74 circa 1974

Box 4:6

McGovern peace button circa 1972

Box 4:6

Dump Nixon button circa 1970s

Box 4:6

Barack Obama si se puede! ’08 button circa 2008

 

Assorted buttons

Box 4:7

Oakland A’s host of the 1987 All-star game button 1987

Box 4:7

Welcome to Oakland [A’s] button undated

Box 4:7

Soy bilingue bicultural y orgulloso de mi raza button undated

Box 4:7

It’s now baby button undated

Box 4:7

Happy 20th anniversary BART’s transbay tube 1974-1994 circa 1994

Box 4:7

I’m #1 why try harder button undated

Box 4:7

Say fromage cheeses from France button undated

Box 4:7

Forty Niners XVI XIX pin circa 1980s

Box 4:7

undated

Box 4:7

undated

Box 4:7

Bike Day bicycle commuter button 1979-10-16

Box 4:7

Numero uno button undated

Box 4:7

United we stand divided we fall F.F.T. button undated

Box 4:7

Card-carrying member of the A.C.L.U. button undated

Box 4:7

California State Fair your memories are here button 1986

Box 4:7

I’m in the left bank button undated

Box 4:7

Racquetball is my game button undated

Box 4:7

Fremont is fantastic button undated

Box 4:7

Te quiero mas que ayer per menos que manana! Villa Allegre button undated

Box 4:7

Welcome home P.O.W.’s button undated

Box 4:7

Statue of liberty pin 1986