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The Robert and Karen Watson Collection

Identifier: RG-001-15-4

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of records documenting Slippery Rock University’s history from 1889 to approximately 2014. The bulk of the material is from 1889 through 1999. The collection includes papers and correspondence, reports, publications, photographs, audiovisual materials, ephemera, realia, and memorabilia. Also included are postcard collections and scrapbooks.


  • 1877-2014
  • Majority of material found within 1901 - 1999

Conditions Governing Use

"The items in this collection are protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use these items in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. In addition, no permission is required from the rights-holder(s) for educational uses. For other uses, you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

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Biographical Note

Robert and Karen Watson donated this collection. Dr. Robert J. Watson retired from Slippery Rock University as the Vice President of Student Life in 2006. He is an alumnus of Slippery Rock State College, graduating in 1970. The Watson family has had a long association with the University and was instrumental in its founding and development. Watson’s great grandfather was an original stock holder of the Slippery Rock Normal School Association and an early member of the Board of Trustees.

Robert and Karen Watson acquired this material from family members, from private parties, and from professional associates of Robert’s. Some of the material was used to support Watson’s research for the second edition of his book Slippery Rock University: The Legend Behind the Name, published in 2011.


28.5 Linear Feet