Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society
Exhibits
A.A. Sommer, Jr. and Harold Williams, November 1977

RETROSEPCTIVE: HAROLD M. WILLIAMS

Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission April 18, 1977 - March 1, 1981

"As each of us - securities professionals, corporate executives, investors, government regulators, and private citizens - struggles with the challenges facing the securities industry, it is key that we bear in mind the role which those markets play as an element in our overall social fabric. In our economy, the securities markets serve as the vehicle through which capital is channeled from private hands into what are, ultimately, national priorities - the creation of jobs, the provision of equipment and facilities necessary to produce the goods and services which define our standard of living, and the assurance of economic security for our citizens. In that sense, it is not an overstatement to say that the securities markets are at the heart of our society."

- Harold M. Williams (Address to the Securities Industry Association, December 1, 1977)


Highlights from the Museum and Archive

There are close to two hundred items in the museum directly related to the tenure of Harold Williams, Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission between April 1977 and March 1981. Below, you can listen to Chairman Williams' personal oral history interview from January 2006. You will also find photos, speeches, and letters, all of which provide a window into his governance and regulatory philosophy and priorities, and the economic and political climate of the time. Dozens of additional items that shed light on his chairmanship may be found in the museum with a simple name search.

Oral Histories

19 January 2006

Harold Williams

Papers

March 29, 1977
image pdf (Courtesy of the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum)
April 16, 1977
transcript pdf (Courtesy of the estate of John R. Evans; made possible through a gift from Quinton F. Seamons)
April 21, 1977
transcript pdf (Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration)
December 1, 1977
transcript pdf (Courtesy of the estate of John R. Evans; made possible through a gift from Quinton F. Seamons)
December 13, 1977
transcript pdf (Courtesy of the estate of John R. Evans; made possible through a gift from Quinton F. Seamons)
December 15, 1977
transcript pdf (Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration)
January 28, 1978
transcript pdf (Courtesy of the estate of John R. Evans; made possible through a gift from Quinton F. Seamons)
May 1, 1978
image pdf (Courtesy of the estate of John R. Evans; made possible through a gift from Quinton F. Seamons)
May 17, 1978
transcript pdf (Courtesy of the estate of John R. Evans; made possible through a gift from Quinton F. Seamons)
June 1, 1978
transcript pdf (Courtesy of the estate of John R. Evans; made possible through a gift from Quinton F. Seamons)
June 15, 1978
image pdf (Courtesy of the estate of John R. Evans; made possible through a gift from Quinton F. Seamons)
June 19, 1978
image pdf (Government Records)
June 22, 1978
image pdf (Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration)
June 23, 1978
image pdf (Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration)
August 8, 1978
image pdf (Government Records)
November 22, 1978
transcript pdf (Courtesy of the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum)
January 15, 1979
transcript pdf (Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration)
January 18, 1979
image pdf (Government Records)
March 2, 1979
document pdf (Courtesy of Theodore A. Levine)
April 23, 1979
image pdf (Government Records)
June 19, 1979
image pdf (Government Records)
August 14, 1979
transcript pdf (Courtesy of the estate of John R. Evans)
October 4, 1979
image pdf (Government Records)
October 9, 1979
transcript pdf (Courtesy of the estate of John R. Evans)
October 14, 1979
image pdf (Government Records)
October 24, 1979
image pdf (Government Records)
November 7, 1979
image pdf (Government Records)
November 30, 1979
image pdf (Government Records)
January 24, 1980
image pdf (Government Records)
March 17, 1980
image pdf (Government Records)
April 22, 1980
image pdf (Government Records)
May 14, 1980
image pdf (Government Records)
May 28, 1980
transcript pdf (Courtesy of the estate of John R. Evans)
June 5, 1980
image pdf (Government Records)
September 16, 1980
image pdf (Government Records)
October 5, 1980
image pdf (Government Records)
October 31, 1980
image pdf (Government Records)
November 21, 1980
image pdf (Government Records)
December 4,1980
image pdf (Government Records)
December 31, 1980
transcript pdf (Courtesy of the estate of John R. Evans; made possible through a gift from Quinton F. Seamons)
January 13, 1981
image pdf (Courtesy of the estate of John R. Evans; made possible through a gift from Quinton F. Seamons)
January 22, 1981
image pdf (Government Records)

Photos

1977

Irving M. Pollack, Philip A. Loomis, Jr. Harold M. Williams, John R. Evans and Roberta S. Karmel

November 1977

(standing, left to right) Mary "Mickey" Beach, Philip A. Loomis, Jr., John R. Evans, Robert Karmel and Harold Williams; (seated) Alan Levenson, (unidentified), A.A. Sommer, Jr., (unidentified) and John "Sandy" Burton

November 1977

Philip A. Loomis, Jr., Harold M. Williams, John R. Evans and Irving M. Pollack

1979

Roberta S. Karmel, Harold M. Williams, Philip A. Loomis, Jr., Irving M. Pollack and John R. Evans

Late 1970s

John R. Evans (second from right); Richard H. Rowe (second from left); Harold M. Williams (center)

(Courtesy of Richard Rowe )
1979

Roberta S. Karmel, Philip A. Loomis, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, John R. Evans, Harold M. Williams and Irving M. Pollack

(Courtesy of Roberta Karmel )
June 9, 1980

Irving M. Pollack, Philip A. Loomis, Jr., Harold M. Williams, John R. Evans and Stephen J. Friedman

1981
(Courtesy of Charles Leber )
January 1981

Stephen J. Friedman, Philip A. Loomis, Jr. Harold M. Williams, John R. Evans and Barbara S. Thomas

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