General Roger Williams papers

Abstract

The General Roger Williams papers (dated 1823-1991, bulk 1898-1929; 62 cubic feet; 149 boxes, 1 folder) contain materials related to the businesses, investments, and military service of the prominent Kentuckian from 1898 until 1929.

Descriptive Summary

Title
General Roger Williams papers
Creator
Williams, Roger D., General (Roger de Coverly)
Extent
62 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Kentucky -- Militia.
Spanish-American War, 1898 -- Philippines.
Iron industry and trade -- Kentucky.
Photography, Military -- United States
United States -- History -- World War, 1914-1918
Dogs -- Breeding -- Kentucky.
Military training camps.
Dogs -- Diseases
Kennel owners
World War, 1914-1918.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject and format into seven series: General, Lexington Engine and Boiler Works, Military Service and Involvement, Personal, Photographs, Publications, Rookwood Kennel papers.
Finding Aid Author
Ida Lucille Sell
Preferred Citation
2008ms013: [identification of item], General Roger Williams papers, 1823-1991, bulk 1898-1929, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Roger D. Williams descended from Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island. His great-great-grandfather, George Williams, moved from Rhode Island to Virginia and fought in the Revolutionary War. George Williams' son, General Roger Williams was born in 1770. In 1794 he married Mary Kerfoot and they came to Kentucky in 1773 to establish a home in Bourbon County where Roger Williams' grandfather. Major George W. Williams was born in 1801. Major Williams was a graduate of Transylvania University, served more than twenty years in the state legislature, was a delegate to the Kentucky Constitutional Convention in 1849, was a Whig and member of the American Republican (Know Nothing) party, and was a strong abolitionist. Major Williams was made the first permanent president of the Republican State Party in 1864. Major Williams was also a candidate in 1868 for the Supreme Court. Major Williams died in Paris, Kentucky in 1870.
Roger D. Williams' father, Benjamin Franklin Williams, was born in Bourbon County in 1827 and was an honor graduate of Bethany College in Virginia. He was admitted to the bar, but never practiced law. Instead he preferred to devote his time to manufacturing and mercantile. Benjamin Williams was married to Mary Gates Massie of Bourbon County; and Roger D. Williams was born on August 29, 1856. Roger D. Williams spent much of his childhood in Chicago because his parents moved there during the Civil War. On his return to Kentucky, he entered the University of Kentucky and was the youngest student to have attended at the time, 1872-1873. Williams served two years in the Pension and Internal Revenue Departments of the Federal Government. He was one of fourteen on a pioneer party to explore the Black Hills of the Dakotas. While in the Black Hills, he occupied stockades near present day Custer City. He was active in mining and prospecting and was well known in all of the leading camps. When the Battle of Little Big Horn occurred, Williams was a war correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle and The Denver Tribune.
Williams returned to Kentucky in 1879 and became involved in manufacturing. He established the Kentucky Copper Works and Iron Foundry in 1880 which was eventually known as the Lexington Engine and Saw Mill Works. Williams was active in civic and sports affairs. He was once commissioner of the Eastern Asylum for the Insane and was a park commissioner of Lexington. For thirty years Williams was an officer in the Kentucky National Guard where he was advanced from lieutenant to brigadier general. Williams was commanding colonel of the Second Regiment for fifteen years and for twenty-five years was one of the officers who commanded troops during mountain feuds and calming night riders. Theodore Roosevelt had requested his service during the Spanish American War, but the war was over by the time Williams organized a troop for the Rough Riders. In 1916, he commanded a sector on the Rio Grande from Fort Hancock, Texas, to Las Cruces, New Mexico. He served with General Pershing at Colonia-Dublan, Mexico. Williams was commissioned a brigadier general of the National Army and commanded the Indiana and the Kentucky troops in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He was overseas from July, 1918 until March, 1919, and was with the headquarters of the first army of France. Williams retired from the National Army in 1919, but he was active in a veteran group retirement.
Roger D. Williams was an avid hunter and was the owner of Rookwood Kennels in Lexington. Dogs from Rookwood were shipped all over the country. As a sportsman Williams was a member of Iroquois Hunt Club, Southern Fox Hunter's Association, National Fox Hunter's Association, and the American Fox Hound Association. He served as an officer in all of the hunting and hound associations. Williams was the author of Deer Hunter in the West Indies, Old Times in the Black Hills, The Greyhound, Wolf Coursing, The Bloodhound, Horse and Hound, High Ground in Fox Hunting, Training the Fox Hound, Running Hounds, and The Fox Hound. Along with these books Williams compiled a two volume work, The National Foxhunter's Association Stud Book 1898, which was published by the National Fox Hunter's Association. In his book, The Wilderness Hunter, Theodore Roosevelt said, "General Roger D. Williams, more than any other American is entitled to speak upon hunting big game with horse and hound."
Roger D. Williams and Minnie Lyle Sayre, daughter of banker Ephraim Sayre and Mary E. Woodruff Sayre of Lexington, were married in November 1887. Roger D. Williams and Mary Sayre Williams had two children, Roger Jr., born in 1895 and Mary Sayre, born in 1892. Roger Jr. served with father in World War I and went on to have a military career. Roger Williams Jr. married the Countess Florence Marie Odenreld Ludric Forest Divonne, France, in 1919 and they had one daughter, Dorothy. Mary Williams married Lucas B. Combs, a son of Leslie Combs, in 1916 and they had one son, Sidney Sayre, who was born in 1917.
Sources: Charles Kerr, editor. History of Kentucky. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1922.
E. Polk Johnson. History of Kentucky and Kentuckians. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1912. accessed 2012 March 29, http://archive.org/details/historyofkentuck03injohn
Scope and Content
The General Roger Williams papers (dated 1823-1991, bulk 1898-1929; 62 cubic feet; 149 boxes, 1 folder) contain materials related to the businesses, investments, and military service of the prominent Kentuckian from 1898 until 1929. The bulk of the papers consist of correspondence between Rookwood Kennels and individuals trying to sell or purchase dogs. Williams' Kennel farmed out the breeding of hound dogs and had contacts with patrons throughout the United States and as far as Germany and China. The series includes materials from 1898 until 1929. Some of the correspondence is between patrons and Williams' daughter, Mary Sayre Combs, who took over the business after Roger Williams died. The collection also includes correspondence and receipts from the iron foundry founded by Williams in the Lexington Engine and Boiler Works series. The foundry bought and sold materials to other businesses in the Ohio River Valley region which the correspondence and receipts reflect. Materials related to Williams involvement in military affairs includes documents pertaining to his travels as a war correspondent through the American West; documents about various fundraisers and benevolent societies; and the operations of military training camps. Also in the series are several maps prepared by the military war school. The photographs in the collection relate to kennels and hunting, military service, and personal relationships of General Roger Williams. Some of the photographs were found loosely throughout the entire collection and others were on the pages of two bound photo albums.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

General, 1915-1925, undated

The General series contains materials not closely related to the other series in the collection. Included are newspaper clippings broadly related to personal and professional events in Williams' life. There are notes and fragments related to Williams' daily life like laundry receipts. Also there is a file of letters, mostly addressed to Ms. L. Hurley, who is of an unknown relation to General Roger Williams. There are the checkbooks of Williams' son-in-law, Lucas B. Combs, as well as, a personal letter from Roger Williams, Jr.

Blank supply forms , undated

  • Box 134, folder 31
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Letters to Ms. L. Hurley and receipts , 1915-1921

  • Box 135, folder 1
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Lucas B. Combs checkbook, 1919 March-1922 April

  • Box 135, folder 2
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Lucas B. Combs checkbook, 1924 March-1925 September

  • Box 135, folder 3
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Notes and fragments, undated

  • Box 134, folder 30
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Roger D. Williams biography typed, undated

  • Box 109, folder 16
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The Unwanted Child by Florence Edna May, 1923

  • Box 134, folder 32
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Lexington Engine and Boiler Works, 1912-1926, undated

The Lexington Engine and Boiler Works series contains two ledger volumes, correspondence, and receipts from the iron foundry General Williams established in 1879 in Lexington, Kentucky. The foundry was named the Kentucky Copper Works and Iron Foundry, then the Lexington Engine and Saw Mill Works, and then the Lexington Engine and Boiler Works, Incorporated. Most of the documents within the series are orders and receipts for work and raw materials. Also included are related advertisements from business partners, business cards, and meeting minutes. Some of the correspondence is addressed to Mr. D.P. Galvin, the Secretary Treasurer of Lexington Engine and Boiler Works. The invoice books contain company sale and purchase receipts for 1914 and 1922. There is also a diagram of a Boring Bar, used for the machines in the foundry.

Correspondence and receipts, 1912-1926, undated

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  • Box 125, folder 20-24
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1912 March

  • Box 121, folder 5
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1912 September

  • Box 121, folder 6-7
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1914 January

  • Box 121, folder 8
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1914 April

  • Box 121, folder 9
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1914 July

  • Box 121, folder 10
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1914 August

  • Box 121, folder 11
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1914 September

  • Box 121, folder 12
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1914 October

  • Box 121, folder 13
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1914 November

  • Box 121, folder 14
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1914 December

  • Box 121, folder 15
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1915 January

  • Box 121, folder 16
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1915 February

  • Box 121, folder 17
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1915 March

  • Box 121, folder 18
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1915 May

  • Box 121, folder 19
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1915 June

  • Box 121, folder 20
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1915 July

  • Box 121, folder 21
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1915 August

  • Box 121, folder 22
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1915 September

  • Box 121, folder 23
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1915 October

  • Box 121, folder 24
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1915 December

  • Box 121, folder 25
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1916 January

  • Box 121, folder 26
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1916 February

  • Box 121, folder 27
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1916 April

  • Box 121, folder 28
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1916 May

  • Box 121, folder 29
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1916 June

  • Box 121, folder 30
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1916 July

  • Box 121, folder 31
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1916 December

  • Box 121, folder 32
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1917 January

  • Box 121, folder 33
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1917 February

  • Box 121, folder 34
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1917 March

  • Box 121, folder 35
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1917 May

  • Box 121, folder 36
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1917 June

  • Box 121, folder 37
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1917 July

  • Box 121, folder 38
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1917 August

  • Box 121, folder 39
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1918 January

  • Box 121, folder 40
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1918 February

  • Box 121, folder 41
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1918 March

  • Box 121, folder 42
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1918 May

  • Box 121, folder 43
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1918 June

  • Box 121, folder 44
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1918 July

  • Box 121, folder 45
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1918 August

  • Box 121, folder 46
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1918 September

  • Box 121, folder 47
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1918 October

  • Box 121, folder 48
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1919 April

  • Box 121, folder 49
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1919 May

  • Box 121, folder 50
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1919 June

  • Box 121, folder 51-52
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1919 July

  • Box 121, folder 53-54
  • Box 122, folder 1
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1919 August

  • Box 122, folder 2-3
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1919 September

  • Box 122, folder 4
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1919 October

  • Box 122, folder 5
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1919 December

  • Box 122, folder 6
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1920 January

  • Box 122, folder 7
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1920 February

  • Box 122, folder 8
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1920 March

  • Box 122, folder 9
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1920 April

  • Box 122, folder 10
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1920 May

  • Box 122, folder 11
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1920 June

  • Box 122, folder 12
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1920 July

  • Box 122, folder 13
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1920 August

  • Box 122, folder 14
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1920 September

  • Box 122, folder 15
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1920 October

  • Box 122, folder 16
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1920 November

  • Box 122, folder 17
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1920 December

  • Box 122, folder 18
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1921 January

  • Box 122, folder 19-21
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1921 February

  • Box 123, folder 1-2
  • Box 122, folder 22-25
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1921 March

  • Box 123, folder 3
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1921 April

  • Box 123, folder 4
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1921 May

  • Box 123, folder 5
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1921 June

  • Box 124, folder 6
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1921 July

  • Box 124, folder 7
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1921 August

  • Box 124, folder 8
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1921 September

  • Box 124, folder 9
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1921 October

  • Box 124, folder 10
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1921 November

  • Box 124, folder 11
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1921 December

  • Box 124, folder 12
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1922 January

  • Box 124, folder 13
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1922 February

  • Box 123, folder 14-16
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1922 March

  • Box 123, folder 17-19
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1922 April

  • Box 123, folder 20
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1922 May

  • Box 123, folder 21
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1922 June

  • Box 124, folder 1
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1922 July

  • Box 124, folder 2
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1922 August

  • Box 124, folder 3-4
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1922 September

  • Box 124, folder 5-6
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1922 October

  • Box 124, folder 7-11
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1922 November

  • Box 124, folder 12
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1922 December

  • Box 124, folder 13
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1923 January

  • Box 124, folder 14
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1923 February

  • Box 124, folder 15
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1923 March

  • Box 124, folder 16
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1923 April

  • Box 124, folder 17
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1923 May

  • Box 124, folder 18
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1923 June

  • Box 124, folder 19
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1923 July

  • Box 124, folder 20
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1923 October

  • Box 124, folder 21
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1923 November

  • Box 124, folder 22
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1923 December

  • Box 124, folder 23
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1924 January

  • Box 124, folder 24
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1924 March

  • Box 125, folder 1
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1924 March

  • Box 125, folder 2
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1925 January

  • Box 125, folder 3
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1925 February

  • Box 125, folder 4
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1925 May

  • Box 125, folder 5
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1925 July

  • Box 125, folder 6
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1925 August

  • Box 125, folder 7
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1925 September

  • Box 125, folder 8
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1925 October

  • Box 125, folder 9
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1925 November

  • Box 125, folder 10
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1926 January

  • Box 125, folder 11
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Business papers found with Correspondence, undated

  • Box 125, folder 13-19
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Expansion Boring Bar Detailed Diagram by Manufacturers Equipment Company, 1922 September 6

  • Box 148, folder 5
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Fragments, undated

  • Box 125, folder 12
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Pamphlets and materials from other companies, undated

  • Box 126, folder 1-5
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Invoice books, 1914, 1922

Book one, 1914

  • Box 120, folder 1-16
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Book two , 1922

  • Box 121, folder 1-4
  • Box 55, folder 1-15
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Military Service and Involvement, 1898-1928, undated

The Military Service and Involvement series includes documents from General Williams' military service as well as his involvement in military affairs after his retirement. The series primarily covers the years 1914-1925 with the strongest representation from the years 1916-1917, when General Williams was serving on the U.S.-Mexico border. Documentation from his formal service includes military orders, maps, supply lists, enlistment lists. Materials related to Williams involvement in military affairs include documents pertaining to his travels as a war correspondent through the American West; documents about various fundraisers and benevolent societies, such as Victory loans and military training camps; and memorials, such as a Roosevelt tree planting ceremony. The series also includes documents providing insight into the life of a former soldier, such as information about war-risk and veterans' health and life insurance. Additionally, the series includes letters between General Williams and his son, who was involved in military service before and during WWI as well as maps created by war schools in Washington, D.C. featuring the west, civil war battles, and trench construction.

Correspondence, 1898-1928

1898 June

  • Box 127, folder 1
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1898 April

  • Box 127, folder 2
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1899 May

  • Box 127, folder 3
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1899 June

  • Box 127, folder 4
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1899 July

  • Box 127, folder 5
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1899 August

  • Box 127, folder 6
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1899 September

  • Box 127, folder 7
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1899 October

  • Box 127, folder 8
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1899 Novemeber

  • Box 127, folder 9
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1899 December

  • Box 127, folder 10
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1901 January

  • Box 127, folder 11
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1908 October

  • Box 127, folder 12
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1910 July

  • Box 127, folder 13
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1910 September

  • Box 127, folder 14
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1911 March

  • Box 127, folder 15
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1911 June

  • Box 127, folder 16
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1911 September

  • Box 127, folder 17
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1911 October

  • Box 127, folder 18
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1911 October

  • Box 127, folder 19
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1911 November

  • Box 127, folder 20
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1911 December

  • Box 127, folder 21
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1912 July

  • Box 127, folder 22
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1912 January

  • Box 127, folder 23
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1912 February

  • Box 127, folder 24
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1912 March

  • Box 127, folder 25
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1912 April

  • Box 127, folder 26
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1912 May

  • Box 127, folder 27
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1912 June

  • Box 127, folder 28
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1912 December

  • Box 127, folder 29
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1913 July

  • Box 127, folder 30
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1913 November

  • Box 127, folder 31
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1914 February

  • Box 127, folder 32
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1914 April

  • Box 127, folder 33
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1914 July

  • Box 127, folder 34
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1914 August

  • Box 128, folder 1
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1914 November

  • Box 128, folder 2
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1915 January

  • Box 128, folder 3
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1915 March

  • Box 128, folder 4
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1915 May

  • Box 128, folder 5
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1915 June

  • Box 128, folder 6
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1915 July

  • Box 128, folder 7
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1915 August

  • Box 128, folder 8
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1915 September

  • Box 128, folder 9
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1915 November

  • Box 128, folder 10
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1915 December

  • Box 128, folder 11
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1916 January

  • Box 128, folder 12
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1916 January

  • Box 128, folder 13
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1916 February

  • Box 128, folder 14
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1915 March

  • Box 128, folder 15
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1916 April

  • Box 128, folder 16-17
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1916 May

  • Box 128, folder 27
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1916 June

  • Box 128, folder 28
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1916 July

  • Box 128, folder 29
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1916 August

  • Box 128, folder 30
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1916 August

  • Box 128, folder 31
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1916 September

  • Box 128, folder 32
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1916 October

  • Box 128, folder 33
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1916 November

  • Box 128, folder 34
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1916 December

  • Box 128, folder 35
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1916 December

  • Box 128, folder 36
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1917 January

  • Box 128, folder 37
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1917 January

  • Box 128, folder 38
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1917 February

  • Box 128, folder 39-40
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1917 March

  • Box 128, folder 41
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1917 April

  • Box 128, folder 42
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1917 June

  • Box 128, folder 43
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1917 May

  • Box 129, folder 1
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1917 June

  • Box 129, folder 2
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1917 July

  • Box 129, folder 3
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1917 August

  • Box 129, folder 4
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1917 September

  • Box 129, folder 5
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1917 October

  • Box 129, folder 6
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1917 December

  • Box 129, folder 7
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1918 January

  • Box 129, folder 8
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1918 February

  • Box 129, folder 9
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1918 March

  • Box 129, folder 10
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1918 April

  • Box 129, folder 11
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1918 May

  • Box 129, folder 12
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1918 June

  • Box 129, folder 13
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1918 July

  • Box 129, folder 14
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1918 August

  • Box 129, folder 15
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1918 September

  • Box 129, folder 16
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1918 October

  • Box 129, folder 17
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1919 February

  • Box 129, folder 18
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1919 March

  • Box 129, folder 19
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1919 April

  • Box 129, folder 20
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1919 May

  • Box 129, folder 21
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1919 June

  • Box 129, folder 22-23
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1919 July

  • Box 129, folder 24
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1919 December

  • Box 129, folder 25
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1920 January

  • Box 129, folder 26
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1920 February

  • Box 129, folder 27
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1920 March

  • Box 129, folder 28
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1920 May

  • Box 129, folder 29
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1920 June

  • Box 129, folder 30
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1920 July

  • Box 129, folder 31
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1920 August

  • Box 129, folder 32
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1920 September

  • Box 129, folder 33
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1920 October

  • Box 129, folder 34
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1920 November

  • Box 129, folder 35
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1920 December

  • Box 129, folder 36
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1921 January

  • Box 129, folder 37
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1921 February

  • Box 129, folder 38
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1921 April

  • Box 130, folder 1
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1921 May

  • Box 130, folder 2
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1921 June

  • Box 130, folder 3
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1921 July

  • Box 130, folder 4
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1921 August

  • Box 130, folder 5
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1921 September

  • Box 130, folder 6
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1921 October

  • Box 130, folder 7
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1921 December

  • Box 130, folder 8
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1922 January

  • Box 130, folder 9
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1922 February

  • Box 130, folder 10
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1922 March

  • Box 130, folder 11
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1922 April

  • Box 130, folder 12
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1922 May

  • Box 130, folder 13
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1922 June

  • Box 130, folder 14
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1922 July

  • Box 130, folder 15
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1922 August

  • Box 130, folder 16
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1922 September

  • Box 130, folder 17
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1922 October

  • Box 130, folder 18
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1922 November

  • Box 130, folder 19
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1922 December

  • Box 130, folder 20
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1923 January

  • Box 130, folder 11
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1923 February

  • Box 130, folder 12
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1923 March

  • Box 130, folder 13
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1923 April

  • Box 130, folder 14
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1923 May

  • Box 130, folder 15
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1923 June

  • Box 130, folder 16
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1923 July

  • Box 130, folder 17
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1923 August

  • Box 130, folder 18
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1923 September

  • Box 130, folder 19
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1923 October

  • Box 130, folder 20
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1923 November

  • Box 130, folder 21
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1923 December

  • Box 130, folder 22
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1924 January

  • Box 130, folder 23
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1924 February

  • Box 130, folder 24
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1924 March

  • Box 130, folder 25
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1924 April

  • Box 130, folder 26
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1924 May

  • Box 130, folder 27
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1924 June

  • Box 130, folder 28
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1924 July

  • Box 130, folder 29
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1924 August

  • Box 130, folder 30
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1924 September

  • Box 130, folder 31
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1924 October

  • Box 130, folder 32
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1924 December

  • Box 130, folder 33
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1925 January

  • Box 130, folder 34
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1925 February

  • Box 130, folder 35
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1925 March

  • Box 130, folder 36
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1925 April

  • Box 130, folder 37
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1925 May

  • Box 130, folder 38
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1925 June

  • Box 130, folder 39
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1925 July

  • Box 130, folder 40
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1925 August

  • Box 130, folder 41
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1925 September

  • Box 130, folder 42
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1925 October

  • Box 130, folder 43
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1925 November

  • Box 130, folder 44
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1926 July

  • Box 130, folder 45
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1926 August

  • Box 130, folder 46
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1927 July

  • Box 130, folder 47
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1928 June

  • Box 130, folder 48
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General, 1916-1924, undated

Blank forms, undated

  • Box 131, folder 11
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Handwritten notes, undated

  • Box 131, folder 3
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List of lieutenants, undated

  • Box 131, folder 1
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List of service men, undated

  • Box 131, folder 6
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Maps, pamphlets, and reports , undated

  • Box 131, folder 8
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Memorandums, undated

  • Box 131, folder 9
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Fragments, undated

  • Box 131, folder 5
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Newspaper clippings, undated

  • Box 131, folder 2
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Newspaper clippings, 1916-1924

  • Box 131, folder 12
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Reports, undated

  • Box 131, folder 4
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Maps, 1913-1917, undated

Conventional Plan and Typical Section of Part of A Modern Intrenched Line, Prepared at Army War College, 1917 March

  • Box 56, folder 1
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Maneuver Map Camp of Instruction, 18th US Infantry, Owensboro Kentucky , 1915 July 15-23

  • Box 148, folder 9
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Map of Mexico, undated

  • Box 131, folder 10
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Position Sketch 10th Division Maneuvers in Las Cruces, New Mexico by Ohio Engineers, 1916 October 9

  • Box 148, folder 6
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Topographical Map of Antietam at Gettysburg Prepared by the Engineer Department of the Army Service School/Map of Samalayuca, Mexico, 1913, 1915

  • Case 6, drawer 2
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Typical Supporting Point Trench Map, Prepared at War College Division in Washington, D.C., 1917 March

  • Box 156, folder 2
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Personal , 1899-1928, undated

The Personal series contains correspondence, receipts, and money orders for business and financial ventures involving General Williams independently of Rookwood Kennels and the Lexington Engine and Boiler Works iron foundry. The series includes materials related to stock shares, tobacco sales, real estate investments, executions of wills, and the sale of pets (monkeys and kittens). It also includes documents relating to Williams' involvement in Lexington businessmen's clubs. There is a large blueprint of a water tank, presumably for his real estate investments.

Correspondence, 1899-1928, undated

undated

  • Box 134, folder 23-27
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Letter from Roger Williams, Jr. , undated

  • Box 134, folder 33
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1899 June

  • Box 132, folder 1
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1905 October

  • Box 132, folder 2
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1912 July

  • Box 132, folder 3
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1911 October

  • Box 132, folder 4
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1912 January

  • Box 132, folder 5
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1912 August

  • Box 132, folder 6
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1913 March

  • Box 132, folder 7
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1913 June

  • Box 132, folder 8
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1914 January

  • Box 132, folder 9
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1914 February

  • Box 132, folder 10
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1914 July

  • Box 132, folder 11
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1914 August

  • Box 132, folder 12
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1914 September

  • Box 132, folder 13
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1914 October

  • Box 132, folder 14
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1914 November

  • Box 132, folder 15
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1914 December

  • Box 132, folder 16
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1915 January

  • Box 132, folder 17
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1915 February

  • Box 132, folder 18
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1915 March

  • Box 132, folder 19
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1915 April

  • Box 132, folder 20
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1915 May

  • Box 132, folder 21
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1915 June

  • Box 132, folder 22
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1915 July

  • Box 132, folder 23
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1915 August

  • Box 132, folder 24
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1915 September

  • Box 132, folder 25
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1915 October

  • Box 132, folder 26
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1915 November

  • Box 132, folder 27
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1915 December

  • Box 132, folder 28
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1916 January

  • Box 132, folder 29
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1916 April

  • Box 132, folder 30
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1916 May

  • Box 132, folder 31
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1916 December

  • Box 132, folder 32
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1916 June

  • Box 132, folder 33
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1916 September

  • Box 132, folder 34
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1917 January

  • Box 132, folder 35
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1917 March

  • Box 132, folder 36
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1917 May

  • Box 132, folder 37
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1917 June

  • Box 132, folder 38
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1917 July

  • Box 132, folder 39
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1917 August

  • Box 132, folder 40
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1917 September

  • Box 132, folder 41
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1917 December

  • Box 132, folder 42
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1918 January

  • Box 132, folder 43
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1918 May

  • Box 132, folder 44
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1918 July

  • Box 133, folder 1
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1918 August

  • Box 133, folder 2
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1918 September

  • Box 133, folder 3
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1918 October

  • Box 133, folder 4
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1918 November

  • Box 133, folder 5
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1919 March

  • Box 133, folder 6
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1919 April

  • Box 133, folder 7
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1919 May

  • Box 133, folder 8
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1919 June

  • Box 133, folder 10
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1919 December

  • Box 133, folder 11
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1920 January

  • Box 133, folder 12
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1920 February

  • Box 133, folder 13
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1920 March

  • Box 133, folder 14
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1920 April

  • Box 133, folder 15
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1920 May

  • Box 133, folder 16
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1920 June

  • Box 133, folder 17
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1920 July

  • Box 133, folder 18
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1920 August

  • Box 133, folder 19
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1920 September

  • Box 133, folder 20
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1920 October

  • Box 133, folder 21
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1920 November

  • Box 133, folder 22
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1920 December

  • Box 133, folder 23
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1921 January

  • Box 133, folder 24
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1921 February

  • Box 133, folder 25
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1921 March

  • Box 133, folder 26
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1921 April

  • Box 133, folder 27
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1921 May

  • Box 133, folder 28
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1921 June

  • Box 133, folder 29
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1921 July

  • Box 133, folder 30
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1921 August

  • Box 133, folder 31
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1921 September

  • Box 133, folder 32
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1921 October

  • Box 133, folder 33
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1921 November

  • Box 133, folder 34
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1921 December

  • Box 133, folder 35
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1922 January

  • Box 133, folder 36
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1922 February

  • Box 133, folder 37
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1922 March

  • Box 133, folder 38
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1922 April

  • Box 133, folder 39
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1922 May

  • Box 133, folder 40
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1922 June

  • Box 133, folder 41
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1922 July

  • Box 133, folder 42
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1922 September

  • Box 133, folder 43
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1922 August

  • Box 133, folder 44
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1922 October

  • Box 133, folder 45
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1922 November

  • Box 133, folder 46
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1922 December

  • Box 133, folder 47
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1923 January

  • Box 133, folder 48
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1923 February

  • Box 133, folder 49
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1923 March

  • Box 133, folder 50
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1923 April

  • Box 133, folder 51
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1923 May

  • Box 133, folder 52
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1923 June

  • Box 133, folder 53
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1923 July

  • Box 133, folder 54
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1923 August

  • Box 133, folder 55
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1923 September

  • Box 133, folder 56
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1923 October

  • Box 133, folder 57
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1923 December

  • Box 133, folder 58
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1924 January

  • Box 133, folder 59
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1924 February

  • Box 133, folder 60
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1924 March

  • Box 133, folder 61
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1924 April

  • Box 133, folder 62
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1924 May

  • Box 134, folder 1
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1924 July

  • Box 134, folder 2
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1924 October

  • Box 134, folder 3
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1924 August

  • Box 134, folder 4
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1924 November

  • Box 134, folder 6
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1924 December

  • Box 134, folder 7
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1925 January

  • Box 134, folder 8
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1925 February

  • Box 134, folder 9
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1925 March

  • Box 134, folder 10
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1925 April

  • Box 134, folder 11
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1925 May

  • Box 134, folder 12
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1925 June

  • Box 134, folder 13
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1925 July

  • Box 134, folder 14
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1925 August

  • Box 134, folder 15
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1925 September

  • Box 134, folder 16
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1925 October

  • Box 134, folder 17
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1925 November

  • Box 134, folder 18
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1925 December

  • Box 134, folder 19
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1926 November

  • Box 134, folder 20
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1927 January

  • Box 134, folder 21
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1928 January

  • Box 134, folder 22
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General, 1916-1927, undated

Account book, 1916, 1918

  • Box 134, folder 28
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Piping System Concrete Water Tanks, Allen Dale Farm in Shelby County, Kentucky, undated

  • Box 56, folder 3
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Newspaper clippings, 1925-1927, undated

  • Box 134, folder 29
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Photographs, 1899-circa 1917

The Photographs series contains photographs found loosely throughout the collection as well as photographs from two albums. Most of the photographs are related to kennels and hunting, military service, and presumably personal relationships of General Roger Williams. Photographs found loosely and in the albums related to Kennels and hunting includes images of men about to begin hunting, particularly in the west, and images of horses and dogs. Most commonly pictured dog breeds are bloodhounds, and Russian and Irish Wolfhounds. A number of photographs were sent to Rookwood Kennel by individuals hoping to sell dogs to them for resale; those photos remain with the original correspondence in the Rookwood Kennel series. Photographs related to the Military Service appear to be primarily from three events: the assassination of Senator Goebel of Kentucky (Kentucky National Guard, Second Regiment); military life along the Rio Grande, including a few from Mexico (1916-1917); and life in Camp Beckham, Kentucky, with the possibility of some from Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Mississippi (Seventy-sixth Brigade; 19171918). Some photographs could be from Gen. Williams' time with the Red Cross in France. Additional images include the building which later became the Lexington Engine Boiler Works and one full length portrait of William Woodard, Jr. of Kentucky.

Loose photographs, 1900, undated

Six negatives of family and animals, undated

  • Box 142
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Hound dog, undated

  • Box 143, folder 1
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Dog in field, undated

  • Box 143, folder 2
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Two dogs, undated

  • Box 143, folder 3
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English bloodhound owned by David Kennedy in Amherstburg, Ontario, undated

  • Box 143, folder 4
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Dog, child, and man on farm in Arkansas, undated

  • Box 143, folder 5
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Two dogs, child and man on farm in Arkansas, undated

  • Box 143, folder 6-7
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Man and dog, undated

  • Box 143, folder 8
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Dog , undated

  • Box 143, folder 9
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Photo album two loosely found with Page 26 soldiers throwing man in the air, undated

  • Box 143, folder 10
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Men on horses at military camp, undated

  • Box 143, folder 11
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Group of soldiers throwing man in the air, undated

  • Box 143, folder 12
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Man on horse, undated

  • Box 143, folder 13
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Camp Beckham in Jackson, Kentucky, undated

  • Box 143, folder 14
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Men in tents at camp, undated

  • Box 143, folder 15
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Men at camp, undated

  • Box 143, folder 16
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Men standing on horses, undated

  • Box 143, folder 17
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Two men and one woman at laundry wash buckets, undated

  • Box 143, folder 18
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Group of dogs and man, undated

  • Box 144, folder 1
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Two Norwegian bear dogs in Wisconsin studio owned by Rookwood Kennel, undated

  • Box 144, folder 2
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Roger Williams portrait, undated

  • Box 144, folder 3-4
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Two dogs attacking dead fox, undated

  • Box 144, folder 5
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Horses at camp, undated

  • Box 144, folder 6
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Roger Williams outside of tent at camp, undated

  • Box 144, folder 7
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General Roger Williams and soldiers by tent, undated

  • Box 145, folder 1
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Men loading cannon, undated

  • Box 145, folder 2
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Machinery in factory, undated

  • Box 145, folder 3
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Camp of Major Nelson F. Edwards in Frankfort, Kentucky, 1900 February 10

  • Box 145, folder 4
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Sergeant J.K. Groghan and Kentucky group , undated

  • Box 145, folder 5
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Soldiers at provost guard tent, undated

  • Box 145, folder 6
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Parade of soldiers and crowd, undated

  • Box 145, folder 7
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General Roger Williams on horseback , undated

  • Box 145, folder 8
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Two men at postal telegraph tent, undated

  • Box 145, folder 9
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Soldiers on horseback, undated

  • Box 145, folder 10
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Men standing in front of tents, undated

  • Box 145, folder 11
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Soldiers with rifles outside of tents, undated

  • Box 145, folder 12
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General Roger Williams with horse, undated

  • Box 145, folder 13
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Line of soldiers on a field, undated

  • Box 145, folder 14
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Model T cars and American flag, undated

  • Box 145, folder 15
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General Roger Williams portrait, undated

  • Box 145, folder 16-17
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First Regiment Kentucky Infantry camp in Owen Bieme, Texas , undated

  • Box 147, folder 35
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William F. Woodard, Jr. in Kentucky, undated

  • Box 147, folder 36
The Loose Photographs subseries includes photographs found throughout the collection and were placed in envelopes for preservation reasons. Most of the photographs are images of potential candidates for dog breeding. There are also photographs of servicemen and military camps. Also in the subseries are portraits of General Roger D. Williams' and William F. Woodard, another serviceman. Finally there is a portrait of a child which printed onto cloth. Presumably the child is part of Williams' family.
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General Roger Williams portrait, undated

  • Box 147, folder 37-38
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Unidentified child printed on cloth , undated

  • Box 148, folder 4
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Photograph album one, undated

Unidentified man's portrait, page 1, undated

  • Box 146, folder 1
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Men posing comically in military uniforms, page 2, undated

  • Box 146, folder 2
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Soldiers with Union Jack uniforms posing at studio, page 4, undated

  • Box 146, folder 3
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Soldiers on a trail in a forest, page 6/Soldiers group posing with flag and gatling gun, page 7, undated

  • Box 146, folder 4
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View of cabins, page 8/Group of soldiers at tent, Page 9, undated

  • Box 146, folder 5
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Two studio photos of men in military and western costumes, page 10/Line of soldier at camp, page 11, undated

  • Box 146, folder 6
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Man on horse, page 12/Soldiers marching and crowd, page 13, undated

  • Box 146, folder 7
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Men firing cannon in field, page 14/Exterior of Kentucky Copper Works Iron Foundry and Machine Shops, page 15, undated

  • Box 146, folder 8
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House on a town block, page 16/Lexington courthouse, page 17 , undated

  • Box 146, folder 9
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Two portraits of men, page 18, undated

  • Box 146, folder 10
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Soldiers in tree with scenic view of village, page 20/Five men at military camp tent, page 21, undated

  • Box 146, folder 11
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Soldiers at tent, page 22/Soldiers in line pointing rifles, page 23, undated

  • Box 146, folder 12
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Men firing gatling gun, page 24/Soldiers at mess tent, page 25, undated

  • Box 146, folder 13
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View of entire military camp, page 26/Soldiers in line with rifles, page 27, undated

  • Box 146, folder 14
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Men and women on horse on country road, page 28, undated

  • Box 146, folder 15
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Soldiers on ground with unassembled gatling gun, page 30/Line of soldiers, page 31, undated

  • Box 146, folder 16
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Soldiers in forest, page 32/Line of soldiers at camp, page 33, undated

  • Box 146, folder 17
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Group of men at camp, page 34/Group at mess area, page 35, undated

  • Box 146, folder 18
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Group at tent, page 36/Soldiers with a cannon, page 37, undated

  • Box 146, folder 19
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Soldiers in front of large building, page 38/Two men standing in a tent, page 39, undated

  • Box 146, folder 20
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Soldiers with backpack and rifle, page 40/Men and women playing tennis, page 41, undated

  • Box 146, folder 21
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Men and women at tennis court, page 42/Line of soldiers at camp, page 43, undated

  • Box 146, folder 22
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Boy on pony with dog, page 44, undated

  • Box 146, folder 23
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Man on horse, page 46, undated

  • Box 146, folder 24
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Photograph album two, 1899, undated

Men riding donkeys and yak with dog and rifles, page 1/Man with Irish wolfhounds, page 2, undated

  • Box 147, folder 1
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Photos of soldier camp, men, and children, page 3/Men in uniforms with musical instruments and soldier with rifle facing two girls in a field, page 4, undated

  • Box 147, folder 2
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Camps and soldiers, page 6/Soldiers at camp and fort on island, page 7, undated

  • Box 147, folder 3
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Military camps and foreign country, page 8/Military camps and soldiers, page 9, undated

  • Box 147, folder 4
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Military camps and soldiers, page 10/Military camps and soldiers, page 11, undated

  • Box 147, folder 5
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Town, fort, Roger D. Williams, and camp, page 12/Military men in two photos, military camp and decorated tree, page 13, undated

  • Box 147, folder 6
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Military camps, page 14/Military camps, photo of Roger Williams with Filipino children, page 15, undated

  • Box 147, folder 7
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Military camps and soldiers, page 16/Military camps and military medical servicemen, page 17, undated

  • Box 147, folder 8
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Military soldiers, scenic foreign country, page 18/Military soldiers, sunken ship, man riding horse with dog, portraits of unidentified men, page 19, undated

  • Box 147, folder 9
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Soldiers on horseback, page 20/Soldiers throwing man into the air, military camp, page 21 , undated

  • Box 147, folder 10
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Soldiers, page 22/Aerial view of village in mountains, soldiers, page 23, undated

  • Box 147, folder 11
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Men in winter coats, page 24/Line of soldiers, page 25, undated

  • Box 147, folder 12
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Group of men on horses with native americans, page 26/Dogs and men on horseback, page 27, undated

  • Box 147, folder 13
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Groups of soldiers Page 28/Civilians, soldiers, military men, medical office, page 29, undated

  • Box 147, folder 14
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Civilians, family at log house, page 30/Building, parade, unidentified man, soldiers, page 31 , undated

  • Box 147, folder 15
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Dogs, group on stage, page 32/Child riding horse, dog, poet scout, B. McCauley portrait, page 33, undated

  • Box 147, folder 16
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Dogs, page 34/Soldiers riding on horse, page 35, 1899 September 12, undated

  • Box 147, folder 17
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Dogs and horses, page 36/Men with dogs and horses, page 37, undated

  • Box 147, folder 18
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Soldiers, civilians, buildings, page 38/Dogs and buildings during winter, soldiers in studio, page 39 , undated

  • Box 147, folder 19
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Men with dogs, women on horses, page 40/Horses, children, and women, page 41, undated

  • Box 147, folder 20
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Adults with horses, dogs, and children, page 42/Gun case, houses, men with dogs, women with children, page 43, undated

  • Box 147, folder 21
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Military, dogs, page 44/Soldiers, page 45, undated

  • Box 147, folder 22
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Men with dogs or horses, page 46/Men in plains on horses, page 47, undated

  • Box 147, folder 23
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Soldier in groups or portraits, page 48/Medical camp, soldiers on horseback, soldiers with cannon, page 49, undated

  • Box 147, folder 24
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Dogs, page 50/Dogs, portraits, men on horses, page 51, undated

  • Box 147, folder 25
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Horses, soldiers, view from inside train tunnel, child, page 52/Donkey, town crowd, large ship, page 53, undated

  • Box 147, folder 26
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Dogs, hunters, and dead bear, buildings, page 54/Dogs, child riding horse, dead animals, page 55, undated

  • Box 147, folder 27
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Soldiers and spectators, horse, page 56/Horses, page 57, undated

  • Box 147, folder 28
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Soldiers, scenic view of bluffs, page 58/Soldiers with women, horses, page 59, undated

  • Box 147, folder 29
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Military camp, YMCA tent, waterfall, men on horseback, page 60/Cannons, waterfall, military camp, civilians, page 61, undated

  • Box 147, folder 30
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Men with women, men on horseback, page 62/Native american with donkeys, dogs Page 63, undated

  • Box 147, folder 31
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Men with horse and dogs, page 64/Group of adults and girl outside, portraits, horses, page 65, undated

  • Box 147, folder 32
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Mountain lion skins, boy riding pony, soldiers, men on horseback, page 66/Fort on island, soldiers at camp, page 67, undated

  • Box 147, folder 33
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Waterfall, man in tree, Roger Williams, buildings, page 68/African American boys polishing shoes at camp, men with hunted game, horses, waterfall, page 69, undated

  • Box 147, folder 34
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Publications, 1823-1991, undated

The Publications series contains fifty volumes primarily related to dog breeding or hunting. Some of the books were in General Roger Williams personal collection. Other books were owned by members of his family, particularly Williams' daughter. Also, the publications series includes brief introductions to homes of the Blue Grass written by Roger Williams' grandson, Sydney Sayre Combs, as well as, research notes from the mid twentieth century about the history of Fayette County, Kentucky.

All About Dogs by Henri Vibert, 1921

  • Box 111, folder 4
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Animal Management prepared by the Veterinary Department [England], 1923

  • Box 112, folder 3
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Bloodhounds and How to Train Them by Loon F. Whitney, 1947

  • Box 111, folder 8
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Blue Grass Homes by Sydney S. Combs, 1948

  • Box 116, folder 3
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Care For Your Dog by Tina Hearne, 1980

  • Box 113, folder 1
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Chase Magazine No. 5, Vol. 6, 1980 November

  • Box 111, folder 3
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David A. Sayre History Symposium collected lectures, 1985-1989 edited by Kevin Simon, 1991

  • Box 115, folder 4
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Diseases of Dogs and Their Treatments by Hugh Dalziel, 1897

  • Box 113, folder 2
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Dogcraft by A.F. Hochwalt , 1908

  • Box 117, folder 1
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Dogcraft by A.F. Hochwalt, 1920

  • Box 114, folder 1
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Dog Fanciers' Directory and Medical Guide by Charles Hallock , 1880

  • Box 113, folder 8
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English Foxhound Kennel Stud Book of America, 1909-1914 , 1915

  • Box 112, folder 7
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Green's Book on Dogs by C.W. Green , 1914

  • Box 111, folder 7
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House Dogs and Sporting Dogs by John Meyrick, 1912

  • Box 117, folder 6
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Hunting Dogs by Oliver Hartley , 1909

  • Box 117, folder 2
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Kennel Secrets by Ashmont, 1893

  • Box 116, folder 5
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Kennel Secrets by Ashmont, 1904

  • Box 114, folder 6
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Methode Berlitz by M.D. Berlitz, 1906

  • Box 113, folder 7
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My Dog and I: A Treatise on Dogs by H.W. Huntington , 1897

  • Box 111, folder 2
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Night Hunting by J.E. Williams , 1911

  • Box 112, folder 4
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Norfolk Hunt Club , 1905

  • Box 113, folder 3
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Observations on Borzoi by Joseph B. Thomas , 1912

  • Box 117, folder 7
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Old Homes of the Blue Grass by Sydney S. Combs, undated

  • Box 116, folder 2
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Old Limber or the The Tale of the Taylors by DeLong Rice, 1921

  • Box 114, folder 4
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Official Awards BlueGrass Kennel Club , 1891, 1893

  • Box 111, folder 1
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Our Proud Heritage by Sydney S. Combs, undated

  • Box 116, folder 4
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Poodles in America by William H. Ivers, Jr., 1959

  • Box 115, folder 3
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Principle of Dog Feeding by Great Dane, 1905

  • Box 111, folder 6
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Principles of Dog Training by W.C. Percy, 1886

  • Box 112, folder 6
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Radnor Hunt , 1891

  • Box 117, folder 4
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