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Ethel Trotter Williams Papers

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Williams (Ethel Trotter) Papers

Papers of Ethel Trotter Williams

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Williams, Ethel Trotter, 1897-1970
Ethel Trotter Williams papers
Date [inclusive]
55.0 Items (.25 linear feet.)
Papers of Williams as a teenager, college student, wife, and mother in Charlotte in the first half of the 20th century. Includes her diaries (1910-1916) and letters (1917-1938) to her from her husband, John F. Williams.

Preferred Citation note

Ethel Trotter Williams Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Ethel Trotter Williams was born in 1897 to Morris E. and Helen Trotter of Charlotte. The family resided at 1608 Elizabeth Avenue. Ethel attended Queens College, taught school in Charlotte [according to the City Directory, she taught at Belmont and Elizabeth Heights] and Bessemer City, N.C., and married John F. Williams of Charlotte around 1922. Prior to their marriage, he worked as a traveling salesman for Williams & Shelton Company, a wholesaler of dry goods located at 406 South Tryon Street in Charlotte. He later worked for Southern Power Company and its successor, Duke Power, as a load dispatcher. [According to city directories and return addresses on envelopes, they lived at 1509 East 4th Street and 2106 Greenway in Charlotte.]

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Scope and Contents note

This collection is comprised of letters, diaries, and notebooks. The correspondence is written primarily by John F. Williams to his wife, both before and after they were married. The diaries were kept by Ethel Trotter as a teenager in high school and in college.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Tony Crumbley, 1999.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Queens College (Charlotte, N.C.)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Personal narratives--20th century

Personal Name(s)

  • Williams, Ethel Trotter, 1897-1970
  • Williams, John F.


  • College students--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Diaries
  • Women--North Carolina--Diaries

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Collection Inventory

CORRESPONDENCE (1917-38, undated)

Box Folder
Letters (correspondence) 1 1-2

Scope and Contents note

Primarily letters from John F. Williams to Ethel Trotter Williams, both before and after they were married. In the early letters, which he wrote while on business in Massachusetts and New York, he expresses his love for her and repeatedly tells her how much he misses her - a theme he continued in the later letters, most of which he wrote while Ethel was visiting her mother in Black Mountain, N.C.

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DIARIES (1910-1916)

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Manuscripts 1 3

Scope and Contents note

Comprised of five composition books in which Ethel Trotter, as a teen in high school and college, records observations about such things as the weather, encounters with friends, visiting family, trips to uptown Charlotte and Lakewood Park, school, and her various suitors.

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NOTEBOOKS (1928, 1938, 1947-50)

Box Folder
Manuscripts 1 4

Scope and Contents note

These are primarily lists of events, e.g., weather, clothes worn, etc., with some diary-type entries.

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