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.
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.