1947 - 1970
5.5 lin. ft.
Boxes 12-17

Contents: Correspondence, memoranda, bills, reports, printed documents, and hearing transcripts.

Arrangement: The series includes alphabetically arranged topical files in committee subfiles which are also alphabetically arranged. Contents of the files are in reverse chronological order.

Description: Committee files, considered official government records, are transferred to the National Archives for permanent retention. Therefore, it is not uncommon for congressional collections to have few or no files of this type. Small and incomplete sequences of committee files remained in Senator Williams's papers and these subseries (by committee) were consolidated to form the Committee Files series. The material remaining in these files reflect some of Senator Williams's fact- finding, legislative, and budgetary committee work. Other material in the papers which supplement topics in the committee files can be found in the Bills of Legislation Files, the JJW:ERL Subject Files, and the Legislative Correspondence Files. A significant amount of background files for legislative review by the Finance Committee is also found in the Legislative Reference Files.

The most extensive of the subseries are the Agriculture, Finance, Foreign Relations, and National Defense Committee files. Although far from completely documenting Senator Williams's work on these committees, the subseries do give some indication of his legislative interests and investigative activities.

As contents of the files reveal, Senator Williams's service on the Agriculture Committee gave him the opportunity to represent the interests of rural Delaware and to pursue the financial accountability of several major agriculture programs. Significant material in the Agriculture Committee files includes information about the Commodities Credit Corporation and Senator Williams's criticism of Secretary of Agriculture, Charles Brannan; the Mineral Rights program; and Williams's support for the Delmarva poultry industry.

Senator Williams served as the Republican liaison between the Finance and Foreign Relations Committees and paid particular attention to overlapping financial issues. The files in the Foreign Relations subseries concern foreign currency and international loan funds, and those in the Finance subseries document committee consideration of tax legislation. The Finance Committee files also include reports and figures studied by Senator Williams for his last major project, review of President Nixon's proposed Family Assistance Plan.

Senator Williams's first committee assignment was to the Committee to Investigate the National Defense in 1947. The National Defense Committee reviewed war contracts, and these files include transcripts of hearings with Howard Hughes who had been involved in airplane manufacturing with contractor Henry Kaiser.