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Personal papers of Carrie Watson

Call Number: PP 116


Carrie Watson was a librarian at the University of Kansas from 1887-1921; the current main library building is named in her honor. This collection contains photographs, genealogies, correspondence, and a manuscript written by Watson.


  • Creation: 1870 - 1940


Conditions Governing Access

No access resrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Carrie Watson

Carrie Watson graduated from the University of Kansas in 1877 and was thereafter hired as an Assistant Librarian at KU. She was promoted to Head Librarian in 1887 and retired in 1921.

In 1924 the KU library moved from Spooner Hall to its current home, which was named Watson Library in her honor. Watson died in 1943.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 116

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Mrs. Arthur Jordan Jr, 1972.

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Separated Materials

Watson also compiled a scrapbook, which is located with other oversize faculty scrapbooks at Sb/41.

Guide to the Carrie Watson Collection
Personal papers of Carrie Watson
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2018.
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Language of description
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Carrie Watson, University Archives, PP 116, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States