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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Diary

Photographs

Printed Material

Oversized Photographs

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.

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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.

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Organization

The collection is organized by the following series: Diary, Photographs, Printed Material, and Oversized Photographs.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Because not all collections materials have been digitized, please contact the Reference Archivist at least 10 days prior to arrival in order to coordinate digitization. Though we can digitize much of our holdings within two weeks, some media may be fragile and require specialized digitization outsourcing, which can take up to three months for completion.

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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)
Europe
Subjects
Bastogne, Battle of, 1944-1945.
Bulge, Battle of the, 1944-1945.
Soldiers--United States.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Europe.

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Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:
  • Paul Sherman “Pete” Williams Papers, ca. 1945

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Elijah Lankford Williams Papers, 1942-1993 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
2009-0294-B

Gift, 2009

Processing Information

Processed by: Robert Weaver, 2013

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Collection Inventory

Diary

Box Folder
1 1 My Life in the Service, 1942-1947

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Photographs

Box Folder
1 2 World War II portraits, 1944 and undated

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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

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Oversized Photographs

Box Folder
1 5 Elijah Williams and Walter Isaiah Williams, Europe, 1942, 1942

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