Elmo Scott Watson papers
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Papers dating primarily from 1920-1951 document Elmo Scott Watson's career as a journalist, western historian, and teacher of journalism. They consist mainly of newspaper clippings, published articles and manuscripts, notes, photographs, and correspondence in extensive subject files on the history of journalism and such western topics as frontiersmen, wars, explorers, Indians, artists, photographers, and writers. Watson's own manuscripts, published writings, and files relating to his teaching and research are also included.
- Creation: 1816-1951
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1920-1951
- Watson, Elmo Scott, 1892-1951 (Person)
Materials are in English.
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The Elmo Scott Watson papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).
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Biography of Elmo Scott Watson
Professor of journalism (University of Illinois, Northwestern University, University of Denver) and western / frontier historian.
Elmo Scott Watson was born on a farm near Colfax, Illinois. He attended Colorado College, where he began his journalism career writing for the school newspaper. For a short time Watson worked as a journalist in Colorado Springs and also managed a local rodeo. In 1918, he was appointed instructor of journalism at the University of Illinois. By 1924 Watson had joined the faculty of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern and remained there until 1950. From May, 1950, until his death the following year, Watson was chair of the Department of Journalism at the University of Denver. He obtained a master's degree at Northwestern and a doctorate in letters from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Watson was editor of the Publishers' Auxiliary (1932-1945) and contributed a regular column, "Dear Ed.," to the magazine. He also served as president of Sigma Delta Phi (1939-1940) and was an active member of the Chicago "Corral" of the Westerners, serving as editor of their journal, the Westerners' Brand Book (1940-1949), and as Sheriff (1949-1950).
20.4 Linear Feet (49 boxes)
Personal papers of journalist, professor of journalism, and western / frontier historian Elmo Scott Watson, consisting mainly of topical files on western subjects and journalism. Also included are Watson's manuscripts and published writings, and his correspondence and teaching-related files.
Papers are organized in the following series:
- Series 1: Elmo Scott Watson's Writings, 1913-1941
- Boxes 1-5
- Series 2: Correspondence, Research and Teaching Files, 1910-1951
- Boxes 5-8
- Series 3: Journalism Subject Files, 1862-1951
- Boxes 8-11
- Series 4: Western History Subject Files, 1816-1951
- Boxes 11-49
Collection Stack Location
3a 57 8-9
Jeffrey Makala, 1998.
- Brady, Mathew B., approximately 1823-1896 (Person)
- Sitting Bull, 1831-1890 (Person)
- Brave Bear, -1882 (Person)
- Brininstool, E. A. (Earl Alonzo), 1870-1957 (Person)
- Clark, Badger, 1883-1957 (Person)
- Colorado College (Organization)
- Crazy Horse, approximately 1842-1877 (Person)
- Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876 (Person)
- Watson, Elmo Scott, 1892-1951 (Person)
- Dalton, Emmet, 1871- (Person)
- Geronimo, 1829-1909 (Person)
- McGillycuddy, Valentine (Person)
- McWhorter, Lucullus Virgil (Person)
- Lewis, Lloyd, 1891-1949 (Person)
- Miles, Nelson Appleton (Person)
- Murphy, Timothy (Person)
- Pawnee Bill (Person)
- Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902 (Person)
- Publishers' Auxiliary (Organization)
- Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909 (Person)
- Wells, William (Person)
- Barry, D. F. (David Francis), 1854-1934 (Person)
- Westerners. Chicago Corral (Organization)
- Medill School of Journalism (Organization)
- Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956 (Person)
Genre / Form
- Cowboys -- West (U.S.)
- Explorers -- West (U.S.)
- Journalists -- West (U.S.)
- Outlaws -- West (U.S.)
- Photographers -- West (U.S.)
- Inventory of the Elmo Scott Watson papers, 1816-1951, bulk 1920-1951
- Jeffrey Makala
- Language of description
- Script of description