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George Charles Williamson papers

Collection MS-1986-101: George Charles Williamson papers


  • Creation: 1921-1937, undated

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a scrapbook about George Charles Williamson's 1923 book Curious Survivals: Habits and Customs of the Past that Still Live in the Present that contains clippings, letters, photographs, and notes. It also includes loose correspondence, clippings, notes, and pages removed from a published version of the book.


Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical note

George Charles Williamson was a journalist, author, historian, and convert to Catholicism, as well as an authority on archaeology and British culture. Born in Guildford, England in 1858, he was educated at London University. He married Louisa May Lethbrige in 1883 and the couple had three children. Early in his literary career, Williamson worked as a journalist, writing on local archeology and coin collecting. Williamson traveled in Europe extensively in search of writing material on archeological and artistic subjects. An avid collector of miniatures and portraits, he was declared a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and held memberships in the Royal Society of Literature and the Zoological Society.

Williamson wrote extensively on British art, culture, archeology, literature, and collectibles. Some of his works include: Trader’s Tokens (1889), Perugino (1900), Fra Angelo (1901), Raphael (1901), The History of Portrait Miniatures (1904), Life of Milton (1905), The Cities of Northern Italy (1906), Catalogue of the Pierpont Morgan Collection of Miniatures (1906), Curious Survivals (1923) and The Book of Ivory (1938).

Williamson died in 1942.


Catholic Authors: Contemporary Biographical Sketches. Volume I: 1930-1947. Ed. Mathew Hoehn. Newark, NJ: St. Mary’s Abbey, 1948.


1.75 Linear Feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of a scrapbook of clippings, photographs, and correspondence relating to British author George Charles Williamson's 1923 book Curious Survivals: Habits and Customs of the Past that Still Live in the Present, about Victorian social practices in twentieth-century England.


Because the current accessioning system was not used until January 1986, it is not possible to know exactly the dates of acquisition of materials received before that time.

Processing Information

Loose materials found in the scrapbook have been housed in Box 2.

George Charles Williamson Papers
1921-1937, undated
Dana Lawton, 2005; Revised by Mark Clemente and Sarah Hills, 2012; Ray Hartley
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States