James, Janet Wilson
- Barbara Sicherman
James, Janet Wilson (23 December 1918–10 June 1987), historian, was born in New York City, the daughter of Willard Oliver Wilson, an automobile executive, and Helen Augusta Peters. The family moved several times in and around New York before relocating to Dallas, Texas, in 1928. These early upheavals and a traumatic relationship with her mother shadowed her childhood; she found sustenance in a close and protective relationship with her much younger sister, Lucy. After completing her secondary education at the Hockaday School in 1935, Janet joined her parents in New York, where Willard Wilson, who had lost his job due to the depression, found employment with the Chrysler corporation....