This collection is comprised of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, documents, certificates, and other material regarding
Gordon and Anna Watkins from 1903-1971. Includes both personal and university related items. Material reflecting the Watkins'
interest in the field of economics and his tenure as UCR's first Provost is evidenced through the various publications and
press clippings present in the collection. Memorandums, correspondence, and sound recordings documenting the Watkins' accomplishments
and time at UCR are also included such as items regarding the establishment and construction of UCR as well as Watkins House.
Gordon Samuel Watkins was born on March 9, 1889 in Brynmawr, Wales. Watkins worked with his father in the coal mines from
a young age and began saving his money to better his situation. In 1906, at the age of seventeen, he paid thirty-five dollars
for a steam ship ticket to the United States. Once in the States, he worked at numerous places including a railroad machine
shop which enabled him to pay his way through preparatory school at Fargo College Academy in Fargo, North Dakota and Wheaton
College Academy in Wheaton, Illinois. Watkins later moved to and worked as a lumberjack in Montana which helped pay his way
through the University of Montana where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree and met Anna Davis. Anna was born on December
22, 1884 in Mount Etna, Iowa and like her husband she completed her undergraduate work at the University of Montana earning
a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. The couple was married in 1917 after Gordon received his Masters of Arts degree from
the University of Illinois. Gordon later went on to earn his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
5.75 linear feet
(5 document boxes, 2 flat storage boxes, 1 map case folder)
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. All
requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections
& Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the
physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
This collection is open for research.