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Cecil B. Williams Papers

Identifier: MS 18

Collection Scope and Content Summary

Correspondence, course material, office files, photographs, and writings document the life and career of TCU English professor Cecil Williams, between 1925 and 1972. The bulk of the material covers the years 1939-1959. The writings make up the majority of the collection and include drafts of stories and articles published by Williams.

Most of the papers document his career before arriving at Texas Christian University.


  • Creation: 1925-1972
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1939-1959


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Spring Creek, W. Va., Cecil Williams earned degrees at Oklahoma State University and the University of Chicago. He served on faculties at McPherson College, DePaul University, and Oklahoma State before coming to TCU. He was a lecturer at Northwestern University and a Fulbright guest professor at the University of Hamburg.

Dr. Williams, listed in Who's Who in America and a member of Phi Kappa Phi scholastic fraternity, won the Friends of Literature Award in 1943. He received widespread recognition for In Time of War, a volume of sonnets published in 1943. Author and co-author of numerous college writing texts, he was a frequent contributor to scholarly and popular magazines. Paradise Prairie, a novel, was published in 1953, and one of his most recent works was a book on Longfellow. A third edition of his Effective Business Communication was issued in August.

A life member of Modern Language Association of America, he was active in the Texas Folklore Society, National Council of Teachers of English, American Studies Association and headed the South Central Modern Language Assn. in 1961-62. The scholar, educator and writer edited the official journal of the College Conference on College Composition in Communications in 1959-61.

He died September 6, 1966.


11.25 Linear feet

Language of Materials


Guide to the Cecil B. Williams Papers
Manuscript Group 18
Compiled by Special Collections staff
January 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

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