The George Williams' wax cylinder shipping container lid, 1894
- The George Williams' wax cylinder shipping container lid, 1894
This is a digital photograph of the George william's wax cylinder shipping container lid. YMCA founder George Williams recorded a message to the students of the International YMCA Training School, now Springfield College, at the Edison Laboratories office in London, England in 1894. He then had the cylinder, or record as they were called, shipped to Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. The message was played at the school's Jubilee (50th) Anniversary celebrations of the founding of the YMCA. The lid contains the school address and the return address of the Edison Laboratories in London.
- Springfield College
- Abel, Charles
- Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
- Collection (local):
College Archives Digital Collections
George Williams Papers
International Young Men's Christian Association Training School (Springfield, Mass.)
International Young Men's Christian Association
Young Men's Christian Association of North America
Williams, George, Sir, 1821-1905
National Phonograph Company
Thomas A. Edison, Inc
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Raised in the rural countryside of England, George Williams was drawn to London as a young man during the Industrial Revolution. He worked long hours in a city store, living in small, crowded rooms in the same building. The moral conditions of the inner city were incompatible with Williams’ evangelical Christian outlook. He organized a series of prayer meetings and Bible classes for 11 of his colleagues. These simple meetings formed the basis of the Young Men’s Christian Association. Williams grew to be a prominent businessman in London. He maintained a lifelong affiliation with the rapidly-spreading association, providing influence and financial support. In recognition of his contribution to English society and the world, Williams was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1894. After his death in 1905, he was commemorated by a stained-glass window in the nave of Westminster Abbey. Sir George Williams is buried in St. Paul's Cathedral.