Luther G. Williams Collection

1862-1864, 1929-2011
Manuscript Collection #915
Williams, Luther G.
Physical description
3 Cubic Feet, 6 archival boxes and 6 oversize folders
Preferred Citation
Luther G. Williams Collection (#915), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Administrative information
Custodial History

June 9, 2003 (unprocessed) 1 item, 0.01 cubic feet; Composite map (May 21, 1862, July 28-30th, 1864) of the Petersburg, VA campaign during the Civil War consisting of PLATE LXIV from Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-1865. Julius Bien & Co. Lith. N.Y. 18-1/2" x 29-3/8" (44 cm x 71 cm). Donor: Luther G. Williams, Jr.

June 9, 2003 (unprocessed addition 1) 17 items, 0.603 cubic feet; Collection (1974 - 1991) of printed maps, pamphlets, newsletters, newspapers, and a calendar relating to the Persian Gulf War of 1990-1991 (Operation Desert Storm / Desert Shield). Donor: Luther G. Williams, Jr.

July 17, 2003 (unprocessed addition 2) 2 items, 0.0358 cubic feet; Videotapes (1990 - 1991) filmed by the donor while in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm / Desert Shield). 2 VHS T-120 videotape cassettes. VHS #123 - A: Kuwait (Original): The film, one of 6 filmed by Williams, includes following scenes: (1) Agent describing where they are going; minefield south of Kuwait City; (2) Six-Ring Road at a Kuwaiti car dearlership destroyed supposedly by Iraqis; (3) Mutla Pass just west of Kuwait City, the "Highway of Death." Notes: Voice over and film by Capt. Luther G. Williams on temporary duty with an intelligence unit driving Arabic interpreters to their homes in Kuwait. 12 mins. running time. VHS #456 - B: Saudi Arabia: 312th Evacuation Hospital (U.S. Army), Saudi Arabia, 60 miles west of Hatar al Batin, includes scenes of unit in action during Desert Storm. Notes: 312th Evacuation Hospital is a reserve unit headquartered in Greensboro and includes a Greenville medical unit. Parts shot by others added at Fort Bragg, NC to segments filmed by Williams. 60 mins. running time. Donor: Luther G. Williams, Jr.

August 15, 2003 (unprocessed addition 3) 24 items, 0.126 cubic feet; Collection (1969-1986) of manuscripts, clippings, maps, periodicals, printed forms, broadsides, framed photographs, etc. relating to the donor's education at Rocky Mount (NC) High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his career as a pharmacist and boy scout leader, and his travels in Great Britain, Switzerland, Israel, and Thailand. Donor: Luther G. Williams, Jr.

September 8, 2003 (unprocessed addition 4) 24 items, 0.126 cubic feet; Collection (1943-1952) including donor's "Baby Book" of his early life in Fayetteville, NC, compiled by his mother, Gladys Earline Crisp Williams, and his son, including inventory of donation, notes by his mother and son, photographic prints, lock of his hair; photographic prints taken by his father, Luther George Williams, Sr., on Kwajalein Island in the Pacific Ocean; his father Notice of Separation form U. S. Naval Service, dated 4/29/1946; and memorabilia, including bronzed baby shoes, silver cup, two bells, one with teething ring attached, three zinc 1943 pennies, Steamer Put-in-Bay medal, and life-boat tag No. 191, Station 101 Raft, Boat 5, Atlantic Coast Line 25 years service button. Donor: Luther G. Williams, Jr.

October 3, 2003 (unprocessed addition 5) 75 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Collection (1938-1986) of manuscripts, photographic prints, printed materials, medals, and ephemera, relating to the donor's childhood, education, and family in Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina including Braswell, elementary school and R. M. Wilson Junior High School records; Cub Scout and Boy Scout badges, medals, and photographs; American Legion football team photograph and medal; First Baptist Church programs; Federal and State tax returns, property and insurance records. Donor: Luther G. Williams, Jr.

November 7, 2003 (unprocessed addition 6) 2 items, 0.1 cubic feet; Baby Book #2 (1943-1952), a scrapbook compiled by the donor's mother, consisting of manuscripts and photographic prints, with biographical and genealogical information about the donor's childhood, education, and family in Tarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina including First Presbyterian Church School Kindergarten and Braswell School, Rocky Mount, NC; and a 12 page printed transcription of the Baby Book, by the donor. Donor: Luther G. Williams, Jr.

March 4, 2004 (unprocessed addition 7) 3 items, 0.07 cubic feet; Medals (1991, 1993) received by Luther George Williams, Jr., including the Southwest Asia Service Medal, with two battle stars; Liberation of Kuwait Medal with bar, in presentation container, given by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for his service in the Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991; also a copy of a Department of Defense certificate accompanying the medals. Donor: Luther G. Williams, Jr.

May 24, 2007 (unprocessed addition 8) 7 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Collection (2007) of digital and typescript materials relating to the publication of A Place for Theodore: The Murder of Dr. Theodore Parkman, Ph.D., Massachusetts & North Carolina: A Lesson in Culture, A True Story of the Civil War, 1861-1865, by Luther George Williams, published in 1997 and revised in 2001 (ISBN 0-9656484-0-0) including information sheet, inventory of the illustrations, and thumbnail prints of 273 slides, on 3 compact discs, used as illustrations in the book. Donor: Luther G. Williams, Jr.

September 26, 2007 (unprocessed addition 9) 1 item, 0.011 cubic feet; Map (1929) of Munich, Germany entitled M├╝nchen und Umgebung Kleine Ausgabe. Greiben Reisef├╝hrer Band 179: 1929. 37. Auflage Mit 3 Karten. Berlin Greieben-Verlag, Albert Goldschmidt, 1929; including pocket map. See preliminary inventory attached. Pamphlet. German language. Donor: Luther G. Williams, Jr.

January 15, 2008 (unprocessed addition 10) 16 items, 0.01 cubic feet; Collection (ca. 1960-1961, 1993, 2007, undated) including an after action report by Jeffrey Miller Moore, who was in the Pentagon during the Sept. 11 2001 attack, compact disk of the report & photograph of Moore holding his report; 6 postcards of Rocky Mount, North Carolina; Poem "A Beatnick's Look at Santa Clause" by Tommy Basden and illustrated by George Williams with inventory; Elizabeth A. D. Blocker letters explaining where her mother said the Yankee soldiers were buried after the Battle of White Hall, 16 December 1862, in Wayne County, NC with transcript & compact disk. Donor: Luther G. Williams, Jr.

March 9, 2009 (unprocessed addition 11) 3 items, 0.003 cubic feet; Collection (1861-1988) of maps including of World War II world situation in 1939; 1939 New York World's Fair; and plat map of White Hall, N.C., 1912. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Luthur G. Williams, Jr.

May 12, 2009 (unprocessed addition 12) 2 items, 0.004 cubic feet; Collection (1985, 1990) of maps used during the Persian Gulf War of 1990-1991, including Hafar Al Batin, Saudi Arabia: Provisional Edition Map 1985; also: Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia: Joint Operations Graphic (Air Map 1990. Printed. See preliminary inventory attached. 1 oversized folder. Joint Operations Map annotated in Arabic script. Donor: Luther G. Williams, Jr.

June 3, 2009 (unprocessed addition 13) 122 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Collection (1961-2009) including photographs taken on the "Highway of Death" in Kuwait City, Kuwait during the Gulf War, 1990-1991; also maps of Kuwait City, memoranda, Iraqi currency, pay vouchers, desert packing lists, after action reports, newspaper articles, ephemera, etc. relating to the donor's military career. Donor: Luther G. Williams, Jr.

July 21, 2015 (unprocessed addition 14), 0.027 cubic feet; Four letters and a postcard written in 1994 by Elizabeth Blocker (Mrs. Cecil Arlo Blocker) of Greenville, N.C., to Luther G. Williams, Jr., wherein she describes the area and people of Whitehall (later called Seven Springs), in Wayne County, N.C., during the Civil War time period. Also included is a map she drew of the area indicating where people lived at Seven Springs and where historical events occurred. The donor has included his transcriptions of her letters. Received June 8, 2011. Donor: Luther G. Williams, Jr.

July 21, 2015 (unprocessed addition 15), 0.05 cubic feet; Newspaper articles from the Rocky Mount Telegram (June 6, 2006; p. 1A and 2A; photograph from June 7, 2006) and The Daily Reflector (June 6, 2006; p. B1 and B3) document WWII artifacts belonging to and the ceremony honoring Maj. Leslie A. Shaw of Rocky Mount, N.C., a D-Day participant in WWII. 2 items, 4pages. Received November 8, 2006. Twenty-five color photographs taken of the remains of the Seven Springs, N.C., resort and one color photograph taken of the William Whitfield II tombstone at Seven Springs. 26 items. Received July 31, 2007. CD-R disk containing the 2011 Kindle version of A Place for Theodore by Luther G. Williams, Jr.; an envelope mailed from Tarboro, N.C., during the Civil War; and items relating to the death of Theodore Parkman and the subsequent loss of his body including a letter (and envelope) dated April 19, 1863, written from Newberne [New Bern], N.C., by Union Colonel Charles R. Codman, 45th Mass., to his wife in Boston, Mass., with a transcription, and two transcriptions of a letter dated March 10, 1863, also written from Newberne [New Bern], N.C., by Col. Codman to his wife Lucy. Also included are photocopies of obituaries for Col. Charles Russell Codman (1918) and Lt. Charles R. Codman, Jr. 7 items. Received September 27, 2013. Donor: Luther G. Williams, Jr.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Luther G. Williams

Processing information

Encoded by Mark Custer, December 17, 2007

Copyright notice

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

Key terms
Personal Names
Blocker, Elizabeth A.D.--Correspondence
Codman, Charles R. (Charles Russell), 1829-1918
Parkman, Theodore, 1837-1862
Williams, L. G. (Luther George)
Corporate Names
United States. Army--Medals, badges, decorations, etc.
Persian Gulf War, 1991
Resorts--North Carolina--Seven Springs--Photographs
Whitehall, Battle of, Seven Springs, N.C., 1862
North Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Seven Springs (N.C.)--History
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Maps