Finding aid for the Watson Family Collection



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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
Watson family
Watson Family Collection
Date [inclusive]
General Physical Description note
1 box,(0.5 linear feet)
General Special Collections
Contains copies of correspondence, 1843-1912, of John Watson, a Texas businessman.

Preferred Citation

Watson Family Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Biographical Note

John Watson was apparently a Texas businessman. His son fought in or near Mississippi during the Civil War.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains copies of John Watson’s correspondences, 1843-1912, discussing, among other things, Texas Real Estate & Collecting Agency land leasing, corn deals, people on the land, fences, surveying, Mexican land grants declared void by Supreme Court. Some letters discuss Watson's son's Civil War service. Much of the collection discusses business and life in Texas.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries 28 June 2012

Access Restrictions

The Watson Family Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections staff. Finding aid encoded by Kathryn Michaelis, June 2012.

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Related Materials

Resources at the University of Mississippi

For more collections related to the Civil War, please see the Archives' Civil War Subject Guide.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Watson family


  • correspondence
  • photocopies

Geographic Name(s)

  • Texas -- Economic conditions -- 19th century
  • Texas -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865


  • Land use -- Texas

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Collection Inventory

Box 1: Copies of correspondence, 1843-1912