Papers, 1911-1958

Watson, Thomas S., 1819-1895

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Videos, Slides, Films
  • Physical Details
    • 5.6 c.f. (14 archives boxes and 1 flat box)
    • 88 photographs (1 archives box), and
    • 3 films
  • Finding Aids
    • Register


  • Papers of the owner/manager of several motion picture theaters located in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Documentation primarily concerns the Superba and Stockton theaters, both of which were located in Freeport, Illinois, and it best covers the period 1917 to 1933. Included are box office records, check registers, contracts, advertising, extensive correspondence (mainly 1920-1925) with film distributors, and other records pertaining to the details and problems of theater operation. Also included are a small collection of film trailers and public relations films of the March of Dimes and the Red Cross. Miscellaneous material relates to organizations including the Ku Klux Klan. The photographs include images of Blanchardville, Wisconsin, theaters in Illinois, theater interiors and equipment, and unidentified towns and people.


  • The films in this collection also are being cataloged individually.
  • Presented and portions loaned for copying by Thomas S. Watson, Blanchardville, Wisconsin, 1965-1974. Portions presented by Mary Diezel, Hollandale, Wisconsin, 1978.
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