AUBURN UNIVERSITY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS & ARCHIVES
Guide to the Watt Family Papers, RG 82
Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: August 2003
0.5 cubic feet; 70 items.
Number of Boxes:
1 document box; 1 35mm microfilm reel
Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Joseph T. Watt served as the Farmer's Cooperative Demonstration Agent for the
United States Department of Agriculture, in Talladega, Alabama from 1910 to 1913.
Scope and Content:
Consists of seventy items and one reel of 35mm negative microfilm. Includes legal papers, deeds,
land titles, and tax assessments (1831-1925) for Alabama land sites; account book (1880-1888) for a general merchandise
store in Butler County, Alabama; misc. pamphlets and non-Alabama newspapers (1882-1961), which include several issues of a
New York City German language newspaper (1931-32). Also includes Clippings, papers, and and a micrcrofilmed copy of Joseph T.
Watt's 1914 diary; photographs (ca. 1918-1920) collected by Mr. Watt of County Demonstration Agents and their work.
I. Assorted material concerning the activities of Farmer's Cooperative Demonstration Agency, United States Department of
Agriculture in Alabama, 1910-1913, Joseph T. Watt, Agent.
II. Microfilm: Watt, J. T., Diary of, 1914
III. Photographs relating to County Demonstration Work in Alabama, 1918-1919.
The Honolulu Advertiser, 1934
The San Francisco Examiner, 1939
Sontagsblatt Staats, Zertung and Harold, New York, 1931-1932
"The Hanson Family" 1251-1961, by Laura Watt Hanson
VI. Photocopy of "Family Record" section of Knicht Family Bible, with entries of marriages, births and deaths. Slave Births
"Bulletin," 4 monthly bulletins issued by the Alabama State Departmentof Archives and History
"Official Program - Montgomery Centennial Commemoration of the CivilWar," February 12-18, 1961
"The Pageant Book," official program of the activities in celebration of Alabama Home Coming Week, May 5-6, 1926
3 publications of the Alabama Centennial Commission, 1919
"Minutes of the 47th Annual Session of the Liberty (East) Baptist
Association Held in Chambers County, Alabama, September 22, 23, 24, 1882."
"The Gospel Messenger" devoted to the primitive Baptist cause, November 1898, Williamston, N. C.
VII. Legal material relating to the sale of land in:
Coosa County - 1883
VIII. Deeds, tax assessments, land descriptions, diploma, certificates:
Coosa County - ?
Butler County - 1885
Talladega County - 1917
(1) 23 Alabana Deeds - 1839-1919 (primarily in Butler County)
(2) 1 Louisiana Deed - 1878 (Morehouse Parish)
(3) 7 tax Assessments 1894-1925 (T. A. Knight, C. J. Knight, R. F. Watt)
(4) 2 Land Descriptions (Butler and Talladega County - land belonged to Watts)
(5) 13 Parchment Deeds 1831-1853 (7 presidential signatures - all Cahaba, Alabama deeds)
(6) Diploma and Honor Certificate - Laura Watt 1916
Alabama Secondary Professional Certificate - Laura Watt Uanson 1924-1930
Alabama Princiralls Certificate - Laura Watt Hanson 1929
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