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Helen Avery Williams papers concerning anti-Communist organizations

Identifier: MS0207

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised primarily of publications produced by conservative, anti-communist organizations. Includes material by and about longtime FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, the John Birch Society, the National Council of Churches of Christ, and labor organizer Walter Reuther.


  • 1949 - 1983
  • 1953 - 1970


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Helen Avery Williams (Mrs. McChord Williams) was born 11 November 1912 and passed away 30 September 2012. She was the eldest of eight children born to Alma and Herbert Avery. Mrs. Williams attended Boston College and graduated from Iowa State University, where she was a proud member of Alpha Delta Phi. In 1941 she married Dr. McChord Williams, MD. The couple made their home in Charlotte, NC where he practiced surgery for 35 years. She often remarked that her priorities were the Lord Jesus, her family and her community. She was active in the Mecklenburg Medical Society Alliance, The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Guild, of which she was a president, The Charlotte YWCA, of which she was a president, The Spectator Book Club, The Cranford Book Club and many others. She was also an active member of Myers Park Methodist church and a volunteer chaplain at Douglas Municipal Airport. She was also a member of both the DAR and The Society of Mayflower Descendents.


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Primarily booklets, flyers, and pamphlets produced by conservative, anti-communist organizations collected by Helen Avery Williams (Mrs. McChord WIlliams). Includes material by and about J. Edgar Hoover, the John Birch Society, the National Council of Churches, Walter Reuther, and Christmas card from Herbert A. Philbrick.


Collection is divided into the following series: 1. Subject Files (1949-1983); 2. Newsletters and Periodicals (1961-1983).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Mrs. McChord Williams, 1993-94.

Related Materials

American New Left Collection (Mss 68). Hugh Joseph Beard Papers (Mss 161).

Processing Information

Previously named Mrs. McChord Williams Collection.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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Charlotte 28223 United Stated

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