Ava Williams (1912-2003) performed as a popular music singer and pianist on stages on both coasts of the United States from 1939 to the late 1990s. She grew up in Eastern Oregon and spent her final years in Portland. In the intervening years, she lived and worked in California, New York City, Provincetown (Mass.), Boston, and Philadelphia. Her personal collection spans from her childhood to her death, and includes papers, photographs, sound and audiovisual recordings, mostly pertaining to her musical career. The collection also includes family papers and photographs dating back to 1880.