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Edward Franklin Williams papers, 1859-1918.

 Collection
Identifier: MS4981

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the personal papers of Edward Franklin Williams that were presumably collected by Williams himself. The collection includes sermons, notes, writings, and lectures given at various institutions. Of particular note are his sermons, which are labeled with the various dates, and locations he gave them as well as marked with edits and changes he made to them over the years. His writings include notes and research on a variety of topics ranging from the early years of American history to the study of electricity. Also included are the lectures he gave at the Chicago Theological Seminary and Beloit College on systemic theology and the history of philosophy.

Dates

  • 1859-1918

Creator

Language of Materials

The entire collection is written in English except for a single pamphlet written in Hebrew.

Restrictions on Access

Access to this collection is unrestricted and open to the public.

Restrictions on Use

Items in this collection are subject to U.S. Copyright Law. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine the copyright status of collection items and to secure any permissions necessary for their reproduction and publication. Requests for permission to publish material must be discussed with the archivist or librarian.

Biographical Information

Edward Franklin Williams was born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts on July 22, 1832. He graduated from Yale in 1856 after which he spent three years teaching in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He then went to the Princeton Theological Seminary where he graduated in 1861. He was licensed by the Presbytery of New Brunswick in 1861. When the Civil War broke out, Williams joined the Christian Commission where he distributed religious literature, medical aid, and various supplies to Union troops. The Congregational ministry at Whitinsville, Massachusetts ordained Williams on October 17, 1866. He took charge of the Lookout Mountain Institute in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1866 where he educated young missionaries. After a brief time as a teacher in the Normal Department of Howard University in Washington, D.C., he moved west and began preaching in St. Charles, Illinois in 1869. From 1869-1873, Williams was the pastor of Tabernacle Congregational Church in Chicago Illinois. He then moved on to a pastorate at the South Congregational Church in Chicago, Illinois from 1873-1891. After 1891, Williams was a delegate to the International Congregational Council in London, England. He spent several years abroad and studied at the University of Berlin after which he published “Christian Life in Germany” in 1896. Williams served as the Editor of the Congregationalist, Director of the Chicago Missionary Society, and president of the Chicago Tract Society which published and distributed Christian literature. Additionally, Williams lectured at the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1894 and Beloit College in 1903. From 1901-1911, Williams was the pastor of the First Congregational Church of Evanston in Evanston, Illinois where he died on May 26, 1919.

Extent

1.88 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Abstract

Edward Franklin Williams was born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts on July 22, 1832. He graduated from Yale in 1856 after which he spent three years teaching in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He then went to the Princeton Theological Seminary where he graduated in 1861. He was licensed by the Presbytery of New Brunswick in 1861. When the Civil War broke out, Williams joined the Christian Commission where he distributed religious literature, medical aid, and various supplies to Union troops. The Congregational ministry at Whitinsville, Massachusetts ordained Williams on October 17, 1866. After 1891, Williams was a delegate to the International Congregational Council in London, England. He spent several years abroad and studied at the University of Berlin after which he published "Christian Life in Germany" in 1896. From 1901-1911, Williams was the pastor of the First Congregational Church of Evanston in Evanston, Illinois where he died on May 26, 1919. This collection consists of the personal papers of Edward Franklin Williams that were presumably collected by Williams himself. The collection includes sermons, notes, writings, and lectures given at various institutions. Of particular note are his sermons, which are labeled with the various dates, and locations he gave them as well as marked with edits and changes he made to them over the years. His writings include notes and research on a variety of topics ranging from the early years of American history to the study of electricity. Also included are the lectures he gave at the Chicago Theological Seminary and Beloit College on systemic theology and the history of philosophy.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into the three series listed below. Materials each series is arranged chronologically.
Series 1: Writings and Notes, 1859-1915.
Series 2: Sermons, 1862-1918.
Series 3: Lectures, 1870-1918.

Acquisition Information

Collection arrived at the CLA as part of a large deposit of materials from the Chicago Theological Seminary in January 2011; Acc# 2011-19. An additional accrual arrived in 2015.

Related Materials

Additional records related to the works of Edward Franklin Williams can be found in the Chicago, Ill. Tabernacle Congregational Church records, 1865-1906, 1911, RG5216.

Processing Information

The collection was first processed by Mary Guinan in 2013. The collection was reprocessed by William McCarthy in August 2018 using DACS Second Edition.
Title
Edward Franklin Williams papers, 1859-1918.
Status
Completed
Author
Mary Guinan, William McCarthy
Date
2018-08-28
Description rules
3
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Congregational Library & Archives Repository

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