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Edward Crawford Williams Album, 1950-2004 (bulk 1950)

Manuscript Collection #606

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Edward Crawford Williams Album
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Photograph Album and other files (ca. 1950 - 2004) relating to historic houses in Chowan, Perquimans, Bertie, Gates, and Washington counties in the Albemarle region of North Carolina, including photographic prints, postcard, floor plan sketches, maps, and correspondence.
Extent: 0.023 Cubic feet, 1 box, 0.39 cubic feet, 79 items. 201 pages.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

June 26, 1990 1 volume; Photographic album of houses in Albemarle region of North Carolina, along with floorplan sketches, etc. Made available through the staff of the Eastern Branch, N. C. Division of Archives and History. Donor: Mrs. Marguerite Evans Williams Devlin.

July 29, 2004 (addition 1), 6 items, 0.003 cubic feet; Collection (2001-2004) of letters and emails from Stan Little to Martha Elmore and Tom Butchko and from Katherine “Kitty” Williams to Stan William. Donor: Stanley L. Little.

July 29, 2004 (addition 2), 46 items, 0.02 cubic feet; Photographic prints (2004) in the Edward Crawford Williams Album with additional information attached. Donor: Stanley L. Little.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Edward Crawford Williams Album (#606), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Marguerite Evans Williams Devlin
  • Gift of Stanley L. Little

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services Processing, inventory & finding aid by Sarah Burke, 9 May 2014; Revised by Jonathan Dembo, 30 May 2014


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Edward Crawford "Ted" Williams (May 3, 1911- Oct. 16, 1961) was born in Cloquet, Minnesota. He first attended graduate school at Yale, but eventually decided to pursue seminary training at Princeton University. He married Marguerite Etta Evans, born in Chowan County, North Carolina (Sept. 1, 1921-May 2, 2001) in 1945.

Marguerite Evans Williams received her Master’s in Musicology from Westminster Choir College prior to her marriage. The couple’s research on historic homes in the Albemarle region of North Carolina began as a vacation hobby, but in later years, Ted and Marguerite began taking photographs and drawing floor plan sketches. Many of the houses in the album are no longer standing. Following Ted’s death, Marguerite remarried Philip Devlin Jr. in 1971. In 1986, she began the process of submitting the album to the North Carolina State Archives and the ECU Manuscript Collection.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

This collection consists primarily of the Edward Crawford Williams Album, containing photographs, postcards, hand-sketched floor plans, and miscellaneous notes all dating from circa 1950. The photographs and postcards are of houses and buildings in Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Perquimans, and Washington counties located in the Albemarle region of eastern North Carolina. During processing the album contents were removed from the album and arranged in their original order on archival boards and held in place by archival corners.

Also included in this collection is correspondence between Marguerite Evans Williams Devlin and Stanley Little concerning the donation of the collection to East Carolina University, as well as correspondence concerning the submission of the album to the North Carolina State Archives.

Additionally, the collection includes maps marking the locations of many of the buildings featured in the album, as well as information and floor plan sketches for many of the homes. Newspaper clippings from the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot (c.a. 1951) and the Raleigh News & Observer (c.a. 1949) concerning the preservation of historic homes in the Edenton, NC area are also included.

As an aid to research, the processors have produced a partial geographical index of the images in the album. The index is arranged by county and includes the ECU Manuscript Reference numbers for each image.

Bertie

P-606/088: Mulberry Hill House; owned by Frank Gilliam; located in Gregory Crossroads vicinity.

P-606/090: Black Rock House; located in the Gregory Crossroads vicinity.

P-606/091: The Hermitage; located in the Merry Hill vicinity.

P-606/111: Hope Plantation; located in the Windsor vicinity.

P-606/112: Bond-Gilliam House (destroyed); located in the Grabtown vicinity.

P-606/113: Liberty Hall; located in the Grabtown vicinity.

Chowan

P-606/048: Albania House; located in Edenton.

P-606/054: Sycamore House (moved, no longer on original site); located in the Edenton vicinity.

P-606/057: Montpelier (destroyed); located in Edenton vicinity.

P-606/059: Sandy Point; located in Edenton vicinity.

P-606/063: Frederick Luten House (destroyed), built ca. 1795; located near Yeopim vicinity.

P-606/065: Drummond’s Point (dismantled and relocated to Hillsborough, Orange County, NC); originally located in Somer vicinity.

P-606/075: Hardle House; located in the Center Hill vicinity.

P-606/084: Ferry Road Farm (Cullen Jones House); located in the Rocky Hock vicinity.

P-606/003: Thomas Cochrane Jr. House (built in stages: 1842/1851/late 1860s); located in the Cisco vicinity.

P-606/087: Briols House; located in the Hancock vicinity.

P-606/089: Edwin Evins House, built ca. 1837; located in the Hancock vicinity.

P-606/092: Elmwood House; located in the Merry Hill Vicinity.

PC-606/001: Cupola House; located in Edenton.

P-606/001: Muth House; located W. Eden Street, Edenton.

P-606/002: Norcom House, built prior to 1769; located Eden Alley, Edenton.

P-606/003: Unnamed. Owned by David Warren; located W. Eden Street, Edenton.

P-606/009: The Bush House, built prior to 1880; located Queen Street, Edenton (near Granville).

P-606/035: The “Layden House” – now the “Burton House.” Located on the road from Edenton to Sound Bridge.

P-606/037: The “Uncle Lewis House.” Located on the road leading from Rt. 17 to Sound Bridge. Only observed example of fanlight in collection.

P-606/061: Thomas Cochrane Jr. House; located in the Cisco vicinity.

P-606/062: The “Manly Pearce House.” Located 6 miles from Edenton on Virginia Highway.

Gates

P-606/094: Warner Hudgins House (destroyed ca. 1950); located in the Willow vicinity

Perquimans

P-606/079: Mitchell-Ward House; located in the Belvidere vicinity.

P-606/105: William Jones House; located in the Hertford vicinity.

P-606/106: Cove Grove; located in the Hertford vicinity.

P-606/107: Fletcher-Skinner House; located in the Hertford vicinity.

P-606/109: Land’s End (Leigh House); located in the New Hope vicinity.

P-606/053: Judge Ward House; located between Belvidere and Ryland.

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

  • Box 1#0606.1
    • Folder a#0606.1.a
      Edward Crawford Williams Album of historic homes in Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Perquimans, and Washington counties, in eastern North Carolina (ca. 1950) including photographic prints & postcard removed from original album; remounted in original order; also loose photographic prints from original album mounted on archival boards, with captions / descriptive information. 114 prints & postcards. 1 vol. 31 p.
      • Edward Crawford Williams Album Part 1; Pages 1 - 9 (ca. 1950) Photographic prints. B & W. 32 prints. 1 item. 9 p.  (item #1)
      • Edward Crawford Williams Album Part 2; Pages 10 - 19 (ca. 1950) Photographic prints. B & W. 38 prints. 1 item. 9 p.  (item #2)
      • Edward Crawford Williams Album Part 3; Pages 20 - 25 (ca. 1950) Photographic prints. B & W. 21 prints. 1 item. 9 p.  (item #3)
      • Edward Crawford Williams Album Part 4: Loose Photographic Prints From Album; Pages 1 - 6 (ca. 1950) Photographic prints. B & W. 23 prints. 1 item. 9 p.  (item #4)
    • Folder b#0606.1.b
      Correspondence between Marguerite Evans Williams Devlin and Stanley Little concerning the albums (1986 - 2004) also including maps, drawings, and newspaper clippings related to photographed houses in the album; also includes 4 kodak slides of the Mitchell Ward House and Freidrick Luten House, both in Chowan County, NC; and an envelope with caption clippings from the original photo album. 22 items. 59 p.
    • Folder c#0606.1.c
      Edward Crawford Williams Album reproductions (undated) including N.C. State Archives negative numbers of original album pages in their original order. Photocopies. 1 item. 25 p.
    • Folder d#0606.1.d
      Correspondence (2001 - 2004) between Stanley Little, Martha Elmore, Tom Butchko, and Katherine Williams concerning the biographies of Edward Crawford Williams and Marguerite Williams Devlin. 6 items. 8 p. Note: Edward Crawford Williams Album (Addition #1)
    • Folder e#0606.1.e
      Edward Crawford Williams Album reproductions (2004) with additional information from North Carolina State Archives attached; also includes reproductions of four photographs from the mini Tillery House photo album found in #606.a.; and loose prints from album that were not mounted. Photocopies. B & W. 46 items. 51 p. Note: Edward Crawford Williams Album (Addition #2)

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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