Watson (John Brown) collection


John Brown Watson (Class of 1904) was among the earliest African American alumni of Brown University and had a distinguished career in the historically Black colleges of the South. After a teaching stint at Morehouse College, Watson moved into a career as an administrator. He became founding President of Leland College in Baker, Louisiana, in 1923, and later ascended to the presidency of Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal School, later known as Arkansas A&M University (now: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff).

The Watson papers cover, among other topics, African American education; the role of the African American woman as Christian homemaker and as community leader in education; land reform (creation of farms and rental of property to poor African Americans); African American business; African American leadership of the early 20th century; and African American missions in Africa.


Format(s): Books, Pamphlets, Manuscripts, Broadsides, Museum Objects, Letters, Documents, Scrapbooks
Library: John Hay, Collections Annex
NOTE: Portions of this collection are housed off-site. Prior notice is needed for retrieval
Contact(s): Holly_Snyder@brown.edu

Access to the collection:

Online Catalog (JOSIAH):
General description of the collection available on JOSIAH

Other Online Access:
Exhibit: Remembering Fritz Pollard and the African American Experience at Brown
Non-brown Web Page: Encyclopedia of Arkansas: John Brown Watson

In-house Access to the Collection:
Typescript Inventory

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