Papers of J.B. Watson

  • Reference
      GB 133 JBW
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      0.5 lm, 6 boxes
  • Location
      Collection available at University Archive and Records Centre, main University Library.

Scope and Content

Collection contains sermon notes, addresses, papers, correspondence, diary entries and photographs. There is also material relating to J.B. Watson's missionary trip to Africa.

Administrative / Biographical History

J.B. Watson was a Brethren preacher and editor of The Witness.

He was born on the 26th September 1884 in Cumberland, Scotland before his family moved to Workington. Watson then moved to London in 1905 to become an Assistant at H.M. Customs. He became well-known as a preacher in London and in 1910 was married to Caroline Jeffery and had two children. In 1911, Watson joined an assembly in Leytonstone.

In 1947-48 he undertook a missionary trip to Africa as part of Christian Mission in Many Lands. He died in 1943.


  • Sermon Notes
  • Papers and Addresses
  • Africa Tour
  • Personal Items

Access Information

The collection is open to any accredited reader.

The collection includes material which is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. Under Section 33 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), The University of Manchester Library (UML) holds the right to process personal data for research purposes. The Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000 enables the UML to process sensitive personal data for research purposes. In accordance with the DPA, UML has made every attempt to ensure that all personal and sensitive personal data has been processed fairly, lawfully and accurately. Users of the archive are expected to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they will abide by the requirements of the Act in any further processing of the material by themselves.

Open parts of this collection, and the catalogue descriptions, may contain personal data about living individuals. Some items in this collection may be closed to public inspection in line with the requirements of the DPA. Restrictions/closures of specific items will be indicated in the catalogue.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Contains magnetic tape recording.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.


None expected.


Tim Grass, Gathering to his Name (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2007).