Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Webb Family Letters, 1891

Finding aid created by
Cheney J. Schopieray, July 2006, and Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: Webb family letters
Creator: Webb family
Inclusive dates: 1891
Extent: 3 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 3 letters (32 pages) that Thomson W. Webb ("Tommie") wrote to her sisters and aunt while visiting family members in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in March 1891. She reported extensively on her social outings, which included dances, parties, and interactions with local men.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1998. M-3460.1.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Webb family letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically


Biography

Thomson Whitney Webb ("Tommie") was born around 1871 in Lexington, Kentucky, the daughter of Isaac Webb IV (1831-1898) and Benella Gray (1831-1883). She had at least five siblings: Joseph, Whitney, Louisa, Lucy, and Lottie. In 1891, she traveled to Clarksdale, Mississippi, where her cousins lived. Thomson Whitney Webb died on December 1, 1953.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 3 letters (32 pages) that Thomson W. Webb ("Tommie") wrote to her sisters and aunt while visiting family members in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in March 1891. She reported extensively on her social outings, which included dances, parties, and interactions with local men.

While in Mississippi, Webb, her brother Whitney, and an unnamed sister stayed with their Aunt Alice and various cousins, who included Sam and Alice. Webb spent much of her time attending formal social gatherings, such as traditional balls, and related stories of her experiences with local men, both at social events and during visits. She also discussed clothing and food, described a ride on a "flying jennie" (March 17, 1891) and shared her enjoyable experience at a "euchre party," despite knowing that her aunt would disapprove (March 21, 1891).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Balls (Parties)
    • Clarksdale (Miss.)--Social life and customs.
    • Euchre.
    • Women--Southern States.
    Contributors:
    • Webb, Thomson Whitney (Tommie), ca. 1871-1953.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   28, Small Collections  
    Webb family letters [series]:
    Folder   8  
      March 11, 1891-March 21, 1891