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Watkins and Orton families papers

Identifier: LaRC-185

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of personal papers of the Watkins and Orton families of New Orleans, La., and Milwaukee, Wis. Included are handwritten and typed correspondence, certificates including an 1890 German-language birth certificate for John Orton Watkins, financial documents, drawings, poetry, scrapbooks, family and travel photographs, biographical and genealogical information, medical notes and a prescription by Dr. William H. Watkins, a 1902 memorial resolution by the Orleans Parish Medical Society following the death of Dr. Watkins, invitations and other items of social ephemera, New Orleans Carnival newspaper clippings, and other printed items.


  • 1886-1971

Language of Materials

In English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Biographical / Historical

William Hamilton Watkins (1846-1902) was a prominent New Orleans physician, considered an authority on yellow fever. The Watkins family became allied with the Orton family in 1887 with the marriage of Dr. Watkins to Amy Camilla Orton (1866-1910) of Milwaukee. Dr. and Mrs. William H. Watkins were the parents of this collection's donor, Dorothy Inbusch.


2.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes and 1 volume. )


Arranged by document type and chronologically.


OCLC # 944532383

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired in 1967 from Dorothy "Dottie" (Mrs. Charles E.) Inbusch of Milwaukee, with later additions.
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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US