University of Delaware Library

Williams, William H. (William Henry), 1936-

William H. Williams papers

1907–2006

(bulk dates 1976–2004)


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 570


Creator: Williams, William H. (William Henry), 1936-


Title: William H. Williams papers


Inclusive Dates: 1907–2006


Bulk Dates: 1976–2004


Extent: 11.6 linear feet (13 boxes)


Abstract: The William H. Williams Papers, spanning the dates 1907–2006, comprise 11.6 linear feet of manuscripts, academic papers, correspondence, photographs, teaching materials, and academic research relating to the areas of study and publications of Williams, a prominent Delaware historian based in Sussex County, Delaware. The collection is divided into six series, with series III. through VI. corresponding to major subject areas studied by Williams.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 570, William H. Williams papers, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Boxes 1-11: Shelved in ANNEX MSS record center cartons

Box 11, F4: Shelved in SPEC Media video cassettes (VHS)

Box 12: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes

Box 13: Shelved in SPEC Media audio cassettes

Location

Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Gift of Mrs. William H. Williams, 2007.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Evan Echols, November 2008.


The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library, http://www.lib.udel.edu/cgi-bin/askspec.cgi


Biographical Note

William H. Williams (1936–2007), noted scholar of Delaware history, served as a professor and leader for the University of Delaware Parallel Program in Georgetown, Delaware, and was highly involved in Delaware public life.

William H. Williams was born on June 9, 1936, in Port Jervis, New York, and spent his childhood on Long Island. He received his B.A. from Drew University in 1958 and a Master of Science in Education from Yeshiva University in 1959. From 1958 to 1963, Williams taught social studies in and near New York City. Pursing his interest in history, Williams entered the University of Delaware’s history program in 1963, where he began a lifelong relationship, first as a student and later as a colleague, of the esteemed Delaware historian John Munroe. In 1971, Williams completed a Ph.D. in history and began his long career as a professor and leader of the University of Delaware Parallel Program in Georgetown, Delaware.

Williams came to be known as one of the preeminent historians and scholars of Delaware history, in the company of John Munroe and Henry Clay Reed. Williams published his first book in 1976, about the Pennsylvania Hospital, and subsequently authored six more books on the history of Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula. He wrote on such topics as slavery, the Delmarva poultry industry, the history of Methodism, and the environment. In addition to his academic pursuits, Williams was deeply involved in state and local affairs, serving on the Delaware Humanities Council as well as many Georgetown community boards. He also had a deep commitment to the Wesley United Methodist Church in Georgetown. As part of the church leadership, he provided guidance for new members of the community, organized activities, and helped formulate long-term financial and spirtual goals. Upon his retirement in 2000, the University of Delaware History department established the William H. Williams Scholarship in Early American History, awarded to students who have an exceptional aptitude for history.

Williams passed away on April 7, 2007 in Venice, Florida, from colon cancer. He is survived by his wife, Helen G. Williams, and children Dawn W. Stitzel and Mark T. Williams. He was predeceased by one son. His final book, published posthumously in 2009 by the The Delaware Heritage Commission, is Man and Nature in Delaware: An Environmental History of Delaware, 1631-2000, a comprehensive history of man's interaction with nature in what is now the state of Delaware.

Sources:

Scholarship honors late historian William H. Williams. UD Messenger, Vol. 15, no. 3, 2007. http://www.udel.edu/PR/Messenger/06/03/CNScholarship.html (accessed June 20, 2008).

Heritage Commission announces publication of environmental history. UDaily, December 15, 2008. http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2009/dec/history120508.html (accessed December 17, 2008).

Additional information derived from the collection.


Scope and Content Note

The William H. Williams Papers, spanning the dates 1907–2006, comprise 11.6 linear feet of manuscripts, academic papers, correspondence, photographs, teaching materials, oral histories, and other sources relating to the research and writing of Williams, a prominent Delaware historian based in Sussex County, Delaware. The collection is divided into six series, with series III. through VI. corresponding to major subject areas studied by Williams.

Series I. contains Williams's personal documents. It includes his diplomas, correspondence (including letters from Williams's mentor and colleague, Delaware historian John Munroe), book reviews, lecture notes, and academic papers written by Williams, news articles regarding his activities, and an annoted copy of his 1985 book Delaware : The First State : An Illustrated History of Delaware. It also includes slides of images used in his publications and classes, as well as slides of photographs taken by Williams personally. Much of the material in the series documents Williams's involvment with the University of Delaware Parallel Program and its evolution over the years. Included are minutes, memos, news articles, and correspondence to and from Williams and others on the subject of the Parallel Program, a two year Associates in Arts degree program offred by UD in conjunction with Delaware Technical & Community College, on the DTCC campuses in Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown. The material documents various complications and difficulties faced by the program over the decades.

Series I. also documents Williams's involvement with the Delaware Humanities Forum and the local community. There are several awards received by Williams as well as material related to various causes, committees, and groups Williams was connected with over the years. This series includes transcripts of the 1976 Sussex County Oral History project, for which Williams served as project director, as well as short biographies of the interviewees.

Series II. contains articles, reports, and other documents relating to subject areas studied by Williams over the course of his career. This series includes many papers on topics of archeology, architecture, and the American frontier as well as material for History classes taught by Williams. There is information on the Pennsylvania Hospital, which was the topic of Williams's dissertation, and other medical instutions, as well as Delaware state statistics, information on the city of Wilmington, crime, Delaware politics, and transportation. Much of the information relates to historical sites in Delaware and includes images of these sites. There are also several resumes and biographical information collected by Williams.

Series III. contains material related to the environment and documents Williams's research towards his final book, Man and Nature in Delaware: An Environmental History of Delaware, 1631–2000. The majority of the material consists of news articles, environmental studies, soil assessments, weather statistics, academic reports, and other information relating broadly to humankind's impact on the environment in Delaware. The time period covered by the various works spans from prehistory to the present day. The series also includes three oral interviews conducted in 2004 by Williams on the subject of the environment and waste management. There are multiple drafts of Man and Nature in Delaware: An Environmental History of Delaware, 1631-2000 (earlier titled "Neither Garden Nor Desert"). The book explores the history of humankind's interaction with nature in Delaware and focuses on the consequences to the environment starting with European colonization of the area in 1631. It covers the rapid growth of industry in the state and follows state and federal efforts to address the resulting environmental problems.

Series IV. contains material related to slavery, civil rights, and race relations in Delaware. It includes academic research, news articles, census records, teaching materials, and drafts of Williams's book Slavery and Freedom in Delaware, 1639-1865. The aforementioned materials relate to the topics of slave ownership in Delaware, plantation life, and the population of slaves and free blacks prior to the American Civil War. The materials aslo concern the fate of blacks in Delaware after empancipation, race relations in Delaware, and the Civil Rights movement in the state. There are two drafts of Williams's book, one with annotations, and material related to the production of the book, such as image requests, reviews, and notes. Also included are a grant proposal, teaching packet, and video cassette of a 1997 WHYY television series, "Freedom's Edge: African-Americans in Delaware, 1639-1865," on the history of slavery in Delaware. The series was created with the help of Williams and University of Delaware professors Carol Marks and James Newton, and features a roundtable discussion in which Williams participates.

Series V. contains material related to Williams's personal and academic interest in Delaware Methodism. It includes material documenting his involvment in the Wesley United Church in Georgetown, Delaware, images of well-known Methodists, and reviews and correspondence regarding his book The Garden of American Methodism: the Delmarva Peninsula, 1769-1820. Also included is information gathered by Williams on early African-American Methodism and Barratt's Chapel (Frederica, Delaware), the oldest surviving church built by Methodists in the United States. The material related to Wesley United Church demonstrates Williams's involvement in church leadership and administration. It includes meeting minutes, strategic planning something, and in the form of meeting minutes, notes, Also included are packets from the church's Vision Team, responsible for future planning and development, and the Nuturing Committee, tasked with encouraging spiritual growth within the community as well as welcoming new members.

Series VI. contains material related to the poultry industry on the Delmarva Peninsula. It includes news articles, poultry association profiles and studies, information about the University of Delaware's Cooperative Extension program, and research towards Williams's book Delmarva's Poultry Industry: 75 Years of Progress. The bulk of the material consists of poultry industry (broiler industry) histories, annual growers' reports, industry newsleters, news articles, and production assessments. Much of this material was used by Williams to write his book on the poultry industry. Because of the effect of large scale poultry farming on the environment, there is also some overlap with his work on the environmental history of Delaware. Another topic covered by this series is the effect of migrant labor on the Delamrva poultry industry and it contains news articles on the topic of immigration. Related to this are articles and reports documenting controversy surrounding the working conditions at poultry plants. Also included are audio tapes of oral interviews conducted by Williams. The interviews involve discussions with poultry industry owners and employees regarding their experiences. Acccompanying the interviews is a notebook containing brief notes taken by Williams about the interviews and the backgrounds of the interviewees.

Taken as a whole, the collection documents Williams's personal and professional journey as a historian mining topics essential to an understanding of Delaware. Benefitting from his residency in Sussex County and familiarity with life "below the canal," Williams's research on the topics of race relations, religious heritage, agriculture, and the poultry industry, as well as the natural and environmental history of the state resulted in publications and research that greatly enhance an appreciation of the state.


Selected Search Terms

Corporate Names
University of Delaware.
University of Delaware. Associate in Arts Degree Program.
Delaware Humanities Forum.
Topical Terms
African Americans--History--Sources.
Environmentalism--Delaware--History--Sources.
Methodist Church--Delmarva Peninsula--History--Sources.
Oral History--Delaware--Specimens.
Poultry industry--Delmarva Peninsula--History--Sources.
Geographic Names
Delaware--History--Sources.
Delaware--Race relations--History--Sources.
Delmarva Peninsula--History--Sources.
Sussex County (Del.)--History--Sources.
Form/Genre Terms
Administrative records.
Articles.
Audiocassettes.
Census records.
Environmental impact statements.
Instructional materials.
Lecture notes.
Manuscripts for publication.
Maps.
Oral histories (document genres)
Photographs.
Reports.
Resumes.
Serials (publications)
Slides (photographs)
Transparencies.
Videocassettes.
Occupation
Educators.
Historians.

  • I. Williams Personal Files and Academic Research, 1959-2006
    • I.A. University of Delaware Parallel Program, 1987-1992
    • I.B. Photographic Slides, undated
  • II. Related Academic Pursuits, 1942-2003
  • III. Environmental Research, 1907-2006
    • I.A. Oral Interviews, 2004
  • IV. Slavery, Civil Rights, and Race Relations, 1919-2005
    • I.A. Audiocassettes, undated
  • V. Methodism, 1988-2006
  • VI. Delmarva Poultry Industry, 1919-1999
    • I.A. Poultry Industry oral history interviews, 1997-1998

Detailed Contents List

Series I. Williams Personal Files and Academic Research, 1959–2006

Includes diplomas, correspondence, book reviews, student evaluations, academic papers written by Williams, and news articles regarding him. Much of the material documents Williams' involvment with the University of Delaware Parallel Program and its evolution over the years. It also documents his involvement with local activities, This series includes transcripts of the 1976 Sussex County Oral History project, for which Williams served as project director, as well as signed release documents and short biographies of the interviewees.

Photos of William H. Williams   [Box 1 F1]

Williams Master of Science Diploma, 1959 June   [Box 1 F2]

Williams Resume   [Box 1 F3]

University Parallel Promotion Criteria and Procedures: Williams Portfolio, 1985   [Box 11 F4]

Oversize item. Placed in box 11

Williams retirement, 2000–2001   [Box 1 F5]

Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement: Recognition Ceremony, 1999   [Box 1 F6]

Certificate of Appreciation fron Loretta Martini Shackle   [Box 1 F7]

History Award Medal from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1997   [Box 1 F8]

Alison Award, 1992–1993   [Box 1 F9]

Memorial Day speech, 1993 May 30   [Box 1 F10]

Misc. Williams correspondence, 1974, 1986–2004   [Box 1 F11]

Collective Bargaining Agreement between the University of Delaware and American Association of University Professors, 1996–2002   [Box 1 F12]

Williams notes on Georgetown, Delaware   [Box 1 F13]

"The Importance of Not Being an Eagle Scout" by William H. Williams, 1968 April   [Box 1 F14]

Articles on Cancer in Delaware, 1989, 1995   [Box 1 F15]

Articles on Cancer in Delaware, 2004–2005   [Box 1 F16]

Problems with Georgetown, Delaware high school students, 1998   [Box 1 F17]

Library Lecture: Sussex County Libraries and the Challenge of Media   [Box 1 F18]

Articles on "The First State: An Illustrated History of Delaware", 1985,1993, 1999   [Box 1 F19]

Second Edition of "The First State: An Illustrated History"- Image information, 1998–1990   [Box 1 F20]

"Delaware and Ratification: A Paradox Examined" by William H. Williams, 1987   [Box 1 F21]

"Delaware in 1791" by William H. Williams   [Box 1 F22]

Publication and marketing for "The First State"   [Box 1 F23]

"Writing a History of Delaware: Some Problems and Surprises"   [Box 1 F24]

Milford Book Discussion Club, 2001   [Box 1 F25]

Medical Biographies   [Box 1 F26]

Speech on Delaware in the constitutional period: Notes   [Box 1 F27]

Delaware Quiz and Lecture Notes   [Box 1 F28]

Proposals for Library Book Discussion Series, 2000 December 27   [Box 1 F29]

Corrections for "The First State"   [Box 1 F30]

Reviews of "America's First Hospital"   [Box 1 F31]

Smith Island Project, 1990–1992   [Box 1 F32]

Former Williams Students   [Box 1 F33]

"The First State" notebook   [Box 1 F34]

Delaware exhibit for bicentennial of U.S. Constitution notebook   [Box 1 F35]

Poem: "What Use History?"   [Box 1 F36]

Arts and Science Campaign Steering Committee, 1998   [Box 1 F37]

Campaign for Delaware, 1998–1999   [Box 1 F38]

Notes for Ninth Annual Honors Day Program, 1994   [Box 1 F39]

Subseries I.1 University of Delaware Parallel Program

The University Parallel Program in Georgetown: A History, 1987 January   [Box 1 F40]

University of Delaware Parallel Program: Correspondence, memoranda, and minutes   [Box 1 F41]

University of Delaware Parallel Program: Correspondence, memoranda, and minutes   [Box 1 F42]

University Parallel Program Annual Report, 1990–1991, 1991–1992   [Box 1 F43]

University of Delaware Parallel Program: Reports and studies   [Box 1 F44]

University of Delaware Parallel Program: Reports and studies   [Box 1 F45]

News articles regarding the University Parallel Program   [Box 1 F46]

Delaware Constitution of 1897- Notes   [Box 1 F47]

MALS 667-430 course evaluations, 1994, 1999   [Box 1 F48]

HIST 667 course evaluation   [Box 1 F49]

MALS student evaluations, 1997   [Box 1 F50]

Early American Social History syllabus   [Box 1 F51]

Delaware Humanities Forum commentary, 1977–1980   [Box 1 F52]

Delaware Humanities Forum: Sussex Central Middle School Evaluations, 1993   [Box 1 F53]

Delmarva Discussions, 2000   [Box 1 F54]

John Munroe correspondence and news clippings   [Box 1 F55]

John Munroe memorial, 2006   [Box 1 F56]

Williams "Government II" class notes   [Box 1 F57]

Material related to MALS 603: "The American Frontier in Fact and Fiction" course   [Box 2 F58]

Material related to MALS 603: "The American Frontier in Fact and Fiction" course   [Box 2 F59]

Maps - Frontier course   [Box 2 F60]

Notebook: Williams publications   [Box 2 F61]

Misc. Williams academic material and correspondence, 1979–2003   [Box 2 F62]

News articles regarding Williams projects and publications   [Box 2 F63]

"Delaware in the 1890s" by William H. Williams   [Box 2 F64]

"The Early Days of Anglo-America's First Hospital: The Pennsylvania Hospital, 1751–1775" by William H. Williams, 1972 April 3   [Box 2 F65]

Articles related to "America's First Hospital, the Pennsylvania Hospital", 1972–1976, 1989   [Box 2 F66]

Notes on the Philadelphia General Hospital   [Box 2 F67]

Notes on the structure of colonial society   [Box 2 F68]

Interview notes, 2004–2005   [Box 2 F69]

Sussex County Oral History Project: Interviewee bios, 1976   [Box 2 F70]

Sussex County Oral History Project: Signed release documents, 1976   [Box 2 F71]

Oral History Project: Sussex County Bicentennial Committee, 1976   [Box 2 F72]

Annotated copy of "Delaware : the first state : an illustrated history of Delaware", 1985   [Box 11 F73]

Oversize item. Placed in box 11

Subseries I.2 Photographic Slides

Slides of images used in Williams publications and photographs taken by Williams.

Images for publications and Williams photos   [Box 12 F74]

Late 19th century 1865–1900   [Box 12 F1]

Industry I 1631–1865   [Box 12 F2]

Industry II 1860–   [Box 12 F3]

Indians   [Box 12 F4]

History of Wilmington   [Box 12 F5]

Fishing and wildlife   [Box 12 F6]

DuPont Co.   [Box 12 F7]

Del. State amd County Institution   [Box 12 F8]

Del. Maps   [Box 12 F9]

Col. Del I    [Box 12 F10]

Col. Del II   [Box 12 F11]

Black Experience   [Box 12 F12]

The Beach   [Box 12 F13]

Antebellum and Civil War 1800–1865   [Box 12 F14]

Am. Rev.   [Box 12 F15]

1945–1987 Del.   [Box 12 F16]

1900–1945   [Box 12 F17]

Del 1783–1800   [Box 12 F18]

Audiocassette- Phil Toman: WNRK The Arts, 1985 November 27   [Box 13 F75]

Short radio broadcast mentioning "The First State: An Illustrated History of Delaware"

Series II. Related Academic Pursuits, 1942–2003

Contains articles, reports, and other documents relating to subject areas studied by Williams over the course of his career. It includes material for classes taught by Williams, various Delaware state statistics, resumes and biographical information, information on the Pennsylvania Hospital, and information about historical sites in Delaware.

Scholarly Resources Inc. material, 1996, 1999   [Box 2 F1]

1787–1788 Sussex County voter rolls, [1980]   [Box 2 F2]

Delaware maps   [Box 2 F3]

"George Washington: The Myth and the Man"   [Box 2 F4]

Delaware in the 1890s   [Box 2 F5]

Biographical sketches of delegates to Delaware's ratifying convention   [Box 2 F6]

Delaware: A Test Case in Colonial Typology   [Box 2 F7]

Journal of the American Medical Association, 1972 April 3   [Box 2 F8]

Journal of the American Medical Association article, 1976 July 5   [Box 2 F9]

Journal of the American Medical Association article, 1972, 1976   [Box 2 F10]

"Finnish Identity in America" by Holli, Hummasti, Karni, et al   [Box 2 F11]

"Country Full of Swedes" by Erskine Caldwell   [Box 2 F12]

Black history in the curriculum   [Box 2 F13]

Black history in the curriculum   [Box 2 F14]

The Georgia Historical Quarterly, 1965 March   [Box 2 F15]

"Facsimile Reprent Edition of the Cowgill Cook Book", 1973 December   [Box 2 F16]

Historic maps and land plots   [Box 2 F17]

"The Diary of Reverent Thomas Rankin"   [Box 2 F18]

"Frederick Jackson Turner and the American Frontier"   [Box 2 F19]

The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 1973 October   [Box 2 F20]

Calendars, 1997, 1998   [Box 3 F21]

"An Illustrated Version of the Life and Death of the 'Wretched' Patty Cannon", 1976   [Box 3 F22]

Patty Cannon house   [Box 3 F23]

"The Judge Thomas White Site" by Allen B. Clark, 1990   [Box 3 F24]

Ross Mansion Quarter Historic Structure Report, 1992   [Box 3 F25]

"Poverty in a Land of Plenty" by Gregory A. Stiverson: Appendix A- The State Assessment of 1783, 1997   [Box 3 F26]

"Family Security in the Transition from Farm to City, 1750–1850" by Richard Bushman   [Box 3 F27]

The Accokeek Foundation, 1994   [Box 3 F28]

Center for Energy and Environmental Policy profile, 2003   [Box 3 F29]

"Delaware: 1945–1998" by Edward C. Ratledge, 1998   [Box 3 F30]

State of Delaware Office of the State Bank Commissioner Annual Report, 1997   [Box 3 F31]

"Expecting the Best for Delaware's Children: The Carper Administration's Plan", 1998   [Box 3 F32]

Crime in Delaware 1996, 1998 April   [Box 3 F33]

1997 Annual Assessment Report to the Cabinet Committee on State Planning Issues, 1998 July   [Box 3 F34]

Delaware Student Testing Program: State Summary Report 1998 Administration, 1999   [Box 3 F35]

Delaware maps and visitors guides   [Box 3 F36]

"Rethinking Delaware Archaology: A Beginning", 2003   [Box 3 F37]

"A Mammoth Fraud in Science" by J. Griffin, D. Meltzer, B. Smith, W. Sturtevant, 1998   [Box 3 F38]

"Heating and Cooking Systems in the George Read II House, New Castle, Delaware, 1802–1839" by J. Garrison, 1990   [Box 3 F39]

MA Thesis of Dawn Williams, 1990 August 27   [Box 3 F40]

Communities in Transition: Project Summary, 1999   [Box 3 F41]

Delaware education, 1999   [Box 3 F42]

Delaware prison statistics, 1999   [Box 3 F43]

Delaware Department of Transportation, 1999   [Box 3 F44]

Delaware gambling, 1998–1999   [Box 3 F45]

"Delaware: A Guide to the First State" notes   [Box 3 F46]

History 505: Seminar in Maryland History syllabus and course proposal, 1998   [Box 3 F47]

"Directory of American Scholars Eight Edition: Philosophy, Religion, and Law", 1982   [Box 3 F48]

1999 Sussex County Business and Education Conference information packet, 1999 October 27   [Box 3 F49]

Women's Suffrage in Delaware: Information packet   [Box 3 F50]

"Outline of History and Government of Delaware Part Two" by John A. Monroe, 1962   [Box 3 F51]

"From Confusion to Clarity: The Education of Daniel Berringan" by Daniel F. Shortridge, 1999 April 19   [Box 3 F52]

"Architechural Resources Survey Lewes Beach, Sussex County Delaware", 2001 March   [Box 3 F53]

"Architechural Resources Survey Lewes Beach, Sussex County Delaware", 2001 March   [Box 3 F54]

Images of Allee House, Lockermann House, and White's Chapel   [Box 3 F55]

Publications regarding Delaware and the American Revolution, 1976, 1991, 1997   [Box 3 F56]

"Privateers, Pirates and the Peninsula"   [Box 3 F57]

"The National Vulcanized Fibre Company and Vulcanies Fibre Industry" by Manly P. Northam, 1942   [Box 3 F58]

Copy of Farmers' Day speech on Sussex County at Delaware College in 1914, 1994   [Box 3 F59]

Chrsitiana Hospital History, 1999   [Box 3 F60]

Prints of the Pennsylvania Hospital   [Box 3 F61]

Delaware politics, 1999   [Box 3 F62]

Listing of elected officals, 1989–1990   [Box 3 F63]

Delaware's economy   [Box 3 F64]

Delaware Agricultural Statistics Summary, 1997   [Box 3 F65]

Delaware State Museums, 1999   [Box 3 F66]

"Opening the American Countryside" by Richard L. Bushman   [Box 3 F67]

Russel Richey lecture at Barratt's Chapel, 1993   [Box 3 F68]

"James Tilton's Notes on the Agriculture of Delaware in 1788", 1946   [Box 3 F69]

Delaware 1998 Statistical Overview, 1998   [Box 3 F70]

Draft of academic paper by Ken Stuller, 2001   [Box 3 F71]

Annual Report of the Delaware Heritage Commission, 2002   [Box 4 F72]

"Delaware Agriculture in 1890"   [Box 4 F73]

Morning News articles about Delaware's status as a border state, 1935, 1959   [Box 4 F74]

Collecting Delaware Books, 1994 October, 1995 April, 1996 February, April   [Box 4 F75]

Collecting Delaware Books, 1995   [Box 4 F76]

Research on Lenape populations in Delaware   [Box 4 F77]

Wilmington studies, reports, and news clippings, 1999   [Box 4 F78]

City of Wilmington Mayor's Report, 1993–1995, 1998   [Box 4 F79]

Baseball Information, 1993, 2003   [Box 4 F80]

The Rehoboth Beacon, 1873 July   [Box 4 F81]

John Monroe's "Delaware Becomes a State" and "Delaware: A Students' Guide to Localized History", 1968, 1987   [Box 4 F82]

"A Preliminary Inventory of the Older Records in the Delaware Archives", 1978   [Box 4 F83]

Delaware Technical and Community College: Delaware Collection   [Box 4 F84]

"Plain Stuff: Tinware in the Nineteenth Century" by Robert Friedel   [Box 4 F85]

"A Look at What is Valued in Delaware at Mid-Century"   [Box 4 F86]

"Guidelines for Authors/Editors and Free-lancers"   [Box 4 F87]

Judge Peter B. Jones   [Box 4 F88]

William B. Chandler III   [Box 4 F89]

Harold Bell Hancock   [Box 4 F90]

Rachel Carson   [Box 4 F91]

John Kern   [Box 4 F92]

Harmon R. Carey   [Box 4 F93]

Sam Glasscock   [Box 4 F94]

Anne Colwell   [Box 4 F95]

Tom Horton reume   [Box 4 F96]

Jack Murray   [Box 4 F97]

Raymond Callahan   [Box 4 F98]

Jeanette Eckman biographical information, 1934, 1972   [Box 4 F99]

Anthony Higgins biographical information, 1963, 1985   [Box 4 F100]

Series III. Environmental Research, 1907–2006

Contains material related to the environment and research towards Williams' final book, Man and Nature in Delaware: An Environmental History of Delaware, 1631–2000. Included are environmental assessment reports, articles on the environment, and multiple drafts of Man and Nature in Delaware: An Environmental History of Delaware, 1631–2000 (previously titled "Neither Garden Nor Desert").

Clean Air Act information   [Box 4 F1]

"Americans and Environment: The Controversy over Ecology", 1971   [Box 4 F2]

Eco-Discoveries: Nature-Based Tourism in Delaware, 1999   [Box 4 F3]

"An Economic Study of Land Utilization in Sussex County, Delaware" by R. O. Bausman, 1941 October   [Box 4 F4]

1787–1788 Meteorological observations, [2000]   [Box 4 F5]

Nature and conservation magazines, 1996–1997, 2002–2005   [Box 4 F6]

Notes, reports, and contacts regarding Delaware environmental iniatives   [Box 4 F7]

Book reviews: Environmentalism, 2001–2002   [Box 4 F8]

Criticism of Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and state government, 2000, 2001, 2005   [Box 4 F9]

Reports on utilization and environmental effects of animal waste, 1996–2000   [Box 4 F10]

Delaware Open Space Program: A Five Year Report, 1996 May   [Box 11 F11]

Oversize item. Placed in box 11.

Peer criticism of "Man and Nature in Delaware" draft, 2005–2006   [Box 4 F12]

1997 Census of Agriculture, 1997   [Box 4 F13]

Army Creek landfill, 1975–1976, 1981–1983, 2001, 2004   [Box 4 F14]

Articles on urban sprawl, 1999–2000, 2004   [Box 4 F15]

City of Wilmington water supply and sewer information, 1977–1979, 1999–2001   [Box 4 F16]

Arden, Delaware, 2004   [Box 4 F17]

Delaware temperature and rainfall statistics, 1895–2004, 2004   [Box 4 F18]

Delaware noreasters   [Box 4 F19]

The environmental research of William F. Ritter, 1993, 1996   [Box 4 F20]

Articles from Environmental History, 2000–2003   [Box 4 F21]

19th century environmental petitions   [Box 4 F22]

Delaware solid waste information, 2001–2002   [Box 4 F23]

"State-County-Local Cooperation Under Delaware Drainage Laws", 1959 December   [Box 4 F24]

Reports on Delaware forestry, 1907, 1977   [Box 4 F25]

Delaware forestry, 1908, 1952   [Box 4 F26]

Partial manuscript and notes for "Man and Nature in Delaware"   [Box 4 F27]

Culture and environment of pre-contact Americas, 1987–1992, 2001   [Box 4 F28]

Articles on the environmental history of the americas, 1985, 1992–2001   [Box 4 F29]

"Transformations of the Earth: Towards an Agroecological Perspective in History" by Donald Worster   [Box 5 F30]

Draft of first chapter of "Man and Nature in Delaware", 2001   [Box 5 F31]

"Paleoenvironmental Studies of the State Route 1 Corridor: Context for Prehistory Settlement", 1994   [Box 5 F32]

Notes for Williams speech on environmental history   [Box 5 F33]

"Virginia's Environmental History" by Jack Temple Kirby, 1991   [Box 5 F34]

Journal entries and information from Williams' Alaska trip   [Box 5 F35]

1877 article "Some Vital Statistics of the City of Wilmington" by L.P. Bush, M.D., [2000]   [Box 5 F36]

Delaware Game and Fish Commission, 1969, 1996   [Box 5 F37]

St. Jones River Watershed, 1961, 2000–2001   [Box 5 F38]

Prof. William Cronan biography and course descriptions   [Box 5 F39]

"A Place for Stories: Nature, History, and Narrative" by William Cronan, 1992   [Box 5 F40]

"The Philadelawareans: A Study in the Relations Between Philadelphia and Delaware in the Late 18th Century", 1945   [Box 5 F41]

"Water and Sewage Works in Wilmington, Delaware, 1810–1910" by Carol Hoffecker, 1981   [Box 5 F42]

Delaware soil assessments, 1966   [Box 5 F43]

Index and citations for "Man and Nature in Delaware"   [Box 5 F44]

Delaware River, 1970, 1999, 2004   [Box 5 F45]

Articles on Delaware and Pennsylvania in the colonial era, 1992   [Box 5 F46]

Outline of chapter five of "Man and Nature in Delaware"   [Box 5 F47]

Articles regarding the change in agriculture, 1995–2003   [Box 5 F48]

"Delaware's Aquifers and Ground Water" by William J. Wallace, Jr., 2004   [Box 5 F49]

Fishing and wildlife, 1998–2001   [Box 5 F50]

"Farming possibilities of the Delaware Maryland Virginia Peninsula", 1911   [Box 5 F51]

"Greenspace for Delaware's Future"   [Box 5 F52]

"Protecting Delaware's Natural Heritage: Tools for Biodiversity Conservation", 1999   [Box 5 F53]

Draft of "Man and Nature in Delaware: An Environmental History of the First State"   [Box 5 F54]

Draft of "Man and Nature in Delaware: An Environmental History of the First State"   [Box 5 F55]

Draft of "Man and Nature in Delaware: An Environmental History of the First State"   [Box 5 F56]

Draft of "Man and Nature in Delaware: An Environmental History of the First State"   [Box 5 F57]

"Man and Nature in Delaware" editor's comments, 2006   [Box 5 F58]

Delaware waterfowl and horeshoe crab statistics, 2004   [Box 5 F59]

Delaware water quality report, 1979–1980   [Box 5 F60]

US Energy sector, 1998–2003   [Box 5 F61]

State of Delaware 2000 Watershed Assessment Report, 2000 1 April   [Box 5 F62]

Delaware Air Toxics Assessment Report, 2005 August   [Box 5 F63]

Delaware Solid Waste Authority Executive Summary for Statewide Solid Waste Management Plan, 1994 May   [Box 5 F64]

Articles and reports on Delaware flora and fauna, 1996–2003   [Box 5 F65]

Delaware air quality reports, 1977, 2000   [Box 5 F66]

Supreme Court case: C and A Carbone, Inc. v. Town of Clarkstown, New York, 1994   [Box 5 F67]

Pollution and toxins in Delaware, 1990–2004   [Box 5 F68]

The Delaware Conservationist, 1975, 1983   [Box 5 F69]

Articles on leaders of the environmental movement, 1945, 2000, 2005   [Box 5 F70]

Delaware conservation efforts and organizations, 1987, 2000–2005   [Box 6 F71]

3.5 Inch disks: "Neither Garden Nor Desert" and Del. Environmental History, 2003–2004   [Box 6 F72]

Research material for "Man and Nature in Delaware"   [Box 6 F73]

"History of the Human Ecology of the Delaware Estuary", 1994   [Box 6 F74]

Images of animals, 2006   [Box 6 F75]

Notes for "Man and Nature in Delaware"   [Box 6 F76]

Notes for "Man and Nature in Delaware", 2006   [Box 6 F77]

Notes and chapter one of "Man and Nature in Delaware"   [Box 6 F78]

Early draft of "Neither Garden Nor Desert" (Man and Nature in Delaware)   [Box 6 F79]

"Neither Garden Nor Desert" (Man and Nature in Delaware) Draft Pages 1-114   [Box 6 F80]

"Neither Garden Nor Desert" (Man and Nature in Delaware) Draft Pages 115-233   [Box 6 F81]

"Neither Garden Nor Desert" (Man and Nature in Delaware) Draft Pages 233-350   [Box 6 F82]

"The Prehistory of Lums Pond" by M. Petragila, D. Knepper, J. Rutherford, et al., 1998   [Box 6 F83]

Environmental History of Delaware- Notebook A   [Box 6 F84]

Environmental History of Delaware- Notebook B   [Box 6 F85]

Environmental History of Delaware- Notebook C   [Box 6 F86]

Environmental History of Delaware- Notebook D   [Box 6 F87]

Environmental History of Delaware- Notebook E   [Box 6 F88]

Environmental History of Delaware- Notebook F   [Box 6 F89]

Environmental History of Delaware- Notebook G   [Box 6 F90]

Environmental History of Delaware- Notebook H   [Box 6 F91]

Environmental History of Delaware- Notebook I   [Box 6 F92]

Environmental History of Delaware- Notebook J   [Box 6 F93]

Environmental History of Delaware- Notebook K   [Box 7 F94]

Environmental History of Delaware- Notebook L   [Box 7 F95]

Subseries III.1 Oral Interviews

N.C. Vasnki - Solid Waste, 2004   [Box 13 1]

Mike Apgar, 2004   [Box 13 2]

John Bryson, 2004   [Box 13 3]

Series IV. Slavery, Civil Rights, and Race Relations, 1919–2005

Contains material related to slavery, civil rights, and race relations in Delaware. It includes academic research, news articles, census records, teaching materials, and drafts of Williams' book Slavery and freedom in Delaware, 1639–1865. Also included are a grant proposal, teaching packet, and video cassette of a 1997 WHYY television series on the history of slavery in Delaware.

Pennsylvania Gazette- Delaware Runaway Slave Notice   [Box 7 F1]

"Lewes, A Harbor of Racial Harmony", [1998]   [Box 7 F2]

"Newark Residents Recall City's Segregated Past", 1998 Feb 28   [Box 7 F3]

VHS- Freedom's Edge: African-Americans in Delaware 1639–1865   [Box 11 F4]

The video is also available for online viewing via RealVideo at http://www.whyy.org/aina/

WHYY Grant Proposal, 1997   [Box 7 F5]

Freedom's Edge study guide, 1997   [Box 7 F6]

Notes on the US Census in 1800, 1840, 1890   [Box 7 F7]

"A Biographical Sketch of Harry Hosier" by Joshua E. Licorish   [Box 7 F8]

List of slaves owned by William Ross   [Box 7 F9]

Chapter four of "Freedom by Degrees: Emancipation in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania" manscript, 1988   [Box 7 F10]

1797 tax summaries for Kent County, 1985   [Box 7 F11]

Articles on Maryland and Delaware slavery, 1936, 1953   [Box 7 F12]

Black culture in Delaware: Articles, reports, and notes   [Box 7 F13]

Notes on slave names by county   [Box 7 F14]

"The Gentrification of Kent County, Delaware, 1740–1776" by Richard L. Bushman   [Box 7 F15]

Paper on emancipation in five counties by Graham Hodges   [Box 7 F16]

"Changing Work Roles for Slave Labor in Chesapeake Agriculture, 1620–1820" by Lorena Walsh, 1984   [Box 7 F17]

"Blacks Who Stole Themselves: Fugitives From Slavery in the Eighteenth-Century Mid-Atlantic Region" by Billy Smith, 1990   [Box 7 F18]

"Priorities for the Development of a Historic Context for the Minority Experience in Delaware", 1991   [Box 7 F19]

Reports on slavery and abolition, 1949, 1987–1992   [Box 7 F20]

Articles on slavery by John Monroe   [Box 7 F21]

"Securing one of the Blessing of Liberty: Black Families in Lower New Castle, Delaware" by Bruce Bendler, 1993   [Box 7 F22]

"Dickinson Plantation Blacks and Their World in Kent County, Delaware" by Leroy Graham, 1988   [Box 7 F23]

Blacks in post Civil War Delaware   [Box 7 F24]

"'To Arise out of the Dust': Absalom Jones and the African Church of Philadelphia, 1785–1795" by Gary Nash, 1982   [Box 7 F25]

1800 Sussex County Census   [Box 7 F26]

Notes on 1800 Kent County Census   [Box 7 F27]

Racial politics in Delaware, 2001   [Box 7 F28]

Black Americans in Delaware: Articles, reports, notes   [Box 7 F29]

Black Americans in Delaware: Articles, reports, notes   [Box 7 F30]

"The First Federal Elections: A Teacher Resource Packet"   [Box 7 F31]

"The Black American in Delaware" by Harold Hancock   [Box 7 F32]

Lincoln's plan for slaves in Delaware, 1919   [Box 7 F33]

"The World the Slaves Traders Made: Is There a Postrevisionism in Slavery Historiography?" by David W. Blight   [Box 7 F34]

Photocopy of 1897 Letter concerning E.I. DuPont   [Box 7 F35]

Black America historic sites   [Box 7 F36]

African-American history courses, 1985, 1988–1989   [Box 7 F37]

Little Creek Hundred, Kent County Population statistics   [Box 7 F38]

"To Labour for Myself: Hired Workers in Maryland, 1675–1783" by Christine Daniels, 1990   [Box 7 F39]

Articles on Paul Cuffe, 1961, 1986, 1992   [Box 7 F40]

"Empancipation Delayed: The Failure of Legislated Abolition in Delaware, 1770–1865"   [Box 7 F41]

Comments on "Slavery and Freedom in Delaware", 1994   [Box 7 F42]

"Glimpses of African-American Society in Wilmington in the Late 1840s" by Peter T. Dalleo, 1991   [Box 7 F43]

Materials From an Exhibit on "Slavery and Freedom in Delaware"   [Box 7 F44]

Materials From an Exhibit on "Slavery and Freedom in Delaware"   [Box 7 F45]

Draft of "Slavery and Freedom in Delaware", 1996   [Box 8 F46]

Draft of "Slavery and Freedom in Delaware", 1996   [Box 8 F47]

Working Copy of "Slavery and Freedom in Delaware, 1639–1865" with Peter Kolchin's comments   [Box 8 F48]

Working Copy of "Slavery and Freedom in Delaware, 1639–1865" with Peter Kolchin's comments   [Box 8 F49]

Working Copy of "Slavery and Freedom in Delaware, 1639–1865" with Peter Kolchin's comments   [Box 8 F50]

Working Copy of "Slavery and Freedom in Delaware, 1639–1865" with Peter Kolchin's comments   [Box 8 F51]

Responses to "Slavery and Freedom", 1996–2003   [Box 8 F52]

Responses to "Slavery and Freedom", 1996–2005   [Box 8 F53]

Research and image requests for "Slavery and Freedom in Delaware", 1995–1996   [Box 8 F54]

Research for "Slavery and Freedom in Delaware, 1639–1865"   [Box 8 F55]

Copyright agreement for "Slavery and Freedom in Delaware, 1639–1865", 1995   [Box 8 F56]

Articles on black-white relations, 1966, 1986–1998   [Box 8 F57]

Ross Mansion Quarter, 1994   [Box 8 F58]

Maps of Delaware plantations   [Box 8 F59]

MALS 667-431: Race in American History   [Box 8 F60]

Articles on race relations, Afrocentrism, and slavery reparations, 1996–1997, 2002   [Box 8 F61]

Slavery transpariencies   [Box 8 F62]

Civil rights in Delaware   [Box 8 F63]

Preliminary index for "Slavery and Freedom in Delaware, 1639–1865"   [Box 8 F64]

Notebook: Illustrations for "Slavery and Freedom"   [Box 8 F65]

Notebook: Civil Rights in Delaware   [Box 8 F66]

Notebook: Seminar in Colonial Social History   [Box 8 F67]

Black history in Delaware: Notebook A   [Box 8 F68]

Black history in Delaware: Notebook B   [Box 8 F69]

Black history in Delaware: Notebook C   [Box 8 F70]

Black history in Delaware: Notebook D   [Box 8 F71]

Black history in Delaware: Notebook E   [Box 8 F72]

Black history in Delaware: Notebook F   [Box 8 F73]

Black history in Delaware: Notebook G   [Box 8 F74]

Black history in Delaware: Notebook H   [Box 9 F75]

Black history in Delaware: Notebook I   [Box 9 F76]

Black history in Delaware: Notebook J   [Box 9 F77]

Subseries IV.1 Audiocassettes

"4 blacks and 1 white talk briefly on segregation"   [Box 14 1]

"Songs of the American Slave"   [Box 14 2]

Series V. Methodism, 1966–2006

Contains material related to Williams' personal and academic interest in Delaware Methodism. It includes material documenting his involvment in the Wesley United Church in Georgetown, Delaware and reviews and correspondence regarding his book The garden of American Methodism : the Delmarva Peninsula, 1769–1820.

Methodism on Delmarva notebook 1   [Box 9 F1]

Methodism on Delmarva notebook 2   [Box 9 F2]

Methodism on Delmarva notebook 3   [Box 9 F3]

Reviews and correspondence - "Garden of American Methodism", 1984–1990   [Box 9 F4]

Reproductions of images of famous methodists   [Box 9 F5]

African American Methodism, 1966–1988   [Box 9 F6]

Illustrations related to African American Methodism   [Box 9 F7]

John Kern paper on Virginia churches, 2006   [Box 9 F8]

American Methodism, 1966–1993   [Box 9 F9]

Wesley United Methodist Church: Vision Team, 2001–2002   [Box 9 F10]

Wesley United Methodist Church: Nurturing Committee   [Box 9 F11]

Wesley United Methodist Church: Meeting minutes and Williams' speeches, 1993, 2001–2002   [Box 9 F12]

"What Wesley United Methodist Church Means to Me" by William H. Williams   [Box 9 F13]

Barratt's Chapel, 1999–2001   [Box 9 F14]

Series VI. Delmarva's Poultry Industry, 1919–1999

Contains material related to the poultry industry on the Delmarva Peninsula. It includes news articles, poultry association profiles and studies, information about the University of Delaware's Cooperative Extension program, and research towards Williams' book Delmarva's Poultry Industry: 75 Years of Progress. This series also includes information on immigration and it's effect on the Delmarva poutry industry as well as the working condiditions at poultry plants. Also included are audio tapes of oral interviews conducted by Williams.

News articles on "Delmarva's Poultry Industry: 75 Years of Progress", 1998   [Box 9 F1]

Delaware Poultry Improvement Association: Lee C. Hoffecker Jr.   [Box 9 F2]

Immigration and working conditions in the poultry industry   [Box 9 F3]

Immigration and working conditions in the poultry industry   [Box 9 F4]

University of Delaware Experimental Substation, 1968, 1987   [Box 9 F5]

Cooperative Extension Work, 1930   [Box 9 F6]

Background information on the Delmarva Poultry Industr   [Box 9 F7]

Background information on the Delmarva Poultry Industr   [Box 9 F8]

Background information on the Delmarva Poultry Industr   [Box 9 F9]

Background information on the Delmarva Poultry Industr   [Box 9 F10]

Poultry industry studies, 1919–[1990]   [Box 10 F11]

Poultry industry studies, 1919–[1990]   [Box 10 F12]

Draft of "Delmarva's Chicken Industry: 75 Years of Progress"   [Box 10 F13]

Draft of "Delmarva's Chicken Industry: 75 Years of Progress"   [Box 10 F14]

Poultry industry newspapers, 1964, 1978, 1980   [Box 10 F15]

"Delmarva's Chicken Industry" transpariences   [Box 10 F16]

The National Colonial Farm Research reports, 1983–1984   [Box 10 F17]

The National Colonial Farm Research reports, 1977, 1979   [Box 10 F18]

Research material for "Delmarva's Poultry Industry: 75 Years of Progress"   [Box 10 F19]

Research material for "Delmarva's Poultry Industry: 75 Years of Progress"   [Box 10 F20]

Research material for "Delmarva's Poultry Industry: 75 Years of Progress"   [Box 10 F21]

Research material for "Delmarva's Poultry Industry: 75 Years of Progress"   [Box 10 F22]

Publishing information: "Delmarva's Poultry Industry: 75 Years of Progress", 1996–1998   [Box 10 F23]

Image requests for "Delmarva's Poultry Industry: 75 Years of Progress", 1999   [Box 10 F24]

The Broiler industry and the environment, 2001–2003   [Box 10 F25]

Eastern Shore Poultry Growers Exchange: Fact sheet, 1965   [Box 10 F26]

Origin of the Blue Hens   [Box 10 F27]

University of Delaware Substation   [Box 10 F28]

Correspondence with Roger Horowitz, 1997   [Box 10 F29]

"The Delmarva Farmer", 1998   [Box 10 F30]

Poultry industry disease control   [Box 10 F31]

The Delmarva Chicken Cooking Contest   [Box 10 F32]

Poultry industry reports, 1943, 1953, 1959–1960, 1972–1978   [Box 10 F33]

Delaware Poultry Improvement Association   [Box 10 F34]

Tension between poultry growers and companies   [Box 10 F35]

News articles on the poultry industry   [Box 10 F36]

Poultry industry statistics, 1958, 1964, 1980–1995   [Box 10 F37]

Interview notes: Willard Macalester and Ed Covell, 1993, 1995   [Box 10 F38]

Notes for "Delmarva's Chicken Industry: 75 Years of Progress"   [Box 10 F39]

Showell Farms corporate profile, 1984   [Box 10 F40]

United States broiler industry, 1946–1948, 1957–1971, 1985, 1992–1996   [Box 10 F41]

Broiler Industry "Economic Survival Plan", 1970   [Box 10 F42]

Perdue Farms information, 1987, 1995–1997   [Box 10 F43]

Mountaire corporate profile, 1998   [Box 10 F44]

Pack family (Poultry growers), 1976, 1994–1996   [Box 10 F45]

Oral interview agreement forms: Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., 1997–1998   [Box 10 F46]

Poultry Industry oral history notes   [Box 10 F47]

Subseries VI.1 Poultry Industry oral history interviews

Interviews with poutry industry owners and workers.

Jerry Truitt   [Box 13 1]

Willis Hancock   [Box 13 2]

Ray Lloyd   [Box 13 3]

David Ralston Pettyjohn   [Box 13 4]

P. Coleman Townsend   [Box 13 5]

Dan Palmer   [Box 13 6]

Art Challman   [Box 13 7]

Charley Marker   [Box 13 8]

Harold Short   [Box 13 9]

Milton Rabinowitz   [Box 13 10]

David Givans   [Box 13 11]

Frank Perdue   [Box 13 12a]

Frank Perdue   [Box 13 12b]

Jim Nicholson   [Box 13 13]

John Hargreaves   [Box 13 14]

J. Mckenny Willis   [Box 13 15]

Preston Workman   [Box 13 16a]

Preston Workman (second cassette)   [Box 13 16b]

Ben Quillen   [Box 13 17]

Bob Street   [Box 13 18a]

Bob Street   [Box 13 18b]

Ken Layfield   [Box 13 19]

Charles Spicer Jr.   [Box 13 20]

A. Eugene Bailey   [Box 13 21]

Cordonsal Walters (African-American)   [Box 13 22]

Sylvester Harmon   [Box 13 23]

Everett Conaway   [Box 13 24a]

Everett Conaway   [Box 13 24b]

Veterinarians - Albert S. Cosgrove, Morris Cover, Hiram Lasher, Stephen Hitchener   [Box 13 25a]

Veterinarians (2nd tape)   [Box 13 25b]

Willard Macalester   [Box 13 27a]

Willard Macalester   [Box 13 27b]

Edward Covell   [Box 13 28a]

Edward Covell   [Box 13 28b]

Edward Covell   [Box 13 28c]