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Williams Family Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Wade-B-2 through B-3 and B-5

Scope and Contents

The original contents of this collection arrived in various different packages labeled “A” through “Y.” A 48pp. inventory, prepared by Grevel Lindop, described the materials in detail in their original ordering. The contents were re-ordered by the Wade Center according to the system described below, but the original contents listings have been retained and can be accessed upon request. The original containers the materials arrived in were discarded when deemed that they were unsuitable for archival preservation and also held no research content. Those containers are described, however, in the Lindop listing.

The collection consists of five series: Correspondence, Documents, Miscellanea, Publications, and Unpublished Materials.

The Correspondence series contains several subseries. Business Correspondence and Royalty Statements includes letters, Williams book royalty statements, and financial documents between Michal Williams, Michael Williams, and various publishers, accountants, and in particular David Higham Associates, the executor for the estate of  Charles Williams. Additional royalty statements (acquired from an unknown source) were added to this series that did not come with the original materials of this collection. Other letter subseries are: Edith Williams, General Correspondence, Michal Williams and Michael Williams. For more correspondence with Williams family members and Charles Williams, see The Charles Williams Papers. The letters below were removed from this collection and placed in the Charles Williams Papers:

By Charles Williams, stored in the Charles Williams Papers

To Michal Williams (wife): fragment beginning “to ask after you,” fragments dated 12/10/39 and 2/15/43, empty envelopes dated: 4/1/40, 2/5/41, 3/13/41, 4/8/42, 8/18/43, 9/16/43, 12/1/43, 8/17/44, 9/30/44, 1/19/45, 2/6/45, 2/21/45, letters dated: 9/22/43 and 8/28/44, and a printed Christmas card from 1924.

To Michael Williams (son): 1 empty and undated envelope, letters dated: 12/8/41, 1/5/42, 11/25/42 (with env.), 9/14/42, 9/20/42, 11/17/42, 3/24/43, 6/16/43, 6/28/43 (with env.), 10/14/43, 12/10/43 (with env.), 3/31/44 (with env.), 4/11/44 (with env.), 5/5/44, 5/19/44, 5/22/44 (with env.), 6/30/44 (with env.), 7/15/44 (with env.), 8/11/44, 8/12?/44, 9/29/44 (fragment), 11/5/44 (with enclosed letter from Raymond Shipman), 11/18/44 (fragment), 11/23/44 (with env.), 1/1/45, and empty envelope postmarked 2/4/45.

To Edith (sister): ca. August 1905 (with env.) and undated letter with copies and enclosure: ”An Urbanity” pamphlet by Charles Williams.

To Alice Wall (aunt): letters dated: 6/2/1902 and 6/3/1903

By C.S. Lewis and Warren Lewis, stored in the C.S. Lewis Letters Collection, the Warren H. Lewis Letter Collection, and copies in the Charles Williams Papers

CSL to Mrs. Williams: 6/15/48, 4/22/50 (with env.), 9/12/52 (transcript only)

CSL to Michael Williams: 8/19/49 (transcript only)

WHL to Mrs. Williams: 11/12/48

By Dorothy L. Sayers, stored in the Dorothy L. Sayers Papers and copies in the Charles Williams Papers

DLS to Michal and Michael Williams: transcripts only – 6/28/48, 12/23/53, 12/2/47, undated, 5/24/48, 5/5/50, and 1/4/56.

The Documents series contains personal documents relating to Alice Wall, Edith Williams, and Michal Williams, as well as Williams Family Vital Records (marriage, birth, and death certificates), Insurance and Housing Lease documents, and documents relating to the St. Alban’s Pageant from 1907.

The Miscellanea series contains a variety of cards, handwritten, typed, and printed documents and other items relating to the Williams Family. The Publications series contains articles and other pieces by and about Charles Williams, some non-Williams Family related pieces, and a large portion of work by Charles’s father, R.W.S. Williams (in particular a large scrapbook of his article clippings).

The Unpublished Materials series has various typescripts, many relating to Charles Williams, and some longer works including Full Fathom Five by Anne Gould, draft material for a memoir of Michal by her son Michael Williams, and a draft of a novel possibly by Michael. The series also includes a memories book with verses and drawings, possibly belonging to Edith Williams, and a large collection of family photographs (including some of Charles Williams), the originals of which are stored in the Williams Photographs collection at the Wade Center. Photocopies of the photos are included in folders 76-77. Some were removed from a small photograph album which remains with the collection.


  • Created: 1836-2000
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1920-2000


Conditions Governing Access

Copies or publication of materials by Charles Williams require permissions from the Williams Literary Executor.

Biographical or Historical Information

These documents were in the possession of Michael Williams at the time of his death in 2000. The Wade Center purchased them in 2012. See the included genealogy chart in the finding aid for an overview of names, dates, and relationships within the Williams family.


3.00 boxes : 77 folders, one large bound scrapbook, and one small bound empty photo album

2.8 Linear Feet

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The Williams Family Papers contain a variety of personal documents, vital records, publications, correspondence, and other materials relating to Charles Williams and his family.

Source of Acquisition


Related Materials

Researchers interested in this archive may also wish to consult the following resources in the Wade Center holdings:

Hadfield, Alice Mary. Charles Williams: An Exploration of His Life and Work. New York: Oxford UP, 1983.

Hadfield, Alice Mary. An Introduction To Charles Williams. London: Robert Hale Limited, 1959.

The Charles Williams Papers – a letter collection at the Wade Center

The Charles Williams Manuscript collection

The Charles Williams Photographs collection

The Grevel Lindop Collection

Wade Center Article File – contains articles by and about Charles Williams

Wade Center Artwork Collection – See A-355 (stored in this archive, folder 59), and A-368, “Charcoal sketch of Charles Williams sitting in an armchair reading a book, with a cigarette in his mouth” by Anne Spalding, 1942.

Lindop, Grevel. Charles Williams: The Third Inkling. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2015.

Williams Family Genealogy Chart

Other materials in the Wade Center holdings may relate to the topics in this archive. See the archivist for further research assistance.

Other Descriptive Information

Includes photographs. There is an acquisition file for this collection. The original contents of this collection arrived in various different packages labeled “A” through “Y.” A 48pp. contents listing, prepared by Grevel Lindop, describes the materials in detail in their original ordering, and is stored in the acquisition file. Correspondence with C.S. Lewis, Warren Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Charles Williams was removed from the collection and stored in the appropriate letter collections. The original photographs which came with the collection are stored in the Williams Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

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Repository Details

Part of the Marion E. Wade Center Repository

Wheaton College
501 College Ave.
Wheaton IL 60187-5593 US