C. Malcom Watkins papers, 1935-1979, and undated : historical archaeology, 1967-1977, sketch books of drawings of Alexandria pottery, undated, v. 1, drawings of pottery from Alexandria, VA for C. M. W.

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C. Malcolm Watkins (1911- ) was born in Malden, Massachusetts, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Harvard College in 1934. In 1936, he began to pursue his interest in early American culture through curatorial work at the Wells Historical Museum, the predecessor of Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts. From 1942 to 1946, Watkins served in World War II in the United States Air Force. He returned to the Wells Historical Museum until 1948, when he accepted the position of Curator for the Department of Anthropology in the United States National Museum and then transferred to the Departments of Civil History and Cultural History at the National Museum of History and Technology, focusing on early American ceramics and glass. Watkins' research concentrated on early American life as seen through types of ceramics and their use. He was also instrumental in the development of the field of historic archeology, and he also studied pioneer life in California settlements. These papers document Watkins' professional life. The present materials belong to the 10th series. The majority of the files in this series were created by Marilyn Sara Cohen, who was a museum specialist working on the Historical Archeology Project in the Division of Cultural History. This series contains material on historical archeology, including conference information, an interview with C. Malcolm Watkins, correspondence, research notes, and a report by Cohen. The present folder contains a sketchbook of undated drawings of pottery found in Alexandria, Virginia,drawn for C. M. W. (C. Malcolm Watkins) and marked "Piercy".

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  • Pottery--Virginia--Alexandria--History
  • Archaeology--United States
  • Virginia--Alexandria
  • Museums
  • Civilization--History
  • Museum techniques


  • Alexandria
  • Virginia


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Sketchbooks

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SIA RU007322

Collection name

C. Malcom Watkins papers, 1935-1979, and undated

Physical Description

1 field book

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Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 25, folder 3