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George Williamson personal archive


  • circa 1903-1921


Language of collection


Collection Access

The George Williamson personal archive is open for research use.

Biographical note

George Williamson, lawyer, was born in London on September 26, 1883, to Charles James and Martha Lauretta (Long) Williamson. He prepared for college at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire and received his Harvard AB in 1905. Following graduation, Williamson attended Oxford University as a member of Christ Church where he remained for only a short time before entering London’s Inner Temple to study law. While in England, he joined the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. Williamson passed the bar in January 1910. Later that year he married Hilda Isabel Gordon of Montreal; they had one daughter, Hazel. Following his marriage, Williamson began working in a Montreal law firm. At the outbreak of World War I, he rejoined his regiment in England. Williamson was wounded in battle on November 8, 1914, and died on November 12. He was the first Harvard graduate to die in the war.

Acquisition note

Received 10/22/2011 from Erle Randall, great nephew of George Williamson.

Related archival materials

The Harvard University Archives also holds the archive of the Harvard College class of 1905 (HUD 305.xx).


George Williamson, a member of the Harvard College Class of 1905, was the first Harvard alumnus to die while serving in the First World War. The collection consists of letters Williamson wrote while a Harvard undergraduate, military medals awarded to him, and letters documenting his wartime service.

Processing note

This collection was processed in 2012 by Juliana Kuipers. Processing involved a collection survey, re-housing in appropriate archival folders and boxes, and the creation of this finding aid. All titles were devised by the archivist.

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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