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Walter Williams Library.


Walter Williams Library.


Holdings: 145 volumes


Historical Note

Walter Williams (1864-1935) was President of the University of Missouri from 1930 – 1935 and served as Dean of the School of Journalism from its founding in 1908. The Alumni Association of the School of Journalism established the library in 1934 and presented it to Dr. Williams for installation in the President’s House on the University of Missouri campus. The library’s original purpose was to house the best contemporary books, and additional selections for the library were made in May 1935.

The Alumni Association requested that each of the authors include a dedication addressed to Walter Williams and/or the students of the University. According to the original plan for the collection, the books were later transferred to Ellis Library. Those books containing letters or autographs were moved into the Rare Book Collection.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of books on journalism, politics, economics, and current events from the early 1930s. Each contains a dedication from the author. Some of the dedications are merely short notes or autographs, while others are longer and more substantial.

Table Of Contents

The books have been catalogued and are accessible through the library catalog, but the letters themselves are uncatalogued. 

Walter Williams Library finding aid


A short history and list of the entire collection is available in a brochure entitled The Walter Williams Library (Columbia, Mo., 1935), held at the State Historical Society of Missouri.


The University of Missouri Libraries do not hold copyright on most collection materials, and therefore we do not charge usage fees or require permission to publish scanned images. The libraries encourage use of reproductions of Special Collections materials in publications, broadcasts, public displays and on web pages. However, please be aware that the user is responsible for determining copyright status and applying for permission to copyright holders.

Access Rights

Materials do not circulate but are available to users in the Special Collections Reading Room during service hours or by appointment. Some materials in this collection are stored offsite. Please request materials at least 48 hours in advance.

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