Request for help -- Auburn University archives

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William Lilborn Watson is one of my most frustrating brickwalls. I ordered his 1917 death certificate, only to find that no parents are given for him on there. I was fascinated to discover that his family's papers were given to the archives of Auburn University in Alabama: http://content.lib.auburn.edu/cdm/ref/collection/testfa/id/958

If anyone lives near Auburn University and would like to earn some serious genealogical karma by taking a look at those papers for me and letting me know if there's ANY clues as to William Lilborn Watson's parentage, I would be ever so grateful!
WikiTree profile: William Watson
in Genealogy Help by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (254k points)
Jessica, I live in AL but didn't know exactly where Auburn is, so I checked.  Unfortunately, it's 180 miles from me, but it's very close to Columbus, GA so you may find your boots-on-the-ground person in Georgia.  Sorry I can't help and good luck!

For what it's worth, I saw on your link that the family historically lived in Etowah County.  Now that happens to be very close to me, so let me know if there's anything there you need someone to look at or for.

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The Watson Papers are online,
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (922k points)
Wayne, explain? The PDF links on the page I linked to do nothing but download a brief description of the papers in Auburn University's collection. I can find no online scans of any of the actual Watson family papers or photographs that I am seeking.

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