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Accession 1225

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

Collection Size

1000 pieces, .50 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 relate to Dr. Miriam Williford’s personal and professional life. Dr. Williford (1926-1998) was a native of Rock Hill and was a student, professor, and administrator at Winthrop College for 40 years. Her papers include information concerning biographical data, correspondence, academic papers, publications and presentations, newspaper articles, photographs, and her personal interests. Dr. Williford’s areas of interest were in philosophies of Jeremy Bentham and Latin American History. Also consult Accession 157 for more information concerning Dr. Miriam Williford.


The papers of Miriam Williford, author and former history professor and Dean of Joynes Center for Continuing Education at Winthrop College, were donated to the Archives on October 27, 2005 and April 11, 2007 via Paula Treder, Personal Representative, Miriam Williford Estate.


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Miriam Williford Papers - Accession 1225

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; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill--Alumni and alumnae; Tulane University--Alumni and alumnae; Bentham, Jeremy, 1748-1832; History--Study and teaching; Latin America--Study and teaching; Latin America--History