Eric Watkins Papers, 1950-2012
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Brief Description: The Eric Watkins Papers (1950-2012) document Dr. Watkins's career as a freelance journalist covering the oil industry, politics, and terrorism, in Saudi Arabia and Yemen during the 1980s-1990s, but also including material on Eritrea, Sudan, and the Middle East in general. The collection includes a wide range of materials, including correspondence, draft and published articles, interview notes, conference papers, contracts, book reviews, newspapers and news clippings, notebooks, photographs, computer discs, and audiovisual recordings. Notably, the collection includes a complete set of Yemen News Service (YNS) and YNS Weekender, a daily news bulletin compiled by Dr. Watkins. The collection also includes a large collection of articles by Watkins appearing in journals such as the Financial Times, Oil and Gas Journal (OGJ), Shipping and Trade News. The collection’s audiovisual records include interviews conducted by Watkins, recordings of radio programs, and TV news programs on Yemen, Sudan, and Eritrea. Dr. Watkins’s academic career at the University of California San Diego is documented by a series of files including his PhD dissertation, The Authorial Allusion (1984).
Held at:
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182 8050
Phone: 619-594-6791
Email: askscua [at]
Created by: Watkins, Eric
Volume: 12.01 Linear Feet
Acquired: 10/27/2012.

I. Professional Files, 1979-2012

  I.1 Correspondence, 1983-2012

  I.2 Research Files, 1987-2004

  I.3 Articles, 1979-2012

  I.4 Book Manuscripts, 1995-1997

  I.5 Contracts and Consulting, 1990-2003

  I.6 Academic Papers, 1979-1984.

II.  Biographical Files, 1950s-2003

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Oil industries
Saudi Arabia
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Arabic [ara]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Notes: Eric Watkins  Gift.
PreferredCitation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Eric Watkins Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.