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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Thompson Webb papers
    Creator: Webb, Thompson, 1887-1975
    Identifier/Call Number: mssWebb
    Physical Description: 27.1 Linear Feet (65 boxes, 1 volume)
    Date (inclusive): 1798-1995
    Date (bulk): 1905-1974
    Abstract: A collection of personal, professional, and business papers of Thompson Webb, California educator and founder of the Webb School in Claremont, California.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Thompson Webb papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gifts of Thompson Webb, Jr., 1975-1996.

    Biographical / Historical

    Richard Thompson Webb (1887-1975) was a California educator and founder of the Webb School in Claremont, California; he was the son of educator and U.S. Senator William Robert ("Sawney") Webb (1842-1926). In June 1915 he married Vivian Louise Howell; the couple had four sons: Richard Thompson Webb, Robert Howell Webb, William Robert Webb, and Joseph Lambuth Webb. Thompson Webb taught at the Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee founded by his father before he moved with his family to California in 1922. He served as headmaster of the Webb School in Claremont, California, until his retirement in 1962; he was active in community and educational affairs and retained an interest in ranching, agricultural projects, rural planning, and irrigation projects until his death in 1975. The name "Richard Thompson Webb" was legally changed to "Thompson Webb" by both father and son.

    Scope and Contents

    A collection of approximately 30,000 items from 1798 to 1995, it contains the personal, professional and business papers of educator Thompson Webb (1887-1975) and his wife, Vivian Louise Howell Webb. The letters, manuscripts and documents in the collection concern education, especially the Webb School in Claremont, California; agriculture in the Coachella Valley and Riverside; the town of Claremont, California; and religious organizations. There is also material about the other Webb Schools in Bell Buckle and Knoxville, Tennessee; Scripps College; The Claremont Colleges; and Pilgrim Place, Claremont, California. The collection also includes copies of 56 letters from 1859 to 1862 of Daniel L. Clary, a student who joined the Confederate Army not long after the beginning of the United States Civil War and who died from battle wounds. There is also a significant amount of Webb family correspondence in the collection, in addition to the papers of Thompson Webb's father-in-law, a Los Angeles area minister named Robert Paine Howell. Persons represented in the collection include: Marshall Stimson, Jerry Voorhis, William Robert "Swaney" Webb, Thompson Webb, Thompson Webb (1917-1998), Vivian Louise Howell Webb, William Robert Webb (1874-1960), William Robert Webb (active 1947-1962), and William Robert Webb (1921-). Included in the collection are 10 boxes of minimally processed addenda.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1980-1998. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


    Arranged alphabetically and by subject.


    Former call number: mssWebb papers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Agriculture -- California -- Coachella Valley
    Agriculture -- California -- Riverside
    Education -- California -- Claremont
    Educators -- California -- Claremont
    Private schools -- California -- Claremont
    Claremont (Calif.) -- History
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
    Business records -- California -- Claremont
    Family papers -- United States
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States
    Professional papers -- California -- Claremont
    Clary, Daniel L., active 1859-1862
    Howell, R. P.
    Stimson, Marshall, 1876-1951
    Voorhis, Jerry, 1901-1984
    Webb, Sawney, 1842-1926
    Webb, Thompson, 1917-1998
    Webb, Vivian Louise Howell
    Webb, William R., Jr. (William Robert), 1874-1960
    Webb, William Robert, 1921-
    Claremont Colleges
    Pilgrim Place (Claremont, Calif.)
    Scripps College
    Webb Schools (Claremont, Calif.)
    Webb School (Bell Buckle, Tenn.)