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Williams family material

Identifier: MM.2022.016

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--Letter from Cornelius [Williams] (Saint Louis, Mo.) to Miss Bessie Sneed (Knoxville, Tenn.) December 29, 1936. ALS on Friedman Shelby Branch letterhead stationery. Re: family illness, Christmas and New Year's greetings. Includes envelope.

--Envelope postmarked September 5, 1953 addressed to Miss Elizabeth Sneed with clipping about Rev. Walter E. Dakin's visit to his alma mater, Sewanee, The University of the South.

--Letter from C.C. Williams (Knoxville, Tenn.) to Miss Elizabeth Sneed (Knoxville, Tenn.) January 6, 1955. ALS on Colonial Hotel stationery. Re: sale of Bessie's home, C.C.'s health and financial difficulties. Includes envelope.


--Copy photograph of black-and-white portrait of Rhoda Campbell Morgan Williams. 5"x7" Name written on reverse in pencil.

--Portrait of Williams children (Ella, Cornelius, Isabelle). Photographer's mark "Knaffl & Bro. Knoxville, Tenn." on front. Hand-written on back "Ella, Cornelius, & Isabelle [in ink] Williams children of Thos. Lanier Williams & Bell Coffin Williams [in pencil] Ella Williams: Nov. 26, 1875-Feb. 21, 1958; C.C. Williams: Aug. 21, 1879- Mar. 27, 1957; Isabelle Williams Brownlow (Isabel Sevier Wms.) June 15, 1883-May 11, 1938 [in ballpoint pen]"


--First day of covers with cancellation honoring Tennessee Williams: 1995 and 1999


  • 1900 - 1999

Conditions Governing Use

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at

Biographical / Historical

Cornelius Williams = father of Tennessee Williams

Elizabeth "Bessie" Sneed = cousin of Cornelius Williams

Walter E. Dakin = maternal grandfather of Tennessee Williams

Rhoda Campbell Morgan Williams = paternal grandmother of Tennessee Williams


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Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States