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Photographs of Charles Williams and papers of his sister Edith M. Williams


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Photographs of author Charles Williams and correspondence and photographs of his sister Edith Wiliams.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1887-1976


0.18 Linear metres (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 8329, fol. 1].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Eng. c. 8329, MS. Photogr. c. 554, MS. Photogr. e. 71.

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11435


Photographs of Inkling writer Charles Williams together with correspondence of his sister Edith Williams with her friend Alan Denson.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Walter Stansby Williams (1886-1945) attended St Albans School followed by the University of London in 1901, but a lack of funding limited his studies to two years. Subsequently, he found work in the Methodist Book Room. In 1908, he gained a post as a reader at Oxford University Press in Amen House, where he would later write play scripts for his colleagues.

Inspired by Dante, and with an interest in the church, Williams wrote several spiritually-themed novels, and Arthurian poetry based on the idea of romantic love as a way to God; a love he experienced in his marriage to Florence Sarah (Michal) Conway. They had one son, Michael Stansby Williams, in 1922.

Charles Williams gained the friendship of C.S. Lewis in 1936 after exchanging letters of mutual respect for each other's writings. Consequently, when Williams moved to Oxford with the University Press upon the outbreak of the Second World War, he was invited to join the 'Inklings': a literary discussion group including Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

While in Oxford, Williams took up tutoring and lectured for the English Faculty, earning him an honourary MA in 1943. Williams remained in Oxford until his death in 1945. His prolific writing career also included religious services, theology, literary criticism, biography, and theatre.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, 2014.

Related Materials

There are numerous collections of Charles Williams-related papers in the Bodleian, see for example: Manuscripts and papers of Charles Williams (MS. 16125/1-6); Correspondence between Charles Williams and Phyllis Jones (MSS. 22198/1-5); Literary papers of Charles Williams (MS. 16123/1-8).

Catalogue of photographs of Charles Williams and papers of Edith M. Williams
Original catalogue by Judith Priestman; EAD version 2024 by Charlotte McKillop-Mash.
EAD version 2024
Language of description
Script of description
Catalogued with the generous support of the Roy Davids bequest
Edition statement
First edition

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom