Guide to the Kenny J. Williams Papers, 1971-1995
Kenny Williams was a professor of English at Duke University.
Her collection includes memorabilia, correspondence, department memoranda and manuscripts.
- University Archives, Duke University
- Williams, Kenny Jackson, 1927-2003.
- Kenny J. Williams papers 1971-1995
- Language of Material
- 3.0 Linear Feet, 2, 000 Items
- For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Contains greeting cards, brochures, correspondence, departmental memoranda, course materials, committee minutes, and manuscripts of Williams' article "The Masking of the Novelist" and her book In the City of Men: Another Story of Chicago. Also includes documents relating to the President's Council on Black Affairs, the Nixon Library controversy, and the Phi Beta Kappa selection committees. Minutes, private correspondence and reports of the English Department and the University should be restricted. Receipts, recommendation letters, grade disputes and ephemeral correspondence were discarded for processing. Correspondence was removed from envelopes and foldered.
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For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the office of origin and the University Archivist is required for use. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.
In off-site storage; 48 hours advance notice is required for use.
Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Born in Omaha, NE, Kenny Williams grew up in Chicago where her father served as a Baptist pastor. She received a B.A. from Benedict College in 1949, her first M.A. degree from De Paul University in 1950, and her second M.A. and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959 and 1961, respectively. After teaching at Tennessee A and I State University, and at Northeastern Illinois State University, she joined the faculty of the Duke English Department in 1977, where she specialized in Midwestern and African-American literature. In 1991 she was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to the advisory counsel of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Among her published works include They Also Spoke: An Essay on Negro Literature in America, 1787-1930, In the City of Men: Another Story of Chicago, Prairie Voices: A Literary History of Chicago from the Frontier to 13 and A Storyteller for a City: Sherwood Anderson's Chicago. At the time of her death in 2003, Williams had been writing on literature of the Civil War era for the Dictionary of Literary Biography series.
- Department of English Records, 1926 – ongoing. (University Archives. Duke University.)
- Nixon Library Controversy Collection, 1981-2001. (University Archives. Duke University.)
- Committee Against the Nixon-Duke Library Records, 1981. (University Archives. Duke University.)
- Black History at Duke Reference Collection, 1948-2001 and undated (University Archives. Duke University. )
[Identification of item], Kenny J. Williams Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Kenny J. Williams Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 2004.
Processed by Jessica Wood, November 2006
Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, November 2006, updated by Kimberly Sims, April 2014
Accession A2004-14 is described in this finding aid.
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