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Webster (Harvey Curtis) Papers, ca. 1645-1974

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Title

Webster (Harvey Curtis) Papers

Date

ca. 1645-1974

Repository

University Archives and Records CenterLouisville, Kentucky 40292

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Harvey Curtis Webster Papers, ca. 1645-1974, University Archives and Records Center, University of Louisville, Louisville.

Extent

1.5 linear feet

Biography/History

In 1936 Professor Harvey Curtis Webster (1906-) was called to the Department of English of the University of Louisville. Thirty-six years later he retired with emeritus status and a seemingly endless string of accomplishments as a scholar, teacher, and community leader. During the mid-1940s, for example, he published a regular column for a local black newspaper, the Louisville Defender; taught an innovative series of college-by-radio classes; and published his study of the art and thought of British novelist Thomas Hardy, On A Darkling Plain (1947). His papers also contain information on Webster's flirtation with communism during the 1930s; the anti-communist hysteria of the late 1940s and early 1950s and how this influenced Webster; the development of the Department of English at the University of Louisville, which began to offer a Ph.D. program in 1965; Webster's involvement in civil rights and community affairs; and information on his specialty of nineteenth and twentieth century American and British literature. The material on Webster's family history includes some original documents. Most of it, however, consists of information he gathered in studying his ancestry and provides an illuminating insight into one source of Webster's intellectual interests and character traits. Professor Webster donated his personal papers to the University of Louisville Archives in 1976.

Scope and Content

The papers document the family history, academic career, political activities, and personality of Harvey Curtis Webster. The family papers include some transcripts and photocopies compiled by Webster. A collection in Rare Books includes correspondence with Dario and Madeline Covi from 1986 to 1988, approximately one hundred poems, typescript, with holograph emendations, and an unpublished manuscript of a critical work on C. P. Snow (1905- ). Also present is memorial essay written by Donald M. Fiene (1934- ).

User Restrictions

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Louisville and there are no additional restrictions.

Collection Inventory

Family History, (includes transcriptions), 1645-1960
[box: One]
Elizabeth Curtis Notebook, (includes transcriptions), 1835-1839
[box: One]
Abraham Lincoln/Harvey Curtis Correspondence, (includes photocopies), 1860
[box: One]
Civil War Correspondence and Miscellaneous Biographical Material of W.B. Curtis, 1862-1903
[box: One]
Richard Harvey Curtis Correspondence, 1921-1942
[box: One]
Family Photographs, n.d
(three folders) [box: One]
Harvey C. Webster Biographical, 1927-1971
[box: One]
Harvey C. Webster Biographical, 1961-1974
[box: One]
Harvey C. Webster Journal, 1927-1929
[box: One]
Harvey C. Webster Journal, 1931-1933
[box: One]
Harvey C. Webster Journal, 1946
[box: One]
Notes on First Class Taught, 1929
[box: Two]
Notes, Lectures, Clippings, 1935-1944
[box: Two]
Published Articles and Reviews, 1943-1948
[box: Two]
Louisville Defender, 1943-1946
[box: Two]
Dated Reviews and Education-by-Radio, 1948-1957
[box: Two]
Communist Party, 1953
[box: Two]
Correspondence, Unpublished Materials, and Clippings, 1958-1962
(two folders) [box: Two]
West End Community Council, 1961-1968
[box: Two]
Correspondence, Reviews, Outstanding Educator, Gift of Books, 1963-1974
[box: Three]
Correspondence and Clippings, 1963-1970
(two folders) [box: Three]
"Stranger in Town," Author Unknown, n.d
[box: Three]
Unidentified Novel by Jack Hettinger, 1974
(eight folders) [box: Three]
RG 345 Harvey Curtis Webster U of L Archives Photographs
"Photographs - (1)" (folder is unnumbered but in found order in the box), Undated
1. (5'x7') Studio portrait of Harvey Curtis Webster
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 6]
2. (9'x10') Photograph of a happy little boy(head and shoulders)
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 6]
3. (8'x10') Harvey Curtis Webster in the classroom
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 6]
4. (8'x9') Studio portrait of a young boy./ Lloyd's Studio
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 6]
5. (5'x7') Portrait of an older gentleman wearing glasses./ J.E. Waters, Chicago
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 6]
6. (3'x5', mounted on a photographer's mount) Photograph of a mother holding a baby with two small children./ J.E. Waters 1305 E. 63rd St. Chicago, Illonois, (early 1900's - 1920's?)
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 6]
7. (5'x7') A studio school portrait of Douglas Jones
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 6]
8. (8'x10') Portrait of a middle-aged man in an army uniform
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 6]
9. (7'x8') Portrait of the same man, except as a younger man
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 6]
10. (8'x10') Photograph of an older woman paging through a book beside a window. On the back is written: "Miss Sarah B. Ball 866 Asylum St."
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 6]
"Photographs, (2)", undated
1. (4'x6') CABINET CARD/ "Great grandfather Wheeler"/ Beard Studio, Genesee Street, Waudegan, Illonois
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 7]
2. (4'x6') CABINET CARD/ "Mary Curtis as a girl"/ Brund Studio, 210 & 212 Wabash Avenue, Established Chicago, 1858
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 7]
3. (2'x4') CARTE DE VISITE/ "Mary Wheeler Curtis", as a young woman./ Gentile portrait and landscape photographer; S.E. Corner State and Washington St. Opposite Field Leiter Co., Chicago; The only Gallery using a Water Power Elevator in the World."
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 7]
4. (2'x4') CARTE DE VISITE/ "Taken while an officer in Army, Will Curtis" (photograph of a young man in a uniform)/ Webster & Bro., Louisville
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 7]
5. (3'x5') Color snapshot of Harvey Curtis Webster on the porch, Sept. 1970
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 7]
6. (3'x43/5') Snapshot of an older woman looking at a scrapbook, 1959
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 7]
7-38) Studio (school photos), and amateur snapshots (12 color), ranging in size from 1 'x2 ' to 3 'x5 '. These are mainly family photos, including school mug-shots and "at home with friends" photographs. There are several photographs of very old tombstones which are inscribed with family members' names, 1950's - 70's
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 7]
"Photographs - (3)", undated
1. (3'x5') This is a color studio portrait of Harvey Curtis Webster
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 8]
2. (3'x5', mounted on photographer's mount) Portrait of an unidentified gentleman in the early 1900's
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 8]
3. (5'x7') Portrait of a young woman wearing glasses
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 8]
* 4. (3'x5', on a photographer's mount) This is a studio group portrait of George S. Wheeler, Mary Curtis, Richard Curtis and Harvey (as a small child)./ Hemmen Photographer; Waukegan, Illonois
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 8]
* 5. (3'x5', on a photographer's mount) "Four generations - Great Grandfather Wheeler, Grandmother Curtis, `Dick Senior', Harvey (center)." (everyone is smiling or laughing in the photograph - Harvey is the same age as in #4)/ Hemmen Photographer; Waukegan, Illonois
[box: 1 of 3, folder: 8]

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