Ephraim Williams's Signature
About this Exhibition
Select an area of Ephraim Jr.'s life to learn more.
Bloody Morning Scout
Free School
An Officer

"The Life of Ephraim Williams, Jr." was developed and installed by Sylvia Kennick Brown, College Archivist, in 1993 in celebration of the College's bicentennial. In addition to presenting some of the College's finest documentation of its founder's life, the exhibition received on loan several seminal items from the New York Historical Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Chapin Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts, and the Hampshire County, Mass. Probate Court. (Most of these pieces are not pictured in this on-line exhibition.)

To facilitate understanding of Ephraim Jr.'s sometimes confusing life, the exhibition was organized into segments that discussed facets of his life: his interest in real estate and land development (Land), his intellectual life (Books), his life as an officer and his tenure at Fort Massachusetts (Officer), his and his family's involvement in Stockbridge, Mass. (Stockbridge), the unfolding of the Crown Point campaign (War), the ambush in which he lost his life (Bloody Morning Scout), and the interpretation of his will (Free School).

Period documents received in most cases only minor editing when transcribed for the exhibition. Researchers are urged, however, to consult originals if they wish to pursue any line of inquiry.