The Ulysses S. Grant Association, housed at Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library, has received a generous gift from retired Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice and long-time president of the Grant Association Frank J. Williams and his wife, Virginia.
The donation, in its initial phase, consists of thirty framed prints of Ulysses S. Grant dating back into the 19th century. Included are rare imprints showing the former general and president in a variety of poses and also include scenes of his birthplace and likenesses of his military colleagues in the Civil War. Especially noteworthy is a rare copy of a massive book of photographs of Grant’s funeral, entitled “Seven Mile Funeral Cortege,” attached to an even rarer brass holder. The holder and book were placed for viewing in the parlors of elite late 19th- and early 20th-century Americans.
MSU President Mark E. Keenum (right) poses for a photograph with MSU Provost and Executive Vice-President Jerry Gilbert (center) and Ulysses S. Grant Association Executive Director John Marszalek. Dr. Marszalek holds one of the Grant prints that is new to the illustrious collection.
Justice and Mrs. Williams are noted collectors, and they recently acquired this Collection from Grant image expert Jim Bultema of Arizona, the treasurer of the Grant Association. The material, entitled “Bultema-Williams Collection of Ulysses S. Grant Photographs and Prints from the Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana,” will become part of the permanent collection of the MSU Libraries’ Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Collection.
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