Thompson Webb Papers: Finding Aid mssWebb

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
November 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191

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.

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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.)

Box 1, Folder 1-75


Box 2, Folder 1-79


Box 3, Folder 1-42


Box 4, Folder 1-88


Box 5, Folder 1-69

Eckford-Girls Collegiate School, Inc.

Box 6, Folder 1-89

Glasgow-J. S. Howell

Box 7, Folder 1-8

Loulie Howell

Box 8, Folder 1-6

Loulie Howell-Robert P. Howell

Box 9, Folder 1-3

Robert P. Howell

Box 10, Folder 1-22

Robert P. Howell-Hutchinson

Box 11, Folder 1-77

Imes-Collins Lusby

Box 12, Folder 1-43

Elizabeth Lusby-Middleton

Box 13, Folder 1-102

Miller-Bettie Price

Box 14, Folder 1-19

Edward T. Price-Reynolds

Box 15, Folder 1-64


Box 16, Folder 1-64


Box 17, Folder 1-68


Box 18, Folder 1-33

Wagner-George Webb

Box 19, Folder 1-16

John L. Webb-Richard Webb

Box 20, Folder 1-23

Richard T. Webb

Box 21, Folder 1-18

Richard T. Webb

Box 22, Folder 1-18

Richard T. Webb

Box 23, Folder 1-5

Richard T. Webb

Box 24, Folder 1-6

Richard T. Webb

Box 25, Folder 1-11

Richard T. Webb

Box 26, Folder 1-9

Richard T. Webb

Box 27, Folder 1-4

Richard T. Webb

Box 28, Folder 1-7

California, Los Angeles County-San Clemente: Richard T. Webb tax statements

Box 29, Folder 1-5

Richard T. Webb: diaries

Box 30, Folder 1-16

Richard T. Webb-Vivian Webb

Box 31, Folder 1-5

Vivian Webb

Box 32, Folder 1-9

Vivian Webb

Box 33, Folder 1-5

Vivian Webb

Box 34, Folder 1-4

Vivian Webb

Box 35, Folder 1-7

William E. Webb-William Robert Webb

Box 36, Folder 1-7

William Robert Webb

Box 37, Folder 1-17

William Robert Webb-Whitaker

Box 38, Folder 1-44

Whitaker-Zollecoffer; Unidentified

Box 39, Folder 1-12

Webb School (Calif.)

Box 40, Folder 1-7

Webb School (Calif.)

Box 41, Folder 1-5

Webb School (Calif.)

Box 42, Folder 1-5

Webb School (Calif.)-California, Los Angeles County

Box 43, Folder 1-5

Webb School (Bell Buckle, Tenn.)-Webb School (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Box 44, Folder 1-4

Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

Box 45, Folder 1-5

Boys Republic

Box 46, Folder 1-4

Headmasters Association

Box 47, Folder 1-5

Pilgrim Place (Claremont)

Box 48, Folder 1-6

Pilgrim Place (Claremont)

Box 49, Folder 1-8

Claremont Colleges

Box 50, Folder 1-6

Scripps College

Box 51, Folder 1-6

Scripps College

Box 52, Folder 1-6

Scripps College

Box 53, Folder 1-5

Scripps College, Board of Trustees

Box 54, Folder 1-5

Scripps College, Board of Trustees

Box 55, Folder 1-6


Box 56-65


Scope and Contents

Material includes: correspondence, Webb School related material, tax reports, business, political and real estate papers, sermons, articles, and printed material.
Volume 1

Stories from the Files of Thompson Webb / assembled by Thompson Webb Jr. and Thompson Webb III 1995 December