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Watson Kintner Papers
1890-1971 (bulk 1909-1971)

UPT 50 K51

0.75 Cubic feet

Prepared by Joseph-James Ahern

July, 2010

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.

PROVENANCE

The collection was donated by Watson Kintner in 1972 (Accession No. 1972:19). The Film Collection Catalog was donated by the University Museum in 1973 (Accession No. 1973:37). 

 

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ARRANGEMENT

The Collection is arranged in four series: Personal, University of Pennsylvania, Photographs, and Memorabilia. 

 

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Watson Kintner was born on April 22, 1890 in Benton Township, Pennsylvania, to Charles and Caroline Kintner. After attending public school in Scranton, PA he entered the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated in 1916 with a degree in chemical engineering. While at Penn Kintner was a member of the Priestly Chemical Club, the Whitney Engineering Society and the Electrocheisch Verein. In 1916 he went to work with the Westinghouse Lamp Company in Bloomfield, New Jersey - later joining RCA where he retired from their Lancaster, Pennsylvania facility in 1955. Between 1933 and 1969 traveled extensively, documenting on film the people and sites he visited. Kintner passed away in Lancaster in 1979, leaving an endowment and his papers relating to his travels to the University Museum. 

 

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SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Watson Kintner Papers are a small collection containing the personal affects of Kintner. The bulk of the collection is comprised of photographs - many of the University of Pennsylvania's campus between 1911 and 1916 as well as a number of family images from the turn of the century. The Personal series contains some correspondence and records of Kintner's youth as well as travel documents. The Memorabilia Series consists mostly of membership cards for organizations Kintner was involved in, and personal identification. A few pins and mementos from Penn are also included. The collection does not include any documentation of Kintner's films. 

 

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CONTROLLED ACCESS HEADINGS

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Pennsylvania. University Museum. Watson Kintner (CH.E.'16) Film Library.

Genre(s)

  • Memorabilia.
  • Photographs.

Occupation(s)

  • Chemical engineers.

Subject(s)

  • Travelers--Biography.--United States

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INVENTORY

 

Personal 

Box

Folder

Birth Record, 1890 

1

1

Bloomfield, N.J. Leases, 1928-1932 

 OS 1

 

Family Papers, 1912-1968 

1

2

Passport Applications, 1948-1960 

1

3

Passports, 1949-1960 

1

4

School Records - Scranton, PA, 1899-1909 

1

5

Scranton High School Diploma, 1909 

 OS 1

 

Travel Documents, 1955-1969 

1

6

Westinghouse - RCA career, 1916-1955 

1

7

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University of Pennsylvania 

Box

Folder

Athletics Programs, 1911-1951 

1

8

Diploma, 1916 

 OS 1

 

Engineering Drawings, 1911-1912 

 OS 1

 

Scrapbook Pages, 1911-1913 

 OS 1

 

Student Event Programs, 1911-1916 

1

9

Student Papers, 1910-1916 

1

10

Textbooks, n.d. 

1

11

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Photographs 

Box

Folder

Album pages, n.d. 

1

12

Family, ca. 1890-1969 

1

13

Family Photo Album, ca 1890 

 4

 

Kintner, Watson, ca1890-1970 

1

14

Scranton Schools, 1899-1914 

1

15

University of Pennsylvania 

Alembic Society, 1916 

 OS 1

 

Ball Fight, n.d. 

1

16

Campus, n.d. 

2

1

Dorm Rooms, 1911-1916 

2

2

Football, n.d. 

2

3

Group - Costume, n.d. 

2

4

Group - Formal, 1916 

2

5

Group - Outside, 1911-1916 

2

6

Group - Roof, 1911-1916 

2

7

New York Alumni, 1911 

2

8

Pants Fight, 1910-1911 

2

9

Postcards, 1912-1916 

2

10

Westinghouse - RCA, 1930, 1955 

2

11

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Catalog 

Box

Folder

Watson Kintner Film Collection at the University Museum 

2

12

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Memorabilia 

Box

Folder

AAA cards, 1930-1971 

 3

 

Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia cards, 1956-1958 

 3

 

Alembic Chemical Society pin, 1915-1916 

 3

 

Amateur Cinema Club of Lancaster cards, 1950-1956 

 3

 

Amateur Cinema League cards, 1949-1955 

 3

 

American Association for the Advancement of Science - Lancaster Branch cards, 1948-1971 

 3

 

Audubon Film Season ticket,s 1956-1971 

 3

 

Drivers License, 1929-1964 

 3

 

Freshman Locker Check Drawing Table 419 

 3

 

Insurance Cards, 1932-1967 

 3

 

Lancaster County Bird Club cards, 1952-1970 

 3

 

Membership Cards Misc., 1936-1971 

 3

 

Men's Garden Club cards, 1952-1967 

 3

 

Montclair Athletic Club cards, 1928-1931 

 3

 

National Travel Club membership cards, 1948-1969 

 3

 

Pan Am Certificate, 1955 

 OS 1

 

Priestly Chemical Club pin, 1915-1916 

 3

 

RCA ID Badges, 1942-1955 

 3

 

RCA cards, 1921-1954 

 3

 

Scranton High School Pin, 1905-1090 

 3

 

Signs used in Student Room, n.d. 

 OS 1

 

Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology - Conestoga Chapter No. 4 cards, 1957-1966 

 3

 

Sports Tickets, 1929-1933 

 3

 

Spring Board Jump Medal - Y.M.C.A. Scranton, PA, 1909 

 3

 

U. of P Senior Class Smoker pouch, 1916 

 3

 

University of Pennsylvania Stick pin 

 3

 

University of Pennsylvania cards, 1951-1971 

 3

 

Vehicle Registration, 1948-1971 

 3

 

Westinghouse Lamp Company - Employees Pass, 1918-1929 

 3

 

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