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The Papers of Ben Ames Williams at Dartmouth College

ML-32

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Williams, Ben Ames
Title Remainder: Papers. 1889-1953
Dates: 1889-1953
Identification: ML-32





Adjunct Descriptive Data

Ben Ames Williams, author of short stories and novels, was born in Macon, Mississippi in 1889. His mother, Sarah Marshall Ames, was the niece of James Longstreet (1821-1904), General of the Confederate Army. Williams was raised in Jackson, Ohio, where his father was a journalist. Williams came East for his education, which he completed at Dartmouth College in the Class of 1910. That same year he commenced a brief career (1910-16) as a journalist for the Boston American; concurrently writing and submitting short stories to magazines. He published his first short story around 1914, his first novel (actually two of these) in 1919.

Williams married Florence Tafton Talpey of York, Maine in 1912. Three children were born: Penelope Ann, Roger Chilton (Dartmouth, Class of `36), and Ben Ames, Jr. (Dartmouth, Class of `38). The author died in 1953, having just completed The Unconquered. These papers cover in great detail Williams' final production. They include, as well as a variety of correspondence, essential research carried out for him, principally by Louise Hubert Guyol (b.c. 1878, fl. 1954) of New Orleans, author of two best-selling children's novels.

The author's belief in “the potency of place” is reflected in his output, which may be seen to recapitulate his own heritage and the locales in which he lived, not the least of which was his Maine summer residence. One hundred and twenty-five of his short stories and seven or eight of his novels are set in Maine. Williams' late opera, House Divided (1947) and The Unconquered (1953), deal with the South during and after the Civil War. The scene of Owen Glen (1950) is a small Ohio mining town at the turn of the century. Besides his thirty-eight novels, some appearing later in a dozen translations, Williams published nearly four hundred short stories, a number of these in serial versions.

Many of these papers were apparently sent in installments to Dartmouth College by the author, who corresponded with the library during the entire course of his career. These papers comprise a collection of twenty-five Paige Miracle boxes, two Hollinger boxes and five large portfolios. Applicable correspondence was filed with the manuscript, as were notebooks (when assignable to a single work).






BOX 1.

FOLDER : 1.

Biographical Material



FOLDER : 2.

General Correspondence



FOLDER : 3.

Author's Lists of Works



FOLDER : 4.

Nonfiction



FOLDER : 5.

Poetry



FOLDER : 6-9

Drama



BOX 2.

Short Stories and Unpublished [Novels?]: Chiefly Manuscripts



FOLDER : 1.

Untitled



FOLDER : 2.

Untitled



FOLDER : 3.

Untitled



FOLDER : 4.

A° = 1



FOLDER : 5.

Abandoned Farm



FOLDER : 6.

Accident



FOLDER : 7.

Adventure



FOLDER : 8.

Adventurers



FOLDER : 9.

Adventure's End



FOLDER : 10.

Altitude



FOLDER : 11.

Altruist



FOLDER : 12.

Ancient Apparition



FOLDER : 13.

Ancient Landmark



FOLDER : 14.

Another Man's Poison



FOLDER : 15.

Applause



FOLDER : 16.

Apple Bough



FOLDER : 17.

Arduous Art



FOLDER : 18.

Artist [#1]



FOLDER : 19.

Artist [#2]



FOLDER : 20.

Artist [#3]



FOLDER : 21.

As a Man Speaketh



FOLDER : 22.

As a Man Thinketh



FOLDER : 23.

As Big a Fool



FOLDER : 24.

Aside After Lucre



FOLDER : 25.

Asunder



FOLDER : 26.

Avatar



FOLDER : 27.

Axe



FOLDER : 28.

Back to Bearing



FOLDER : 29.

Bad End



FOLDER : 30.

Balance All



FOLDER : 31.

Banquet



FOLDER : 32.

Barber John



FOLDER : 33.

Beautiful



FOLDER : 34.

Beaver Bogan



FOLDER : 35.

Bed in Faraway



FOLDER : 36.

Better Man



FOLDER : 37.

Big Boy



FOLDER : 38.

Bit of Gallantry



FOLDER : 39.

Black Alder



FOLDER : 40.

Blunderer



FOLDER : 41.

Bob White



FOLDER : 42.

Body Blow



FOLDER : 43.

Boston Fancy



FOLDER : 44.

Braggart



FOLDER : 45.

Brass Candlestick



FOLDER : 46.

Bride's Light



FOLDER : 47.

Brother Offended



FOLDER : 48.

Bundy's Balm



FOLDER : 49.

By the Grace of Ching Ling Foo



FOLDER : 50.

Calico Cat



FOLDER : 51.

Candle Wax



FOLDER : 52.

Cap'n's Shoes



FOLDER : 53.

Career Man



FOLDER : 54.

Case in Point



FOLDER : 55.

Cash in Hand



FOLDER : 56.

Cat Came Back



FOLDER : 57.

Cat in the Bag



FOLDER : 58.

Catalyst



FOLDER : 59.

Catchwords



FOLDER : 60.

Centaurs



FOLDER : 61.

Centipede Was Happy, Quite



FOLDER : 62.

Cheat the Lady



FOLDER : 63.

Cheating Dice



FOLDER : 64.

Check and Mate



FOLDER : 65.

Chris'mus



FOLDER : 66.

Chris'mus Gif'



FOLDER : 67.

Cigarette



FOLDER : 68.

Cinderella by Request



FOLDER : 69.

Clippings



FOLDER : 70.

Clumsy



FOLDER : 71.

Cocoanuts



FOLDER : 72.

Code of a Gentleman



FOLDER : 73.

Commandment with a Promise



FOLDER : 74.

Completed Immolation



FOLDER : 75.

Concrete Mixer



FOLDER : 76.

Confession and Avoidance



FOLDER : 77.

Corkscrew



FOLDER : 78.

Corpus Delicti



FOLDER : 79.

Correction of Fools



BOX 3

FOLDER : 1.

Counterfeit Iniquity



FOLDER : 2.

Cream of the Jest



FOLDER : 3.

Creatures of the Night



FOLDER : 4.

Crutile



FOLDER : 5.

Damsel on the Isle



FOLDER : 6.

Dan'l Come to Judgement



FOLDER : 7.

Dark Sayings of Old



FOLDER : 8.

Day of Discomfiture



FOLDER : 9.

Day of Discomfiture (Letters to Jim)



FOLDER : 10.

Day of Rest



FOLDER : 11.

Deaf Man's Ears



FOLDER : 12.

Death Apple



FOLDER : 13.

Death by Misadventure



FOLDER : 14.

Death in the Pot



FOLDER : 15.

Decorum



FOLDER : 16.

Deep Stuff



FOLDER : 17.

Detour



FOLDER : 18.

Dole



FOLDER : 19.

Dominoes



FOLDER : 20.

Dry-kye



FOLDER : 21.

Dulce et Decorum



FOLDER : 22.

Duncest Man



FOLDER : 23.

Easy



FOLDER : 24.

Eavesdrop



FOLDER : 25.

Eftest Way



FOLDER : 26.

Elder Statesman



FOLDER : 27.

Errant Knave



FOLDER : 28.

Eve



FOLDER : 29.

Excellent Clerk



FOLDER : 30.

Extra Dividend



FOLDER : 31.

Fair and Softly



FOLDER : 32.

Father of Liars



FOLDER : 33.

Fiddling Fool



FOLDER : 34.

Fighting Point



FOLDER : 35.

Fine Point



FOLDER : 36.

Finished Story



FOLDER : 37.

First Million



FOLDER : 38.

Fit Conclusion



FOLDER : 39.

Fog Blew Over the Mountain



FOLDER : 40.

Fog Loom



FOLDER : 41.

Folly



FOLDER : 42.

Fool for Luck



FOLDER : 43.

Foreheads Villainous



FOLDER : 44.

Fox Bog



FOLDER : 45.

Frankenstein



FOLDER : 46.

Free Camping



FOLDER : 47.

Friend of the Dog



FOLDER : 48.

From Strange Beginnings



FOLDER : 49.

Galled Kibe



FOLDER : 50.

General Delivery



FOLDER : 51.

Gentle Carpenter



FOLDER : 52.

Ghost of Sergeant Pelly



FOLDER : 53.

Glaucon



FOLDER : 54.

Glib and Oily Art



FOLDER : 55.

Glory of Kings



BOX 4

FOLDER : 1.

Go Getter



FOLDER : 2.

Gold in Them Hills



FOLDER : 3.

Golden Candlestick



FOLDER : 4.

Golden Girl of Linkoping



FOLDER : 5.

Good Clean Fun



FOLDER : 6.

Good Form



FOLDER : 7.

Grim Hunt



FOLDER : 8.

Grit



FOLDER : 9.

Guesswork



FOLDER : 10.

Habit



FOLDER : 11.

Happy House



FOLDER : 12.

Hard Labour



FOLDER : 13.

Harvard Dartmouth Game



FOLDER : 14.

Hawks and a Handsaw



FOLDER : 15.

Head's Star



FOLDER : 16.

Heeby Jeeby



FOLDER : 17.

Help! I'm Drowning!



FOLDER : 18.

Hero's Son



FOLDER : 19.

Hide and Seek



FOLDER : 20.

High Road



FOLDER : 21.

Hip and Thigh



FOLDER : 22.

His Honor



FOLDER : 23.

His Own Petard



FOLDER : 24.

His Public



FOLDER : 25.

Hobby Horse



FOLDER : 26.

Horse on Me



FOLDER : 27.

Horse Sense



FOLDER : 28.

House against the Wood



FOLDER : 29.

Hum Drum



FOLDER : 30.

Hungry Horse



FOLDER : 31.

Idolater



FOLDER : 32.

I'm Growing Wings



FOLDER : 33.

Immediate Jewel



FOLDER : 34.

Immortal Vagabond



FOLDER : 35.

Immune



FOLDER : 36.

Impudent Lady's Maid



FOLDER : 37.

In Danger of the Judgment



FOLDER : 38.

Increment Borer



FOLDER : 39.

Ingeborg Schwing



FOLDER : 40.

Innocent Delusions



FOLDER : 41.

Isaiah



FOLDER : 42.

Jepthah's Daughter



FOLDER : 43.

Jezebel



FOLDER : 44.

Journalistic Adventures of Mr. Wm. Nixon



FOLDER : 45.

Journeycake



FOLDER : 46.

Jubilo



FOLDER : 47.

Keeper at Karn



FOLDER : 48.

Large Bodies Should Move Slowly



FOLDER : 49.

Laughing Stock



FOLDER : 50.

Law Abiding Man



FOLDER : 51.

Law of Little Things



FOLDER : 52.

Lazy Man's Dog



FOLDER : 53.

Leaven and the Lump



FOLDER : 54.

Legs of the Lame



FOLDER : 55.

Lets and Hindrances



FOLDER : 56.

Letter from China



FOLDER : 57.

Lie with Circumstance



FOLDER : 58.

Lion among Ladies



FOLDER : 59.

Lip of Truth



FOLDER : 60.

Little Black Haired Men



FOLDER : 61.

Little Foxes



FOLDER : 62.

Little Tike



FOLDER : 63.

Long Spoon



FOLDER : 64.

Loser's End



FOLDER : 65.

Luck Cat



FOLDER : 66.

Lusty Winter



FOLDER : 67.

Lying Vision



BOX 5.

FOLDER : 1.

Mad Dog



FOLDER : 2.

Magnificent Fool



FOLDER : 3.

Mama



FOLDER : 4.

Man Afraid



FOLDER : 5.

Man of Plots



FOLDER : 6.

Man on Horseback



FOLDER : 7.

Man Who Killed the Moose



FOLDER : 8.

Man Who Had Everything



FOLDER : 9.

Man Who Looked Like Edison



FOLDER : 10.

Marker's Hobbies



FOLDER : 11.

Marry in Haste



FOLDER : 12.

Mask



FOLDER : 13.

Mate of Susie Oaks



FOLDER : 14.

Matter of Business



FOLDER : 15.

Matter of Timing



FOLDER : 16.

Matter of Understanding



FOLDER : 17.

Merrymeeting



FOLDER : 18.

Minching Mallecho



FOLDER : 19.

Mine Enemy's Dog



FOLDER : 20.

Missing Attribute



FOLDER : 21.

Money



FOLDER : 22.

Monstrous Little Voice



FOLDER : 23.

More Precious Than Rubies



FOLDER : 24.

More Stately Mansions



FOLDER : 25.

More Than Fish



FOLDER : 26.

Mossback



FOLDER : 27.

Most Disastrous Chances



FOLDER : 28.

Mountain



FOLDER : 29.

Name in Vain



FOLDER : 30.

Natives



FOLDER : 31.

Needful Fitness



FOLDER : 32.

Needless Causes



FOLDER : 33.

Nerves



FOLDER : 34.

No English



FOLDER : 35.

Noble Lord



FOLDER : 36.

None Other Gods



FOLDER : 37.

Northeaster



FOLDER : 38.

Not a Drum Was Heard



FOLDER : 39.

Nothing of Importance



FOLDER : 40.

Nothing Today



FOLDER : 41.

Nurse



FOLDER : 42.

Odyssey of Peter Maardelinck



FOLDER : 43.

Off the Cuff



FOLDER : 44.

Old Doc



FOLDER : 45.

Old Goose Question



FOLDER : 46.

Old Lovingkindness



BOX 6.

FOLDER : 1.

Old Meg



FOLDER : 2.

One Crowded Hour



FOLDER : 3.

One Fair Daughter (novel)



FOLDER : 4.

One Fair Daughter (short story)



FOLDER : 5.

One More Song



FOLDER : 6.

Open and Shet



FOLDER : 7.

Opportunity



FOLDER : 8.

Ordeal by Water



FOLDER : 9.

Other Peter



FOLDER : 10.

Outsider



FOLDER : 11.

Out-size



FOLDER : 12.

Owner Absent



FOLDER : 13.

Palsied Eld



FOLDER : 14.

Parachute



FOLDER : 15.

Partridge



FOLDER : 16.

Pelican and the Porcupine



FOLDER : 17.

Pen in Hand



FOLDER : 18.

Pendarrow's Merey



FOLDER : 19.

Perennial



FOLDER : 20.

Perfectly Absurd



FOLDER : 21.

Piano



FOLDER : 22.

Pie Before Meals



FOLDER : 23.

Pig in a Poke



FOLDER : 24.

Pines



FOLDER : 25.

Pitchole



FOLDER : 26.

Ploughshares



FOLDER : 27.

Pod-auger Man



FOLDER : 28.

Point of Honor



FOLDER : 29.

Possible Johnny



FOLDER : 30.

Pounds of Flesh



FOLDER : 31.

Practice Makes Perfect



FOLDER : 32.

Preferred Lies



FOLDER : 33.

Premeditated Prodigal



FOLDER : 34.

Preview



FOLDER : 35.

Price of a Dog



FOLDER : 36.

Pricking Thumbs



FOLDER : 37.

Prodigal's Brother



FOLDER : 38.

Proper Husband



FOLDER : 39.

Protect Your Men



FOLDER : 40.

Prudent Man



FOLDER : 41.

Question of Law



FOLDER : 42.

Question Puller



FOLDER : 43.

Quillets and Quiddities



FOLDER : 44.

Rattlesnake



FOLDER : 45.

Recapture



FOLDER : 46.

Recognition



FOLDER : 47.

Reconstruction



FOLDER : 48.

Red Hair



FOLDER : 49.

Red Sky in the Morning



FOLDER : 50.

Redhead



FOLDER : 51.

Rediscovered Country



FOLDER : 52.

Rescue



FOLDER : 53.

Rich Man's City



FOLDER : 54.

Right Whale's Flukes



FOLDER : 55.

Road of Casualty



FOLDER : 56.

Road Runner



FOLDER : 57.

Romance Languages



Item 1-2

Rooftree



BOX 7.

1.

Rooftree



FOLDER : 1.

Rooftree Notebook, Etc.



FOLDER : 2.

Ruin



FOLDER : 3.

Running Blow



FOLDER : 4.

Running Gag



FOLDER : 5.

Rutherford Shows



FOLDER : 6.

Scapegoat



FOLDER : 7.

Scenario



FOLDER : 8.

Sceptre of Equity



FOLDER : 9.

Scheme of Things



FOLDER : 10.

Seat of Violence



FOLDER : 11.

Second Child



FOLDER : 12.

Sedative



FOLDER : 13.

See You in the Funnies



FOLDER : 14.

Senior Skip



FOLDER : 15.

Settled Provision



FOLDER : 16.

Shabath



FOLDER : 17.

Shag Rock Bell



FOLDER : 18.

Shape of Fear



FOLDER : 19.

Shears



FOLDER : 20.

Sheener



FOLDER : 21.

Shoemaker's Wife



FOLDER : 22.

Shooting at the Moon



FOLDER : 23.

Silver Spoon



FOLDER : 24.

Silver Sword



FOLDER : 25.

Simpleton



FOLDER : 26.

Simpleton (Captain Harvey)



FOLDER : 27.

Simpleton (Fraternity [Village] Story)



FOLDER : 28.

Sir Oracle



FOLDER : 29.

Skins



FOLDER : 30.

Slowpoke



FOLDER : 31.

So My Luck Began



FOLDER : 32.

Solitude



FOLDER : 33.

Son of Anak



FOLDER : 34.

Sponge Count



FOLDER : 35.

Spring by the River



FOLDER : 36.

Spring Dwindling



FOLDER : 37.

Squealer



FOLDER : 38.

Staff and Stay



FOLDER : 39.

State Kid



FOLDER : 40.

Status Quo



FOLDER : 41.

Stave Stuff



FOLDER : 42.

Stay of Sentence



FOLDER : 43.

Steerageway



FOLDER : 44.

Strain at a Gnat



FOLDER : 45.

Strange Woman



FOLDER : 46.

Strength Discard



FOLDER : 47.

Stroke of Silence



FOLDER : 48.

Such Things Never Happen



FOLDER : 49.

Sudden Fear



FOLDER : 50.

Supervisor



FOLDER : 51.

Taming of Nips Blaas



FOLDER : 52.

Tangled Web



FOLDER : 53.

Tell it Not in Gath



FOLDER : 54.

Texas



FOLDER : 55.

Thanksgiving Snowshoes



FOLDER : 56.

Therwit Welding



FOLDER : 57.

Third Encounter



FOLDER : 58.

This Way, That Way



FOLDER : 59.

Three Shuttered Houses



FOLDER : 60.

Three Spectacles



FOLDER : 61.

Three Years After



FOLDER : 62.

Threefold Cord



FOLDER : 63.

Thrifty Stock



BOX 8.

FOLDER : 1.

Thunder Stroke



FOLDER : 2.

Thus Shall Israel Be Cleansed



FOLDER : 3.

Timeo Danas



FOLDER : 4.

Times Have Changed



FOLDER : 5.

Together



FOLDER : 6.

Touch



FOLDER : 7.

Treasure Trove



FOLDER : 8.

True Departure



FOLDER : 9.

Tup



FOLDER : 10.

Turn About



FOLDER : 11.

Two Numbers in a Hat



FOLDER : 12.

Ugly Little Thing



FOLDER : 13.

Ultra-artificial Bidding



FOLDER : 14.

Uncapapas Arrow



FOLDER : 15.

Up Rose Emily



FOLDER : 16.

Upon the Children



FOLDER : 17.

Use for Clods



FOLDER : 18.

Uses of Adversity



FOLDER : 19.

Uses of Inquiry



FOLDER : 20.

Valiant Trencherwoman (novel)



FOLDER : 21.

Valiant Trencherwoman (short story)



FOLDER : 22.

Valor



FOLDER : 23.

Very Practical Joke



FOLDER : 24.

Victory



FOLDER : 25.

Voice in the Night



FOLDER : 26.

Wampee



FOLDER : 27.

Wasted Life



FOLDER : 28.

Way of the Treacherous



FOLDER : 29.

Ways That Are Dark



FOLDER : 30.

Wayward Mouth



FOLDER : 31.

Wedding Guest



FOLDER : 32.

What a Hair Cut



FOLDER : 33.

What Color is That



FOLDER : 34.

Whenas in Silks



FOLDER : 35.

Whiteface



FOLDER : 36.

Wild as a Hawk



FOLDER : 37.

Wild Calf



FOLDER : 38.

Wild Goose Storm



FOLDER : 39.

Wild Ones



FOLDER : 40.

Windy Side of the Law



FOLDER : 41.

Wine of Violence



FOLDER : 42.

Wings of 'Lias



FOLDER : 43.

Wise Virgin



FOLDER : 44.

Witch Trot Pond



FOLDER : 45.

With Empty Hands



FOLDER : 46.

With Sod and Twig



FOLDER : 47.

Witnesses of Wickedness



FOLDER : 48.

Woman's Place



FOLDER : 49.

Wrathful Rebukes



FOLDER : 50.

Young Men Marred



Manuscripts of Published Novels



FOLDER : 51.

Charles Bismark Ames



1-2

Come Spring



BOX 9

1.

Come Spring



FOLDER : 1.

Come Spring Notebooks



FOLDER : 2.

Crucible



FOLDER : 3.

Death on Scurvy Street



FOLDER : 4-9

Diary from Dixie



BOX 10

FOLDER : 1-7

Diary from Dixie



FOLDER : 8.

Dreadful Night



FOLDER : 9.

End to Mirth



FOLDER : 10.

Fraternity Village



(2 reviews)



FOLDER : 11.

Great Oaks



1-2

Honeyflow



FOLDER : 12.

Honeyflow



FOLDER : 13.

Hostile Valley



BOX 11.

1-4

House Divided



FOLDER : 1-6

House Divided



BOX 12.

FOLDER : 1-18

House Divided



BOX 13.

FOLDER : 1-18

House Divided



BOX 14.

FOLDER : 1-18

House Divided



BOX 15.

FOLDER : 1-12

House Divided



FOLDER : 13.

House Divided: 5 Reviews, Etc.



FOLDER : 14.

House Divided Notebooks



FOLDER : 15.

Immortal Longings



BOX 16.

FOLDER : 1.

It's a Free Country



FOLDER : 2-6

Leave Her to Heaven



FOLDER : 7.

Money Musk



FOLDER : 8-17

Owen Glen



BOX 17.

FOLDER : 1-20

Owen Glen



BOX 18.

FOLDER : 1.

Owen Glen



FOLDER : 2.

Owen Glen Notebook, Etc.



FOLDER : 3.

Pascal's Mill



FOLDER : 4.

Pirate's Purchase



FOLDER : 5.

Rational Hind



FOLDER : 6.

Sangsue



FOLDER : 7.

Silver Forest



FOLDER : 8.

Small Town Girl



FOLDER : 9-18

Splendor



BOX 19.

FOLDER : 1.

Splendor



FOLDER : 2.

Splendor Notebooks



FOLDER : 3.

Strange Woman (fragments)



FOLDER : 4.

Strange Woman Notebook, Etc.



FOLDER : 5-30

Strumpet Sea



FOLDER : 31.

Strumpet Sea Notebook



BOX 20.

FOLDER : 1.

Thread of Scarlet Research



FOLDER : 2.

Thread of Scarlet Correspondence



FOLDER : 3.

Thread of Scarlet Notebooks



FOLDER : 4-6

Touchstone



1-4

Unconquered



BOX 21.

FOLDER : 1-18

Unconquered



BOX 22.

FOLDER : 1-19

Unconquered



BOX 23.

FOLDER : 1-19

Unconquered



BOX 24.

FOLDER : 1-19

Unconquered



BOX 25.

FOLDER : 1-8

Unconquered



FOLDER : 9.

Unconquered Supplementary Material



FOLDER : 10-15

Unconquered Research Correspondence



FOLDER : 16-17

Unconquered Research



FOLDER : 18.

Unconquered Library Exhibit, Etc.



FOLDER : 19.

Unconquered Notebooks



BOX 26.

FOLDER : 1-2

Unconquered



BOX 27.

BAW General Notebooks



FOLDER : 1.

Supplementary Material



Notebooks



1-34



OTHERTYPE : PORTFOLIO 1.

BAW Scrapbooks



OTHERTYPE : PORTFOLIO 2.

BAW Scrapbooks



OTHERTYPE : PORTFOLIO 3.

House Divided Maps, Etc.



OTHERTYPE : PORTFOLIO 4.

1.

Come Spring Maps



2.

World War I: Significant Dates



3.

BAW Genealogical Chart



4.

Owen Glen



OTHERTYPE : PORTFOLIO 5.

45 Maps (7 in Ms.) Used As Source Material For Novels