Austin History Center

Arthur O. Watson Photographs and Drawings

An Inventory to the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Watson, Arthur O.
Title: Arthur O. Watson Photographs and Drawings
Abstract: Photographic images and drawings by Arthur O. Watson.
Identification: AR.2009.039
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box) and 16 drawings
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, , PO BOX 2287, , Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Arthur O. Watson, 1864-1935, attended Texas A&M College in the early 1880s and was a member of an early graduating class. He then moved to Austin after completing school and practiced in a partnership with Jacob L. Larmour. He was a 20 year member of the Texas State Association of Architects and in 1908 he served as secretary-treasurer of the organization.

Much of Watson's work was awarded in competitions for state buildings and county courthouse contracts throughout Texas. His projects included at least five county courthouses and a number of asylums and penal buildings.

Watson's most impressive Austin projects included All Saints' Episcopal Chapel (1899) located at 27th and Whitis Streets, the Caswell-Bickler House (1900) at 1404 West Avenue and Austin High School (1900) located at 9th and Trinity Streets which burned in 1956.

Scope and Contents

The Photographs series consists of negatives, slides, oversized photographic prints, drawings of several Texas County Courthouses and the Main Building at A&M College. Each item has been marked with the call number assigned to that particular project. The corresponding drawings for each project do not necessarily exist within the Architectural Archives.

The Drawings series consists of a set of 11 drawings for an auditorium & gymnasium and watercolors of a commercial building, a school building and three courthouses (Lamar County, Milam County and one unidentified).


Arranged into 2 series:
I. Photographs
II. Drawings


Restrictions on Access

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Watson, Arthur O.
Texas State Association of Architects
Austin (Tex.)
Historic buildings--Texas--Austin.
Document Types:
Watercolor drawings

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Items donated by Arthur Pope Watson, Jr.

Preferred Citation

Arthur O. Watson Records (AR.2009.039). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1986/099

Donation Date: 1987

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Tim Wilder/1992, updated by Molly Hults/2010 and Kathryn Garvey/2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Photographic materials, circa 1890s

Location Box
Architectural Archives 1 Negatives and slides, undated
Location Box
Architectural qAR 1 Photo renderings and prints, undated

II. Drawings, circa 1890-1895, undated

View an index of the architectural drawings here.