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A. Watson Chapman papers

Identifier: LaRC-896

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of the personal papers of A. Watson Chapman (1906-1972). There are biographical as well as genealogical materials about the Chapman and Watson families. His career as a chemical engineer is documented by work correspondence from Celotex Corporation in addition to Alpha Chi Sigma and other chemistry organization material. Chapman was also involved with the Tulane Board of Visitors, the Round Table Club, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré, and the Tulane Alumni Association. He went on a number of trips and there are many family photographs in the collection as well. Chapman's appointment books are also present, in addition to a family bible.


  • 1921-1972


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

A. Watson Chapman (1906-1972) was a chemical engineer who worked for Celotex Corporation. Arden Ray Chapman of Lincoln, Nebraska was his father. Chapman graduated from Tulane University in 1927 and was later president of the Tulane Alumni Association (1948-1949). He was a collector of graphic arts and donated his collection of limited editions books to the University. He was involved with Alpha Phi Sigma, the American Association for Advancement of Science, the Chicago Chemist's Club, Tulane Board of Visitors, the Round Table Club, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré, and the Tulane Alumni Association.


5.00 Boxes

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by topic as follows: biographical and genealogical material, correspondence, organizations, clippings, photographs, family bible, appointment books, and volumes. The collection consists of five boxes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Estate of A. Watson Chapman.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Helen Burkes.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

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