Fonds MG 4281 - William George Watson Fonds

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William George Watson Fonds

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CA MUA MG 4281

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  • 1973-2010 (Creation)
    Watson, William George

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2.47 m of textual records
5 photographs
2 floppy disks

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William George Watson was born on the 6th of January 1952 in Lachine, LaSalle. Having grown up with a taste for writing, he first wished to major in English from McGill University in the early 1970s. But when he was gifted by his father a book on economy and took a course in the same field, that all changed forever. Since then, he would go on to become one of the most prominent scholars in the field of Canadian economics, a teacher at McGill University’s department of Economics from 1977 to 2017 and one of the few humorous columnists in his field. During the nineties, he would also marry, in 1991, lawyer Julia Scott and become the father of two boys, Scott Douglas Watson (born in 1993) and David George Watson (born in 1995). Since 2017, he has retired from his teaching appointment at McGill University at the age of 65 years old

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The fonds is composed of correspondence; course material; drafts of articles, books and other works; financial and judicial records, such as benefits statements or contracts; material written for public addresses, such as speeches or notes; photographs of Mr Watson; and a short section focusing its attention on the various appointments he had. This fonds is particularly interesting for the shear amount of course material that one can find here. Indeed, it composes a good third of the entire volume of this fonds and spans 20 courses over 40 years of teaching.

While attempting to give a complete look at William Watson’s life, the fonds is distributed into the following 5 series:
A. Biographical records
B. Professional records
C. Distinctions
D. Correspondence
E. Graphical material

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Deposited 12 January 2018


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