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Edward Bennett Williams Autograph Collection

Identifier: SC154-WILL

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of framed autographs of the Presidents of the United States as well as autographed documents of various historical and literary figures. These autographs were collected by Williams. Letters and documents signed by many of the more recent presidents and personalities are addressed to Williams.


  • 1692-1999

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

Materials believed to be under copyright or other restrictions are available for limited noncommercial, educational and personal use only, or for fair use as defined by United States copyright law and with proper citation. Please note that the College of the Holy Cross may not hold the rights to all items in this collection. Users assume responsibility for identifying all copyright holders and for determining whether permission is needed to make any use of the content. For permission under rights held by the College, please contact

Biographical Note

Edward Bennett Williams was born in Hartford, CT in 1920 and graduated from Holy Cross in 1941. He studied law at Georgetown University and founded the law firm of Williams & Connolly. Williams represented many high-profile clients including Senator Joseph McCarthy, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Hoff and John Hinckley, Jr.

Williams was part owner of the Washington Redskins football team and later owned the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. He had numerous real estate holdings and was politically connected, though he never ran for public office. He died in 1988 and Williams Hall at Holy Cross is named in his honor.


69 Sheets (69 framed objects)

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Acquisition Note

This collection was donated by the Williams Family in 2015.

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Edition statement
September 2016; revised January 2022

Repository Details

Part of the Distinctive Collections Repository

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