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John L. Webb scrapbook

John L. Webb Scrapbook

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Finding aid for the John L. Webb Scrapbook

MSS.12.57

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Webb, Carrie Eleane, 1883-1953
Creator:Webb, John L., 1877-1946
Title: John L. Webb Scrapbook
Dates: Bulk, 1927
Dates: 1927-1947
Quantity: 1.25 Linear feet
AbstractThis collection contains a scrapbook of autographs of travelers on the National Medical Association European Tour of 1927. It contains postcards from various countries, photographs, news clippings, tea invitations held in honor of Mary Bethune, and correspondence.
Identification: MSS.12.57
Language: English

Arrangement

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Scope and Contents

The scrapbook contains autographs of travelers on the National Medical Association European Tour of 1927. It contains postcards from various countries, photographs, news clippings, tea invitations held in honor of Mary Bethune, and correspondence.


Biographical Information

John L. Webb was born September 17, 1877 in Talladaga, Alabama. He was a prominent and influential figure in Arkansas and around the country as the Supreme Custodian of the Supreme Lodge of the Woodmen of the Union, an African American fraternal organization established in Mississippi about 1903, but later relocated to Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was also Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Stringer Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Mississippi from 1932-1946.

Webb, a graduate of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama was a builder and contractor by trade. He married Carrie Eleane Branson (1883-1953) of Marianna, Arkansas in 1905 and the couple had one daughter, Emma Elease Webb (1906-1943). By 1918, the family had moved to Hot Springs to prepare for the relocation of the Woodmen of the Union headquarters. Its new building opened there in 1923 and the organization survived until the early 1940s. The building sold in 1948 to the National Baptist U.S.A. and was renamed the National Baptist Sanitarium. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

After years of hard work and sacrifice, John Webb seized the opportunity to take his devoted wife on a dream vacation. The Webbs signed up for the National Medical Association European Tour, which was open to physicians, their families, and friends. Webb qualified for the tour since the Woodmen of the Union operated a hospital and many of his close friends were physicians. The Webbs were given a farewell reception by friends. Upon departure from Hot Springs, a delegation escorted the couple to the train depot. The Webbs traveled to New York City where they sailed on May 28, 1927 for a three month tour of several countries: Scotland, England, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, and France. The tour, led by Dr. A. Wilberforce Williams of Chicago had at least twenty-one people in the group, including the famous educator Mary McLeod Bethune of Bethune College, Daytona Beach, Florida. The Webbs returned to the United States, Port of New York on August 5, 1927.

Before this tour, Webb had traveled to Canada and most of the United Sates. John L. Webb died August 30, 1946, and his wife Carrie died February 22, 1953 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Hot Springs (Ark.)
Webb, Carrie Eleane, 1883-1953
Webb, John L., 1877-1946

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestriced Access.

Restirctions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John L. Webb Scrapbook, MSS.12.57, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Pam Noble and Daniel Briggs, December 13, 2012


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