W. B. “Pat” Watson Collection
Collection — Multiple Containers
The W. B. “Pat” Watson Collection consists of a variety of materials relating to East Tennessee, personal interests, and the Watson family. The collection also includes a significant number of documents from James F. Beals, Watson’s maternal grandfather, who lived in Blount County, Tennessee. Beals served as administrator of several estates in Blount County during the nineteenth century, and estate settlements and legal obligations are documented in the collection. Postcards, photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, financial and legal documents, pamphlets, and memorabilia document education and business development in Johnson City and the surrounding region during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection spans from 1783 through 1988.
- Watson, Wolford B. "Pat" (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The papers are open for research.
2.50 linear feet (6 boxes, 3 oversized folders)
The collection is arranged in the following series: Series 1, Maps, 1863-1988; Series 2, Printed Materials and Memorabilia, 1860-1958; Series 3, Legal and Financial Papers, 1783-1965; and Series 4, Photographs and Postcards, 1903-1980s.
Method of Acquisition
Herstyn Watson of Gadsen, Alabama, donated the W. B. “Pat” Watson Collection to the Archives of Appalachia on October 13, 1994, March 3, 1995, and May 9, 1996.
Norma Myers processed the collection in 2001.
- Beals, James F.
- Asheville (N.C.)
- Bayless family
- Beals family
- Bristol (Tenn.)
- Chattanooga (Tenn.)
- East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad
- Farm equipment
- Friendsville (Tenn.)
- Friendsville Academy
- Knoxville (Tenn.)
- Ledgers (account books)
- Personal papers
- Publications (document genre)
- Southwest Virginia
- Western North Carolina
- Norma Myers
- Language of description