SECTION A BIOGRAPHICAL A.1-A.68
SECTION B NOTEBOOKS B.1-B.36
SECTION C RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS C.1-C.31
SECTION D MAPS D.1-D.25
The collection, though small, includes significant records of her geological researches in the Highlands of Scotland.
Section A, Biographical, is the largest in the collection. It includes obituaries of Watson and her own autobiographical notes for her Royal Society personal record, records of her career and some of the honours accorded her. There are also the letters of condolence John Sutton received on her death, many with recollections of Watson. A particularly interesting component of this section are the poems and short stories by Watson (possibly including some by her sister and mother) chiefly dating from the 1940s. There are also a number of photographs of Watson including some from visits to East Germany in connection with the International Geological Correlation Programme.
Section B, Notebooks, is a sequence of thirty-six notebooks covering Watson's research, chiefly in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, from undergraduate research in 1946, through her Ph.D. research in the Scourie area during the late 1940s and the 1950s research in Banffshire and central Rosshire, to her work on the Lewisian granite of the Outer Hebrides from the later 1960s and later work in Orkney during the early 1980s. Additionally a few notebooks record some of Watson's overseas visits.
Section C, Research and publications, brings together miscellaneous drafts, annotated off-prints and other material relating to some of Watson's research activities and publications arising. The bulk of the material relates to work in Scotland during the 1970s, including drafts prepared in the course of compiling a memoir on the geology of the Outer Hebrides in collaboration with the Institute of Geological Sciences. There is also a very short sequence of scientific correspondence relating to Watson's research.
Section D, Maps, includes maps from Watson's Ph.D. research in the Scourie area and work in southern Skye. However, the largest component is annotated maps of the Outer Hebrides used from the 1960s.