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WILLIAMS (PRESCOTT HARRISON, JR.) PAPERS, 1949-2002


Descriptive Summary

Title: Prescott Harrison Williams, Jr. papers
Dates: 1949-2002
Accession Number(s): 1997-028, 2008-005
Extent: 5 feet 5 inches manuscript material, one inch photographs, one audio cassette, one reel-to-reel audio tape, and one artifact
Language: Materials are written primarily in English, with some Hebrew and Greek.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Biographical Note: Prescott Harrison Williams, Jr. (1924-2009) was a Presbyterian educator and administrator, primarily at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 20, 1924. He attended Wheaton College in Illinois from 1943-1947, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Greek. He attended Western Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1947-1948, but moved to Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey and received his bachelor of divinity. In 1950, he graduated and was ordained. While attending Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland for graduate studies, Williams served as pastor at several churches in the area. He studied the Dead Sea Scrolls (or the Qumran) and earned a Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Languages, History, and Archaeology in 1960.

Prior to his graduation, Williams’ long career at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary began. He became the Assistant Professor of Old Testament Languages and Archaeology in 1959. He held this position until 1962, when he was promoted to associate professor status. In 1965, he was promoted again and became a full professor. Also in 1965, he served as the Archaeological Advisor to the Jordanian Department of Antiquities in conjunction with the American Schools of Oriental Research as part of a project consolidating the ruins at Qumran. Throughout his career, Williams served as a visiting professor at the neighboring University of Texas at Austin in several areas including archaeology, classics, biblical studies, and fine art. In addition to teaching, Williams has published many works in his field. He has received numerous honors and awards for his scholarly pursuits.

In addition to his professorship, Williams served Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in an administrative capacity. In 1966, he was appointed Dean of Faculty, a position he held for 10 years. He served as Acting President from 1971-1972, and was asked to serve as President of the seminary. He held this position from 1972-1976, when he resigned in order to focus on teaching and continued research. Williams continued as Professor of Old Testament Languages and Archaeology until his retirement in 1990. Williams passed away in Austin, Texas on June 18, 2009.

Scope and Contents: Handwritten notes, printed material, correspondence, photographic material, audiovisual material, and an artifact (1949-2002) document the career of Prescott Harrison Williams, Jr. as a professor and administrator primarily at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

The first series, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, consists of three subseries. “Administrative material” contains items that document the administrative nature of Williams’ work at the seminary, including faculty files containing various material types, noted next to the name of the faculty member. “Presidential inauguration” consists of items related to his inauguration and congratulatory correspondence. “Student art” consists of works that feature Williams and were created by seminary students.

The second series, Course materials, consists of handwritten lecture notes, Hebrew texts, syllabi, and printed material prepared and gathered by Williams to utilize in his classes. Some student work is present within these folders. Workshop and seminar materials consist of the same type of materials as in Course materials, but with accompanying correspondence and schedules.

The Correspondence series is primarily of a personal nature, including letters from former students, co-workers, and friends.

Other series include Brazos Presbytery committee work, Williams’ work as student, Biographical information, Williams’ writings, Writings by others, Class registers, Services, Photographic material, Audiovisual material, and Artifacts.

Williams’ original folder titles have been preserved. Information in brackets was added to facilitate access.

Related collections: The David L. Stitt and Prescott H. Williams, Jr. correspondence collection, and the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary records at the Austin Seminary Archives, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Restrictions: Materials are available by appointment only. Student work with grade information and class registers are restricted for eighty years after the date of creation. Access to reel-to-reel tape is restricted. Contact the archivist for details.

Index Terms:
Williams, Prescott H., 1924-
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary--Faculty.
Lecture notes.

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Preferred Citation: Prescott Harrison Williams, Jr. papers, 1949-2002, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Inventory:

Box Number:
 
Contents: 
D026   Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary:
    Administrative material:
       Faculty Seminar papers, 1959-1965, and undated
       Presidency – Study of, [contains material from Williams’ inauguration and the search for an APTS president to replace him], 1963-1976, and undated
       [Stuart] Currie Memorial, 1968-1980
       EDJ & PHWj 3-8 --- 1976 [Edward Dixon Junkin and Prescott Harrison Williams; includes administrative correspondence], 1975-1976, and undated
       Commencement [includes documentation of commencements from 1979, 1986, 1989, and 1990], 1986, 1979-1990
       Ritschl Books [collected reminiscences for festschrift honoring Dietrich Ritschl], 1983, 1993-1994
       Bob Shelton, 1986-1997, and undated
       [Houston Extension Program], 1991
       1970s Reunion [for alumni of APTS], 1992, and undated
       Dean’s Office, 1998-1999
       Faculty files:
          Alsup, John E. [course syllabi, correspondence], 1975-1998, and undated
     
D027         Dearman, [John Andrew] Andy [course syllabi, correspondence, publications, faculty review], 1984-1996, and undated
          Dietrich Ritschl’s 65th, Letters, Lists [correspondence], 1980-2006
          Dunn, Ross [memorial service material, course syllabi], 1978-1980, and undated
          Fogleman, William J. [correspondence], 1964-1981, and undated
          Heyer, George S. [correspondence, inauguration materials], 1979-1988, 2002, and undated
          Jansen, John F. [course syllabi, correspondence], 1976-1987, 2000
          Klemt, Cal C. [details on memorial service], 1976-1979, 1988-1993
          March, W. Eugene [writings, correspondence] 1976-1995, and undated
     
D029         McIntosh, Ian F. [correspondence with Ian and wife, Jenny], 1966-1980, 1993-1995
          Underwood, Ralph L. [course syllabi, correspondence], 1978-1998, and undated
    Presidential inauguration:
       Inauguration, P.H.W., Jr. [includes memos], 1972
       Correspondence:
          Congratulations – Friends, 1968-1973, and undated
          Congratulations – Others, 1972 and undated
    Student art:
       Faculty spoof yearbook page by Ian and Jenny McIntosh, 1960
     
FF7      “Good Ol’ P.W.” [Peanuts cartoon spoof by Mary E. Gaines], undated
     
D029   Course materials:
    Binders:
       Genesis 1:1-2:3 & P, 1949-1981, and undated
       Jonah, 1972-1992, and undated
     
D030      Isaiah 1-39, Fall ’88, 1953-1954, 1980-1998, and undated
       Micah DSP Jan 1990, 1978-1996, and undated
       Isa[iah] 40-66 1995, 1974-1995, and undated
       Servant [Isaiah], 1949-1955, 1968-1984, and undated
       Habbakkuk, 1979-1992, and undated
       Isa[iah] 49-55, 1955-1959, 1969-1975, and undated
     
D031      Isaiah 40-66, 1955, 1977-1993, and undated
       Genesis, 1949, 1962-1993, and undated
       Gen[esis] 1-11, 1954, 1978-1993, and undated
       O[ld] T[estament] Introd[uctio]n Fall 1989, 1949, 1962-1990, and undated
       Gen[esis] 10-12, 1949, 1962-1989, and undated
     
D032      Ruth MT/LXX, 1976-1983, 1994, and undated
       Gn [Genesis] 2:4-4:26 & J, 1949, 1970-1982, and undated
       [Text of Ancient Scrolls], 1978-2001, and undated
       [Bi] 118, 1989-1996, and undated
       Bi 171 Fall ’88 1 K[ings] 17-22, 1960, 1976, 1988, and undated
       Jeremiah 34-45, undated
       1 Samuel, 1978-1997, and undated
     
D033      2 Samuel, 1963, 1980-1997, and undated
       Deuteronomy, 1968-2000, and undated
       Hist[ory]-Arch[aeolog]y, 1961-1981, and undated
       Bi 118 1988 – Jeremiah Lectures, 1975-1988, and undated
       History, 1954-1965, and undated
       Arch[aeology], 1951-1967, and undated
       [Bi 112 – Introduction to Exegetical Skills], 1967-1982, and undated
     
D034      Bi 118 1986, 1979-1991, and undated
       Jeremiah 1-33, 1968-1990, and undated
       Jeremiah 46-52, 1981-1988, and undated
       Jer[emiah] 1, 7, 36, 1968, 1979-1998, and undated
       Jeremiah & Davidic Messianism, 1981, and undated
       Jeremiah “C”, 1968, 1981, and undated
       Kings, 1960-1976, and undated
       Psalms, 1960-1990, and undated
     
D036      Isa[iah] 56-66, 1971-1993, and undated
       Jeremiah, 1960-1981, and undated
       Jeremiah 2, 1966, 1977-1981, and undated
       Eschatologies Isa[iah] 1-66, Jer[emiah], Ezek[iel], O[ld] T[estament], 1983-1984, and undated
    Folders:
       I. 316 S[enio]r Reflections: Chr[istia]n Ministry Fall ’92-‘93, 1988-1993, and undated
       I. 316 Readings – Masters 1988 Fall, 1988, and undated
       I. 316 Refl[ectio]ns Fall ’88, 1980-1988, and undated
       I. 316 Spring 1988, 1980-1988, and undated
     
D037      I. 316 Credos (Past 87 & Earlier), 1981-1991
       I. 316 Reflections, Spring 1986?, 1974-1986, and undated
       I. 319 Refl[ectio]ns. Spring ’89, 1989 and undated
       Bi. 218 – Data of Bible ’77, 1973-1977
       Bi. 309 Formation of Scripture Fall 1978, 1978-1979
       “Formation” Handouts, undated
       “Formation” Bibliogs, 1978-1980, and undated
       Formation of Scripture Syllabi – Copies, 1978 and undated
       Hebrew 302, 60-61—63, 1960-1963, and undated
       Greek, New Testament, Teaching-Summer 1961, 1961, and undated
       Greek 317-318, 1961, and undated
       Summer Hebrew 1963, 1960, 60-61, UTS 64, 1960-1964, and undated
       Hebrew 301, 60-61-64/65-66, 1960-1966, and undated
       Hebrew 306a-b, Summer 1968, 1967-1968
     
D038      University of Texas at Austin Archaeology 305 course packet, undated
       [Assorted syllabi], 1960, 1988-1990, and undated
       [Assorted course materials], 1966, 1980-1991, and undated
       [Assorted material about archaeology and the Dead Sea Scrolls; includes several book reviews], 1959-2000, and undated
     
D038   Workshop and seminar materials:
    Worship & Music Workshop Mo-Ranch 1975, 1968-1983, and undated
    Formation/Canon for Laity ‘79, 1978-1979
    COSTS [Council of Southwestern Theological Schools] Planning Seminar Fall ’78, 1977-1978, and undated
    Feb. 9, 1979 – Sanders, COSTS – “Canon” [COSTS Seminar with James A. Sanders on the Biblical Canon], 1977-1979
    [Mission Presbytery: Commissioned Lay Minister Program], 1992
     
D039   What the Qumran Scrolls Teach Us about the Hebrew Bible, Early Judaism and Early Christianity [includes unidentified student? notes], 2001-2003, and undated
     
D039   Brazos Presbytery committee work:
    Brazos Charismatic Committee [Ad Hoc Committee on the Charismatic Movement], 1974-1976, and undated
     
D039   Correspondence:
    [Personal], 1976-1996, 2002, and undated
    [Administrative], 1975-1991, and undated
    Congratulations [includes material regarding Williams’ resignation as APTS President], 1964-1976,
    “Brack[enridge Hospital]” Chaplaincy, 1980-1981, and undated
     
C111   Photographs, separated from correspondence
     
D039   Williams’ work as student:
    Course notes:
       Wheaton College, 1943-1944
     
D040   Johns Hopkins University:
       Comparative Semitic Grammar, 1956-1957
       Hebrew Grammar, 1958-1959
       Bible Doctrines/Ethnology, undated
    Dissertation: Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs:
       TTP [Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs], 1959-1960
       Dissertation (copy), 1960
     
D040   Biographical information:
    General [includes essay describing Williams’ arrival at APTS and his work through 1968], 1976, and undated
    Clippings, 1972, and undated
     
D040   Williams’ writings:
    Writings, 1984-1985, and undated
     
D040   Writings by others:
    Austin Seminary Bulletin, God’s Steadfast Love, A Festschrift in Honor of Prescott Harrison Williams, Jr., 1990
    [Assorted writings by others], 1962-1990, and undated
     
B110   Class registers [restricted; contain student grade information]:
    1960-1962
    1961-1964
    1965-1976
    1977-1979
    1979-1983
    1984-1987
    1987-1991
    1992-1998
     
D036   Services:
    [General], 1972
    St. Francis’ Prayer, 1982, 2001, and undated
     
D025   Photographic material:
    Photographs:
       [APTS campus after snow], 1963
       [People], 1976 [includes Walter Crofton, Jack Maxwell, Prescott Williams, William McLean, R. Hollingsworth, Edward Junkin, B. W. Trull, and David Stitt]
       [Ordination exam workshop], 1988
       [Faculty retreat], 1988
       [McCord Community Center groundbreaking], 1994
     
C111   Slides:
       [Architects’ drawing of Stitt Library expansion], 1975
       Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary campus in snow, 1973
       Christmas party, 1973
       Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary football, 1973
       Ida Forbes’ 50th birthday party, 1973
     
C016   Audiovisual material:
    Video cassettes:
       Prescott H. Williams, Jr., Interviewed by Austin Faith Dialogue; July 22, 1990
       Interview of Prescott H. Williams, Jr.; July 27, 2001 [for APTS Centennial]
     
D016b   Audio Cassette:
       Inauguration PHWilliams as Pres[ident] at APTS, 1972
     
C161c   Unidentified reel-to-reel
     
I002   Artifacts:
    CL Patron stole, ca. 1972


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