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Watson Kintner papers

PU-Mu. 1147

Watson Kintner, a University of Pennsylvania graduate and a man of means, traveled to more than 30 nations between 1933 until 1969. On his travels Kintner avoided tourist destinations, instead recording the daily life among the peoples visited, as well as sites of archaeological interest. Kintner took photography very seriously, and in the late 1960s and 1970s funded weekend seminars for University of Pennsylvania Museum graduate students. Upon his death, Kintner left an endowment towards various Museum activities and programs. Kintner’s travel records consist of three linear feet of journals, film notes, bills, correspondence, and preparatory notes on the culture, geography and history of the countries he visited (and some that he didn’t) between 1951 and 1969.

Summary Information

Creator(s)Kintner, Watson
Date(s)[inclusive] 1933-1969
Call NumberPU-Mu. 1147
Physical DescriptionExtent: 3.0 Linear feet
Language(s)eng

Biography / History

Kintner took photography very seriously as a discipline that should be applied to field work, and in the late 1960s and early 1970s he funded weekend seminars for University of Pennsylvania Museum graduate students, taught by Life Magazine photographers. Upon his death, Kintner also left an endowment towards various Museum activities and programs.


Scope and Contents

Additional records of Watson Kintner may be found at the Lancaster County Historical Society (MG-144 The Watson Kintner Collection, 1930-1954) and the University of Pennsylvania Archives (Coll. No. UPT 50, K 51).


Administration Info

Publication Information: University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives, 8/2009

Finding Aid Author: Finding aid prepared by William Griscom and Alessandro Pezzati

Use Restrictions: Although many items from the archives are in the public domain, copyright may be retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. The user is fully responsible for compliance with relevant copyright law.


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Collection Inventory

Photographs (inclusive: 1939-1969)

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Photographs taken by Kintner, friends and family relating to his travels. Also includes individual and family portraits. Arranged according to trip when possible, and otherwise by content.

10 Mexico, 1939, Box 7
11 Ecuador, 1949-Photos and Correspondence, Box 7
13 Ethiopia, 1969, Box 7
14 Cyprus, 1969, . 0.0 Box 7
15 Watson Kintner Portraits, Box 7
16 Family Photos and Correspondence from Aunt Floy, Box 7
17 Photos and Correspondence from Friends, Box 7
Cyprus, 1969
12 Iraq, 1963, Box 7

Maps (inclusive: 1955-1966)

Scope and Contents note

Ten items. Published maps annotated by Kintner during his travels.

Watson Kintner – Annotated Maps, Tourist Maps
Michelin Map of North-East Africa, 1966 1:4.000,000 (34 1/2 x 39), Map-case M-47
Road Map of Iran Tourist Iran Co. General Dept. of Publications and Broadcasting Tehran, Iran (27x19) (2 maps), Map-case M-47
Maps of Bali Political Maps, 1955 (9x6) (4 maps), Map-case M-47
Turkey Road Map BP Touring Service, 1962 (31x18), Map-case M-47
Shell Oil Map of Turkey 1:1.860,000 1963 (36 1/2 x 19), Map-case M-47
Tourist Map of Turkey Ministry of Tourism and Information (39 1/2 x 19 1/2), Map-case M-47

16mm Motion Picture Films 1933-1969

Scope and Contents note

408 items. See separate list. See also http://www.archive.org/details/UPMAA_films. Arranged by date and reel number.

Travel Records (inclusive: 1951-1969)

Scope and Contents note

Notes and other materials from Kintner’s numerous trips. Includes correspondence, itineraries, financial records, preparatory notes on culture and geography, and notes from films taken during his travels. Arranged chronologically and by trip.

1 Morocco, 1951-Postcards, Box 1
2 Indonesia, Ceylon and India, 1955-Preparatory Notes, Box 1
3 Indonesia, Ceylon and India, 1955-Ceylon Itinerary, Box 1
4 Indonesia, Ceylon and India, 1955-Photo Log and Film Notes, Box 1
5 Indonesia, Ceylon and India, 1955-Film Notes - Botanical Gardens, Box 1
7 Indonesia, Ceylon and India, 1955-Diaries, 5-8, Box 1
8 Indonesia, Ceylon and India, 1955-Postcards, Box 1
9 Nepal, 1957 Notebook, Box 1
10 Laos and Cambodia, 1957 Notebook, Box 1
11 Australia and New Guinea, 1957 Notebooks, Box 1
12 1957 Miscellaneous Notebooks, Box 1
13 1957 Diary, Box 1
6 Indonesia, Ceylon and India, 1955-Diaries, 1-4, Box 1
14 1957 Film Notes, 1-4, Box 1
1 1957 Film Notes, 5-8, Box 2
2 India, 1959 Notebooks, 1-5, Box 2
3 India, 1959 Notebooks, 9-10, and Photo Log, Box 2
4 India, 1959 Miscellaneous Notebooks, Box 2
5 Australia, 1961 Preparatory Notes, Box 2
6 East Africa, 1961 Correspondence, Box 2
7 East Africa, 1961 Preparatory Notes (1 of 3), Box 2
8 East Africa, 1961 Preparatory Notes (2 of 3), Box 2
9 East Africa, 1961 Preparatory Notes (3 of 3), Box 2
10 1961 Film Notes, 1-4, Box 2
11 1967 Film Notes, 5-7, Box 2
1 East Africa, 1961, Box 3
2 Iran, 1963 Itinerary, Box 3
3 Iran, 1963 Preparatory Notes (1 of 2), Box 3
4 Iran, 1963 Preparatory Notes (2 of 2), Box 3
5 Iran, 196 Film Notes and Photo Log, Box 3
6 Iran, 1963 Tehran Notebook, Box 3
7 Iran, 1963 Notes on Southern Nomads, Box 3
8 Iran, 1963 Miscellaneous Notes, Box 3
9 Iraq, 1963 Correspondence, Box 3
10 Iraq, 1963 Itinerary, Box 3
11 Iraq, 1963 Preparatory Notes (1 of 3), Box 3
12 Iraq, 1963 Preparatory Notes (2 of 3), Box 3
13 Iraq, 1963 Preparatory Notes (3 of 3), Box 3
14 Yemen, 1965-Correspondence, Box 3
15 Afghanistan, 1965-Itinerary, Box 3
16 Afghanistan, 1965-Bills, Box 3
17 Afghanistan, 1965-Preparatory Notes (1 of 2), Box 3
18 Afghanistan, 1965-Preparatory Notes (2 of 2), Box 3
19 Japan, 1965-Itinerary, Box 3
1 Japan, 1965-Correspondence on Silk and Pearl Culture, Box 4
2 Japan, 1965-Preparatory Notes (1 of 3), Box 4
3 Japan, 1965-Preparatory Notes (2 of 3), Box 4
4 Japan, 1965-Preparatory Notes (3 of 3), Box 4
5 Japan, 1965-Pearl Culture Notes, Box 4
6 Japan, 1965-Kiln Tunnel Notes, Box 4
7 Japan, 1965-Postcards and Maps, Box 4
8 1965-Film Notes, 1-4, Box 4
9 1965-Film Notes, 5-6, and miscellaneous notebooks, Box 4
10 Algeria, 1967-Correspondence, Box 4
11 Niger, 1967-Correspondence, Box 4
12 Niger, 1967-Shipping Lists, Box 4
14 Niger, 1967-Preparatory Notes, Box 4
13 Niger, 1967-Bills, Box 4
1 Chad, 1967-Correspondence, Box 5
2 Chad, 1967-Preparatory Notes, Box 5
3 Tunisia, 1967-Correspondence, Box 5
4 Tunisia, 1967-Preparatory Notes (1 of 2), Box 5
5 Tunisia, 1967-Preparatory Notes (2 of 2), Box 5
6 Tunisia, 1967-Road Maps, Box 5
7 Tunisia, 1967-Baggage Claims, Box 5
8 Turkey, 1967-Correspondence, Box 5
9 Turkey, 1967-Preparatory Notes (1 of 3), Box 5
10 Turkey, 1967-Preparatory Notes (2 of 3), Box 5
11 Turkey, 1967-Preparatory Notes (3 of 3), Box 5
12 1967-Film Notes, Box 5
13 1967-Plane Tickets, Box 5
1 1967-Notebooks, 1-4, Box 6
2 1967-Notebooks, 5-8, Box 6
3 1967-Notebooks, 9-7, and Photo Log, Box 6
4 Burma, 1968-Correspondence, Box 6
5 India, 1968-Correspondence, Box 6
6 Ethiopia, 1969-Correspondence, Box 6
7 Ethiopia, 1969-Bills, Box 6
8 Ethiopia, 1969-Description of Trip, Box 6
9 Ethiopia, 1969-Preparatory Notes (1 of 2), Box 6
10 Ethiopia, 1969-Preparatory Notes (2 of 2), Box 6
11 Ethiopia, 1969-Postcards, Box 6
12 Cyprus, 1969-Correspondence, Box 6
13 Cyprus, 1969-Bills, Box 6
14 Lebanon, 1969-Correspondence, Box 6
15 Lebanon, 1969-Baalbek Notes, Box 6
1 Syria, 1969-Preparatory Notes, Box 7
2 Jordan, 1969-Correspondence, Box 7
3 Jordan, 1969-Preparatory Notes (1 of 2), Box 7
4 Jordan, 1969-Preparatory Notes (2 of 2), Box 7
5 Israel, 1969-Correspondence, Box 7
6 Egypt, 1969-Saint Catherine Monastery Notes, Box 7
7 1969-Notebooks, 1-3, and Photo Log, Box 7
8 1969-Notebooks, 4-7, and Industry Notes, Box 7
9 1969-Film Notes, Box 7