Archive Collection SW - Spence Watson/Weiss Papers

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Spence Watson/Weiss Papers


  • c. 19th Century - 1950 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

2 linear metres, 11 boxes

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Biographical history

Watson was one of the founders of the Durham College of Physical Science, and President of Armstrong College.

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Scope and content

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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Conditions governing reproduction

Permission to make published use of any material from Newcastle University's Special Collections must be sought in writing from the Special Collections Librarian (email: and from the copyright owner if appropriate. The library will assist where possible with the identification of copyright owners, but the responsibility to obtain copyright clearance rests with the user.

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  • English

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Archivist's note

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.

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