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William Fort Williams papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS900f

Scope and Content

This collection contains school items from Atlanta High School, Civil War correspondence, teaching certifications, and membership cards for various societies to which William Fort Williams belonged. Materials about and from the Williams family include a family tree and genealogy documentation, an Atlanta Cyclorama pamphlet, a court petition and legal guardianship documents, and correspondence.


  • 1857-1952, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

William "Willie" Fort Williams (1853-1934) was born in Georgia to James Etheldred Williams (1826-1900), the Atlanta mayor from 1866-1868, and Sarah Elizabeth Lovejoy Williams (1833-1899). Williams was the oldest of eight children, his siblings were Etheldred "Claude" Williams (1856-1912), Thomas H. Williams, James Edward Williams (1860-1914), Martha Lovejoy Williams (1863-1929), Anne Elizabeth Williams (1867-1948), Mrs. E. A. Banker, Jr., and Samuel Copeland Williams (1873-1947). In 1864, following the evacuation of Atlanta during the Civil War, the family moved to Washington, Georgia. After the war, Williams and his family returned to Atlanta and he graduated from Atlanta High School in 1869. Later he worked as a teacher and in 1877 married Julia Marshall Blackburn (1857-1928). They had three children, James Etheldred Williams (1878-1879), Josephine Blackburn Williams (1887-1887), and Juliet Marshall Williams (1891-1905).


3 folder(s)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2014

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

William Fort Williams papers
Emma Jones
June 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305