Harry E. Watters papers, 1915-30 (bulk 1931-34)

Descriptive Summary

Title
Harry E. Watters papers, 1915-30 (bulk 1931-34)
Creator
Watters, Harry E., 1876-1938
Extent
2 linear feet
Subjects
Watters, Harry E., 1876-1938
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: John LeDoux; machine-readable finding aid created by:Robert Glass
Repository
Georgetown College

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Watters served as president of Georgetown College, 1931-34. He was born in Graves County, Kentucky, on September 14, 1876, to Theodore M. and Josephine (Ransom) Watters. He was educated at Southern Normal University (B.S., 1899) and Union University (A.B., 1903; A.M., 1916). He did graduate work at Brown University, 1905-07; at Chicago University, 1933-34; and at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1935. He received honorary D.D. and LL.D. degrees from Hall-Moody Institute, 1906, and Union University, 1921, respectively. He was principal of public schools in Kentucky and Tennessee for seven years. Watters taught history at Union University. He was president of Hall-Moody Institute, 1905-15; of the College of Marshall (later East Texas Baptist College), 1916-18; of Union University, 1918-31; and Jonesboro Baptist College (Arkansas), 1935-37. He pastored many churches. He first married Annette Routon on August 28, 1899, and then Ethen Reed, July 22, 1931. He fathered four children: Lillian, Evelyn, Everette, and Marden. He died, April 15, 1938, Jackson, Tennessee.
Watters authored BIBLE OF SUPER-HUMAN ORIGIN (1908); PHYSICS SIMPLIFIED (1905); PLANNING A LIFE (1935); YOUTH MAKE THE CHOICE (1938).
When Watters became president of Georgetown College, the college was on the verge of closing permanently. Declining student enrollment had created heavy deficits. Because of ill health, Watters was ineffective in reversing the trends, and eventually had to resign when the college was nearly insolvent. The appointment of the first woman trustee, Mrs. Emil Peters, was the one notable event that occurred during his presidency.
Homer Waldrop, "Watters, Henry Eugene," ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SOUTHERN BAPTISTS, Vol. 3, Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1971; Robert Snyder, HISTORY OF GEORGETOWN COLLEGE, pp. 106-09.

Contents of the Collection

Subseries I: Correspondence of W. B. Jones

William Bristow Jones, Professor of English, was appointed acting president in October 1930, after Dr. M. B. Adams resigned on January 1, 1931. His correspondence was not arranged in any particular order.

W. B. Jones, 1931-32

  • Box 1, folder 1
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W. B. Jones, Correspondence., 1930-31

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Music Fellowships, Correspondence., 1931

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Trustees, 1930-31

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Subseries II: Correspondence of H.E. Watters, 1930-34

Most of Dr. Watters's correspondence involves the recruitment of students. The files were arranged alphabetically according to subject.

Alabama, 1930-31

  • Box 1, folder 5
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ADA, 1931

  • Box 1, folder 6
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All, 1931

  • Box 1, folder 7
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AAUW, 1931

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Applications, 1932

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Arkansas, 1931-32

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Ber, 1931

  • Box 1, folder 11
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California, 1931-32

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Canada, 1932

  • Box 1, folder 13
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Car, 1931

  • Box 1, folder 14
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Cat. Req., 1931

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Ches-Cl, 1931

  • Box 1, folder 16
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Colorado, 1931-32

  • Box 1, folder 17
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Dan-Dav, 1931

  • Box 1, folder 18
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District of Columbia, 1931

  • Box 1, folder 19
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Ect-Els-Emo, 1931

  • Box 1, folder 20
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Florida, 1931-32

  • Box 1, folder 21
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Georgia, 1932

  • Box 1, folder 22
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Guy-Hur, 1931

  • Box 1, folder 23
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Illinois, 1932

  • Box 1, folder 24
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Indiana, 1932

  • Box 1, folder 25
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Interior, 1931

  • Box 1, folder 26
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Iowa, 1932

  • Box 1, folder 27
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Jon, 1931

  • Box 1, folder 28
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Kentucky -- Misc. , 1931-32

  • Box 1, folder 29
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Kentucky -- Bardwell, 1931-32

  • Box 1, folder 30
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Kentucky -- Bowling Green, 1931-32

  • Box 1, folder 31
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Kentucky -- Covington, 1932

  • Box 1, folder 32
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Kentucky -- Cynthiana, 1931-32

  • Box 1, folder 33
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Kentucky -- Danville, 1931-32

  • Box 1, folder 34
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Kentucky -- Frankfort, 1932

  • Box 1, folder 35
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Kentucky -- Georgetown, 1932

  • Box 2, folder 36
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Kentucky -- Glasgow, 1931-32

  • Box 2, folder 37
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Kentucky -- Greenville, 1932

  • Box 2, folder 38
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Kentucky -- Hazard, 1932

  • Box 2, folder 39
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Kentucky -- Hopkinsville, 1931-32

  • Box 2, folder 40
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Kentucky -- Lewisburg, 1933

  • Box 2, folder 41
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Kentucky -- Lexington, 1931-32

  • Box 2, folder 42
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Kentucky Livingston, 1932

  • Box 2, folder 43
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Kentucky -- London, 1932

  • Box 2, folder 44
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Kentucky -- Louisville, 1931-32

  • Box 2, folder 45
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Kentucky -- McVeight, 1932

  • Box 2, folder 46
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Kentucky -- Madisonville, 1932

  • Box 2, folder 47
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Kentucky -- Maloneton-Mayfield, 1933-34

  • Box 2, folder 48
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Kentucky -- Maysville-Millwood, 1932-33

  • Box 2, folder 49
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Kentucky -- Mt. Sterling-Morgan, 1933

  • Box 2, folder 50
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Kentucky -- Morehead-Murray, 1932-33

  • Box 2, folder 51
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Kentucky -- Narrows-N. Pleasureville, 1932-33

  • Box 2, folder 52
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Kentucky -- Owensboro, 1932-34

  • Box 2, folder 53
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Kentucky -- Oneida-Owenton, 1931-33

  • Box 2, folder 54
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Kentucky -- Paducah, 1932-33

  • Box 2, folder 55
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Kentucky -- Paint Lick, 1932-33

  • Box 2, folder 56
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Kentucky -- Paris, 1931-33

  • Box 2, folder 57
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Kentucky -- Paintsville-Pikeville, 1931-33

  • Box 2, folder 58
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Kentucky -- Paineville, 1932-33

  • Box 2, folder 59
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Kentucky -- Pleasureville-Princeton, 1932-33

  • Box 2, folder 60
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Kentucky -- Ravenna-Richardson, 1931-33

  • Box 2, folder 61
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Kentucky -- Rockholds-Russell, 1932-33

  • Box 2, folder 62
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Kentucky -- Russell Springs - Russellville, 1931-33

  • Box 2, folder 63
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Kentucky -- Sackett-Salyersville, 1931-33

  • Box 2, folder 64
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Kentucky -- Sanders-Scottsville, 1931-34

  • Box 2, folder 65
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Kentucky -- Kentucky School Journal, 1931

  • Box 2, folder 66
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Kentucky -- Seco-Shelbyville, 1932-33

  • Box 2, folder 67
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Kentucky -- Shoal-Smithland, 1933

  • Box 2, folder 68
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Kentucky -- Somerset, 1932-33

  • Box 3, folder 69
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Kentucky -- Sparta-Stamping Ground, 1932-34

  • Box 3, folder 70
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Kentucky -- Worthville-Williamstown, 1931-33

  • Box 3, folder 71
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Kentucky-- Winchester, 1931-32

  • Box 3, folder 72
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Kni-Lig, 1931

  • Box 3, folder 73
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Louisiana, 1931-33

  • Box 3, folder 74
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Mailing List -- Massachusetts, 1931-33

  • Box 3, folder 75
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Michigan, 1931-33

  • Box 3, folder 76
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ministerial students - Minnesota, 1931-33

  • Box 3, folder 77
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Mississippi, 1931-33

  • Box 3, folder 78
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Missouri, 1932-33

  • Box 3, folder 79
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Mon-Montana, 1931-33

  • Box 3, folder 80
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Nea-New Jersey, 1931-33

  • Box 3, folder 81
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New York, 1931-34

  • Box 3, folder 82
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New Mexico-North Carolina, 1931-33

  • Box 3, folder 83
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Ohio, 1931-33

  • Box 3, folder 84
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Oklahoma, 1932-33

  • Box 3, folder 85
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Ontario-Oregon, 1932-33

  • Box 3, folder 86
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Par-Pas, 1931

  • Box 3, folder 87
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Pennsylvania, 1931-33

  • Box 3, folder 88
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Phillipine Islands-Pik, 1931-32

  • Box 3, folder 89
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Press clippings, 1931

  • Box 3, folder 90
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Por-Quotations for Catalogue, 1931-32

  • Box 3, folder 91
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Red Fox Oil Co. - South Carolina, 1931-33

  • Box 3, folder 92
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Spin-Sun, 1931-32

  • Box 3, folder 93
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Summer School Letters, 1932

  • Box 4, folder 94
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Tay-Tennessee, 1931-33

  • Box 4, folder 95
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Tennessee, 1931-32

  • Box 4, folder 96
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Tennessee-- Jackson, 1931-32

  • Box 4, folder 97
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Tennessee -- Nashville, 1931-32

  • Box 4, folder 98
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Tennessee -- Union Univ. at Jackson, 1931-32

  • Box 4, folder 99
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Texas, 1931-33

  • Box 4, folder 100
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Thom-Tel, 1931-32

  • Box 4, folder 101
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Trustees -- Reports of the President 1932, 1932

  • Box 4, folder 102
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Virginia, 1931-33

  • Box 4, folder 103
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Washington, 1931-34

  • Box 4, folder 104
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War-Wells, 1931

  • Box 4, folder 105
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West Virginia, 1931-33

  • Box 4, folder 106
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Western Recorder-Yat, 1931-33

  • Box 4, folder 107
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