Williams, K.P. mss., 1820-1958LMC 2312

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Creator Williams, Kenneth P. (Kenneth Powers), 1887-1958.
Title: Williams, K.P. mss.
Dates: 1820-1958
Quantity: 3646 items
Abstract: The Williams, K.P. mss., 1820-1958, consists of letters and papers of Kenneth Powers Williams, 1887-1958, professor of mathematics at Indiana University and author of Lincoln Finds a General.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Lilly Library

Biographical Note

Career: born, August 25, 1887, Urbana, Ohio; son of John H. and Eva Augusta (Powers) Williams; A.B., Indiana University, 1908, A.M., 1909; PhD., Princeton University, 1913; married Mrs. Ellen (Laughlin) Scott, August 20, 1920; member of the faculty of the Department of Mathematics, Indiana University, 1909-1958; first lieutenant, Indiana National Guard, Mexican border, 1916; captain, Field Artillery, U.S. Army, with American Expeditionary Force, 1917-1919; officer, Field Artillery, Indiana National Guard, 1921-1931; colonel and chief of staff, 38th division, National Guard, 1931-1939; Colonel, Quartermaster corps, commanding 113th Quartermaster Regiment, and Quartermaster, 38th division in national service, 1941; died, September 25, 1958.

Scope and Content Note

The Williams, K.P. mss., 1820-1958, consists of letters and papers of Kenneth Powers Williams, 1887-1958, professor of mathematics at Indiana University and author of Lincoln Finds a General. This collection consists of correspondence, 1926-1958, of Kenneth Powers Williams; drafts, illustrations, maps, notes, galley and page proofs, and a scrapbook of reviews of Williams' Lincoln Finds A General, volumes I-IV, 1949-1956; mathematics notes and problems, including worked out problems from courses taken at Indiana University and Princeton University and notes of early lecture courses given by him at Indiana University; and reprints of articles, 1910-1954, on mathematical, military and historical subjects written by Williams and published in periodicals.

The correspondence is concerned mainly with Lincoln Finds A General. Other subjects dealt with include the relation of Anna Ella Carroll, 1815-1893, to the Tennessee River Campaign in the Civil war and Williams' controversy with Sydney Greenbie, 1889-1960, and his wife, Mrs. Marjorie Latta (Barstow) Greenbie, 1891- , arising from Williams' article The Tennessee River Campaign and Anna Ella Carroll, which appeared in the Indiana Magazine of History, XLVI: 221-248, September 1950; the Ku Klux Klan; the history of the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad, the Illinois Central Railroad, and the Virginia Central Railroad during and after the Civil War; cartridges for loading arms before and after the Civil War; problems in astronomy and mathematics in colleges; the European situation in 1938; and the discharge of Jewish professors in Vienna and Prague in 1939.

Correspondence with Edwin W. Atwood, 1879- , mayor of Flint, Michigan, relates to his collection of Civil War materials and includes copies of letters of Ulysses Simpson Grant, Abraham Lincoln, William Tecumseh Sherman, and others, 1845-1882, which were sent to Williams by Atwood.

In addition to correspondence and the Lincoln Finds A General materials the collection contains a survey on the certification of teachers, 1944 papers on the history and teaching of mathematics at Indiana University, 1938, 1944; a mathematical manuscript textbook by Milo G. Williams, 1820; and an autographed copy of the mimeographed "Introduction to Plane Algebraic Geometry" by Václav Hlavatý.

Williams, Kenneth Powers, 1887-1958, professor. Lincoln Finds A General: A Military Study of the Civil War, with Maps by Clark Ray. A.&T.D. [9193] p. 13-28cm. Comprises vol. I-IV of work by same title, published, New York, Macmillan, 1949-1959.


The collection is arranged into two series: Correspondence and Writings.


Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions: Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials. Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Subject Headings


Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Williams, Kenneth P. (Kenneth Powers), 1887-1958.

Corporate Bodies

Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad Company--History.
Illinois Central Railroad Company--History.
Indiana University--Faculty--Archives.
Indiana University. Dept. of Mathematics.
Ku Klux Klan (19th cent.)
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Indiana Commandery.
Virginia Central Railroad--History.


Calculus of tensors.
Center of mass.
Dynamics, Rigid.
Gamma functions.
Generals--United States--History--19th century.
Geometry, Algebraic.
Geometry, Analytic.
Geometry, Non-Euclidian.
Indiana University
Jews --Persecutions.
Mathematics--Study and teaching.
Morgan's Ohio Raid, 1863
Shiloh, Battle of, Tenn., 1862
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865


Shades State Park (Ind.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Williams, K.P. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Acquisition Information

Acquired 1950, 1958, 1959, 1960.

Table of Contents



Scope and Contents
Correspondents represented in the collection include:
Maxwell Aley
Paul McClelland Angle
John Edwin Bakeless
Richard Bardolph
John Donald Barnhart
Roy Prentice Basler
William Worth Balknap
Everett Newton Bowman
J.A.B.F. Brady
Erdmann Neumeister Brandt
Benjamin William Brice
Orville Hickman Browning
William Lowe Bryan
Frederic Lauriston Bullard
Ernest Franklin Canaday
Edward Richard Sprigg Canby
Clarence Selmer Carlson
Anna Ella Carroll
Thomas Nixon Carver
Robert Francis Catterson
Bruce Catton
Bennett Alfred Cerf
Gordon Keith Chalmers
Verner Warren Clapp
Gerald Maurice Clemence
Monroe Fulkeron Cockrell
William Edward Cole
Milton Conover
Roy Bird Cook
Watson M. Davis
Bernard Augustine De Voto
Glen H. Draper
Trevor Nevitt Dupuy
Clement Eaton
Robert Lawrence Eichelberger
Otto Eisenchmil
John Chipman Farrar
Samuel Wilson Fleming, 1885-1966
David Mansfield Frederick
Douglas Southall Freeman
Perring C. Galpin
Christian Gauss
Harry Merrill Gehman
Wilber H. Glover
Edgar Johnson Goodspeed
Jesse Root Grant
Ulysses Simpson Grant
Ulysses S. Grant, 1881-1968
Mrs. Marjorie Latta (Barstow) Greenbie
Sydney Greenbie
Cornelius Greenway
Farnham Pond Griffiths
Maruice Théodore Adolphe Hamy
Edwin Forrest Harding
Carl Haverlin
Archibald Henderson
Robert Selph Henry
Don Herold
Ernest Leopold Mettich
James Ernest Hicks
Jesse Hildebrand
Robert Lynn Hogg
Chauncey Benton Humphrey
Andrew Atkinson Humphreys
Edward Eyre Hunt
W.P. Isham
Samuel Richey Kamm
Louis Charles Karpinski
Estes Kefauver
Frank W. Kimball
Robert Lee Kincaid
Alfred Charles Kinsey
Edward Chase Kirkland
Harry Dexter Kitson
Alfred A. Knopf
Gustav Philipp Körner
Bertram Wallace Korn
Foreman Michael Lebold
Derrick Henry Lehmer
Basil Henry Liddell Hart
Abraham Lincoln
Robert Rutherford McCormick
Robert Gerald McMurtry
Charles Frederick Manderson
Sir Frederick Maurice
George Gordon Meade
David Chambers Mearns
Frederick Hill Meserve
Vernon Xavier Miller
Robert Houston Milroy
John Robert Moore
Herbert Rollo Morgan
Jonathan David Morris
Charles Helvetius Mottier
Forest Ray Moulton
Herbert George Moulton
Charles Love Mullins, Jr.
Ralph Geoffrey Newman
Reno Odlin
Charles Norton Owen
Elwin Lawrence Page
Howard Henry Peckham
Herbert Shaw Philbrick
David Morris Potter
Charles Percy Powell
Harry Edward Pratt
Clark Ray
Henry Jarvis Raymond
John Davis Reichard
Edgar Taylor Rigg
F. Ray Risdon
Ashbel Sellew Roberts
L.W. Salinas Rodriguez
Leland Livingston Sage
George Sarton
Richard Schuster
Thomas Alexander Scott
George Pope Shannon
William Tecumseh Sherman
Carl Paxson Sherwin
Elmer William Sherwood
Harry Joseph Sievers
William Milligan Sloane, 1906-
Henry Warner Slocum
Alfred Whital Stern
Robert Roth Stoll
Hudson Strode
James Arthur Stuart
Charles Pelot Summerall
Alexander Campbell Tener
Maurice Emerson Tennant
Benjamin Platt Thomas
Robert Spencer Thomas
Stith Thompson
Joseph Jaqcobs Thorndike, 1913-
William Henry Townsend
Edwin Robert Van Kleeck
Edward Campbell Von Trees
Guy Alwyn Wainwright
Clyde Cameron Walton
William S. Warford
Ezra J. Warner
Louis Austin Warren
Chester Burleigh Watts
Herman B Wells
J. Randall Williams
Thomas Harry Williams
David Wilmot
Lewis Albert Wilson
Charles Ballard Zimmerman
box 1 1820-1951, July
box 2 1951, Aug.-1958 undated
box 3 Mathematics notes: A-R
box 4 Mathematics notes: S-Z; Lincoln Finds a General: drafts
box 5 Lincoln Finds a General: drafts (cont'd) - notes for vol. I-II
box 6 Lincoln Finds a General: notes for vol. III. - galleys for vol. I-II
box 7 Lincoln Finds a General: galleys for vol. III-V
box 8 Printed items (9 folders); Lincoln Finds a General, Printer's copy in green slip case: vol. I, typescript.
box 9 Lincoln Finds a General, Printer's copy in green slip cases: vol. I, carbon; vol. II, typescript and carbon; vol. III, typescript.
box 10 Lincoln Finds a General, Printer's copy in green slip cases: vol. III, carbon copy; vol. IV, typescript and carbon
box 11 Lincoln Finds a General, Printer's copy in green slip case: vol. V, typescript
oversize 1 Maps of Civil War battles used in Lincoln Finds a General