Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Elijah Lankford Williams:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1942-1993 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Williams, Elijah Lankford
Title: Elijah Lankford Williams Papers,
Dates: 1942-1993 and undated
Abstract: The Elijah Lankford Williams Papers consists of a diary, photographs, discharge papers, and a unit history.
Collection # S 1798.1
Quantity: 1 boxes (0.5 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Elijah Williams served in Europe during World War II in the 10th Armored Division under General Patton. He and his brother Walter Isaiah Williams were at the Battle of the Bulge and Bastogne in 1944. He was the brother of Paul Sherman “Pete” Williams, a serviceman in the Pacific Theater during World War II, during which time Pete Williams chauffeured General Douglas MacArthur as he toured Japan.

Scope and Content

The Papers consists of Elijah Lankford Williams’ diary during his time in Europe during World War II, as well as accompanying photographs of daily life, the European countryside, and war-torn locations. Records of his discharge and the history of his unit, the 10th Armored Division, are also present.



The collection is organized by the following series: Diary, Photographs, Printed Material, and Oversized 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
MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964
Patton, George Smith (1885-1945)
Williams, Elijah Lankford
Williams, Paul Sherman
Williams, Walter Isaiah
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Army
United States. Army. Armored Division, 10th
Subjects (Places)
Bastogne, Battle of, 1944-1945
Bulge, Battle of the, 1944-1945
Soldiers--United States
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Europe

Related Material

Paul Sherman “Pete” Williams Papers, ca. 1945

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Elijah Lankford Williams Papers, 1942-1993 and undated, 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 My Life in the Service, 1942-1947



box folder
1 2 World War II portraits, 1944 and undated


Printed Material

box folder
1 3 Army Discharge and VA records, 1942-1957 and undated
4 10th Armored Division reunion records, 1992-1993 and undated


Oversized Photographs

box folder
1 5 Elijah Williams and Walter Isaiah Williams, Europe, 1942, 1942