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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Books

Cards

Charts

Correspondence

Directories

Financial Material

Journals and Periodicals

Legal Material

Literary Productions

Magazines

Memorabilia

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

Newspapers

Newspapers, Foreign

Newspaper Articles

Pamphlets

Photographs

Photographs

Printed Material

Printed Material

Printed Material

Ralls Family History and Genealogy

Ralls Family History and Genealogy

Scrapbook Material

Town of Ralls

Travel Materials

Watkins Family History and Genealogy

Watkins Family History and Genealogy

Oversize Material

Photographs

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Ralls-Watkins Family:

An Inventory of Their Papers, 1894-2008 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Ralls-Watkins Family
Title: Ralls-Watkins Family Papers,
Dates: 1894-2008 and undated
Abstract: The Papers contains files, printed material, and other items relating to the Ralls and Watkins families from Ralls, Texas.
Collection # S 1765.1
Quantity: 7 boxes (7 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

The Ralls and later Watkins Families helped found, establish, and contribute financially to both the town of Ralls, Texas, as well as the Methodist Church of Ralls. The founding of the town came about primarily through the children of Percy Ralls, the patriarch of the family from Georgia.

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Scope and Content

The Papers contains files, printed material, and other items relating to the Ralls and Watkins families from Ralls, Texas. Some of the most significant materials are genealogical research and records of the Ralls and Watkins families, and the personal account books of Percy Ralls, the family founder. Also includes the collected travel plans, records, and news clippings of the Watkins family world tour circa 1958. There are also collected files from a Ralls missionary society, usually dealing with efforts that took place in East Asia.

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Organization

The collection is organized by the following series: Books, Cards, Charts, Correspondence, Directories, Financial Material, Journals and Periodicals, Legal Material, Literary Productions, Magazines, Memorabilia, Miscellaneous, Newspapers, Newspapers Foreign, Newspaper Articles, Pamphlets, Photographs, Printed Material, Ralls Family History and Genealogy, Ralls/Watkins History, Scrapbook Material, Town of Ralls, Travel Materials, Watkins Family History and Genealogy, and Oversize Materials.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Ralls Family
Ralls, Percy B.
Watkins Family
Subjects (Organizations)
Methodist Church
Texas Tech University
Subjects (Places)
Lubbock (Tex.)
Ralls (Tex.)
Ralls (Tex.)--History
Texas--Genealogy
Texas, West--History
Subjects
Genealogy

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Related Material

Percy B. Ralls oral history interview [sound recording], 1956

Ralls Study Club (Texas) Records, 1961-1970

Religious Music Collection, 1877-1952

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ralls-Watkins Family Papers, 1894-2008 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Collection accession #(s):
2008-0011-B

Gift, 2008

Processed by

Nicholas Wallace, 2012

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Collection Inventory

 

Books

box folder
1 1 Abernathy-Crosbyton-Dickens-Idalou-Lorenzo-Petersburg-Ralls Phonebook, 1989
2 Address and Guest Books, 1956-2002
3 The All-Texas Special Good Will Tour, 1927
4 Musical Theatre Programs, undated
5 Percy Ralls’ Funeral Service Memorial Book, 1963
6 Travel Diaries, 1959-1972 and undated

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Cards

box folder
1 7 Condolences, undated

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Charts

box folder
1 8 History of Ralls Methodist Church, undated

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Correspondence

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1 9 1917-1922
10 1917-1954, and undated
11 1962 and undated
12 Invitations 1981
13 Around the World Tour Letters, Copies, January 19 – May 9 1959
14 Around the World Tour Letters, Originals, January 19 – May 9 1959
15 Christmas, 1963, 1964, 1969
16 Copies of Letters in File, undated
17 Dawn Watkins and Scott Parten, 1996-2003, and undated
18 History of Ralls Methodist Church, 1946-1993
19 Lezlie Watkins and Robert Tipton, 1994-1999, and undated
20 Ministries of the Ralls Church, 1988-1991, and undated
21 Pauline, World Tour, 1959
22 Postcards Received by Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Watkins, 1928-1959
23 Postcards Received by Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Watkins, 1960-1997
24 Postcards of Rotary Club Visitations, Watkins and Eason, 2959
25 Rotary International, undated
26 Sue Watkins, Burt Kogul, William K. Grasty, Jeffrey W. Grasty, and Gina, 1983-1997, and undated
27 Travels of Walker and Pauline Watkins, 1957
28 Wendy Watkins and Trey Anderson, 1989-2003, and undated
29 William Don Watkins and Carolyn Freeman, 1975, 1994-1995, and undated
30 William David Watkins and Mable Florence Clifton, 1905-1935, and undated
31 Wilmoth Wilson Watkins, Jimmye Flemins, and Ruth Anderson Lintt, 1941-1989
32 Winifield David “Windy” Watkins and Ethel Lucille Moxley, 1925-1981, and undated

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Directories

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1 33 Address Book, undated
34 History of Ralls Methodist Church, 1894-2003, undated
35 Women’s Organizations, 1936 and undated

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Financial Material

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1 36 Cloth Filing Bag #1, A-B, undated
37 Cloth Filing Bag #1, C-D, undated
38 Cloth Filing Bag #1, E-F, undated
39 Cloth Filing Bag #1, G-H, undated
40 Cloth Filing Bag #1, M-Mc, undated
41 Cloth Filing Bag #1, N, O, P, Q, undated
42 Cloth Filing Bag #1, R, T, Y, undated
43 Cloth Filing Bag #1, S, undated
44 Cloth Filing Bag #1, W, undated
45 Cloth Filing Bag #2, A-B, undated
46 Cloth Filing Bag #2, C-D, undated
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4 47 Cloth Filing Bag #2, G-H, undated
box folder
1 48 Cloth Filing Bag #2, E-F (Abstract of Title), undated
49 Cloth Filing Bag #2, I, J, K, L, undated
50 Cloth Filing Bag #2, N, O, P, Q, undated
51 Cloth Filing Bag #3, A-B, undated
52 Cloth Filing Bag #3, C-D, undated
53 Cloth Filing Bag #3, E-F, undated
54 Cloth Filing Bag #3, G-H, undated
55 Cloth Filing Bag #3, I, J, K, L, undated
56 Cloth Filing Bag #3, M-Mc, undated
57 Cloth Filing Bag #3, N, O, P, Q, undated
58 Cloth Filing Bag #3, R, T, Y, undated
59 Cloth Filing Bag #3, S, undated
60 Cloth Filing Bag #3, W, undated
61 History of Ralls Methodist Church, 1919-1961
62 P.B. Ralls, 1896-1919
63 P.B. Ralls, 1920-1924
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2 1 P.B. Ralls, 1930-1938
2 P.B. Ralls, 1944-1949
3 P.B. Ralls, 1950-1957, undated
4 P.B. Ralls, 1960-1961
5 P.B. Ralls’ Ledger Book of Records from the John R. Ralls Estate, undated
6 Percy B. Ralls’ Ledger Book from Sale of Town Lots, 1915-1937 and undated
7 Receipts from W.W. Watkins’ Travels (1 of 3), 1959-1964
8 Receipts from W.W. Watkins’ Travels (2 of 3), 1959-1964
9 Receipts from W.W. Watkins’ Travels (3 of 3), 1959-1964
10 Travels of Walker and Pauline Watkins, 1958-1959
11 William David Watkins and Mable Florence Clifton, 1917-1960
12 Women’s Organizations, undated

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Journals and Periodicals

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2 13 1950 and 1957
14 1958-1960
15 1961-1964
16 1965-1966
17 1971, 1972, 1980, 1983, 1986
18 Articles on Japan, the Japanese people, and travel, 1993 and undated
19 Article from Record, 2000
20 History of Ralls Methodist Church, 1952-1985 and undated
21 Journal of the Northwest Texas Conference, 1944
22 The Messenger Newsletter, 1960-1962
23 The Messenger Newsletter, 1963-1964
24 The Messenger Newsletter, 1965-1967, and undated
25 The Methodist Visitor, Abernathy, TX 1967
26 The Methodist Woman Cover, May 1956
27 Ministers of Ralls Church, 1984-1991
28 The Missionary Voice, 1922
29 Newsletters of Ralls Methodist Church, 1943-1991
30 Our Little Children, 1918
31 The Saturday Evening Post, 1984
32 Together, November 1960
33 Together, undated

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Legal Material

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2 34 P.B. Ralls, 1902-1908
35 P.B. Ralls, 1914-1919
36 P.B. Ralls, 1920-1929
37 P.B. Ralls, 1930-1939
38 P.B. Ralls, 1946-1949
39 P.B. Ralls, 1950-1959
40 P.B. Ralls, 1961 and undated
41 Sue Watkins, 1991
42 Watkins-Clifton Family History Legal Documents, undated
43 William David Watkins and Mable Florence Clifton, 1897-1935
44 Wilmoth Wilson Watkins, Jimmye Flemins, and Ruth Anderson Lintt, 1944-1975 and undated
45 Winfield David “Windy” Watkins Resume, 1961
46 Women’s Society of Christian Service, United Methodist Church, 1968

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Literary Productions

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2 47 “The Great Divine Unveiling,” 1946

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Magazines

box folder
2 48 The Asia Magazine, September 1, 1968
49 The Saturday Evening Post, January 25, 1964

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Memorabilia

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2 50 Sue Watkins and Jeffrey Grasty, undated
51 William David Watkins and Mable Florence Clifton, undated
52 Wilmoth Wilson Watkins, Travel Notes, 1932 and undated
53 Women’s Organizations – “Looking Back through the Years,” undated

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Miscellaneous

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2 54 Small Posters of Asian Art, undated
55 Telegram Notes, Park Lane London, undated
56 Unidentified Adding Machine Numbers, undated

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Newspapers

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2 57 The Ralls Banner, January 4, 1935

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Newspapers

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2 58 The Ralls Banner, June 24, 1955
59 The Ralls Financier, October 1918
60 Ulster County Gazette, Re-print, Jan 4, 1800
61 The United Methodist Reporter, June 21, 1991

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Newspapers, Foreign

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2 62 Irish Weekly Independent, March 16-19 1959
63 The Korean Republic, April 11 1964
64 The Korea Times, April 12, 1964
65 The Philippines Herald, March 28 1964
66 The Philippines Herald Magazine, March 28 1964

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Newspaper Articles

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2 67 “American Methodists Celebrate Bicentennial,” Lubbock-Avalanche Journal, March 4 1984
68 Articles on India and the Philipinnes, undated
69 Articles on Japanese Culture, undated
70 “Caravaners,” Sun News, June 29 1979
71 Editorials on Gen. Douglass MacArthur, 1964
72 History of Ralls Methodist Church Articles, 1945-1992 and undated
73 Lezlie Watkins and Robert Tipton, Marriage Announcements, 1995
74 Ministers of the Ralls Church, 1975-1991
75 “Pioneer Women,” Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, March 15 1998
76 Ralls History, Miscellaneous, undated
77 Ralls History Reports, 1992-2001
78 “Trailer Fanciers Find Their Friends,” El Paso Times, July 1 1979
79 “Walker Watkins Hits Milestone in Rotary,” 1987
80 Wendy Watkins and Trey Anderson, 1981-1996
81 William David Watkins’ Obituary, “Ralls’ Mayor Dies,” January 4, 1933
82 William Don Watkins’ Obituary, “Funeral for Wreck Victim is Held In Ralls Friday A.M.” Nov. 25, 1975
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3 1 Wilmoth Wilson Watkins, Jimmye Flemins, and Ruth Anderson Lintt, 1947-1980 and undated
2 Winfield David “Windy” Watkins and Ethel Lucille Moxley, 1953-1981 and undated
3 Women’s Organizations, 1976-1989 and undated

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Pamphlets

box folder
3 4 “Appointments” Booklet, 1971
5 Rotary International Conference Meetings, 41st and 127th districts, 1937-1938

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Photographs

box folder
3 6 Dawn Watkins and Scott Parten, 1977-1984 and undated
7 Faded Photo Album #1, undated
8 Faded Photo Album #2, undated
9 Family Photos, undated
10 Good News in India-Negatives, undated
11 History of the Ralls Methodist Church, undated
12 Lezlie Watkins and Robert Tipton, 1970-1996 and undated
13 Ministers of the Ralls Methodist Church, 1954-1957 and undated
14 Misc. Negatives, Photos, and Reels, undated

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Photographs

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3 15 Misc. Old Family and Wedding Photos, undated
16 Mt. Sequoia and Wesley Chapel, undated
17 New Day in Nepal, Negatives, undated
18 Rotary International, undated
19 Speck Family and Friends, 1961-1991 and undated
20 Sue Watkins, Burt Kogul, William K. Grasty, Jeffrey W. Grasty, and Gina, undated
21 Unidentified Foreign Pictures, undated
22 Various Family Homes, 2000 and undated
23 The Watkins Family World Tour, 1938-1959 and undated
24 Wendy Watkins and Trey Anderson, 1969-1983 and undated
25 Winfield David “Windy” Watkins and Ethel Lucille Moxley, undated
26 William David Watkins and Mable Florence Clifton #1, 1983 and undated
27 William David Watkins and Mable Florence Clifton #2, 1983 and undated
28 William Don Watkins and Carolyn Freeman, undated
29 Wilmoth Wilson Watkins, Jimeye Flemins, and Ruth Anderson Lintt, 1917-1922 and undated
30 Women’s Organizations, 1984 and undated

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Printed Material

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3 31 Australia Travel, undated
32 Austria Travel, undated
33 Broadcast over KFLD, October 29 1959
34 Checks and Poll Tax Receipts, 1916-1944
35 Cuba Travel, 1938 and undated
36 Dawn Watkins and Scott Parten, undated
37 Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweeden, and Switzerland Travel, 1958 and 1958
38 Eucumenical Movement, undated
39 Fiji Travel, undated
40 France Travel, undated
41 “Good News in India” Script and Guide, undated
42 Great Britain Travel, 1951-1959 and undated
43 Hang Yang (Korea) Rotary Club Letter, April 1964
44 Hawaii Travel, 1959 and undated
45 History of Ralls Methodist Church, 1918-1967 and undated
46 Hong Kong Travel, 1959 and undated
47 India Travel (1of 4), 1963 and undated
48 India Travel (2of 4), 1963 and undated
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4 1 India Travel (3of 4), 1963 and undated
2 India Travel (4of 4), 1963 and undated
3 Information on Hinduism and Buddhism, 1955 and undated
4 Italy and Spain Travel, undated
5 Ireland Travel, 1959 and undated
6 Japan Travel, 1959 and undated
7 John Wesley’s Chapel, 1959 and undated
8 Lezlie Watkins and Robert Tipton, undated

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Printed Material

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4 9 Luggage Tags and Decals from Watkins’ Travels (1 of2), 1959 and undated
10 Luggage Tags and Decals from Watkins’ Travels (2 of2), 1959 and undated
11 Mexico Travel, 1959-1960 and undated
12 Ministers of Ralls Church, 1961-1991
13 Misc. Ralls Rotary Club Meeting Materials, 1983 and undated
14 New Zealand Travel, 1964 and undated
15 Pakistan Travel, 1954-1963 and undated
16 Panama Travel, 1937
17 P.B. Ralls, 1975-2003 and undated
18 Philippine Wesleyan Colleges, undated
19 Philippines Travel, 1963-1964
20 Post Cards Collected by Watkins on Travel (1 of 8), undated
21 Post Cards Collected by Watkins on Travel (2 of 8), undated
22 Post Cards Collected by Watkins on Travel (3 of 8), undated
23 Post Cards Collected by Watkins on Travel (4 of 8), undated
24 Post Cards Collected by Watkins on Travel (5 of 8), undated
25 Post Cards Collected by Watkins on Travel (6 of 8), undated
26 Post Cards Collected by Watkins on Travel (7 of 8), undated
27 Post Cards Collected by Watkins on Travel (8 of 8), undated
28 Postcard Booklets from Watkins’ Travel (1 of 2), undated
29 Postcard Booklets from Watkins’ Travel (2 of 2), undated
30 Programs and Pamphlets, 1958-1973
31 Ralls Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, August 1960
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1 32 Receipts and Brochures from Watkins’ Travel (1 of 3), 1959 and undated
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4 33 Receipts and Brochures from Watkins’ Travel (2 of 3), 1959 and undated
34 Receipts and Brochures from Watkins’ Travel (3 of 3), 1959 and undated
box folder
5 1 Rotary Club Invitations, 1955 and undated
2 Rotary club of Kyoto-East Program, 1959
3 The Rotary Pepper, 1950-1985
4 Service Outline, Catalogue of Rothenburg Etchings, undated
5 South Korea Travel, 1964 and undated
6 South Plains College, Scholarship Recognition Banquet, 2005
7 Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs Leadership Seminar Materials, 1986
8 Thailand Travel, 1959 and undated
9 Travels of Walker and Pauline Watkins, Airstream Trailer Info, 1979 and undated
10 Travels of Walker and Pauline Watkins, Menus, 1959 and undated
11 Travels of Walker and Pauline Watkins, Diagrams and Programs, 1959 and undated
12 “Where the Trail Divides,” and “The Child Jesus, the Man Jesus,” undated
13 William David Watkins and Mable Florence Clifton History Files, undated

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Printed Material

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5 14 Wilson Lecture, June 1957
15 Winfield David “Windy” Watkins and Ethel Lucille Moxley, 1983
16 Women’s Organizations, Programs and Certificates, 1968 and undated
17 Women’s Organizations, Handbooks, 1961 and undated
18 Women’s Organizations, Women’s Missionary Society, 1930
19 Women’s Organizations, Women’s Missionary Society, 1931
20 Women’s Organizations, Women’s Missionary Society, 1933

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Ralls Family History and Genealogy

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5 21 Alma Vesta Ralls and C.B. Hendrick Materials, undated
22 The Burxton Bird Family – Percy Ralls’ Ancestors Materials, undated
23 Emory Ralls Materials, undated
24 Herbert Percy Ralls and Ruby Hutchinson, undated
25 John Robinson Ralls and Dollie Materials, undated
26 Percy Bayard Ralls Materials, undated
27 Ralls Family, New Zealand Branch Materials, undated
28 Raymond Ralls Materials, undated
29 Zama Garvin William Ralls Materials, undated

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Ralls Family History and Genealogy

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6 1 Unidentified Friends, Photographs, undated

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Scrapbook Material

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6 2 Children’s Hostel Coloring, Millinery Book Lid, undated
3 Ministers of Ralls Church, undated
4 Ticket and Genealogical notes, undated
5 “School Day Memories” Bound Booklet, undated
6 School of Missions, The Christian Mission in Southern Asia, 1963
7 School of Missions, Into All the World Together, undated and undated
8 Speeches on World Tour and Handouts of U.N. Flags, undated
9 William David Watkins and Mable Florence Clifton, 1963

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Town of Ralls

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6 10 Misc. Historical Materials, undated
11 Ralls Museum Materials, undated

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Travel Materials

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6 12 European Tour, 1951
13 World Tour, 1959
14 South Pacific and Orient, 1964
15 Foreign Student Materials, undated
16 International Hotel Cards, undated
17 List of Trips and Destinations, undated
18 Misc. Booklets, Pins, Cards, undated
19 Watkins Cuba Trip, 1938-1939

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Watkins Family History and Genealogy

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6 20 Correspondence, Winfield Watkins College Fee Acceptance, Texas Tech, Apr. 22 1925
21 Home of Walker and Pauline, Materials, undated
22 Newspaper Clippings, “Winfield Watkins…Appointed to Tech Board,” Ralls Banner, Mar. 13 1953
23 Scrapbooks, Walter and Pauline Memorial Album, Jan. 2008

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Watkins Family History and Genealogy

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6 24 Pauline Ralls Watkins Materials, undated
25 Watkins Travel Materials, undated
26 William Walker, Awards, undated
27 William Walker Watkins Materials, undated

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Oversize Material

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7 1 Cargo Freight Invoice, Hellenic Lines Limited, July 13 1960
2 Cargo Policy, British India General Insurance Co., July 18 1960
3 India House Fashion Designs, undated
4 Map Decorated Napkins, undated
5 Marked Travel Maps, undated
6 Oceanographic Sea Chart and Pilot’s Map of the Atlantic, Cpt. R.A. Bartlett, 1939

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Photographs

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7 7 Texas Good Will Society Luncheon Photo, 1927

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