Clarke Benedict Williams was a professor of mathematics as well as a dean at Kalamazoo College between 1894 and 1923. While travelling abroad, Prof. Williams and his wife fell victim to the great earthquake of 1923 that hit Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan on September 1, 1923. This collection includes the last letters he and his wife sent home.

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  • Letter from C.B. Williams to President Stetson 

    Williams, Clarke Benedict (1923-08-27)
    Professor C.B. Williams writes to retired Kalamazoo College president Herbert Lee Stetson about travel conditions on the S.S. President Lincoln. He focuses on the typhoon they sailed through but also mentions other travelers ...
  • Letter from Hittie Williams to her daughter 

    Williams, Hittie (1923-08-26)
    Hittie Williams, the wife of Prof. C.B. Williams, writes to her daughter Elisabeth about the typhoon and other passengers on the ship as they sail from Hawaii to Japan in August of 1923.
  • Letter from C.B. Williams to his brother 

    Williams, Clarke Benedict (1923-08-23)
    Clarke Benedict Williams writes to his brother Frank and sister-in-law Mary about his time in Hawaii and the typhoon he and his wife Hittie sailed through en route to Japan. The former student that Prof. Williams met with ...
  • Letter from C.B. Williams to his daughter 

    Williams, Clarke Benedict (1923-08-22)
    Clarke Benedict Williams describes sailing through a typhoon after leaving the Hawaiian Islands en route to Japan.
  • Clarke Benedict Williams Resume 

    Williams, Clarke Benedict (1922-12)
    A resume written by Prof. Clarke Benedict Williams with details on education, teaching, membership in societies and local clubs, family, travel, and writing.
  • Clarke Benedict Williams 

    Austin, G.W. (c. 1900)
    A portrait of Clarke B. Williams, professor of Mathematics, c. 1900.
  • Clarke Benedict Williams 

    Johnson, Paul N. (1910)
    Prof. Clarke B. Williams with his daugher Elizabeth in their own backyard at 214 Stuart Ave.
  • Clarke Benedict Williams 

    Unknown author (c. 1916)
    Clarke B. Williams was a professor of mathematics at Kalamazoo College from 1894 to 1923. He also served as a Dean beginning in 1913. Williams was nicknamed "Tuffy" by his students. In 1923, he and his wife died in an ...