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Williams, K.P. mss., 1820-1958

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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Williams, Kenneth P. (Kenneth Powers), 1887-1958.

Williams, K.P. mss., 1820-1958

Collection No.
LMC 2312

3,646 items

Materials are in English.

The Williams, K.P. mss., 1820-1958, consists of letters and papers of Kenneth Powers Williams, 1887-1958, professor of mathematics at Indiana University and author of Lincoln Finds a General.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Career: born, August 25, 1887, Urbana, Ohio; son of John H. and Eva Augusta (Powers) Williams; A.B., Indiana University, 1908, A.M., 1909; PhD., Princeton University, 1913; married Mrs. Ellen (Laughlin) Scott, August 20, 1920; member of the faculty of the Department of Mathematics, Indiana University, 1909-1958; first lieutenant, Indiana National Guard, Mexican border, 1916; captain, Field Artillery, U.S. Army, with American Expeditionary Force, 1917-1919; officer, Field Artillery, Indiana National Guard, 1921-1931; colonel and chief of staff, 38th division, National Guard, 1931-1939; Colonel, Quartermaster corps, commanding 113th Quartermaster Regiment, and Quartermaster, 38th division in national service, 1941; died, September 25, 1958.


The collection is arranged into two series: Correspondence and Writings.

Scope and Content Note

The Williams, K.P. mss., 1820-1958, consists of letters and papers of Kenneth Powers Williams, 1887-1958, professor of mathematics at Indiana University and author of Lincoln Finds a General. This collection consists of correspondence, 1926-1958, of Kenneth Powers Williams; drafts, illustrations, maps, notes, galley and page proofs, and a scrapbook of reviews of Williams' Lincoln Finds A General, volumes I-IV, 1949-1956; mathematics notes and problems, including worked out problems from courses taken at Indiana University and Princeton University and notes of early lecture courses given by him at Indiana University; and reprints of articles, 1910-1954, on mathematical, military and historical subjects written by Williams and published in periodicals.

The correspondence is concerned mainly with Lincoln Finds A General . Other subjects dealt with include the relation of Anna Ella Carroll, 1815-1893, to the Tennessee River Campaign in the Civil war and Williams' controversy with Sydney Greenbie, 1889-1960, and his wife, Mrs. Marjorie Latta (Barstow) Greenbie, 1891- , arising from Williams' article "The Tennessee River Campaign and Anna Ella Carroll," which appeared in the Indiana Magazine of History, XLVI: 221-248, September 1950; the Ku Klux Klan; the history of the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad, the Illinois Central Railroad, and the Virginia Central Railroad during and after the Civil War; cartridges for loading arms before and after the Civil War; problems in astronomy and mathematics in colleges; the European situation in 1938; and the discharge of Jewish professors in Vienna and Prague in 1939.

Correspondence with Edwin W. Atwood, 1879- , mayor of Flint, Michigan, relates to his collection of Civil War materials and includes copies of letters of Ulysses Simpson Grant, Abraham Lincoln, William Tecumseh Sherman, and others, 1845-1882, which were sent to Williams by Atwood.

In addition to correspondence and the Lincoln Finds A General materials the collection contains a survey on the certification of teachers, 1944 papers on the history and teaching of mathematics at Indiana University, 1938, 1944; a mathematical manuscript textbook by Milo G. Williams, 1820; and an autographed copy of the mimeographed "Introduction to Plane Algebraic Geometry" by Václav Hlavatý.

Williams, Kenneth Powers, 1887-1958, professor. Lincoln Finds A General: A Military Study of the Civil War, with Maps by Clark Ray. A.&T.D. [9193] p. 13-28cm. Comprises vol. I-IV of work by same title, published, New York, Macmillan, 1949-1959.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired 1950, 1958, 1959, 1960.
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
Williams, K.P. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Box 1 Correspondence

Correspondents represented in the collection include:

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  • Maxwell Aley
  • Paul McClelland Angle
  • John Edwin Bakeless
  • Richard Bardolph
  • John Donald Barnhart
  • Roy Prentice Basler
  • William Worth Balknap
  • Everett Newton Bowman
  • J.A.B.F. Brady
  • Erdmann Neumeister Brandt
  • Benjamin William Brice
  • Orville Hickman Browning
  • William Lowe Bryan
  • Frederic Lauriston Bullard
  • Ernest Franklin Canaday
  • Edward Richard Sprigg Canby
  • Clarence Selmer Carlson
  • Anna Ella Carroll
  • Thomas Nixon Carver
  • Robert Francis Catterson
  • Bruce Catton
  • Bennett Alfred Cerf
  • Gordon Keith Chalmers
  • Verner Warren Clapp
  • Gerald Maurice Clemence
  • Monroe Fulkeron Cockrell
  • William Edward Cole
  • Milton Conover
  • Roy Bird Cook
  • Watson M. Davis
  • Bernard Augustine De Voto
  • Glen H. Draper
  • Trevor Nevitt Dupuy
  • Clement Eaton
  • Robert Lawrence Eichelberger
  • Otto Eisenchmil
  • John Chipman Farrar
  • Samuel Wilson Fleming, 1885-1966
  • David Mansfield Frederick
  • Douglas Southall Freeman
  • Perring C. Galpin
  • Christian Gauss
  • Harry Merrill Gehman
  • Wilber H. Glover
  • Edgar Johnson Goodspeed
  • Jesse Root Grant
  • Ulysses Simpson Grant
  • Ulysses S. Grant, 1881-1968
  • Mrs. Marjorie Latta (Barstow) Greenbie
  • Sydney Greenbie
  • Cornelius Greenway
  • Farnham Pond Griffiths
  • Maruice Théodore Adolphe Hamy
  • Edwin Forrest Harding
  • Carl Haverlin
  • Archibald Henderson
  • Robert Selph Henry
  • Don Herold
  • Ernest Leopold Mettich
  • James Ernest Hicks
  • Jesse Hildebrand
  • Robert Lynn Hogg
  • Chauncey Benton Humphrey
  • Andrew Atkinson Humphreys
  • Edward Eyre Hunt
  • W.P. Isham
  • Samuel Richey Kamm
  • Louis Charles Karpinski
  • Estes Kefauver
  • Frank W. Kimball
  • Robert Lee Kincaid
  • Alfred Charles Kinsey
  • Edward Chase Kirkland
  • Harry Dexter Kitson
  • Alfred A. Knopf
  • Gustav Philipp Körner
  • Bertram Wallace Korn
  • Foreman Michael Lebold
  • Derrick Henry Lehmer
  • Basil Henry Liddell Hart
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Robert Rutherford McCormick
  • Robert Gerald McMurtry
  • Charles Frederick Manderson
  • Sir Frederick Maurice
  • George Gordon Meade
  • David Chambers Mearns
  • Frederick Hill Meserve
  • Vernon Xavier Miller
  • Robert Houston Milroy
  • John Robert Moore
  • Herbert Rollo Morgan
  • Jonathan David Morris
  • Charles Helvetius Mottier
  • Forest Ray Moulton
  • Herbert George Moulton
  • Charles Love Mullins, Jr.
  • Ralph Geoffrey Newman
  • Reno Odlin
  • Charles Norton Owen
  • Elwin Lawrence Page
  • Howard Henry Peckham
  • Herbert Shaw Philbrick
  • David Morris Potter
  • Charles Percy Powell
  • Harry Edward Pratt
  • Clark Ray
  • Henry Jarvis Raymond
  • John Davis Reichard
  • Edgar Taylor Rigg
  • F. Ray Risdon
  • Ashbel Sellew Roberts
  • L.W. Salinas Rodriguez
  • Leland Livingston Sage
  • George Sarton
  • Richard Schuster
  • Thomas Alexander Scott
  • George Pope Shannon
  • William Tecumseh Sherman
  • Carl Paxson Sherwin
  • Elmer William Sherwood
  • Harry Joseph Sievers
  • William Milligan Sloane, 1906-
  • Henry Warner Slocum
  • Alfred Whital Stern
  • Robert Roth Stoll
  • Hudson Strode
  • James Arthur Stuart
  • Charles Pelot Summerall
  • Alexander Campbell Tener
  • Maurice Emerson Tennant
  • Benjamin Platt Thomas
  • Robert Spencer Thomas
  • Stith Thompson
  • Joseph Jaqcobs Thorndike, 1913-
  • William Henry Townsend
  • Edwin Robert Van Kleeck
  • Edward Campbell Von Trees
  • Guy Alwyn Wainwright
  • Clyde Cameron Walton
  • William S. Warford
  • Ezra J. Warner
  • Louis Austin Warren
  • Chester Burleigh Watts
  • Herman B Wells
  • J. Randall Williams
  • Thomas Harry Williams
  • David Wilmot
  • Lewis Albert Wilson
  • Charles Ballard Zimmerman

1820-1951, July 

Box 2 1951, Aug.-1958;  undated 

Series: Box 3 Writings

Box 3 Mathematics notes: A-R

Box 4 Mathematics notes: S-Z; Lincoln Finds a General: drafts

Box 5 Lincoln Finds a General: drafts (cont'd) - notes for vol. I-II

Box 6 Lincoln Finds a General: notes for vol. III. - galleys for vol. I-II

Box 7 Lincoln Finds a General: galleys for vol. III-V

Box 8 Printed items (9 folders); Lincoln Finds a General , Printer's copy in green slip case: vol. I, typescript.

Box 9 Lincoln Finds a General, Printer's copy in green slip cases: vol. I, carbon; vol. II, typescript and carbon; vol. III, typescript.

Box 10 Lincoln Finds a General, Printer's copy in green slip cases: vol. III, carbon copy; vol. IV, typescript and carbon

Box 11 Lincoln Finds a General, Printer's copy in green slip case: vol. V, typescript

Oversize Maps of Civil War battles used in Lincoln Finds a General