William Wayne Williamson papers
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William Wayne Williamson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Williamson, William Wayne, 1854-1931.
Title: William Wayne Williamson papers
Dates: 1834-1930
Extent: 2.7 cubic feet (5 boxes, 2 folders)
Identification: MS 1280

Biographical/Historical Note

William Wayne Williamson (1854-1931) was very active in civic, business, and military affairs in Savannah, Georgia. He worked as a shipping agent for Wilder and Company and then was a partner in Williamson and Rauers Company. Williamson also served as president of the Chamber of Commerce (1906-1911) and president of the Cotton Exchange.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the research and business records for William Wayne Williamson (1854-1931). Included in the collection are letters, letter books, account books, genealogy research notes, and business records. The genealogy research notes cover families that Williamson was related to and include information on the Clifford, Gordon, Hayne, Hext, Smith, Wayne, and Williamson families. The business records include account books, letter books, and copies of letters from Williamson's business, Williamson and Rauers Company, and from Williamson's tenure as president of the Savannah, Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Index Terms

Account books.
Business enterprises--Georgia--Savannah.
Genealogies (histories)
Letter books.
Letters (correspondence)
Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.
Williamson, William Wayne, 1854-1931.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], William Wayne Williamson papers, MS 1280, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of George P. Belcher, 1957 (genealogical materials); Stephens Shipping Company and Terminals, 1971, (business papers).


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List





111-25Correspondence, 1834-1930
Correspondents include Jacob Read, John P. Williamson, Legan Colcock, Archibald Smith, M. C. Elliott, Caro. A. Lamar, Estelle Morris Carnochan, Mrs. Beckwith, J. S. Wagner, D. E. Huger, Thomas F. Screven, Susan Williamson Smith, A. S. Salley, Jr., Thomas della Torre, R. Barnett Barker, Joseph B. Duckworth, Edwin J. Sellers, Wayne Parker, Nelly Beckwith Fox, and Madeline Beckwith.
226-50Genealogy notes with descriptions on how each is connected to the Williamson family
Family names include Clifford, Gordon, Hayne, Hext, Smith, Wayne, and Williamson. Also includes "List of American Genealogies" pamphlet and Wayne family coat of arms and seal.
Preliminary, undated manuscript outlining genealogies for the Wayne, Gordon, McQueen, Smith, and Williamson families. Also final draft of genealogies for the Wayne, Gordon, McQueen, and Williamson families. Savannah, Georgia, November 14, 1876.
4-1453-180Business correspondence and other papers of Williamson and Rauers Company, Savannah, Georgia, 1904-1913
Primarily carbon copies and pertain to the storage, shipping, and prices of cotton.




215-24181-499Correspondence and other papers from William Wayne Williamson's tenure as president of the Savannah, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, 1902-1911
Additionally there are three photographs of Williamson and one of R. J. Taylor and two additional photos of Magnolia Gardens near Charleston, South Carolina.



3-5500Letter book, 1885-1889
501Letter book, 1894-1896
502Letter book, 1909-1911
503Letter book, 1911-1914
504Account book, 1905-1912
505Invoice book, 1901-1903
506 The Water Supply of Savannah, Georgia by R. B. Dole, U. S. Geological Survey, 1915 December 30
507Rowlett's "Table of Discount on Interest", 1836
Owned by John R. Wilder.
508Letter book and code book, 1899
Belonged to Wilder and Company.


1Miscellaneous business papers and forms relating to the businesses that dealt with Williamson and Rauers



2562-564"Arbitraries beyond Hamburg, Germany", 1901 June 30 ( 11.0 oversized pages. )
"Quotations from Wilder" Undated. 2 p. Wilder's "Shall We Buy; Receipts and remarks about the crop." Price table for cotton and shipping.