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Claude Williams papers

Claude Williams papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Claude Williams papers
Creator: Williams, Claude, Jr., 1922-2018
Inclusive Dates: 1917-2010
Language(s): English
Extent: 4 Linear Feet 4 boxes and 3 oversize folders
Collection Number: ms4246
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Claude Williams, Jr. (1922-2018) was a civic leader and businessman from Gainesville, Georgia. He served as a Second Lieutenant during World War II until 1946 when he was honorably discharged and returned to the University of Georgia to earn a Journalism degree. In 1958, he started "The Advertiser", which became the "Athens Daily News" and, in 1964, he founded Georgia Outdoor Advertising. He went on to help organize the Georiga National Bank in 1988 and supported many civic and community organizations during his life.

Scope and Content

This collection contains Claude Williams, Jr.'s papers related to his businesses in Athens, Georgia, his military training and service during World War II, and his uncle Herbert Williams' military service during World War I. The business records mainly pertain to Georgia Outdoor Advertising's purchase of other advertising companies as well as the board of directors' meeting minutes. Material related to Herbert Williams' service as a volunteer ambulance driver in the American Field Service during World War I include a photograph album, copies of the "American Field Service Bulletin", maps of France, and his medals. Much of the papers pertaining to Claude Williams' serivice during World War II are training materials and his notes from the United States Army Infantry School at Fort Benning near Columbus, Georiga. Also included are some Williams family photographs and a book on the family's history focused on Claude and his wife Charlotte.

Note that box 1 folders 1-2 contain material written in French.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Claude Williams papers, ms4246, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

American Field Service
Business records -- Georgia.
Business records.
Georgia Outdoor Advertising
Military training camps -- Georgia.
Military training camps.
United States. Army . Infantry School
World War, 1914-1918 -- France.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Medals.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Photographs.
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1939-1945.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Herbert Williams military records
12-3Herbert Williams printed materials
14Claude Williams military records
15-7Claude Williams military training notes
18Claude Williams printed material
19Williams family photographs
110Williams family history book
111Williams family history book notes
112Henry W. Grady memorial address by John Temple Graves
11Claude Williams World War I photograph album
21Allison Outdoor Advertising purchase, 1972
22Athens Daily News
23Athens Poster Advertising agreement , 1964
24Burke Outdoor Advertising purchase
25Crowe-Ingram stock transaction, 1980
26Crowe Poster Advertising purchase, 1974
27Gainesville Outdoor Advertising directors' meeting minutes, 1966-1968
28Gainesville Outdoor Advertising directors' meeting minutes, 1970
29Georgia National Bank news releases
210Georgia Outdoor Advertising Annual Report, 1972
211Georgia Outdoor Advertising directors' meeting minutes, 1971-1974
212Georgia Outdoor Advertising directors' meeting minutes, 1971-1975
213Georgia Outdoor Advertising directors' meeting minutes, 1976-1978
214Georgia Outdoor Advertising directors' meeting minutes, 1979-1986
215Georgia Outdoor Advertising of Athens directors' meeting minutes, 1964-1980
216Georgia Outdoor Advertising liquidation, 1986
217Georgia Outdoor Advertising of Macon, 1975
218Georgia Outdoor Advertising of Macon sale
219Georgia Outdoor Advertising of Rome sale, 1979
220Georgia Outdoor Advertising purchase proposals, 1985-1986
221Hulme purchase, 1979
222Impact Outdoor purchase, 1979
223Junior Poster panels purchase, 1980
224Sale to Katherine's Kitchen, 1985
225Tuner Advertising Company Rome purchase, 1968
31Georgia Outdoor Advertising 60th anniversary scrapbook
32A Solider's Handbook: Basic Field Manual, 1941 July 23
33Heart cover bible, 1939-1945
41American Field Service World War I medal
42American flag
43Herbert William's World War I American military identification tags
44Fraternal order lapel pin
45Herbert Williams' World War I French military identification tag
46French World War I Croix de Guerre medal
47Georgia high school debate contest medal
48Georgia state seal medal
49German Iron Cross World War I medal
412World War I Victory Medal
1Claude Williams military training maps and posters
3Claude Williams military training maps and posters
3World War I maps