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COLLECTION Identifier: 79-M182--81-M157

Papers of Anna Wessels Williams, 1846-1954 (inclusive), 1884-1954 (bulk)


Manuscript and typescript drafts, correspondence, notes, etc., of Anna Wessels Williams, physician.


  • 1846-1954
  • Majority of material found within 1884-1954

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Anna Wessels Williams as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


3 linear feet ((3 cartons) 1 folio+ folder, 1 folio photograph folder)
The collection includes manuscript and typescript drafts, correspondence, notes, and some printed material used in compiling her unpublished autobiography; journal, 1884-1887; letters, including from her mother, c.1892; typescript and published research articles and short stories by Anna Wessels; photographs; certificates; and other material.

Folder headings in quotes are Williams's; others are by archivist, Katherine Kraft.


Dr. Anna Wessels Williams was Assistant Director of New York City's Department of Health Research Laboratory from 1895 to 1934. A citation awarded her by the Department read, in part:

"Your discovery of the Klebs-Loeffler bacillus number eight, your method for the rapid diagnosis of rabies, your contribution to the more accurate diagnosis of trachoma and your outstanding research with streptococci, alone place you among the most eminent pioneers of medical science and benefactors of mankind."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 79-M182, 81-M157

The papers of Dr. Anna Wessels Williams were given to the Schlesinger Library by Dr. Annis Thomson in July 1979.


  1. Carton 1: Autobiography, Chapters 1-22.
  2. Carton 2: Autobiography, Chapters 23-27, and unnumbered folders
  3. Carton 3: Unnumbered Folders
  4. Folio+ folder: certificate, 1883

Processing Information

Processed: October 1979

By: Katherine Kraft
Link to catalog
Williams, Anna Wessels, 1863-1954. Papers of Anna Wessels Williams, 1846-1954 (inclusive), 1884-1954 (bulk): A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America

Repository Details

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