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Donley Watt Additions

Identifier: UPWC-21108

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, drafts of short stories, and notes, from novelist Donley Watt dating 1984-2019. Short stories include "A Tragedy on the Mexican Border", "Circling", "A Special Place", "Buying the Farm", "Right of Way", "Wish Me Luck", "Something Old, Something New, Something White and Black and Brown", "Headed to Tornillo" and "La Gloria de San Caralampio, Mexico".


  • 1984-2019


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Collection is open for research.

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Materials from the Wittliff Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user assumes responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish, and abiding by U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical Notes

Writer Donley Watt was born in 1940, and he arrived in Athens in East Texas at the age of five. After graduating Athens High School, Watt attended Henderson County Junior College for one year then moved on to the University of Texas, where he received his Masters in History. In 1973, Watt helped found Austin Community College and was its dean for a few years. In his life, Watt has been a land man in the oil business, owned an herb farm, and owned a contemporary art gallery. In 1987, Watt decided to go back to school to achieve his childhood dream and become a writer. In the early 1990s, Donley Watt lived, traveled, and researched in Mexico and Guatemala. For six years, Watt was the writer in residence at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. e has also taught at Northern Arizona University and at the University of Arizona. Watt is the former vice-president of The Texas Institute of Letters. Currently he lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


.5 Linear Feet

1 boxes (15 folders)

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Correspondence, drafts of short stories, and notes, from novelist Donley Watt dating 1984-2019.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Donley Watt, 2019.

Guide to the Donley Watt Additions
Sherri Turner-Herrmann
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Finding aid written in English.

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Part of the The Wittliff Collections Repository

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San Marcos Texas 78666 USA