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).
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.