University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Dr. Clanton W. Williams Papers, 1954-1966

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Williams, Clanton Ware
Title: Dr. Clanton W. Williams Papers
Dates: 1954-1966
Abstract: Dr. Clanton Ware Williams (1904-1975) served as the fourth president of the University of Houston from 1956-1960. These papers consists of photocopies of correspondence and newspaper articles relating to Williams' years of service at the University of Houston.
Identification: 1985-007
Quantity: 1 box; 1 linear foot
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Biographical Note

Dr. Clanton Ware Williams (1904-1975) served as the fourth president of the University of Houston from 1956-1960. He received a BA in philosophy from Davidson College in 1927. He received both an MA in history from the University of Alabama in 1938 and a Ph.D. in history from Vanderbilt University in 1938. He joined the faculty of the University of Alabama in 1929 and was associated with that institution for twenty-five years. During World War II, Williams obtained the rank of colonel and served as Chief Army Air Forces historian. He was awarded the Commendation Ribbon and Legion of Merit for distinguished service. During the Korean War he served as a staff officer of the Air War College.

Williams joined the University of Houston as vice-president for academic affairs in January of 1955. He was named president of the University at the December 10, 1956 meeting of the Board of Regents. At this same meeting, A.D. Bruce was named chancellor and chief executive officer of the University. With this new reporting structure, the president was entrusted with the internal affairs of the University while the chancellor was charged with both external relationships and overall responsibility.

From August 11, 1960 to September 1, 1961, Williams retained the title of President, but was on a leave of absence. He took a position in a joint venture of the U.S. State Department and the Union of Burma to establish the War College of Burma. From 1963-1967 Williams was the chief educational advisor for the Agency for International Development in New Delhi. He later accepted a similar assignment at the Institute of International Education in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) from 1967-1970. He returned to the US to complete his career as the first executive director of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, from which he retired as executive director emeritus in 1974.

Clanton Ware Williams died on November 10, 1975, at Montgomery Air Force Base Hospital, Montgomery, Alabama. A pallbearer at his funeral was his longtime friend, Philip G. Hoffman, who succeeded him as president of the University of Houston.

Scope and Contents

The Dr. Clanton W. Williams Papers consists of photocopies of correspondence and newspaper articles relating to Williams' years of service at the University of Houston (1955 to 1960). The University of Alabama holds the originals to the photocopies along with the rest of Williams' papers. Most of the papers consists of letters to a variety of people, speeches, and newspaper clippings. Materials in the papers date from 1954 to 1966.

Although a small collection, it has been divided into two series Correspondence and the University of Houston. The papers have been re-foldered, and new folder titles conform, as much as possible, to the original titles, except when the title was obviously incomplete, incorrect, or confusing. Original folder and item order has been preserved whenever possible.


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.

Subjects (Persons)

Williams, Clanton W. (Clanton Ware), 1904-1975

Subjects (Organizations)

University of Houston
University of Houston. Office of the President.
University of Houston. Administration.
University of Houston. History.



Related Material

Researchers might also wish to consult the President's Office Records for additional Clanton W. Williams material.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dr. Clanton W. Williams Papers, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.



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Bobby Marlin, February 2002


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Detailed Description

box folder
1 1-24 Correspondence
Most of the papers is within this series, which consists of photocopies of letters to University of Houston staff, military personnel (including General Bruce), the University of Alabama, and friends. The materials date from 1954 to 1961. Within each area of correspondence folders have been arranged chronologically.
1 University of Houston Letters of Congratulations, 1956-1957
2 Letters to Staff, 1956
3 Letters to Staff, 1957
4 Letters to Staff, 1958
5 Letters to Staff, 1959
6 With Members of the Board of Governors, 1957-1960
7 With Military Personnel: A.D. Bruce, 1954
8 With Military Personnel, 1955
9 With Military Personnel, 1956
10 With Military Personnel, 1957
11 With Military Personnel, 1958
12 With Military Personnel, 1959
13 With Dean A. B. Moore University of Alabama, 1955-1957
14 Regarding University of Alabama Presidency, 1956-1958
15 With the University of Alabama, 1955-1960
16 Positions Offered, 1954-1960
17 Personal, 1955
18 Personal, 1956
19 Personal, 1957
20 Personal, 1958
21 Personal, 1959
22 Heart Attack Condolences, 1958
23 Letter to U.S. Congressman Carl Elliot, 1958
24 Correspondence, 1959-1961

box folder
1 25-32 University of Houston
This series consist of eight folders of material relating to the University of Houston. The materials date from 1955 to 1960 and include speeches and newspaper articles about the University. folders are arranged chronologically.
25 Kiwanis Club of Houston Address, 1956
26 Remarks to High School Principals by Clanton Williams, 1956
27 Southern Historical Association, 1956-1957
28 Board of Governors, 1957
29 Association of Texas Colleges Address - "Focusing the Lens on Entrance Requirements," 1959
30 Sunday Evening Club Address, 1955-1960
31 Phi Kappa Phi Articles, 1955-1960
32 University of Houston Newspaper Clippings, 1955-1966