John Theophilus and Solomon Jeffrey Williamson graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1911. The brothers came from Wallingford, Jamaica. Solomon first appeared at the college during the 1903-04 academic year as a pupil in the Preparatory Department. John enrolled during the 1907-08 year as a freshman. Right after graduation, John would begin studies at the University of Chicago. However, by April of 1912 John began employment at the Tuskegee Institute. He remained an active alumni, becoming the class representative for 1911 graduates. Solomon was an active member of the college Y.M.C.A. as a student, holding the elected position of missionary. He also wrote articles and poetry that was published in the college newspaper The Index. Both brothers were members of the Sherwood Rhetorical Society as students. This collection includes many of the publications by and about the Williamson brothers.

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  • Sherwood Prizes in Declamation program, 1908 

    Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo College, 1908-06-15)
    In the 1908 Sherwood Prize Speaking contest, members of the Class of 1911 presented music and declamations. The speeches were recitations of well-known orators such as James G. Blaine's "The Death of Garfield," Henry W. ...
  • Our Alumni 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College Index, 1912-04)
    An article giving updates on alumni states "J.T. Williamson, '11, is teaching in Tuskegee Institute, Alabama."
  • Tuskegee Singers Please College Audience 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College Index, 1917-01-18)
    Two articles from the January 18, 1917 issue of The Index which mention 1911 graduate John T. Williamson and the Tuskegee Institute.
  • New Scholarship Honors 1911 Graduate 

    Allen, Susan W. (Kalamazoo College, 1991-01)
    An article in the Winter 1991 alumni magazine, The Kalamazoo College Quarterly, announces a new scholarship for African-American and Hispanic students. The John T. Williamson Scholarship at Kalamazoo College honors the ...
  • John T. Williamson Senior Biography 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College Index, 1911-06)
    The senior biography written about John T. Williamson, Class of 1911, in the senior issue of The Index.
  • Solomon J. Williamson Senior Biography 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College Index, 1911-06)
    The senior biography written about S.J. Williamson in the senior issue of the student newspaper The Index (June 1911).
  • The State Oratorical Contest 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College Index, 1910-04)
    On March 4, 1910, the Michigan Agricultural College hosted the state oratorical contest in which Solomon J. Williamson and Emily Carder competed for Kalamazoo College.
  • The Oratorical Contest 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College Index, 1910-02)
    A brief article about the winners of a local oratorical contest, originally published in the February 1910 issue of The Index. The winner of the men's contest was Solomon J. Williamson, who spoke on the topic of "The ...
  • Autumn 

    Williamson, Solomon Jeffrey (Kalamazoo College Index, 1909-11)
    Originally published in the November 1909 issue of The Index, this poem was written by Solomon J. Williamson, Class of 1911.
  • The Reprieve 

    Williamson, Solomon Jeffrey (Kalamazoo College Index, 1909-05)
    "The Reprieve" is a short story about a girl from Ohio during the Civil War who travels to Washington, D.C. to meet President Lincoln and seek a reprieve for a soldier. It was written by S.J. Williamson, Class of 1911, ...
  • The Awakening: A Reminiscence 

    Williamson, Solomon Jeffrey (Kalamazoo College Index, 1909-02)
    The poem "The Awakening: A Reminiscence" was written by S.J. Williamson, Class of 1911, and originally published in the February 1909 issue of The Index.
  • In Answer to Oediupus 

    Williamson, Solomon Jeffrey (Kalamazoo College Index, 1908-04)
    This short poem "In Answer to Oedipus" was written by 1911 graduate S.J. Williamson. It was originally published in the April 1908 issue of the student newspaper The Index.
  • To Autumn 

    Williamson, Solomon Jeffrey (Kalamazoo College Index, 1907-10)
    This poem titled "To Autumn" was written by S.J. Williamson, Class of 1911 and published in the October 1907 issue of the student newspaper.
  • Lux e Tenebris 

    Williamson, Solomon Jeffrey (Kalamazoo College Index, 1907-05)
    The poem "Lux e Tenebris" written by S.J. Williamson, Class of 1911, is about a mariner. The title translates to "Light out of Darkness." It was originally published in the May 1907 issue of The Index, the college's ...
  • Miguel's Christmas Gift 

    Williamson, Solomon Jeffrey (Kalamazoo College Index, 1906-12)
    Written by S.J. Williamson, Class of 1911, this short story is about a young man named Miguel who left Spain for Costa Rica. It was originally publised in the December 1906 issue of the student newspaper, The Index.
  • A Glance at Costa Rica 

    Williamson, Solomon Jeffrey (Kalamazoo College Index, 1904-11)
    The article "A Glance at Costa Rica" was originally published in the in the November 1904 issue of the Kalamazoo College student newspaper The Index. The author S.J. Williamson graduated in 1911; he was originally from ...