Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Paul Sherman “Pete” Williams:

An Inventory of His Papers, ca. 1945, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Williams, Paul Sherman
Title: Paul Sherman "Pete" Williams Papers,
Dates: ca. 1945
Abstract: The Papers contains photographs.
Collection # S 1758.1
Quantity: 1 box (.25 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Paul Sherman “Pete” Williams was a serviceman in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After Japan’s surrender, he served as the chauffeur of General Douglas MacArthur as he toured the island, visiting such locations as Hiroshima and Tokyo. Pete’s brothers, Elijah Lankford and Walter Isaiah, served in the European Theater at the Battle of the Bulge and Bastogne in 1944.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of two folders of photographs documenting Pete Williams’ time in Japan during World War II. Of particular note is a unique photograph of General Dwight D. Eisenhower shaking hands with General Douglas MacArthur moments after Eisenhower’s plan first landed on the island. Photographs of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb, servicemen at work and play, and daily life in wartime/post-war Japan are also present.



The collection is organized by the following series: Photographs.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969--Portraits
MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964--Portraits
Williams, Elijah Lankford
Williams, Paul Sherman
Williams, Walter Isaiah
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Army
United States. Army--Officers--Photographs
Subjects (Places)
Hiroshima-shi (Japan)--History--Pictorial works
Pacific islands
Atomic bomb
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945

Related Material

Elijah Lankford Williams Papers, 1942-1993 and undated.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Paul Sherman "Pete" Williams Papers, ca. 1945, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Collection accession #(s):

Gift, 2009

Processed by

Robert Weaver, 2013

Collection Inventory



box folder
1 1 Occupied Japan, ca. 1945
2 Occupied Japan, ca. 1945