The Thomas E. Watson Papers Digital Collection
How to Use this Site
Browsing Using the Collection Finding Aid
Through the Thomas E. Watson Papers Digital Collection, users can view the contents of the manuscript collection online much in the same way they would in the Reading Room of the Southern Historical Collection. To browse digital facsimiles in their archival context, use the Collection Finding Aid. Digitized materials are linked throughout the finding aid and are indicated by an icon ().
Digital copies of some materials in Series 3. Publications, including issues of Watson's Magazine, The Watsonian, and selected pamphlets, are only available to view via the Internet Archive. They may be accessed by clicking on the "View this item in the Internet Archive" link, where the item is available to view and/or download.
To navigate the finding aid itself, use the search box (located at the top of the finding aid) to find words in the page or the collection quick links to jump to a particular section. Use Collapse All Sections to minimize all sections of the finding aid so that only their headings display, and Expand All Sections to display the entire finding aid.
Once in the body of the finding aid, use the and icons to expand and collapse individual sections.
Please note: Originals of materials labeled as Digital Folder and Digital Item in the finding aid are not held by the Southern Historical Collection and are available to view in digital format only. Original materials are owned and held by the Watson-Brown Foundation of Thomson, Georgia.
Browsing and Searching Correspondence and Pictures
In addition to viewing Series 1. Correspondence and Series 8. Pictures in the collection using the finding aid, users can browse and search the items in the series using the options under the Featured Materials Heading in the sidebar menu.
Users can browse items in Series 1. Correspondence by date location from which the letter was sent, and name (including both personal and corporate names). Users can also browse the family letters - correspondence between members of the Watson family. Using the correspondence search box, users may search for a specific word or exact phrase.
Users can browse items in the Series 8. Pictures by topical subject, name, and location. Using the photograph search box, users may search for a specific word or exact phrase.
Future plans for the project include the creation of an advanced search feature which would allow users to combine search terms to limit results, search across both correspondence and pictures, and return results from both categories.
Using the Image Viewer
Using the Image Viewer, users can view and manipulate the digitized contents of the collection.
1. Use the controls on the image to pan and zoom. Or, double-click and drag directly on the image.
2. Click Expanded View to view the image in a larger viewer, allowing you to see more of the image at one time.
3. Use the navigational arrows at the top right of the image viewer to page through the images in the item or folder.
4. Use the navigational arrows to the left and right of the thumbnails to view the thumbnails of other images in the item or folder.
5. Click view all to view all thumbnails.
6. Use Jump to item to jump to a particular thumbnail. Type the number of the image you would like to view into the box and click go.
7. Click on a thumbnail to view the full image in the image viewer.
Citations for materials in the Series 1. Correspondence and Series 8. Pictures can be found in the record for the individual item. The preferred format for citing materials from other series in the collection is as follows:
[Identification of item], in the Thomas E. Watson Papers #755, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
To learn more about citing these materials, please read the Southern Historical Collection's citation policy.
Permissions and Copyright
Digital reproductions of archival materials from the Thomas E. Watson Papers Digital Collection are made available under an assertion of fair use (17 U.S.C. 107) for noncommercial educational and research purposes only. The University of North Carolina Libraries respects the intellectual property rights of others and does not claim any copyright interest in these materials.
Written permission from the copyright owner and any other rights holders must be obtained for any reuse of these images that extends beyond fair use or other statutory exemptions. Furthermore, responsibility for the determination of the copyright status and securing permission rests with those persons wishing to reuse the materials.
The Library would like to learn more about these materials, and welcomes individuals or organizations to contact Research and Instructional Services for the Southern Historical Collection with any additional information they can provide.
What materials can I view using this digital collection?
This digital collection is comprised of digitized materials from the Thomas E. Watson Papers, a manuscript collection housed at the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The collection has been digitized in its entirety, with a few exceptions which are noted in the finding aid.
How can I view materials using this digital collection?
See other sections on this page - Browsing Using the Collection Finding Aid, Browsing and Searching Correspondence and Pictures, and Using the Image Viewer - for instructions on how to view materials using this digital collection.
Why have some materials NOT been digitized?
Some materials in the collection (folders 410-417, 449-456, 468-478, 498, 576, 595, and 600) were determined to be unsuitable for digitization due to the large amount of conservation work required to stabilize them and the fact that their informational content is available elsewhere (most undigitized materials consist of clippings from prominent newspapers). In these cases, the folders are labeled as Not digitized in the finding aid. These materials may be viewed in person at the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Where can I view the original materials?
Except where indicated, materials in the Thomas E. Watson Papers are held at the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and can be viewed during regular business hours in their reading room. For more information, please visit the Southern Historical Collection website.
Some materials in the collection are available in digital format only, and are labeled as either Digital Folders or Digital Items. These items are held by the Watson-Brown Foundation of Thomson, Georgia.
Southern Historical Collection, Research and Instructional Services
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8890