- c. 19th Century - 1950 (Creation)
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2 linear metres, 11 boxes
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Watson was one of the founders of the Durham College of Physical Science, and President of Armstrong College.
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Consists mainly of letters to Robert Spence Watson. Topics include, but are not limited to, British politics and the Liberal party, contemporary Europe, Armstrong College (later Newcastle University), the Peace Society, lectures at the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne, and contemporary literary and scientific achievements. Other regular recipients of letters include Elizabeth Spence Watson, Frederick Weiss, and Charles Prestwich Scott.
The Spence Watson's wide-ranging public activism, make their correspondence a valuable source of opinions on the social and political matters of the day from a wide range of prominent persons.
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Letters grouped in alphabetical series (alphabetized surnames) with items arranged chronologically. Additional items grouped thematically in further series (family correspondence/the arts/science/education).
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Where name of addressee is unknown or ineligible, item is marked unaddressed. Where signature of correspondent is unknown or ineligible, item is marked unsigned. Where no date is specified, the dates of creation given are intended to give realistic scope.