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Accession 157

Inclusive Dates

1776- (1947-1977)


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

20,000 pieces, 10.00 linear feet



Historical Note

Dr. Miriam Williford (1926-1998) was a 1945 graduate of Winthrop College. She taught Social Studies at Winthrop Training School 1947-1963. After earning her Ph.D. at Tulane in Latin American History in 1963, Williford became Winthrop professor of History (1963-1973), Director of Public Services Joynes Center for Continuing Education (1973-1977) and Winthrop Dean of Continuing Education (1977-1978). She left Winthrop in 1978 to become Program Director for the Tinker Foundation in New York (1978-1979). In 1979 she was appointed Associate Provost for Continuing Education and Public Service at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. A post she held until her retirement in 1995. She was a Latin American Scholar, whose main area of scholarship was Jeremy Bentham, a prominent Englishman and philosopher, and his interest in Latin America. Dr. Williford passed away in 1998 in Arizona.

Scope and Content Note

The Miriam Williford Papers consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, lecture and teaching materials, research notes, professional files, rough notes and drafts of publications, copies of historical manuscripts from other repositories, and other Papers, The collection pertains to Willifords’ teaching and publishing activities, and to her involvement with professional organizations and seminars such as the Latin American Studies Association (1975). Her research files include extensive material on Jeremy Bentham and his interest in Latin America, and includes correspondence with Simon Bolivar and other leaders of Latin American independence; papers on the administration of Mariano Galvez, Chief of State of Guatemala from 1837-1838, including a complete file of Boletin, the official government newspaper; and material on liberalism in Latin America from 1820-1840.

Additional Notes

Transfer of items: for a complete list of items transferred see the collection control file on Dr. Williford.


The papers of Dr. Miriam Williford, educator and Latin American scholar, were given to the Archives on January 12, 1979 by Dr. Williford.


Women, Women in Higher Education, Winthrop, Winthrop Training School, Latin American History, Continuing Education, Jeremy Bentham, Latin American History


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Miriam Williford Papers - Accession 157

LC Subject Headings

Williford, Miriam, 1926-1998--Archives; Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women--Alumni and alumnae; Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women--Faculty; Winthrop College--Employees; Women deans (Education)--South Carolina--Rock Hill; Latin American Studies Association; Bentham, Jeremy, 1748-1832; Gálvez, Mariano, 1794-1862; Bolívar, Simón, 1783-1830--Correspondence; Liberalism--Latin America--History--19th century; History--Study and teaching; Latin America--Study and teaching; Latin America--History; Latin America--Historiography