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Jean Williams papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 387

Scope and Contents

Correspondence consists of incoming letters, including letters from music publishers.

Music manuscripts are alphabetically arranged by title of composition, and these make up the bulk of the collection. There are also music manuscripts contained within six notebooks. Also available are manuscripts of articles relating to music, published copies of sheet music, and two folders of other miscellaneous scores, including scores for violin.

Related material includes clippings and publicity releases.


  • Creation: 1941-1957


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Jean Williams (1876 - 1865) was born in England, and moved to Toronto, Canada. After graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Music of the University of Toronto, she returned to England and studied to be a concert pianist.

A broken wrist caused a switch in her career to teaching, and she returned to the University of Toronto where she taught voice and piano. She later taught in Cleveland and St. Louis before moving to Portland, Oregon in 1932.

Williams served as president of the National Music Teachers association and as president of Mu Phi Epsilon. She became nationally known as a composer of piano compositions.

Williams collaborated on two music teaching books with Nellie Tholen. It was Nellie Tholen who donated the Jean Williams to the University of Oregon.


0.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 manuscript box

Language of Materials



Jean Williams (1876 - 1965) was composer of piano compositions and a piano and voice teacher. The collection (1941-1957) contains correspondence, music manuscripts and published music, clippings, and publicity releases.


Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Nellie Tholen, in 1967.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1967.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

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Finding aid written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA