Lewis P. Watson Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Watson, Lewis P.
Lewis P. Watson collection
circa 1927-1928, undated
0.4 Cubic feet , 1 album

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Lewis P. Watson was born in Ridge Spring, South Carolina in 1905. He received his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University. He was a graduate student at Michigan State University from 1927 to 1928. He went on to work as a Horticultural Specialist for the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service at North Carolina State University. He used photographs he took to illustrate bulletins for his department. He resigned in 1916 from the NCSU and opened a photography studio. Watson died in 1996. The information for this biographical note was from the Olivia Raney Library of Raleigh, North Carolina web page for the Lewis P. Watson photographic collection which consists of 10,000 negatives.

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Scope and Contents note

The Lewis P. Watson collection consists of a photograph album and collection of 43 loose photographs. The album consists of images of buildings and scenes at Michigan State University, athletic events, and people working in the fields. There are also images of Lansing, and other unidentified scenes of water beaches and a ship. There are also images of Watson, people at their desks- many of which are identified, and other friends.

The loose photographs contain images of campus buildings, trains, trestles and tracks, the House of David Home Team baseball team from Benton Harbor Michigan, the We-go-ta Hotel in Central Lake, Michigan, and a Sunny South Lines bus in Cincinnati, Ohio. There are also photographs of houses at Graham Station in Grand Rapids.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections October 2006

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

A gift of Jerrold J. Watson.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • House of David.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1928.
  • Michigan State University. -- Form subdivision--Photographs.;
  • We-go-ta Hotel (Central Lake, Mich.).


  • Baseball -- Michigan -- Benton Harbor

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Collection Inventory


Photograph album Circa 1927 - 1928