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Dudley Crafts Watson Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Watson, Dudley Crafts, 1885-
Title: Dudley Crafts Watson Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1909-1970
Quantity: 5.3 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers of the American painter, art critic, lecturer. Collection contains correspondence (1913-1965); sketches, photographs of artwork; exhibition catalogs and invitations; articles and other writings; clippings; and 90,000 feet of film of art from 69 countries which Watson used in his lectures.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Dudley Crafts Watson (1885-1972) was an artist known for his floral and marine landscapes. He was also an art teacher, and conducted tours of different areas of the world. He studied and later taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Dudley Crafts Watson Papers spans Watson's entire career as artist, teacher, lecturer and art tour guide. The collection contains awards, biographical data, books, correspondence, films, newspaper clippings, photographs, published material, sketches, writings and miscellaneous.

Published material includes brochures from several of Watson's tours, and the extensive film collection deals entirely with these travels, with each title giving the location(s) of a specific tour.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence and clippings are arranged chronologically. All other series are arranged alphabetically by title, type or topic.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Watson, Dudley Crafts, 1885-


Art critics -- United States.
Painters -- United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Exhibition catalogs.
Motion pictures (visual works)


Art critics.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Dudley Crafts Watson Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dudley Crafts Watson, 1965-1966.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: CMV
Date: 9 Nov 1978
Revision history: 11 May 2010 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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Box 1 Miscellaneous 1941, 1959, undated
Biographical data
Box 1 Miscellaneous
Box 1 Delphinian Text (2 volumes)
Box 1 Miscellaneous 1913-1965, undated
Oversize 1 Africa (A and B)
Oversize 1 And so we went to Russia
Oversize 2 Around the Caribbean (A and B)
Oversize 2 Belgium
Oversize 3 Canada (A and B)
Oversize 3 Donald's Mexico
Oversize 4 Eternal Rome
Oversize 4 Egypt and the Near East
Oversize 12 French Chateaux
Oversize 12 Greece
Oversize 4 Hawaii
Oversize 5 Heart of Spain
Oversize 5 Holland, Germany
Oversize 5 India B
Oversize 6 Italy extra
Oversize 6 Japan
Oversize 6 London
Oversize 7 Mexico - Paracutin
Oversize 7 Mexico's riches (A and B)
Oversize 8 Mexico sun and fun
Oversize 8 Norway
Oversize 8 Pacific Coast
Oversize 9 Panama to Guatemala
Oversize 9 Paris
Oversize 12 Paris - T.V.
Oversize 12 Portugal
Oversize 9 Rural England, Scotland
Oversize 10 Salzburg -- Oberammergau
Oversize 10 South America (A and B)
Oversize 11 Sweden and her neighbors
Oversize 11 Switzerland
Oversize 11 Venice
Newspaper clippings
Box 1 Miscellaneous 1934-1970, undated
Box 1 Artwork
Box 1 Personal
Box 1 Travel
Published material
Box 1 Exhibition brochures 1909-1968, undated
Box 1 Invitations 1910-1963, undated
Box 1 Magazine clippings
Box 1 Programs 1912-1966, undated
Box 2 Travel 1914-1960, undated
Box 2 Miscellaneous 1916-1936
Box 2 Address, "Art in Industry"
Box 2 Articles
Box 2 Panphlet on interior decoration
Box 2 Television script
Box 2 Assorted items

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