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Watson, William H., Papers

 Collection — Container: M1979-07
Identifier: M1979-07

Scope and Contents

The major portion of the papers were from the files of William H. Watson, senior member of the Pensacola law firm of Watson & Pasco, and its successors. Mr. Watson was born in Walton County, Florida, February 22, 1876. He read for the law and was admitted to the bar in 1897. Samuel Pasco (1878- ), Clarence J. Brown (1890- ), Samuel Pasco, Jr.(1909- ), and James Baker Watson (1909-1976) also served at various time with the firm.

The William H. Watson Paper (Group II) consist of personal (incoming) correspondence of WHW with emphasis on the period 1918-1948, thereafter, the files consist primarily of legal correspondence of the firm with occasional personal papers, ca. 1947-1960 were extensively culled. Only major correspondence, abstracts of land titles and other documentswere preserved.

The collection now represents the work of one of Pensacola's major law firms in the era between World Wars I and II. Included are a wide variety of papers reflecting the business, economic, historical, genealogical and political interests of the founder and senior member, William H. Watson.

The gift also included a large number of law books, Florida documents and general works which were cataloged either for the circulating collection or the Rare Book Room.


  • created: 1918-1960
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1976


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers, dependent on our compliance with U.S. Copyright Law, HIPPA requirements, donor agreements and other applicable state and federal statutes. Occasionally we may need to review a collection before permitting immediate access.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital photography, scanning, and photocopying of materials is prohibited. Permission may be granted by the Special Collections Librarian for such reprography dependent on issues of copyright, ownership, condition, donor agreements, etc. In general, staff do not make reproductions of copyright materials or materials for which title is not owned by the institution. Recent revisions in the U.S. Copyright Law extended the copyright of correspondence, letters, and other personal papers to the life of the author plus seventy years.


4798.00 items

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Source of Acquisition

Presented by the estate of James B. Watson, 1976

Processing Information

Cataloged 1979


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Repository Details

Part of the UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center Repository

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