Guide to the Jean Williams Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Williams, Jean, 1876-
Title: Jean Williams papers
Dates: 1941-1957 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet (1 container)
Collection Number: Ax 387
Summary: Jean Williams (1876 - ) 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.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Jean Williams (1876 - ) 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.

Content Description

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.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & 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 & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Jean Williams papers, Ax 387, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

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.

Processing Note :  

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.

Additional Reference Guides :  

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

Acquisition Information :  

Donated by Nellie Tholen, in 1967.


  • Personal Names :
  • Williams, Jean, 1876-
  • Subject Terms :
  • Musicians
  • Music--Manuscripts--United States
  • Pianists--Oregon.
  • Piano music.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Manuscripts for publication

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