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Williams (Harrison) Collection on Expeditions of William Beebe and George P. Putnam
MSS 0800  
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Description
A small archive of papers collected by Harrison Williams, a wealthy businessman who provided financial support for three major natural history expeditions: William Beebe's Galápagos Expedition (1923) and Arcturus Expedition (1925) for the New York Zoological Society; and George P. Putnam's Arctic Greenland Expedition (1926) for the American Museum of Natural History. Williams was also an interested supporter of Beebe's later Bermuda Oceanographic Expeditions (ca. 1929-1932).
Background
Harrison Williams (1873-1953) was a wealthy entrepreneur and businessman who founded the American Gas & Electric Co. in 1906, followed six years later by the creation of the Central States Electric Corp. holding company. His utilities fortune allowed him to support his interest in travel and natural history exploration, and he became a patron of the New York Zoological Society and the American Museum of Natural History, in addition to sitting on a number of important boards. Williams and his second wife, Mona, owned numerous properties around the world and the largest privately held yacht at the time, the Warrior.
Extent
.4 Linear feet (1 archives box)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.