Webster family papers Edit


MSS 242 large


  • 1925-1945 (Creation)


  • 1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 box



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Webster Family Papers , MSS 242, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Acquired by purchase from Antiquarian dealer Charles Apfelbaum, 1999

  • Processing Information

    Processing information is unknown.

  • Scope and Contents

    Collection of Webster family correspondence totaling 59 letters, dating from May 1925 to December 1945. The collection includes letters written by the Webster sisters living and working is East Africa to their other sisters in England. Jessie Webster writes from Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya, where she works with the Old East African Trading Company, among other shipping companies and businesses. Queenie writes from Johannesburg, and Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, where she and her husband and children are located. Peggy and Marjorie both write from England, Peggy from Norfolk and Marjorie from St. Ives, Hunts, where they live with their families.

  • Arrangement

    The letters, arranged in chronological order, contain various descriptions of home and work in East Africa, as well as some firsthand accounts of the landscape, social and political events of the regions, and the native peoples encountered. Exchanges also include references to home and family life in England, and many parcels and souvenirs are exchanged through the mail (some of which included). The majority of the letters were written by Jessie Webster.

  • Varying Form of Title

    Antiquarian dealer's supplied title: Jessie and Queenie Webster in East Africa.