Ernest Paul Watson, SJ was born on April 4, 1889 in Quincy, California. Watson went to Santa Clara College (now Santa Clara University) as an undergraduate and was a student during the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. His account of the earthquake was published in the Plumas Independent; a copy of the article is included in the collection.
After graduating from Santa Clara University in 1908, Watson entered the novitiate at Los Gatos, CA for the Society of Jesus and went on to teach at a number of different Jesuit institutions, including the University of San Francisco, Brophy College Prep in Arizona, Loyola University, and eventually Santa Clara College. He taught a variety of subjects including mathematics, Spanish language, history and theology. Fr. Watson also studied in theology in Oña, Burgos, Spain from 1920-1923.
In the final years of his life, Fr. Watson also acted as the treasurer and assistant treasurer of the University of Santa Clara. Watson died on August 26, 1963 in the University of Santa Clara infirmary.
The physical collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, course materials, prayer books, religious pamphlets, photographs, prayer cards, postcards and a diary.