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

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Title

Harry E. Watters papers

Date

1915-30 (bulk 1931-34)

Repository

Georgetown College Special CollectionsGeorgetown, Kentucky 40324 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Harry E. Watters papers, 1915-30 (bulk 1931-34), 1934.01,Special Collections, Georgetown College, Georgetown.

Extent

2 linear feet

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.

Subjects

  • Watters, Harry E., 1876-1938

Collection Inventory

Subseries I: Correspondence of W. B. Jones
Box 1 Scope and Contents note:

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]
W. B. Jones, Correspondence, 1930-31
[box: 1, folder: 2]
Music Fellowships, Correspondence, 1931
[box: 1, folder: 3]
Trustees, 1930-31
[box: 1, folder: 4]
Subseries II: Correspondence of H.E. Watters, 1930-34
Box 1 - 4 Scope and Contents note:

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]
ADA, 1931
[box: 1, folder: 6]
All, 1931
[box: 1, folder: 7]
AAUW, 1931
[box: 1, folder: 8]
Applications, 1932
[box: 1, folder: 9]
Arkansas, 1931-32
[box: 1, folder: 10]
Ber, 1931
[box: 1, folder: 11]
California, 1931-32
[box: 1, folder: 12]
Canada, 1932
[box: 1, folder: 13]
Car, 1931
[box: 1, folder: 14]
Cat. Req, 1931
[box: 1, folder: 15]
Ches-Cl, 1931
[box: 1, folder: 16]
Colorado, 1931-32
[box: 1, folder: 17]
Dan-Dav, 1931
[box: 1, folder: 18]
District of Columbia, 1931
[box: 1, folder: 19]
Ect-Els-Emo, 1931
[box: 1, folder: 20]
Florida, 1931-32
[box: 1, folder: 21]
Georgia, 1932
[box: 1, folder: 22]
Guy-Hur, 1931
[box: 1, folder: 23]
Illinois, 1932
[box: 1, folder: 24]
Indiana, 1932
[box: 1, folder: 25]
Interior, 1931
[box: 1, folder: 26]
Iowa, 1932
[box: 1, folder: 27]
Jon, 1931
[box: 1, folder: 28]
Kentucky -- Misc. , 1931-32
[box: 1, folder: 29]
Kentucky -- Bardwell, 1931-32
[box: 1, folder: 30]
Kentucky -- Bowling Green, 1931-32
[box: 1, folder: 31]
Kentucky -- Covington, 1932
[box: 1, folder: 32]
Kentucky -- Cynthiana, 1931-32
[box: 1, folder: 33]
Kentucky -- Danville, 1931-32
[box: 1, folder: 34]
Kentucky -- Frankfort, 1932
[box: 1, folder: 35]
Kentucky -- Georgetown, 1932
[box: 2, folder: 36]
Kentucky -- Glasgow, 1931-32
[box: 2, folder: 37]
Kentucky -- Greenville, 1932
[box: 2, folder: 38]
Kentucky -- Hazard, 1932
[box: 2, folder: 39]
Kentucky -- Hopkinsville, 1931-32
[box: 2, folder: 40]
Kentucky -- Lewisburg, 1933
[box: 2, folder: 41]
Kentucky -- Lexington, 1931-32
[box: 2, folder: 42]
Kentucky Livingston, 1932
[box: 2, folder: 43]
Kentucky -- London, 1932
[box: 2, folder: 44]
Kentucky -- Louisville, 1931-32
[box: 2, folder: 45]
Kentucky -- McVeight, 1932
[box: 2, folder: 46]
Kentucky -- Madisonville, 1932
[box: 2, folder: 47]
Kentucky -- Maloneton-Mayfield, 1933-34
[box: 2, folder: 48]
Kentucky -- Maysville-Millwood, 1932-33
[box: 2, folder: 49]
Kentucky -- Mt. Sterling-Morgan, 1933
[box: 2, folder: 50]
Kentucky -- Morehead-Murray, 1932-33
[box: 2, folder: 51]
Kentucky -- Narrows-N. Pleasureville, 1932-33
[box: 2, folder: 52]
Kentucky -- Owensboro, 1932-34
[box: 2, folder: 53]
Kentucky -- Oneida-Owenton, 1931-33
[box: 2, folder: 54]
Kentucky -- Paducah, 1932-33
[box: 2, folder: 55]
Kentucky -- Paint Lick, 1932-33
[box: 2, folder: 56]
Kentucky -- Paris, 1931-33
[box: 2, folder: 57]
Kentucky -- Paintsville-Pikeville, 1931-33
[box: 2, folder: 58]
Kentucky -- Paineville, 1932-33
[box: 2, folder: 59]
Kentucky -- Pleasureville-Princeton, 1932-33
[box: 2, folder: 60]
Kentucky -- Ravenna-Richardson, 1931-33
[box: 2, folder: 61]
Kentucky -- Rockholds-Russell, 1932-33
[box: 2, folder: 62]
Kentucky -- Russell Springs - Russellville, 1931-33
[box: 2, folder: 63]
Kentucky -- Sackett-Salyersville, 1931-33
[box: 2, folder: 64]
Kentucky -- Sanders-Scottsville, 1931-34
[box: 2, folder: 65]
Kentucky -- Kentucky School Journal, 1931
[box: 2, folder: 66]
Kentucky -- Seco-Shelbyville, 1932-33
[box: 2, folder: 67]
Kentucky -- Shoal-Smithland, 1933
[box: 2, folder: 68]
Kentucky -- Somerset, 1932-33
[box: 3, folder: 69]
Kentucky -- Sparta-Stamping Ground, 1932-34
[box: 3, folder: 70]
Kentucky -- Worthville-Williamstown, 1931-33
[box: 3, folder: 71]
Kentucky-- Winchester, 1931-32
[box: 3, folder: 72]
Kni-Lig, 1931
[box: 3, folder: 73]
Louisiana, 1931-33
[box: 3, folder: 74]
Mailing List -- Massachusetts, 1931-33
[box: 3, folder: 75]
Michigan, 1931-33
[box: 3, folder: 76]
ministerial students - Minnesota, 1931-33
[box: 3, folder: 77]
Mississippi, 1931-33
[box: 3, folder: 78]
Missouri, 1932-33
[box: 3, folder: 79]
Mon-Montana, 1931-33
[box: 3, folder: 80]
Nea-New Jersey, 1931-33
[box: 3, folder: 81]
New York, 1931-34
[box: 3, folder: 82]
New Mexico-North Carolina, 1931-33
[box: 3, folder: 83]
Ohio, 1931-33
[box: 3, folder: 84]
Oklahoma, 1932-33
[box: 3, folder: 85]
Ontario-Oregon, 1932-33
[box: 3, folder: 86]
Par-Pas, 1931
[box: 3, folder: 87]
Pennsylvania, 1931-33
[box: 3, folder: 88]
Phillipine Islands-Pik, 1931-32
[box: 3, folder: 89]
Press clippings, 1931
[box: 3, folder: 90]
Por-Quotations for Catalogue, 1931-32
[box: 3, folder: 91]
Red Fox Oil Co. - South Carolina, 1931-33
[box: 3, folder: 92]
Spin-Sun, 1931-32
[box: 3, folder: 93]
Summer School Letters, 1932
[box: 4, folder: 94]
Tay-Tennessee, 1931-33
[box: 4, folder: 95]
Tennessee, 1931-32
[box: 4, folder: 96]
Tennessee-- Jackson, 1931-32
[box: 4, folder: 97]
Tennessee -- Nashville, 1931-32
[box: 4, folder: 98]
Tennessee -- Union Univ. at Jackson, 1931-32
[box: 4, folder: 99]
Texas, 1931-33
[box: 4, folder: 100]
Thom-Tel, 1931-32
[box: 4, folder: 101]
Trustees -- Reports of the President 1932, 1932
[box: 4, folder: 102]
Virginia, 1931-33
[box: 4, folder: 103]
Washington, 1931-34
[box: 4, folder: 104]
War-Wells, 1931
[box: 4, folder: 105]
West Virginia, 1931-33
[box: 4, folder: 106]
Western Recorder-Yat, 1931-33
[box: 4, folder: 107]

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