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Guide to the Kenny J. Williams Papers, 1971-1995

Abstract

Kenny Williams was a professor of English at Duke University.

Her collection includes memorabilia, correspondence, department memoranda and manuscripts.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Williams, Kenny Jackson, 1927-2003.
Title
Kenny J. Williams papers 1971-1995
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.0 Linear Feet, 2, 000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

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.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

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.

warning Use Restrictions

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.

Contents of the Collection

"The Masking of the Novelist"
Box 1
Miscellaneous Cards, Memorabilia
Box 1
Miscellaneous Cards, Memorabilia
Box 1
In the City of Men, manuscript
Box 1
Correspondence, Department Memoranda, Memorabilia, 1986
Box 1
Correspondence, 1975-1983 (RESTRICTED)
Box 1
Correspondence, 1983-1985
Box 1
Schmid Elementary School Condolences, 1979
Box 1
Letter to Mrs. J. H. Jackson from Yuriko Kageura, 1962 Sept. 16
Box 1
Photograph of Professors Kenny J. Williams and Dale B. J. Randall standing outside Williams' residence in Durham, NC
Box 1
American Literature to 1865
Box 2
Afro-American Novel, 1853-1906
Box 2
1890s - Literary Profile
Box 2
169s.04 - Spring 1995
Box 2
Department Documents, 1995
Box 2
Department Documents, 1985-1986
Box 2
Department Documents, 1985
Box 2
Department Memoranda, Correspondence, 1981-1988
Box 2
Friends of Art Museum Committee
Box 2
Bevan (Provost) Memos
Box 2
Minority Affairs and President's Council
Box 2
Long-Range Planning Committee
Box 2
Course Outlines - Miscellaneous
Box 2
Presidential Council on Black Affairs
Box 2
Advisory Committee on Afro-American Studies
Box 2
Hiring Advisory Committee Memoranda
Box 2
Curriculum Committee, 1986-1987
Box 2
Afro-American Committee
Box 2
President's Council
Box 2
267 - Outlines and Problems
Box 2
Nixon Library
Box 2
Nixon Flap
Box 2
University Planning Committee Report, 1980
Box 2
177 - Rise of the American Novel
Box 2
Letter to Chairman, 1977
Box 2
Faculty Associates, Admissions
Box 2
Department Documents, 1977-1978
Box 2
Correspondence, 1977-1980
Box 2
Department Documents, 1988-1991
Box 2
Duke Retrenchment, Clippings, 1980
Box 2
Admissions Decisions Committee
Box 2
Academic Plan Draft, 1987
Box 2
Directions for Progress - Report to the Board of Trustees, 1980
Box 2
Phi Beta Kappa Committees and Bylaws
Box 2
Spring Initiation Speaker, 1991
Box 2

Historical Note

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.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • 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. )

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kenny J. Williams Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Kenny J. Williams Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 2004.

Processing Information

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.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.