Chester S. Williams papers, 1926-1976  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Williams, Chester S. (Chester Sidney), 1907-
Title
Chester S. Williams papers
Dates
1926-1976 (inclusive)
Quantity
7.3 linear feet, (16 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 018
Summary
Chester Sidney Williams (1907-1992) was an educator, lecturer, author, and politician, primarily in the United States. The collection includes correspondence, publications, photographs, subject files and memorabilia related to his work within the United States government and non-profit organizations.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Additional Reference Guides
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See the Collective Name Index to the Research Collection of Conservative and Libertarian Studies for a cross-referenced index to names of correspondents in this collection, if any, and 37 related University of Oregon collections, including dates of correspondence. See index instructions on use.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Chester Sidney Williams (1907-1992), worked in fourteen countries between 1928-1929 as representative of the Convention des Etudiants. From 1930-1931 he was the Executive Secretary for the National Student Federation of America. During the thirties he held several positions in the Educational Branch of Government. He was a lecturer for adult education forums (1932-1934); Assistant to the U.S. Commission of Education (1934-1936); and Assistant Administrator of Federal Forum Program (1936-1941) under John W. Studebaker.

From 1941-1942, Williams was Director of Adult Civic Education for the U.S. Office of Education, in which he developed war information centers in all of the states. In 1942, he was sent to England to work for the Office of War Information in charge of distributing educational programs abroad. From 1943-1944, he was Chief of Educational Programs for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. He worked as Public Liaison Officer for the Department of State from 1946-1950. At this same time (1946-1952) he was Deputy Director in the Office of Public Information, U.S. Mission to the U.N. Williams then became President of World Information, Inc.

Between 1952-1963, he operated some private business and did public relations work for other businesses and non-profit agencies. Among these were Hill and Knowlton, Inc., Gaynor and Ducas, Inc., American Cancer Society, International Rescue Committee, Hudson Institute, and Freedom House.

He officially retired in 1968 to his home in Sarasota, Florida where he conducted a weekly radio hour, and a television talk show. He was very involved in community affairs. Williams wrote extensively on education. He was very active in the push towards global awareness and advocated an education focus emphasizing internationalism and pacifism. Williams was married to Elizabeth Kemp in 1931. They had one son--Jon Allen. After his wife Elizabeth passed away, he married Frances Smith on February 19, 1974.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection consists of a large amount of information on education, international awareness and other issues that concerned Williams. Basically, it has been kept in the chronological order in which it was received. Addenda have been interfiled and Williams' folder titles have been used. It should be noted that some of the Williams Papers were destroyed in a flood from Hurricane Agnes in 1972 and therefore gaps will be found.

The collection contains information on the strife in the Imperial Valley of California, Communist infiltration in the Philippines, Nazi propaganda, and events in the Middle East. Removed from the collection was "The Victory March" (1942), an anti-Nazi comic book written by Williams and Walt Disney. It has now been catalogued as a rare book.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Chester S. Williams papers, Coll 018, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Chronological subject filesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Debate speech on child-labor law, material for civil liberties, freedom of speech
1926-1938
1 2
Biographical sketch of Adaline Guenther and her participation in the religious movement at UCLA
1928
1 3
Essay on the use of education as a propaganda tool
1929
1 4
Correspondence while visiting the Orient
1929
1 5
An essay of encouragement to pacifists
1931
1 6
News articles about communist labor movement in the Imperial Valley
1934
1 7
Magazine articles written about freedom of speech and Imperial Valley
1934
1 8
Correspondence including letters to John Studebaker and Edward R. Murrow; negotiations for a federal work service
1934-1935
1 9
News clips on crisis in Imperial Valley and communism in the universities
1934
1 10
Material on Education put out by J.W. Studebaker, U.S. Commission of Education
1935
1 11-13
Radio addressed written by Williams for J.W. Studebaker
1935-1936
1 14
General information-this file contains some correspondence; a transcript from a radio talk on Nazi cruelties; a letter to F.D.R.; and magazine articles
1935-1951
2 1-3
Speeches and articles drafted by Williams for John Studebaker
1935
2 3a
Adult Civic Education; Forums for Young People; Public Affairs Pamphlets; Let Freedom Ring (2 copies); Printed Page and the Public Platform; Choosing Our Way
1936-1937
2 4
Unfinished book dealing with the purpose of education
1938
2 5-6
Two manuscript versions of play, Nights in Armor
1938
3 1
A general file-articles on U.N., education, patriotism
1938-1940
3 2
Plans for Pictorial Institute for Democracy
1940
3 3
Comment and letters about series of booklets, "Our Freedom,"
1940
3 4
Press clips, correspondence, articles about Lafollette and the strife in Imperial Valley
1940
3 4a
A Teacher's Guide for Teaching Democracy; Fair Trial; Civilian Moral Service
1940-1941
3 5
Publicity and correspondence concerning "Our Freedom,"
1941
3 6
Comments and correspondence concerning booklet "Ways of Dictatorship,"
1941
3 7
General file-booklet, "One Nation Indivisible," correspondence
1941
3 8
Photo album: letters, photos, and clippings of Williams' trip to England (1942)as Assistant Commission of Education, working also for Office of War Information
4 1
Mementos from England including dinner invitations, speaking announcements, drafts, correspondence
1942
4 2
Pamphlets and articles written while in England
1942
4 3
Diary kept while in England
1942
4 4
Official correspondence and lecture drafts concerning English tour
1942
4 5
Speeches given in England
1942
4 6
General file-letters, bulletins, speeches
1942-1946
4 7
Personal correspondence: letters to President F.D. Roosevelt, J.W. Studebaker's articles on education
1942-1943
4 8
Articles written while working for O.W.I. Also early work of United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (UNRRA)
1942-1944
4 9
Libraries-their purposeful destruction during World War II; their rebuilding; U.N. and O.W.I. work in building new ones
1944-1946
5 1
Data discussing building of libraries abroad
1945
5 2
Material dealing with need for internation education
1945
5 3
U.S. government work to create special libraries abroad
1945
5 4
Correspondence concerning the U.N
1945
5 5
Speeches and newsclippings-subjects varied
1945
5 6
Speeches, material dealing with NGO meeting in San Francisco
1945
5 7
Letters and suggested strategies to Adlai Stevenson on his bid for the presidency
1945
5 8
Manuscripts-varied topics
1945
5 9
Manuscript-play Take a Treaty
1946-1947
5 10
Manuscript-play Take a Treaty, another version
1946-1947
5 11
Speeches written by Williams for Hershel Johnson (Deputy U.S. Representative on the Security Council of the U.N.)
1946-1947
5 12
Speeches written for Warren Austin (Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United States)
1946-1953
5 13
General file-material concerning U.N
1946-1953
6 1
Material dealing with the American section of Germany
1948
6 2
Speeches written for Warren Austin
1948-1957
6 3
Transcript of a lecture on the Marshall Plan
1948
6 4
Speeches written for Edith Sampson (U.S. Delegate to the Fifth General Assembly)
1949-1979
6 5-6
Miscellaneous material and clips of U.N. World Town Hall Meetings
1949
7 1
World Town Hall in Manilla, newspaper clippings
1949
7 2
Personal correspondence to family while on World Town Hall Seminar tour
1949-1950
7 3-8
Summary reports
1949-1950
8 1
Summary reports
1949-1950
8 2
Town Hall final reports
1949-1950
8 3
General file-newspaper clippings, pamphlets, manuscripts on U.N. need for global understanding
8 4
Speeches written for Ernest Gross (Deputy Representative of the U.S. to the U.N.)
1950-1953
8 5
Correspondence concerning U.N. Open House proposal
1950
8 6
Material concerned with Soviet misuse of atomic energy
1950
8 7-8
Material covering the 6th General Assembly of the U.N
1950-1952
8 9
Writings of Williams on broad range including Arabs and communism
1950-1952
8 10
Speeches, drafts written for Edith Sampson
1950-1963
9 1-3
Speeches, drafts written for Edith Sampson
1950-1963
9 4
Williams writing and work with "Freedom House," also correspondence, material on Joseph McCarthy and Edward R. Murrow
1950-1962
9 5
Drafts and speeches written for various U.N. figures
1951
9 6
Tribute to the accomplishments of George Washington Carver
1951
9 7
Article calling for people to be mobilized in support of U.N
1951
9 8
Report on Town Hall Mission to Egypt
1951
9 9
U.N.G.A. debate over publication of World Ward III scenarios by Colliers magazine
1951
9 10
Itinerary for European speaking tour
1951
9 11
Articles written by Williams concerning U.N. debates with Vishinski; also material on U.N
1951
10 1
Drafts, speeches for 6th U.N.G.A. held in Paris on a variety of subjects including incarceration of Otis in Czechoslovakia, Korean soldiers, atomic energy, Colliers' article about World War III
1951-1952
10 2
Interrogatory statement of political activities of Williams requested by the Loyalty Security Board
1952
10 3
Correspondence between Williams and Loyalty Security Board; letters by Williams soliciting former employers and friends for documents and vouchers
1952
10 4
Copies of speeches and correspondence which Williams submitted to the Loyalty Security Board as proof of his loyalty to the country
1952
10 5
Twelve exhibits of defense submitted to the Loyalty Board by Williams
1952
10 6
U.N.G.A. discussions and articles concerning the incarceration of William Otis, a journalist, on charges of espionage in Czechoslovakia
1952
10 7
Request for grants for adult education from Ford Foundation
1952
10 8
General file-speech drafted for General Wedemeyer; business correspondence; booklet, "Adult Leadership," "Ten Problems of World Affairs Programming,"
1952-1960
10 9
U.N. reports and speeches drafted for Paul Hoffman
1953
10 10
Correspondence with Warren Austin
1953
10 11
Defense against Soviet accusations of U.S. Germ Warfare in Korea-testimony of 10 American fliers tortured into making confessions
1953
10 12
Drafts and correspondence with John Studebaker
1953-1977
10 13
Material on Anti-Defamation Leagues, Arab States, Arab Information Center newspaper clippings
11 1
Murrow/McCarthy Debate; newspaper and magazine clippings; Murrow's defense; correspondence
1951-1954
11 2
Correspondence between Murrow and Williams
1954-1967
11 3
Correspondence with Ben Shute, includes some material about Murrow
1954
11 4
A second interrogatory investigation of Williams by the International Organizations Employees Loyalty Board
1954
11 5
Correspondence concerning series, "The Freedom Story,"
1954
11 6
Booklets: "Freedom Answers Communism"; "Freedoms Handbook"; two versions of manuscript entitled, 30 Questions
1953-1954
11 7
Articles and correspondence concerning The American Association for the Advancement of Science
1955
11 8
Survey report for the Arab Information Center
1956
11 9
Brief prospectus and manuscript on the Arab world's public relations
1956
11 10
Pamphlets: "Headline Series: "What the Arabs Think," 1955; "American Interests in the Middle East," 1948; "Tension and Peace in the Middle East," 1956; "Basic Documents of the League of Arab States," 1955; "The Arab League."
11 11
Press release discussing the Buraimi land grab by British forces
1956
11 12
Arab world newsletters
1955
11 13
Correspondence with son, Jack
1956
11 14
General file-articles on power plants, U.N., Middle East, Khruschev Institute of World Affairs, etc.
1956
12 1
World Capital reports-a report on American business
1956
12 2
Report on a world information center
1956
12 3
U.S. News & World Report: article by Williams on Stalin's purges
September 7, 1956
12 4
Literature on American Cancer Society-Williams' membership as Public Education Director
1956
12 5
Product promotion for Crowley's Milk Company
1957
12 6
Proposal for a conference center in Burlingame, California for California Teachers Association
1959
12 7
Plans for a flight safety foundation
1958
12 8
Report on Radio Free Europe
1959
12 9
Correspondence and pamphlets dealing with Anti-Defamation League
1959-1960
12 10
General file-pamphlets: "Planning Research Corporation"; "Aerospace Corporation"; "The Unresolved Case of Soviet-occupied Hungary"; letters to the editor and personal correspondence
1960-1968
12 11
International Rescue Committee-work to resettle Cuban refugees
1960
12 12
Hudson Institute-a think tank: pamphlets, reports on plans and activities of council
1962
12 13
Scenarios on war by Hudson Institute
1962
12 14
Community Council of Greater New York: pamphlets, reports on plans and activities of council
1966
12 15
Correspondence and newspaper clippings of Edward R. Murrow
1965
12 16
Memorial to Murrow by ChesterWilliams
1965
13 1
Community Council of Greater New York: annual report; pamphlet and newsletter
1965
13 2
Correspondence concerning Vietnam-letters to and from Nelson Rockefeller, Dean Rusk, Eugene Rostow (Undersecretary for Political Affairs), and others
1966-1975
13 3
Booklet on freedom of speech entitled, "...Must Free Institutions Be Overthrown Because of the Very Freedom They Sustain?"
1967
13 4
Correspondence with Alexander Kendrick concerning information for biography of Edward Murrow
1968
13 5
Letters to the editor, Sarasota, Florida, varied subject matter
1968
13 6
Pamphlets and reports dealing with school desegregation in Sarasota
1969
13 7
Manuscript entitled, Hairless Handwalkers
1969
13 8
General file-medical bills, correspondence, speech draft, magazine clips
1969
13 9
Selected correspondence with Nels Anderson, Allan Cranston, Barbara Jordon, Henry Jackson, Dean Rusk and others
1969
13 10
Newspaper and magazine clips and manuscript commentaries of Vietnam
1969
13 11
Newspaper and magazine clippings, commentaries on Middle East
1970
13 12
Correspondence with George Britt
1972-1980
13 13-14
Articles, pamphlets and clippings on medical procedures and doctors
1972-1980
13 15
Clips and commentaries on Watergate
1973
14 1
Correspondence with Henry Jackson, Senator Chiles, Jacob Javits, Mike Mansfield; articles and pamphlets on mass transit
1975
14 2
Notes and clippings, random subjects
1975
14 3
Work to organize "Citizen Rally Against Crime," as a result of wife being mugged
1975
14 4
Clippings and commentaries on the economy and need for a transit system
1975
14 5
Articles about wife's mugging, campaign brochures-"Williams for City Commissioner,"
1975
14 6
Newspaper clippings and articles, varied-some material on Jimmy Carter's campaign and a pledge of support sent to him by Williams
1976
14 7
Newsclippings and commentaries on mass transit
1976-1979
14 8
Material on Middle East, also material on peace keeping mission
1977
14 9
Clippings and notes: variable material-bulk is on Middle East, Ford and Carter
1977-1979
14 10
Notes, outlines, commentaries on Middle East
1977
14 11
Material and clippings gathered during Freedom House workshop
1979
Series II: Memorabilia
package
1
Honorariums: "Honorary Citizen of Baton Rouge," "Honorary Citizen of New Orleans"; "Certificate of membership in Public Relations Society of America"; Menu: The Foreign Correspondence Club, Hong Kong
Box Folder
14 12
Correspondence with Edward Hough
1974-1980

Series III:  Photographs (PH135)Return to Top

1.0 linear feet
Williams, Chester S. (Chester Sidney), 1907-
Container(s) Description Dates
PH135_0000: [Images not yet listed for this collection.]
1.0 unknown
not yet assigned
Box
1
Prints

BroadsidesReturn to Top

10.0 items

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Agriculture
  • Communism--Philippines--History--20th century
  • Elementary and Secondary Education
  • International Relations
  • Photographs
  • Progressive education--United States
  • Strikes and lockouts--Agricultural laborers--California--History--20th century
  • Personal Names :
  • Williams, Chester S. (Chester Sidney), 1907-
  • Williams, Chester S. (Chester Sidney), 1907--Correspondence
  • Geographical Names :
  • Middle East--History--20th century
  • Sarasota (Fla.)--Politics and government--20th century