Contents: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, legislation, newspaper clippings and magazine articles.
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by name or topic.
Description: This series consists of background reports used for legislative review, miscellaneous material related to legislative issues, files on judicial nominations, and reference files on several of Senator Williams's colleagues. Of special note are the contents of files on Congressman Adam Clayton Powell. Williams led criticism of Powell's abuse of congressional junkets and counterpart funds in 1963. Judiciary files include notes and background references on Supreme Court justices and nominees Carswell, Douglas, Fortas, and Haynsworth.
Until 1961, when the office filing system evidently changed, similar background material for legislative review was filed in the Bills of Legislation series. A significant number of background files in Legislative Reference Material concern tax legislation and should be used in conjunction with Committee Files and Bills of Legislation series.