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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA Williams WS
WILLIAMS, William Samuel (fl 1895-1938)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume and 1 file


Name of creator(s)

Williams, William Samuel, fl 1895-1938, author

Administrative / Biographical history

London Diocesan Reader, from 1898; member of the Central Readers' Board, from [1912]; Honorary Secretary to the Readers' Board for the Diocese of London, from 1912. Publications: A Brief History of Readers and their Work in the Diocese of London, 1866-1926 (The Author, London, 1927); A History of the Reader Movement- "Lay Readers" in the Church of England (Parrett & Neves, Chatham, 1932); The Glorious Ministry of the Laity, in the early days of the Christian Church (Parrett & Neves, Chatham, 1936); The History of Acolytes and Servers and of what they have done for the Church down the centuries (Parrett & Neves, Chatham, 1938).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from the Library of King's College London.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of William Samuel Williams, 1934, comprising a copy of his book The Case for the Lay Ministry of the Church of England: readers, evangelists and parish clerks, etc (Parrett & Neves, Chatham, 1934); papers originally enclosed in the book, 1934, comprising reviews from the Church Times , copy memoranda from Williams and others relating to the office of Reader, papers and correspondence relating to the Church Assembly Lay Readers Group.

System of arrangement

1 file, 1 volume.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Collection level description available in hard copy in the reading room of King's College London Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: British Library Public Catalogue; The Case for the Lay Ministry of the Church of England: readers, evangelists and parish clerks, etc William Samuel Williams (Parrett & Neves, Chatham, 1934); King's College London, Manuscripts and Private Papers, A Select Guide. Compiled by Julie Tancell for the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

January 2001

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  • Anglican clergy
  • Anglicans
  • Christians
  • Church
  • Clergy
  • Protestants
  • Religious groups
  • Religious institutions

Personal names

  • Williams, William Samuel, fl 1895-1938, Author

Corporate names

  • Church Assembly Lay Readers Group
  • King's College London College Archives

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