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J. Scott Williams collection

 Collection — Folder: S3171
Identifier: S3171

Scope and Contents

This collection includes papers and correspondence from J. Scott Williams regarding his career as an artist in the creation and installation of murals and stained glass windows inside public and private buildings. Collection materials were created in New York and Indianapolis from 1959 to 1966. Correspondence includes instructions on cleaning the existing murals in the Indiana State Library and the potential project of a stained glass window depicting Abraham Lincoln. Additional papers include notes on Williams' career and information about the leaded glass in Fendrick's Terminal Restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana.


  • 1959-1966


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

John Scott Williams was born in Everton, Liverpool, England on August 18, 1877 to Richard and Mary J. Williams. He came to the United States in 1885 and studied nights at the Art Institute of Chicago. He was a photographic retoucher and commercial artist while attending school and went on to illustrate for the New York Herald Tribune from 1927-1934, the Saturday Evening Post, Redbook, Collier's, and Ladies' Home Journal. In 1906 he married Clara Elsene Peck and they had two children together, Ayvard and Conway. Clara was an American illustrator and painter known for her women and children illustrations during the early 20th century. Peck and Williams shared similar styles and collaborated often. In 1930, Williams and Peck divorced. Williams went on to marry Mina Van Bott on June 30, 1930 in Leonia, New Jersey.

Williams maintained a studio in Greenwich Village. He also served as head of the fine arts department at Wyoming State University from 1948-1952. He organized the American Artists' Professional League and served as president from 1955-1957. His major works include the stained glass windows and murals of the Indiana State Library and Historical Building in Indianapolis, Indiana; stained glass windows for the library of the University of Illinois in 1925; stained glass windows for the King Memorial Main Reading Room and the Gilman Memorial at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Williams died in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in November 1975.


Hudson River Valley Heritage Historical Newspaper Project:

National Academy Museum: Artists and Architects database: collections/artists/detail/614/.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digitized materials from the collection are available online in the ISL Digital Collections (

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L570: Indiana State Library collection, 1841-2014

L611: Edward D. Pierre collection, 1925-1962

L624: J. Scott Williams drawings, circa 1930-1934

S1425: J. Scott Williams correspondence, 1932-1934

OBC070: J. Scott Williams, Abraham Lincoln commemoration drawing, circa 1930s

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2019/08/28 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.