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Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Williams, Kenneth P. (Kenneth Powers), 1887-1958.
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.
This collection is open for research.
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.
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.  p. 13-28cm. Comprises vol. I-IV of work by same title, published, New York, Macmillan, 1949-1959.
Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.
Correspondents represented in the collection include: