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Robert C. and Juanita Watson papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2005 Box 4 (05.0102-05.0132), Folder: 05.0113 - Folder 1
Identifier: 05.0113

Scope and Contents

This World War II collection relates to Robert C. Watson, an African American soldier who served in the Navy during World War II. It contains a page of the roll call from the 316th Port Company with Robert C. Watson's name. There are also news articles and comics from the base. There are photographs of Robert C. Watson's unit and his Veteran's questionnaire. There is also an article he wrote about his experience as a black man who appeared white in the Navy.


  • 1943-2005
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1944
  • Other: Date acquired: 2005
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2020-05-30


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers .

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Robert C. Watson was born on 1925 in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He was drafted out of high school and inducted into the Navy in July of 1943. He received Technical training in California and was deployed in 1943. He was part of the 316th Port Company in the 511th Port Battalion. He served overseas mostly loading and unloading cargo ships.


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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Source of Acquisition

This colletion was donated by Robert C. Watson. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience in 2005.

Robert C. and Juanita Watson papers
Mallory McGovern
May 30, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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