Eleanor Barrow Williams papers

Eleanor Barrow Williams papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Karow, Eleanor Williams, 1917-1956
Creator: Williams, Eleanor Barrow, 1886-1977
Title: Eleanor Barrow Williams papers
Dates: 1893-1976
Quantity: 2.1 Linear feet (3 document boxes, 2 half boxes, 1 large card file)
Coll. Number: ms2635

Biographical/Historical Note

Eleanor Pricilla Barrow Williams (1886-1977) was the daughter of David C. Barrow, Jr. (the chancellor of the University of Georgia). She married Henry Lee Jewett Williams (1887-1918), who was killed in action in France during World War I. The collection deals mainly with her life before her marriage and after her husband's death. Their daughter Eleanor Barrow Jewett Williams (1917-1956) married Gustav Karow in 1941.

Scope and Content Note

The Eleanor Priscilla Barrow Williams Collection consists of 5 boxes. Box 1 contains folders 1:1-1:7. Folder 1:1 contains biographical information about Eleanor Williams. Folder 1:2 contains correspondence dating from 1893-1909. Folder 1:3 contains correspondence from her European trips in 1910 and 1912. She and her cousin, Clara Elizabeth Barrow, went on a tour of Europe during the summer of 1910. They were chaperoned by Miss Claudia Fink, a teacher at the Lucy Cobb Institute. Folders 1:4-1:6 contain more personal correspondence dated 1913-1954. Folder 1:7 contains mainly letters of sympathy written to Mrs. Williams after the death of her daughter, Eleanor Barrow Jewett Williams, in a 1956 drowning accident. Box 2 contains folders 2:1-2:3. Folders 2:1-2:2 contain personal correspondence dated 1957-1976. Folder 2:3 contains business correspondence. Mrs. Williams destroyed most of the correspondence with her husband. Box 3 contains folders 3:1-3:6. Folder 3:1 contains banking and investment items. Folder 3:2 contains several business documents and papers. Folder 3:3 contains insurance papers. Folder 3:4 contains receipts and bills. Folders 3:5-3:6 contain photograph negatives. Box 4 contains folders 4:1-4:4. Folder 4:1 contains address books and lists. Folders 4:2-4:3 contain business ledgers. Folder 4:4 contains 3 diaries, one written during her European trip in 1910, one dated 1930-1934, and one dated 1935-1939. Box 5 contains folders 5:1-5:3, which all contain material about Mrs. Williams' daughter, Eleanor Barrow Jewett Williams. Folder 5:1 contains biographical information. Folder 5:2 contains a business ledger and tax form. Folder 5:3 contains personal correspondence, some dating after her marriages to Gustav Karow, whom she divorced, and to Bill Ruthruff.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

France--Description and travel.
Germany--Description and travel.
Great Britain--Description and travel.
Italy--Description and travel.
Poats, Anna
Universities and colleges--Tennessee.
University of the South.
Wells, Charlie
Williams, Henry Lee Jewett, 1887-1918
Women travelers--Georgia.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Eleanor Barrow Williams papers. MS 2635. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.


The Eleanor Priscilla Barrow Williams Collection was acquired by the University of Georgia's Hargrett Library on April 10, 1989. The material was donated by Mrs. Susan Barrow Tate and was arranged in folders with many notations added by Mrs. Tate.

Related Material

Related collections in this repository: Henry Lee Jewett Williams papers.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Biographical Information and Correspondence

Subseries 1a: Biographical Information

11Biographical Information

Subseries 1b: Correspondence

12Correspondence, 1893-1909
3Correspondence, 1910-1912
4Correspondence, 1913-1919
5Correspondence, 1920-1927
6Correspondence, 1928-1954
7Correspondence, 1955-1956
21Correspondence, 1957-1975
2Correspondence, Undated
3Correspondence Business

Series 2: Business Papers

31Banking and Investments
2Business Papers
4Receipts and Bills

Series 3: Photographic Negatives

3A1-7878 envelopes of negatives covering Athens, E.B.J.W., overseas locations etc., 1914-1940

Series 4: Address Books, Ledgers, and Diaries

41Address Books and Lists
2Business Ledgers, 1912 1914 1936-1962
3Business Ledgers, 1955-1972
4Diaries, 1910 1930-1939

Series 5: Eleanor Barrow Jewett Williams Papers

51Biographical Information-Eleanor Barrow Jewett Williams
2Business Items-Eleanor Barrow Jewett Williams
3Correspondence-Eleanor Barrow Jewett Williams