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Special Collections

Michigan State University Libraries

100 Main Library

East Lansing, MI 48824



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Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Box number, Folder number and/or title, Webster Family Papers , MSS 242, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

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

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Collection Summary:

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.

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.

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Box Folder Description
    Correspondence (1925-1945)
1 1 Letters (May 1925, August 1926, December 1927)
  2 Letters (January, February 1928)
  3 Letters (March 1928)
  4 Letters (April 1928)
  5 Letters (September 1928)
  6 Letters (October 1928)
  7 Letters (November, December 1928)
  8 Letters (January 1929)
  9 Letters (August 1929)
  10 Letters (September 1929)
  11 Letters (October 1929)
  12 Letters (December 1929)
  13 Letters (February, March 1930)
  14 Letters (July, August 1933)
  15 Letters (October 1933)
  16 Letters (July 1935)
  17 Letters (September 1935)
  18 Letters (October, November 1936)
  19 Letters (December 1938)
  20 Letters (November 1940)
  21 Letters (July 1941)
  22 Letters (April 1945)
  23 Letters (December 1945)
  24 Letters (March 11, August 1, October 16)

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