Fonds F0047 - William R. Watson fonds.

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William R. Watson fonds.


  • ca. 1925-1948 (Creation)

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1.2 m of textual records and other material.

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Canadian author and journalist William Ritchie Watson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1904. Emigrated to Canada in 1911 and spent his youth in Macleod, Alberta. Educated at the University of Alberta. Deprived of the use of his arms at birth, W.R. Watson devoted his life to helping the handicapped. Published works include My desire (1932), I give you yesterday (1938) and And all your beauty (1948). William Watson Lodge in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park was named in his honour.

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Fonds consists of manuscripts ranging from rough drafts to galleys and page proofs; photographs, illustrative material and photo-lithographic plates; dust jacket and book cover designs; correspondence; reviews; and notebooks containing notes taken during law school courses at University of Alberta.

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Text in English.

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Includes 50 photographs and 25 photo-lithographic plates.

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