Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Webster mss., 1831-1901, consist primarily of family correspondence, 1831-1893, and of the diaries of Harlow S. Webster of LaPorte County, Indiana, for the years 1854-1901. Correspondents include Mary June (Black) Webster's parents and siblings, as well as the Webster children, and the topics of discussion tend to dwell on family matters and day-to-day life. A particularly interesting group of letters are those from Calista (Webster) Jones to her parents in June 1893 when she and her family were visiting the World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. These nine letters provide a detailed report on the events, displays, foods, and general activities of the Fair.

Harlow Webster's diaries beginning in 1854 and lacking only 1858, provide a daily report of the weather, growing conditions, and of the activities of the Webster family and acquaintances. Only in the last few volumes, when illness and pain would keep him from writing, are the entries less full.

A few undated miscellaneous items and three unidentified photographs complete the collection.

Collection size: 111 items

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