Guide to the Barbara Williams papers M2218

Malgorzata Schaefer
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
May 2017
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064


This is a listing of materials rather than a true finding aid.

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Barbara Williams papers
creator: Williams, Barbara M., Captain
source: Andrew Langer, Bookseller
Identifier/Call Number: M2218
Physical Description: 1.5 Linear Feet one half box and one flat box
Date (inclusive): c. 1941-1954

Biographical / Historical

Captain Barbara M. Williams served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Pearl Harbor in the 1940s and 1950s. She was evidently from California, as one signed photograph sent to her reads "Best regards to my fellow Californian Capt. Barbara M. Williams."

Scope and Contents

Archive, primarily photographs, chronicling the U.S. Navy career of Barbara Williams, much of what was spent stationed at Pearl Harbor. Materials include a typescript first-hand account of the attack on Pearl Harbor, an album of photographs depicting the attack of December 7, 1941, an album of photographs portraying Pearl Harbor in 1954, an Operation VIP Welcome Program from 1954, four signed photos of prominent Navy personnel (including Admiral Felix B. Stump), two additional albums of photographs portraying the career and places visited by Williams, and more.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

Conditions Governing Use

While Special Collections is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. See: lish

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase; 2013. Accession MSS 2017-124.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], Barbara Williams papers (M2218). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Williams, Barbara M., Captain
Andrew Langer, Bookseller

half-box 1, Folder 1

The Pacific Command, Operation VIP welcome booklet with photographs, Felix B. Stump, Admiral, U. S. Army

half-box 1, Folder 2

Japanese Attack, typescript manuscript; USS Arizona, typescript manuscript

half-box 1, Folder 3

World War II Pacific: chronicle of America's wars, Barbara Williams, 2005, hardbound book for children


Author is not the same Barbara Williams as the naval Captain. Unclear if this book was ever in Captain Barabara M. Williams' possession.
half-box 1, Folder 4

Ephemera: invitations to receptions, messages, 2 negatives

half-box 1, Folder 5

Photographs, mainly black and white, 8 x 10, including with autographs addressed to Barbara Williams

half-box 1, Folder 6-7

Photographs, black and white, 8 x 10, of Barbara, Major Virginia Bernhisel, and other air force personnel

flat-box 2, Folder 1

Various publications: articles mentioning Admiral Stump; The Seabag, March 1, 1951, with photograph of Barbara Thompson; clipping from Wichita Fall Times, October 12, 1961, about Capt. Barbara Williams; Navy Press Release about Barbara Thompson and Gary Cooper assisting her when she fell

flat-box 2

Photograph albums (3), spiral bound: snapshots; Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941; Pearl Harbor Territory of Hawaii 1954

flat-box 2

Photograph albums (2), with personal photographs, plaid covers