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Watson Kintner Papers


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center [Contact Us]3401 Market Street, Suite 210, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

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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.

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.

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

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).

University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center
Finding Aid Author
Joseph-James Ahern
Finding Aid Date
July, 2010
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Birth Record, 1890.
Box 1 Folder 1
Bloomfield, N.J. Leases, 1928-1932.
Box OS 1
Family Papers, 1912-1968.
Box 1 Folder 2
Passport Applications, 1948-1960.
Box 1 Folder 3
Passports, 1949-1960.
Box 1 Folder 4
School Records - Scranton, PA, 1899-1909.
Box 1 Folder 5
Scranton High School Diploma, 1909.
Box OS 1
Travel Documents, 1955-1969.
Box 1 Folder 6
Westinghouse - RCA career, 1916-1955.
Box 1 Folder 7

Athletics Programs, 1911-1951.
Box 1 Folder 8
Diploma, 1916.
Box OS 1
Engineering Drawings, 1911-1912.
Box OS 1
Scrapbook Pages, 1911-1913.
Box OS 1
Student Event Programs, 1911-1916.
Box 1 Folder 9
Student Papers, 1910-1916.
Box 1 Folder 10
Textbooks, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 11

Album pages, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 12
Family, ca. 1890-1969.
Box 1 Folder 13
Family Photo Album, ca 1890.
Box 4
Kintner, Watson, ca1890-1970.
Box 1 Folder 14
Scranton Schools, 1899-1914.
Box 1 Folder 15
Alembic Society, 1916.
Box OS 1
Ball Fight, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 16
Campus, n.d.
Box 2 Folder 1
Dorm Rooms, 1911-1916.
Box 2 Folder 2
Football, n.d.
Box 2 Folder 3
Group - Costume, n.d.
Box 2 Folder 4
Group - Formal, 1916.
Box 2 Folder 5
Group - Outside, 1911-1916.
Box 2 Folder 6
Group - Roof, 1911-1916.
Box 2 Folder 7
New York Alumni, 1911.
Box 2 Folder 8
Pants Fight, 1910-1911.
Box 2 Folder 9
Postcards, 1912-1916.
Box 2 Folder 10
Westinghouse - RCA, 1930, 1955.
Box 2 Folder 11

Watson Kintner Film Collection at the University Museum.
Box 2 Folder 12

AAA cards, 1930-1971.
Box 3
Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia cards, 1956-1958.
Box 3
Alembic Chemical Society pin, 1915-1916.
Box 3
Amateur Cinema Club of Lancaster cards, 1950-1956.
Box 3
Amateur Cinema League cards, 1949-1955.
Box 3
American Association for the Advancement of Science - Lancaster Branch cards, 1948-1971.
Box 3
Audubon Film Season ticket,s 1956-1971.
Box 3
Drivers License, 1929-1964.
Box 3
Freshman Locker Check Drawing Table 419.
Box 3
Insurance Cards, 1932-1967.
Box 3
Lancaster County Bird Club cards, 1952-1970.
Box 3
Membership Cards Misc., 1936-1971.
Box 3
Men's Garden Club cards, 1952-1967.
Box 3
Montclair Athletic Club cards, 1928-1931.
Box 3
National Travel Club membership cards, 1948-1969.
Box 3
Pan Am Certificate, 1955.
Box OS 1
Priestly Chemical Club pin, 1915-1916.
Box 3
RCA ID Badges, 1942-1955.
Box 3
RCA cards, 1921-1954.
Box 3
Scranton High School Pin, 1905-1090.
Box 3
Signs used in Student Room, n.d.
Box OS 1
Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology - Conestoga Chapter No. 4 cards, 1957-1966.
Box 3
Sports Tickets, 1929-1933.
Box 3
Spring Board Jump Medal - Y.M.C.A. Scranton, PA, 1909.
Box 3
U. of P Senior Class Smoker pouch, 1916.
Box 3
University of Pennsylvania Stick pin.
Box 3
University of Pennsylvania cards, 1951-1971.
Box 3
Vehicle Registration, 1948-1971.
Box 3
Westinghouse Lamp Company - Employees Pass, 1918-1929.
Box 3

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