A Guide to the W.F. Bill Watt Scrapbook Collection
Watt was born in Moline, Illinois, in 1898, moved to Texas the next year, and lived in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas until his death in 1983. He was an Assistant Secretary in the investment department of Southland Life Insurance Company and participated in many civic activities. Watt’s stated purpose in keeping the scrapbooks--"Being a horse-and-buggy conservative, I took a dim view of some of the events of the mid-30s and decided to keep tab on the unprecedented actions shaping our country's future."
Scrapbooks include primarily clippings from the Dallas Times Herald and Dallas Morning News from March 1933 through January 1979. There are a few clippings from national news magazines and other sources. There is a separate scrapbook on the John F. Kennedy assassination covering events from November 22, 1963, through Jack Ruby's death, including at least two complete Sections 1 from the Herald and News on the day of the assassination. There is also a separate scrapbook on the Texas State Guard from 1941 through 1948--the home guard during WWII of which Watt was a member. This scrapbook includes various medals, tests, communications, and official correspondence. The subject matter of the scrapbooks reflect Watt's interests--world events, state and local politics and events, economics, weather, celebrity deaths, jokes, "inspirational"
W.F. Bill Watt Scrapbook Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Detailed Description of the Papers