Marjorie and Edna R. Webster papers

Finding aid prepared by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Marjorie and Edna R. Webster papers
Date (inclusive): 1928-1973, undated
Collection Number: MS 147
Creator: Webster, Edna Robb
Creator: Webster, Marjorie Ellen
Extent: 1.94 linear feet (2 boxes)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: The collection contains photographs, notes, articles, and other materials from explorer Edna R. Webster and her daughter Marjorie Webster. The majority of materials in the collection relate to Edna's exploration and study of Mayan ruins on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, and Marjorie's interest in Atlantis and its possible connection to Mexico.
Languages: The collection is in English.


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [date if possible]. Marjorie and Edna R. Webster papers (MS 147). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

Provenance unknown.

Processing History

Processed by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant, 2017.
Processing of the Marjorie and Edna R. Webster papers was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

Biographical Note

Edna Robb Webster was an early explorer of Mayan ruins on the Yucatán Peninsula. She was also an author, writing over 17 published novels, including an account of her trips to Mexico published in 1973, Early Exploring in Lands of the Maya.
Her daughter, Marjorie Ellen Webster, was a photographer, writer, artist, and educator. She married archaeologist and architect Robert Stacey-Judd in 1949.

Collection Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials related to Edna and Marjorie Webster's exploration and study of Mayan ruins in the Yucatán Peninsula, including photographs from Edna's visits to multiple Mayan sites in the 1930s, and binders compiled by Marjorie of photographs and articles related to those sites. The collection also includes materials collected by Marjorie on the legendary ancient civilization Atlantis, and the possibility of its connection to Mexican ancient civilizations.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically, maintaining original folder titles when possible.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Atlantis (Legendary place)
Chichén Itzá Site (Mexico)
Dzibilchaltún Site (Mexico)
Uxmal Site (Mexico)
Yucatán Peninsula

Genres and Forms of Materials

Black-and-white photographs
Clippings (information artifacts)

Box 1, Folder 1

Ancient Mediterranean Research Association 1973

Box 1, Folder 2

Atlantis - Articles and Newspaper Clippings 1951-1973

Box 1, Folder 3

Atlantis - Notes and Other Documents 1972, undated

Box 1, Folder 4

"Atlantis - Old Chichen, High Priest Grave" 1928-1968

Box 2, Folder 1

Atlantis Restaurant - Menus and Information undated

Box 1, Folder 5

Books on Mexico undated

Box 1, Folder 6

"Dzibilchaltun - The Cenote" circa 1959

Box 1, Folder 7

"Dzibilchaltun: The City" circa 1959

Box 1, Folder 8

Dzibilchaltun - Notes 1959

Box 1, Folder 9

Early Exploring in the Lands of Maya - Photographs 1928-1973

Box 1, Folders 10-11

Edna Robb Webster - Photographs 1930-1936

Box 1, Folder 12

"Found: A Key for the Maya Arch" by Edna Robb Webster 1951

Box 1, Folder 13

"Mayan Art" undated

Box 1, Folder 14

Sorrento - Imperial Hotel Tramontano 1962

Box 1, Folder 15

Tzompantli - Chichen Itza circa 1930

Box 1, Folder 16

"Uxmal" 1928-1972

Box 1, Folder 17

Uxmal - Notes and Legends 1967

Box 1, Folder 18

"Uxmal: Nunnery" 1930-1964

Box 2, Folder 2

Uxmal - Pyramid Photograph undated