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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization and Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

OCLC Number

Accession Numbers

Description of Series

Media

Print

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

George Watson Papers, 1955-2017



Creator Watson, George, 1936-
Title: George Watson papers
Dates: 1955-2017
Abstract: News report transcripts, ABC News and CNN press materials, photographs, press badges, newspaper clippings, books, correspondence, and videos document the career of George Watson.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.03925
Extent: 23.25 linear feet
Language: Materials are primarily written in English. In addition, materials also are written in Russian, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Journalist George Watson, who worked as a television correspondent, broadcast producer, and network executive for more than 40 years, retired as vice president of ABC News and was then its longest-serving Washington bureau chief. While attending Harvard College, he was managing editor of the Harvard Crimson and graduated with honors in American History and Literature. After attending Harvard, Watson became a reporter for the Detroit News and left to attend the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After graduating from Columbia University, Watson joined the Washington Post as a reporter.

In 1962, he began his career in broadcasting at ABC News in Washington, D.C., where he worked as a writer for the radio broadcast "Edward P. Morgan and the News." Between 1965-1968, he was an ABC News correspondent and was shortly thereafter named correspondent and bureau chief in Moscow. On special assignment in 1968 and 1970, Watson covered some of the heaviest fighting in Vietnam and Cambodia. Watson was named chief correspondent and bureau chief in London in 1970. For the next six years, he covered major news events around the world from his base in Britain, including President Nixon's trip to Moscow, the Middle East war of 1973, and the conflict in Northern Ireland. His ABC News special "Terror in Northern Ireland" won an Overseas Press Club Award for Best Foreign Affairs Documentary. While in London, he was president of the Association of American Correspondents.

After ten years overseas as a foreign correspondent, Watson returned to Washington, D.C. in 1975 as ABC's White House correspondent. In 1976, he moved into network news management and was named a vice president and Washington bureau chief. In 1980, Watson left ABC News to become vice president and managing editor of the Cable News Network (CNN), where he was engaged in its launch and early development. Watson was the executive-in-charge of political party convention coverage, and reported on-air during CNN's first political convention in 1980. He also moderated three one-hour interview programs on a weekly basis for the new network.

Watson returned to ABC News in 1981 and served for the next four years as vice president of ABC News in New York. He was the first network executive responsible for overseeing the policies, standards, and practices that apply to news programs. In that capacity he developed and produced "Viewpoint," a program designed to provide a forum for viewer criticism of ABC News in particular and broadcast journalism in general. During his supervision of "Viewpoint," the program won every major award in broadcasting, including an Emmy, the George Foster Peabody Award, and the duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.

In 1985 Watson returned to Washington for his second tour there as vice president and bureau chief. During his tenure, he was heavily involved in the conflict between the press and the Pentagon over war coverage; with the Supreme Court over early release decisions; in the creation of "Nightline;" in Congressional hearings about election coverage, exit polls, and the timing the broadcast of election results; and with the coverage of the war with Iraq over its invasion of Kuwait.

Watson was a director of the Committee to Protect Journalists for more than a decade, from 1982-1993. He formally retired as bureau chief in 1993 and for the next eight years, returned to on-air broadcasting as senior contributing editor, supplying commentary and analysis for both radio and the network's late night broadcast, "World News Now."

George Watson married Ellen Havican Bradley and they together had two children, Ellen Havican Watson and George Henry Watson III.

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Scope and Contents

News report transcripts, ABC News and CNN press materials, photographs, press badges, newspaper clippings, books, and correspondence document the career of George Watson. ABC News television and radio report transcripts and field notes cover Watson's reporting of locations including the Soviet Union, England, and Washington, D.C. The collection also includes film and VHS video clips of Watson's broadcasts, personal photographs taken of the countries Watson visted while reporting, and other news reporters or cameramen. The newspaper clippings are articles written by Watson or articles written about Watson's foreign reports. The press badges include police credentials, White House and Congressional access, special media events, and membership cards to the National Press Club, the Overseas Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Committee to Protect Journalists. Books included in the collection cite Watson's work as a journalist and include two memoirs written by Watson about his career as a journalist.

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Organization and Arrangement

The George Watson Papers are arranged by the creator's original order and subject matter.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Access to audio and moving-image materials by appointment only; please contact repository for more information.

Social security numbers and medical record material are restricted to protect confidentiality and privacy.

Conditions Governing Use

A portion of this collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Clinton, Bill, 1946-....
Reagan, Ronald
Corporate Names
ABC News.
Cable News Network.
Committee to protect journalists
Nightline (Television program)
Subjects
Broadcast journalism
Irish Republican Army on television
Political campaigns
Presidential candidates
Press and politics
Vietnam War (1961-1975)

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Separated Material

Scrapbooks containing lapel pins collected from the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, and various events attended by Watson were separated to the Material Culture Unit.

Some books have been separated from the collection. Books series contains photocopies of pages that mention Watson as well as title pages and any relevant inscriptions.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Watson Papers, 1955-2017, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Selena Aleman and Jennifer Allen, January 2017. Subsequent revisions by Colleen Hobbs, April 2018 and October 2019.

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OCLC Number

972644623

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Accession Numbers

2016-270; 2016-317; 2017-112; 2018-069

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Media

"ABC Evening News" - "World News Tonight"
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2016-270/1 [19026892] "By these presents be it known."
1/4 inch audio tape
Geo. Watson CQT Tape 1966
1/4 inch audio tape
Rostov Restaurant Band, "Hello Dolly"
1/4 inch audio tape
Intourist Speil - Trans-Siberian
1/4 inch audio tape
Roll #2, containing: Soldiers Singing and Marching; White Bears Kilimanjaro; Katusha; Buchenwald Bells; "A Soldier He is Such" (as troops march by)
1/4 inch audio tape
Soldiers singing and marching: "A Soldier He is Such" and "To the Road"
1/4 inch audio tape
"Bolshevik Songs, "10 Dams" Tanganka Theater "
1/4 inch audio tape
Network Feed and Circuit Tape (Moscow) 1966
1/4 inch audio tape
George Watson, Factory 1966
1/4 inch audio tape
Promo Demo Tape 1967
1/4 inch audio tape
On Sceve Demo Tape 1967
1/4 inch audio tape
Moscow "NATW" 1967
1/4 inch audio tape
Watson / 5 Comments
1/8 inch audio cassette
ABC News 1
1/4 inch audio tape
ABC News II
1/4 inch audio tape
ABC
1/4 inch audio tape
Edward P. Morgan gag reel 1967
1/4 inch audio tape
Correspondents Year End Discussion with Radio News 1966
1/4 inch audio tape
Watson Interview with President Ford
1/8 inch audio cassette
ABC News Radio Establishing first satellite contacts from Moscow
1/8 inch audio cassette
"NATW" 1968
1/4 inch audio tape
November 20, 1968 to September 13, 1974
1 DVD
September 9, 1969 to January 30, 1975
1 DVD
26885 (no information on tape) undated
1 DVD
27249 (no information on tape) undated
1 DVD
1975
1 DVD
President Carter Tokyo Trip Set Up 1978
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Thatched Roofs" 1979
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
(no information on tape) 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Exit Polls" 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Testimony re Iowa Cacus Coverage 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
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2016-270/19 [20957817] "Stately Homes of England" 1974
1 reel
"Death with Dignity"
1 reel
Churchill Centenary 1974
1 reel
Royal Wedding coverage undated
1 reel
unlabeled
1 reel
"Viewpoint"
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2016-270/2 [21465840] Kaiser Aluminum, Geraldo Rivera, Reel I, from TV I 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Kaiser Aluminum, Geraldo Rivera, Reel II, from TV I 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Kaiser Aluminum, Geraldo Rivera, "75-oto-85" 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Sadat Assassination, Reagan, Pope," Show #113, Part 1 1981
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Sadat Assassination, Reagan, Pope," Show #113, Part 2 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Sadat Assassination, Reagan, Pope," Show #113, Watson Reax 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Sadat Assassination, Reagan, Pope," Show #113, B-Roll 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
White House and News Media, Show #184, Part I 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
White House and News Media, Show #184, Part II 1982
three 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
White House and News Media, Show #184, Show History 1982
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
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2016-270/3 [19026940] "TV News Coverage of Foreign Affairs," Show #253, Part I 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"TV News Coverage of Foreign Affairs," Show #253, Part II 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Freedom of the Press vs. Privacy," Show #329, Part I 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Freedom of the Press vs. Privacy," Show #329, Part II 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Battlefield Journalism," Show #377, Part I 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Battlefield Journalism," Show #377, Part II 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Battlefield Journalism," Show #377, Part III 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
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2016-270/4 [23607447] "Terrorism and the Media," Show #442, Part I 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Terrorism and the Media," Show #442, Part II 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Violence and the Media," Show #469, Part I 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Violence and the Media," Show #469, Part II 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Campaign News Coverage," Show #509, Part I 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Campaign News Coverage," Show #509, Part II 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Debategate: Medical Reporting," Show #569, Part I 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Debategate: Medical Reporting," Show #569, Part II 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
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2016-270/5 [23607367] "The Nuclear Dilemma. Day After," Show #660, Part I 1983
four 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"The Nuclear Dilemma. Day After," Show #660, Part II 1983
four 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"The Nuclear Dilemma. Day After," Show #660, Part III 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
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2016-270/6 [23607390] "1984: Secrecy, Security and the Media," Show #704, Reel I 1984
three 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"1984: Secrecy, Security and the Media," Show #704, Reel II 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"The Bottom Line: Business Rates," Show #749, Part I 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"The Bottom Line: Business Rate," Show #749, Part II 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
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2016-270/7 [23607470] "Courts, Cameras, Justice?," Show #794, Part I 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Courts, Cameras, Justice?," Show #794, Part II 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Talking Back to TV News," Show #826, GMA Promo 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Talking Back to TV News," Show #826, Part I 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Talking Back to TV News," Show #826, Part II 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"What's Ailing Medical News," Show #969, Part I 1985
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"What's Ailing Medical News," Show #969, Part II 1985
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
CNN
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2016-270/8 [23607356] Illinois/Indiana Cable Association 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
President Carter Interview, Watson and Schorr 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic and 1/2 inch videotape
"Horsing around" on the first CNN set 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Carter Interview, Final Cut 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Analysis of President Carter's Trip to Tokyo 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
24-Hour compression library tape
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Take Two," George Watson
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
20/20
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2016-270/8 [23607356] Kaiser Aliminum 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Washington / Capitol Hill Security 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"20/20" George Watson Stand-Upper 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
ABC News "Directions"
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2016-270/9 [23607480] "Directions," The Draft 1979
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Directions," The Anne Frank House 1979
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
ABC News Prime Time Documentaries
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2016-270/9 [23607480] "Terror in Northern Ireland" 1971
1 reel
"Terror in Northern Ireland" 1971
1/2 inch videotape
"A Day in the Life of Ivan Ivanovich" 1967
1/2 inch videotape
"Comrade Soldier" 1969
1/2 inch videotape
"Good Morning America"
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2016-270/9 [23607480] Watson, Horowitz, Smith, (Steve) Bell, and (David) Hartman - Coverage of Israel 1982
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"How the Media Loves a Crisis" 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Watson/Cronkite 1991
Betacam
"World News Now"
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2016-270/9 [23607480] Essay 1
two 1/2 inch videotape
Essay 2
1/2 inch videotape
George Watson Finale program plus various essays 2001
three 1/2 inch videotape
"Nightline"
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2016-270/10 [21465738] FOR CNN / George Watson 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
CBS/Dan Rather, Carl Galloway Trial 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
[no information on cassette] 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Clips of original and new openings of Nightline and Viewpoint 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Show History 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Show History - Westmorland vs CBS 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Show History 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Libel" 1985
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Hostage Crisis: Correspondents Report" 1985
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
George Watson 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
[no information on cassette] 1991
1/2 inch videotape
"Beating Depression" George Watson, correspondent (5:38 into the CD; also on video cassette) 1994
1/2 inch videotape
"Beating Depression" George Watson, correspondent 1994
1/2 inch videotape
"Lollapalooza" 1994
1/2 inch videotape
George Watson Finale Program and Various Essays 2001
1 DVD
Miscellaneous
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2016-270/11 [23607469] NBC Nightly News, off-air 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Watson ABC News Farewell Party 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Richard Wald and Ted Koppel "previous remark," at NATAS luncheon 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
WNET, 11-11:30 PM, Part I 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
WNET, 11-11:30 PM, Part II 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Gag reel, "Tapes of Wrath" 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Town Meeting - "Network News and the American Voter" 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Clips from "World News Tonight for "MacNeil Lehrer Report" - Shepard Part I 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Clips from "World News Tonight for "MacNeil Lehrer Report" - Shepard Part II 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Clips from "World News Tonight for "MacNeil Lehrer Report" - Peter Jennings 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
McNeil/Lehrer Report, Exit Polls and Election Coverage 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Capitol Journal with Hodding Carter" 1985
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
MacNeil/Lehrer 1991
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Good-bye"
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
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2016-270/12 [22024578] Telecommunications Hearing, Watson Testimony 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Bianca Trick
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Viewer Call-In Program 1980
1/2 inch videotape
"Selected TV Excerpts"
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
MacNeil/Lehrer 1991
1/2 inch videotape
Invasion of Privacy Reel (Richmond debate, Jan 11, 1984) 1985
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
ABC News Gag Reel 1982
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
ABC News Gag Reel 1966-1967
1 DVD
"ABC News Perspective"
1/8 inch audio cassette
NATAS Luncheon Special repartee between Richard Ward and Ted Koppel 1981
1/8 inch audio cassette
Watson farewell party from ABC News to CNN 1980
1/8 inch audio cassette
NPR "Communique - War Coverage" Watson and Morton Kondracke 1982
1/8 inch audio cassette
Seminar at the Freedom Forum
1/2 inch videotape
Journalists' Roundtable 1991
1/2 inch videotape
Misc Video # - Watson/CNN Several Reports, Black and White Standup, Directions 6/3/79, Nightline 12/8/83 1979-1983
1/2 inch videotape
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4T118a [SRH1230013778] VHS tapes, ABC News, Howard K. Smith Roundtable 1966
George Watson: Cau Lu, Khe Sahn, Dominican Republic, Moscow undated
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2.325/R100 [SRH1230003175] LP, "November 22, 1963," ABC news coverage undated

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Print

Radio and TV scripts/transcripts and correspondence
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2.325/AAA59a [SRH1230002966] ABC Radio logbook November 22, 1963-November 25, 1963
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3So35aa [SRH1230022181] Detailed list of Watson's New Reports [ABC News computer print-out of Watson TV reportage] 1967-1972
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2016-270/13 [21465760] Listing of Watson's TV appearances [Vanderbilt University computer print-out of Watson TV reportage] 1968-2004, 2009
ABC News edited, typed, and handwritten news scripts 1965-1966
ABC News edited, typed, and handwritten scripts from Watson's reporting in the Soviet Union, Russia 1966
ABC News edited, typed, and handwritten scripts from Watson's reporting in the Soviet Union, Russia [1 of 2] 1967
ABC News edited, typed, and handwritten scripts from Watson's reporting in the Soviet Union, Russia [2 of 2] 1967
ABC News edited, typed, and handwritten scripts from Watson's reporting in the Soviet Union, Russia 1966-1967
Handwritten and typed edited scripts from ABC news, Watson's reporting from the Soviet Union and Selma, Alabama, and correspondence with ABC News regarding USSR Reports 1968
ABC News TV and radio scripts from Watson's reporting in the Soviet Union handwritten and edited typescripts 1968
TV scripts for ABC News from Watson's reporting in Romania, Soviet Union, England, Serbia, Jordan, Bulgaria, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, handwritten notes and edited typescripts 1969
ABC News Radio Scripts from Watson's reporting in England, Romania, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, France, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Soviet Union, handwritten and edited typescript 1969
ABC News TV Scripts from Watson's reporting in Vietnam, U.S, S. America, Cambodia, Germany, Poland, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Portugal, England, Ireland, handwritten notes and edited typescripts 1970
ABC News Radio scripts from Watson's reporting in England, Ireland, Vietnam, Cambodia, Poland, Nigeria, handwritten notes and edited typescript 1970
ABC News TV scripts from Watson's reporting in Bermuda, England, Pakistan, Austria, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, India, Jordan, Egypt, handwritten notes and typewritten edited scripts 1971
ABC News Radio scripts from Watson's reporting in Bermuda, Austria, England, Ireland, Finland, India, Egypt, handwritten notes and edited typescripts 1971
Watson Radio Scripts 1972
Watson TV Scripts 1972
Watson Radio Scripts, 1973 - ABC News London 1973
Watson Radio Scripts, 1974 - ABC News London 1974
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2016-270/14 [23353575] ABC News TV Scripts from Watson's reporting in England, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, Scotland 1974
ABC News Radio Scripts from Watson's reporting in England, Austria, Portugal, Poland, Holland 1975
Watson TV Scripts, 1975 - ABC News 1975
CNN 1980 Scripts 1980
"Directions" 1972-1973
Watson's typescript and handwritten notes from the White House 1976
"Comrade Soldier," Moscow 1968
"Nightline," Hostage Crisis: Correspondents Report 1985
Transcript from Nightline "Beating Depression" 1994
Nightline, "Lollapalooza" 1974
For Peter Jennings 1973
ABC News, "Backgrounders" 1972
"Voting for Democracy" transcripts and photograph with Watson and Jimmy Carter 1984
"The Harvard Crimson"
Watson's published magazine articles as an ABC news correspondence 1961-1962, 1985, 1993
Munroe News Bureau 1961-1962
"The Washington Post" Watson's published newspaper articles 1960-1961
"The Washington Post" obituaries 1960-1961
Watson's transcripts and notes from speeches [1 of 3] 1985-2010
Watson's transcripts and notes from speeches [2 of 3] 1980-1982
Watson's transcripts and notes from speeches [3 of 3] 1976-1986
Personal correspondence responses 1984-2016
Correspondence 1952-1959
Correspondence 1960-1963
Correspondence 1964-1967
Correspondence 1968-1972
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2016-270/15 [23604540] Correspondence 1973-1979
Correspondence 1980-1989
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2.325/AA12i [SRH1230010039] Correspondence regarding Watson's ABC News reporting 1987, 2009
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2016-270/15 [23604540] Correspondence 1990-2008
World News Essays, edited typescript 1993
World News Essays, edited typescript [1 of 2] 1994
World News Essays, edited typescript [2 of 2] 1994
World News Essays, edited typescript [1 of 2] 1995
World News Essays, edited typescript [2 of 2] 1995
Essays [1 of 2] 1996
Essays [2 of 2] 1996
World News Essays, edited typescript [1 of 2] 1997
World News Essays, edited typescript [2 of 2] 1997
World News Essays, edited typescript 1998
World News Essays, edited typescript 1999
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2016-270/12 [22024578] World News Essays, edited typescript 2001
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2016-270/15 [23604540] Essays 2001
"Viewpoint" Transcripts
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2016-270/16 [23353586] Viewpoint, "Sadat Assassination, Reagan, Pope" transcript 1981
Viewpoint, "White House and News Media" transcript 1982
Viewpoint, "Freedom of the Press vs. Invasion of Privacy" transcript 1982
Viewpoint, "Battlefield Journalism," transcript 1982
Viewpoint, "Terrorism and the Media" transcript 1983
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "Violence and the Media" 1983
Viewpoint" Transcripts : "Campaign News Coverage 1983
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "Debategate/Medical Reporting" 1983
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "The Day After" - Nuclear Dilemma 1983
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "1984 : Secrecy, Security and the Media" 1984
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "The Bottom Line : Business Rates the News" 1984
Viewpoint" Transcripts : "Courts, Cameras, Justice?" 1984
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "Talking Back to TV News" 1984
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "What's Ailing Medical News?" 1985
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "Duty, Honor, Country - Deadline" 1985
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "The Manipulators : Iron Curtain - Stone Wall - Party Line" 1986
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "BASHING : The Press and the Presidency" 1986
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "Viewpoint : Amerika" 1987
Publicity, Corporate Announcements, Photographs
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2.325/AAA59a [SRH1230002966] Photograph of George Watson and Charlayne Hunger-Gault; photograph of George Watson and others at congressional hearing undated
Edited Watson speech, "Media, Politics, and the Public Interest" 1992
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2016-270/16 [23353586] Promotional and personal photographs of Watson and ABC News office, JFK assassination coverage, ABC memorandum 1960-1969
Moscow Bureau Chief, newspaper clippings and articles about Watson's Moscow special, correspondence for Moscow special 1965-1970
"Comrade Soldier" ABC News documentary, newspaper clippings, promotional photographs, public press release 1968-1970
"A Day in the Life of Ivan Ivanovich" 1966-1967
Soviet Education 1968
ABC photographs and negatives of Watson in Moscow 1967-1969, undated
Vietnam correspondence, Watson medical record and newspaper clippings for Vietnamese police attack 1968-1970
Vietnam reporting photographs, negatives, 16mm strip 1968-1970, 2001
ABC News Policy handbook, personnel policies, production standards, legal policies 1994
Viewpoint publications, bulletin, department memorandums, public relations materials, articles, edited typescript 1981-1984
ABC press release and articles about Watson as London Bureau Chief, correspondence 1970-1976
The Association of American Correspondents in London member handbook, dinner invitations, speech transcripts and correspondence 1975
ABC News Special Report "Britain's Darkest Hour" press release and news articles
ABC News "Directions," press release, photographs, news articles 1972-1974,1979
"Terror in Northern Ireland" news special press release, news articles, photographs and negatives 1971-1974
London, photographs and negatives 1971-1975, undated
"London to White House" press release, news articles and photographs 1975
Washington Bureau Chief press release, newspaper articles, correspondence, and photographs 1976-1980
"Issues and Answers" set photographs
ABC News Washington D.C. building promotional and ground breaking ceremony photographs, invitation, news articles, and press release 1978
ABC News early Supreme Court decision announcement dispute news articles and Watson's response 1979
Washington D.C. newsroom photographs and promotional photographs 1976-1980
Watson's move to CNN press releases, news articles, and correspondence 1979-1981
CNN promotional materials for subscribers 1979-1980
CNN promotional photographs of Watson 1980
Watson Appointed ABC News vice president press release and news articles 1981
"Viewpoint" press release, news articles and promotional photographs 1981-1989
New York photographs of Watson and Congressional Hearings 1983-1984
"Viewpoint" promotional materials and newspaper articles [1 of 2] 1981-1982
"Viewpoint" promotional materials and newspaper articles [2 of 2] 1982
ABC News and "Viewpoint" news articles, press release materials, newspaper clippings and newsletters 1983
Consumer Reports, Family Circle Magazine, transcripts, and news articles for "Viewpoint" and "20/20" 1983
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2016-270/17 [23353644] News articles and press release materials for ABC News and "Viewpoint" 1984
Watson's Washington bureau chief newspaper clippings, news articles, correspondence, and letter from Ronald Reagan 1985-1993
Newspaper clippings and news articles for the Gulf War media coverage Pentagon conflict 1985-1992
Westmoreland case newspaper clippings 1985
Photographs of Watson in Washington, with White House presidents and vice presidents, promotional ABC photographs 1985-1993
ABC News press release materials news articles, newspaper clippings 1985
ABC News press release materials, Watson newspaper clippings, and event pamphlets 1986
Newspaper articles and Watson's event pamphlets 1987
News articles citing Watson 1988
News articles citing Watson 1989
News articles citing Watson and event pamphlet 1989-1990
News articles citing Watson and event pamphlet 1991
News articles about Watson's medical leave and depression 1992
News articles citing Watson and event pamphlets 1992
E-mails, press release and news articles about Watson's move to "World News Now" 1993, 2001
Magazine articles about Watson and event pamphlets 1993
News articles about Watson and letter from a fan 1994
News articles about Watson 1995
ABC News press release announcements and biographies about Watson 1970-1981
News articles, tickets, press materials, and pamphlets for Watson's ABC News End-of-Year tour luncheon and speeches 1966-1968
News articles, event pamphlets, newsletter for Watson's appearances and conferences 1966-1990
Web search results and related reporter results for Watson 2009
Watson's biographies for multiple editions of Who's Who in America and application for ABC News vice president 1979-2004
Books in which George Watson is cited
Archivist's Note
Books have been separated from the collection. Series contains photocopies of pages that mention Watson as well as title pages and any relevant inscriptions.
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2.325/AAA59a [SRH1230002966] Autographed copy of On the Frontlines of the Television War, by Yasutsune Hirashiki 2017
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2016-270/17 [23353644] As I Recall, Memories of a Life in Journalism, by George Watson, 3 copies undated
Chronology of a Life in Journalism 2016
3 copies [1 with edits sheet]
Scope and Contents
Self-published book authored by Watson.
キャパになれなかったカメラマン : ベトナム戦争の語り部たち上 2 [The Cameraman who was not used to capacity: Storytellers of the Vietnam War Vol. 2] [Japanese Import] 2008
Media Access and the Military: The Case of the Gulf War 1998
Election Communications and the Election of 1992 (Conference Proceedings) 1983
Uniform Poll Closing: Hearings held before the subcommittee on elections of the committee on house administration US House of Representatives 1985
Clearing the Air 1963
Early 1984 Election Projections: Hearing held jointly before the subcommittee on telecommunications, consumer protection, and finance of the committee of energy and commerce and the task force on elections of the committee of house administration House of Representatives 1985
A Basement Seat to History: Tales of Covering Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan for the Voice of America 1995
Ted Turner's Amazing Story: It Ain't As Easy As It Looks 1993
Beating the Odds: The Untold Story Behind the Rise of ABC: The Stars, Struggles and Egos that Transformed Network Television 1991
The House that Roone Built: The Inside Story of ABC News 1994
CNN The Inside Story: How a Band of Mavericks Changed the Face of Television News 1990
Hold On, Mr. President! 1987
Citizen Turner: The Wild Rise of an American Tycoon 1995
Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War 1992
Split Signals: Television and Politics in the Soviet Union 1988
On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency 1989
The Moscow Correspondents: Reporting on Russia from the Revolution to Glasnost 1988
The Pulitzer Diaries: Inside America's Greatest Prize 1997
Nightline: History in the Making and the Making of Television 1996
Roone: A Memoir 2003
Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate 2007
The Other Side of the Story: "When the news seemed to me, then and now, to be wrong, unsupportable, and unfair" 1984
Me and Ted Against the World: The Unauthorized Story of the Founding of CNN 2001
ABC News Posters
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OD1460 "Get to the heart of the Convention: Reasoner on ABC News"
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18" x 26"
"Election Night - Smith and Morgan - ABC"
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18" x 26"
"ABC News - The '80 Vote - Republican National Convention - Detroit - July 14-18"
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26" x 31"
Ephemera from reporting locations
Credentials, IDs, badges, pins, and buttons
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2016-270/17 [23353644] Harvard Crimson- ABC News : credentials, IDs, badges, pin and buttons 1960-1979
CNN - ABC News: credentials, IDs, badges, pins and buttons 1980-1994
National Press Club of Washington and various other membership cards 1964-1996
ABC News Employee ID cards, police credentials, and press badges 1962-1996
White House and Congressional press badges, Radio-Television News Directors Association and Overseas Press Club of America membership cards 1960-1994
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2.325/AA12i [SRH1230010039] Identification materials 1976-1990
Political buttons 1976-1990
Medal, Roster of Heroes, Philippine Revolution 1986-1987
Scrapbooks and newspapers
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2016-270/18 [23607403] Copy of "Snapshots from assignments in Moscow, Vietnam, London, Washington D.C., New York City" scrapbook and film negatives [1960]-2001
Scrapbook photographs from assignments in Washington D.C., Moscow, USSR, England, Denmark, Poland, Nicaragua, and India 1968-2001
Personal scrapbook "1," personal photographs from Copenhagen and Moscow 1968-1969
Scrapbook "2," personal photographs of students, military base, soldiers, news reporters in Cambodia, Taj Mahal and beach in India 1968
Scrapbook "3," personal photographs of news reporters, Buddhist celebration, war damage, Vietnamese troops training, American soldiers from Chi Lang, Saigon and China Beach, Vietnam 1968
Scrapbook "4," personal photographs of downtown Saigon, news reporters, soldiers in Saigon, China Beach and Khe Sahn, Vietnam 1968
Scrapbook "5," personal photographs from Egypt, Al Fatah vs. Israel, Bucharest, Romania, Canarueon, Wales, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Saigon, California, Helsinki, Romania 1969-1972, undated
Scrapbook "6," personal photographs of cameramen, news reporters, Romania, Uganda, Ireland, Poland, Italy, Scotland, Greece, Germany, and Morocco 1972-1974
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3So35aa [SRH1230022181] Newspaper clippings from the Harvard Crimson, the Detroit News, and the Washington Post Scrapbook 1955-1983
Harvard Crimson issues and clippings February 26, 1955, Septtember 26, 1957-October 1, 1957
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2.325/AA12i [SRH1230010039] The Crimson newspaper December 18, 1879
A Guide to Career Opportunities January 1957, February 1957
Harvard Crimson stationery (blank) and George Watson correspondence March 3, 1957

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