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Helen Carhart Williams Papers
mssHM 69958-70157  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Helen Carhart Williams Papers
    Dates: 1883-1923
    Collection Number: mssHM 69958-70157
    Creator: Williams, Helen Carhart
    Extent: 199 items in 4 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: Collection of letters written to Helen Carhart Williams from her childhood until middle age. The letters describe the writers' lives as they attended high school and college, began their careers, and in many cases got married and moved out of state.
    Language of Material: The records are in English..

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site  .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Helen Carhart Williams papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    In library.


    Helen Carhart Williams, also called "Bob" or "Bobbie," was born around 1878 and grew up in White Plains, New York. Her family moved to Burbank, California, sometime between 1887 and 1891. Helen was an active member of the Delta Iota Chi sorority and married Bertram E. Williams (b.1876) in 1899. The couple lived in the Los Angeles area and had at least five children, including Tom, Beatrice, Lawrence, Austin, and Marion.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists almost exclusively of incoming correspondence to Helen Carhart Williams from the time of her childhood until middle age. The letters were written by both male and female friends and describe their lives and activities as they attended high school and college, began their careers (several of the women were teachers), and in many cases got married and moved out of state (to Texas and Arizona, among others). Many of the letters contain congratulations to Helen on the occasions of her marriage and the births of her children. The letters also describe the activities of the Delta Iota Chi sorority.


    The collection is arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Williams, Helen Carhart.

    Corporate Names

    Stanford University--Students.
    University of California, Berkeley--Students.


    Domestic relations--California.
    Domestic relations--New York (State)
    Female friendship.
    Friendship in youth.
    Greek letter societies.
    Spanish-American War, 1898.
    Women college students--United States.
    Women teachers.
    Youth--Social life and customs.

    Geographic Areas

    Avalon (Calif.)
    Burbank (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
    New Mexico--Description and travel.
    Texas--Description and travel.


    Letters (correspondence)--19th century.
    Letters (correspondence)--20th century.