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Williams (Otho Clinton) Records
MSS.2010.06.03  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Project Information
  • Biographical History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • University Archives Collection
  • Bibliography

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
    Title: O.C. Williams Records
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2010.06.03
    Physical Description: 11 boxes 10.42 Linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1887-1992
    Abstract: The O. C. Williams Records, 1887-1992 (bulk 1946-1974), document Dr. Williams' tenure at San Jose State College, as well as his professional career as a poet. The records consist of Humanities Department records, index card files, class notes, correspondence, literary research notes, microfilm records of the Defoe's Tour thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, and Williams' original poetry. The records are arranged into three series: Series I: Humanities Department Records, 1932-1992; Series II: Kappa Alpha and Gamma Delta Fraternity Organizational Records, 1928-1958; and Series III: Research Files, 1887-1991.

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is assigned to the San Jose State University Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives. Copyright restrictions may apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    O.C. Williams Records, MSS-2010-06-03, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Project Information

    This finding aid was created as part of the Survey and Cataloging Project, a two-year San José State University Library grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project began in 2008. The Project Director is Danelle Moon. The Project Archivist is Erin Louthen.

    Biographical History

    Dr. Otho Clinton (O.C.) Williams, Professor Emeritus of English and Humanities, was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1908. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1930 with a B.A. in English, and immediately attended the University of Southern California (USC) for his secondary credential and master's degree, both of which he received in 1935. Upon graduation, he attended the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) for his doctorate. Williams was hired by Reed College in Portland, Oregon after completing all but his doctoral dissertation, but was drafted and joined the Air Force's pre-meteorological training program. He later spent two and a half years in the Navy as an enlisted man and a classification specialist. Upon being discharged from the Navy, he returned to his job at Reed College.
    In 1946, Williams was appointed professor at San Jose State College, where he taught English and finished his doctoral work at U.C. Berkeley in 1950. Williams was one of the founders and first coordinators of San Jose State College's Humanities Program. He also published two volumes of poetry, This Little Room and Other Poems, 1945-1975, and Recognition: Poems, 1975-1977. Williams was named Chairman of the Humanities Department when the program gained departmental status in 1964, and he served as the chair for ten years. He retired from San Jose State College in 1974.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The O. C. Williams Records, 1887-1992 (bulk 1946-1974), document Dr. Williams' tenure at San José State College, as well as his professional career as a poet. The records consist of Humanities Department records, index card files, literary journals, class notes, correspondence, literary research notes, microfilm records of Daniel Defoe's Tour thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, and Williams' original poetry.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into three series: Series I: Humanities Department Records, 1932-1992; Series II: Kappa Alpha and Gamma Delta Fraternity Organizational Records, 1928-1958; and Series III: Research Files, 1887-1991.

    University Archives Collection

    Record Group: 6.5.2

    Bibliography

    Campus Digest vol. 9, no. 6 (1978).
    Melendy, H. Brett. Otho Clinton Williams, Emeritus Professor of English and Humanities. Oral history transcript. San José State University, 1985.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    San Jose State College
    Kappa Alpha Order -- History
    Greek letter societies -- California -- San José -- Records and correspondence
    Gamma Delta Fraternity -- History
    Education, Higher -- California -- San José
    California State University, San Jose -- History
    Williams, Clinton
    San José State University -- History
    San José State University. Humanities Department
    San Jose State Normal School -- History
    San Jose State Teachers College -- History