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Samuel Derrick Webster Collection
mssHM 48531-48557  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note of Samuel Derrick Webster
  • Biographical Note of Joseph Witherspoon Cook
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of Samuel Derrick Webster
    Dates: 1771-1966
    Bulk dates: 1862-1902
    Collection Number: mssHM 48531-48557
    Creator: Webster, Samuel Derrick, 1845-1928
    Extent: 102 pieces in 4 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists of the personal papers of Samuel Derrick Webster (1845-1928), Civil War soldier and Indian Agent, and Joseph Witherspoon Cook (1836-1902), missionary to the Yankton Sioux in South Dakota.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    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]. Samuel Derrick Webster Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from Erik B. Nelson, March 1982

    Biographical Note of Samuel Derrick Webster

    Samuel Derrick Webster (1845-1928) was born in Virginia in 1845. Webster enlisted in Company D of the 13th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. After the war, Webster studied the law and was admitted to the bar in 1868. He moved to Wyoming where he practiced law, ran a newspaper and later became Indian Agent for the Yankton Sioux. He moved to St. Louis and worked for the railroads; he died there in 1928.

    Biographical Note of Joseph Witherspoon Cook

    Joseph Witherspoon Cook (1836-1902) was born in Vermont in 1836. His familiy moved to Ohio as a child. He graduated from Kenyon College in 1860 and finished divinity school in Philadelphia and New York in 1864. He later moved to Cheyenne (then in the Colorado Territory) where he organized the parish of St. Marks. In 1870 he left Cheyenne to establish a mission with the Yankton Sioux. He worked with the Yankton until his death in 1902.
    Indian agent Samuel Derrick Webster and Cook became friends when they met in Cheyenne. Cook's daughter Charlotte married Webster's son Frank.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains the personal papers belonging to Samuel Derrick Webster, Civil War soldier and Indian Agent, and Joseph Witherspoon Cook, missionary to the Yankton Sioux.
    Webster's papers include a Civil War diary detailing his experiences with the 13th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment (1862-1864) and the 39th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment (1864-1865). Also scrapbook, letters, photographs.
    Cook's papers include a scrapbook with photographs, letters, documents, clippings, etc., documenting his thirty-two year Episcopal mission to the Yankton Sioux at the Yankton Agency, South Dakota. Also letters, manuscripts and photographs.
    There is also a box of genealogical material pertaining to both families.


    Arranged in 4 series: Samuel Derrick Webster papers; Joseph Witherspoon Cook papers; Genealogical records; Ephemera.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Personal Names

    Cook, Joseph Witherspoon, 1836-1902
    Webster, Samuel Derrick, 1845-1928

    Corporate Names

    Episcopal Church--South Dakota
    Episcopal Church--Wyoming
    United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 13th (1861-1864)
    United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 39th (1862-1865)


    Dakota Indians
    Indians of North America--Missions--South Dakota
    Indians of North America--Missions--Wyoming
    Yankton Indians

    Geographic Areas

    Cheyenne (Wyo.)--History
    South Dakota--History--19th century--Sources
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
    Wyoming--History--19th century-Sources


    Letters (correspondence)