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Webster family papers

Identifier: MSS 242 large

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.


  • Creation: 1925-1945

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 authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.


1 Linear Feet (1 box) ; 27 x 40 x 13 cm.

Language of Materials



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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by purchase from Antiquarian dealer Charles Apfelbaum, 1999

Varying Form of Title

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

Processing Information

Processing information is unknown.

Finding Aid for the Webster family papers (1925-1945
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

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East Lansing MI 48823 USA