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Webster family. Papers of the Webster family, 1892-1953 (inclusive), 1892-1927 (bulk): A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from Deborah Greeley and Priscilla Foley ('58).

Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 92-M34
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Webster family
Title: Papers of the Webster family, 1892-1953 (inclusive), 1892-1927 (bulk)
Date(s): 1892-1953
Date(s): 1892-1927
Quantity: 3 linear feet (3 cartons) plus 1 photograph folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of the Webster family of Lexington, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 92-M34
The papers of the Webster family were given to the Schlesinger Library in March 1992 by Deborah (Webster) Greeley.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: June 1993
By: Gwen L. Lexow


Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by the Webster family is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Webster family Papers, 1892-1953; item description, dates. 92-M34, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.


Hollis Webster (1862-1943) married Helen Maria Noyes (1875-1949) in 1903. He graduated from Harvard (1884) and taught at Roxbury Latin School and Browne and Nichols School. Although he was offered a chance to teach at Harvard, for financial reasons he decided to take a position at Manter Hall School in Cambridge, where he taught Latin, Greek, German, French and Spanish. He was founder and first secretary of the Boston Mycological Club. Helen Maria Noyes Webster attended Vassar College (1895-1896) and Radcliffe College (1896-1898). An ardent botanist like her husband, Helen was president of the Herb Society of America, the author of Herbs, How to Grow Them and How to Use Them (1933), and wrote and lectured widely on the subject. The Websters had six children and lived in Lexington, Massachusetts.


This collection consists entirely of correspondence, the bulk of which is between Helen Noyes Webster and Hollis Webster. Most of the letters were written during the summers that Helen Noyes Webster and Hollis Webster spent apart--Helen Noyes Webster in Maine and Hollis Webster in the Boston area--while married. There are more letters to Helen Noyes Webster than to Hollis Webster. Correspondence during their courtship is also included. A significant number of letters from Hollis Webster to his mother while he was touring Europe in 1892 can be found in the collection. Letters from the Webster children are primarily letters to Helen during her hospitalization for an unspecified illness, birthday cards, and letters home when away at Girl Scout Camp.


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Additional Index Terms

Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Children--Family relationships
Courtship--United States
Family records
Maine--Social life and customs--20th century
Voyages and travels
Girl Scouts of the United States of America
Webster, Helen Maria Noyes, 1872-1949
Webster, Hollis