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James E. Williams papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS329

Scope and Content

This collection documents Williams family members and their businesses, including letters, bills, and receipts. There are three bound books: a checkbook from 1854, Williams company account book from 1859, and a scrapbook from 1904-1905. There are also several Confederate bond receipts and checks, letters from the field, a parole, monthly subsistence papers, a land indenture, and a broadside of a speach James's WIlliams gave in Atlanta. Other items include a fire insurance policy dated October 16, 1865; an invitation to Fanny Gordon's wedding, daughter of John B. Gordon; and graduation programs from Boys' High and Girls' High. Of particular note is a bill of sale for an enslaved person.


  • 1820-1905, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

James Etheldred Williams (1826-1900), born in Granger County, Tennessee, in 1826, came to Atlanta, Georgia in 1851. He established a business as a commission merchant of produce and established a theatre on the second floor of the building he constructed at Pryor and Hunter Streets in 1854. Before the Civil War, he was one of the founding members of the Georgia and Western Railroad, and a vestryman of St. Phillip's church. In 1862, he represented the 2nd ward on the City Council. He served as Mayor of Atlant afor two terms, beginning in 1866. Additional biographical information about James E. Williams has not been determined.


2.09 linear ft. (one document case, one oversize box, one oversize folder, and one FF folder)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1969, with subsequent additions

James E. Williams papers
Melanie Stephan
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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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