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Collection TitleCL 13 Williamson Family PapersCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByAlyssa Hickey
Date Completed:March 2009

Elmira (N.Y.); Genealogy--Williamson family


Williamson Family- E. Duff Williamson (1886-1966) of Elmira married Marbury Esther Clark, also of Elmira, on April 22, 1907.  The couple had two children, H. Duff and Esther (1915-1973).  E. Duff ran the Williamson Company and worked as a building contractor.  He was also involved in local Democratic Party politics.  From 1934 to 1936, he served as Chemung County Purchasing Agent and as Clerk for the Board of Supervisors.  His wife Marbury was also politically active and served as chairwoman for the Chemung County Vocational Education and Extension Board in 1935.  E. Duff died on May 29, 1966 and his wife followed a number of years later.

The couple's daughter Esther was born on July 17, 1915.  In her youth she studied piano and organ with local music teachers and went on to study music and composition at Bennington College from 1933 to 1937.  She earned her Masters in 1938 from Wells College.  After graduating, she taught piano and scored some films for Disney before going on to do post-graduate work at Juilliard.  On August 10, 1950 she married Harold Ballou and moved to Washington D.D. where she worked as a teacher, performer and composer. She died on March 12, 1973. 

Scope:The Williamson Family Papers contain Marbury Williamson's diaries and notepads from the 1930s and 40s; Williamson family correspondence from 1932 to 1963; Chemung County newspaper clippings relating to marriages, births, deaths and various social events, 1940-1970; and miscellaneous papers associated with the Williamson family.


Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1896-1970
AbstractThis collection contains materials related to the Williamson Family.

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Photographs - Alice & Donald Smith, 1929; Harris Hill, 1937; Ridge Road, Baldwin, 1937; Duff Williamson, 1931; Esther Williamson.Photographs010101
Program - The Great Waltz, Auditoruim Theatre, Rochester, NY, October 22-24, year unknown.Program010201
Program - Musical given by pupils of Miss Bosworth, Park Church Lecture Room, February 9, 1928.Program010202
Program - Elmira College Glee Club and the Elmira Symphony Orchestra, The Park Church, December 16, 1935.Program010203
Program - The Cantata Singers, Sacred Choral Concert, First Baptist Church, December 13, 1970.Program010204
Esther Williamson Report Card, Mills College, Second Semester 1937-1938.Report Card010205
Notes about music.Note010206
Articles pertaining to the subject of music, vocals, people involved with music, and concerts.Newspaper Articles010207
Program - Organ Recital by Charles M. Courboin, Park Church, October 16, 1932. Program010301
Program - Catlin School 5 Dedication Ceremony, April 16, 1938. Program010302
Speech given at the Catlin School 5 Dedication Ceremony, April 16, 1938.Manuscript010303
Resolution establishing a County Vocational Education and Extension Board, passed by the County Board of Supervisors, May 14, 1928.Document010304
Bennington College out-of-town slip, ca. 1930s.Document010305
Notice designating E. Duff Williamson as a Democratic candidate for the the Assembly, August 20, 1924. Documnt010306
Letter from the Williamsons wishing Esther a merry Christmas, December 1937.Letter010307
Assorted notes and scratch paper pertaining to everyday chores, doodles and random thoughts. Notes010308
Memo from the building committee of the Elmira Federation Building regarding E. Duff Williamson's appointment as building manager, April 24, 1946. Memorandum010308
Announcement of the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Claude D. Williams. Announcement010401
Announcing the arrival of Elizabeth Ann to Mr. and Mrs. William C. Roosa. November 3, 1932. Announcement010402
Announcing the arrival of Barbara May Richie to Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Richie on June 13, 1932.Announcement010403
Telegram to E. Duff Williamson from Martin T. Purtell congradulating him on election victoy, January 1, 1934.Telegram010501
Telegram to Esther Williamson from E. D. Williamson concering the correct time of her broadcast, November 4, 1936. Telegram010502
Mother's Day Greeting Telegram from Duff Williamson to his wife, 1937. Telegram010503
Telegram to E Duff Williamson from Esther Williamson concerning the her arrival, June 15, 1938. Telegram010504
Invoice - Bill's Glad Farms Inc., Canandaigua, NY September 3, 1925. Invoice010505
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