Guide to the Lester Austin Webb Papers, 1952-1974
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Summary Creator Webb, Lester Austin Title Lester Austin Webb Papers Dates 1952-1974 Extent 1 Box (1 linear foot)
About the Collection
The collection contains Lester Webb’s research notes and drafts of his dissertation and book as well as related correspondence. Included are book reviews and publicity, 1965 (1 file), a copy of his dissertation (7 files), and dissertation and book correspondence, 1952-1974 (4 files). There are also dissertation and book drafts, notes and references (8 files) and transcripts of letters regarding Alden Partridge, originals dated 1802-1850 (2 files). There is also a paper written by Webb for a 1952 history class at the University of North Carolina entitled “Military Schools in the United States” (1 file). Special Collections holds copies of both his M.A. and Ph.D. dissertations as well as his published book on Alden Partridge.
About Lester Austin Webb
Lester A. Webb was a native of Georgia. He served 30 years in the U.S. Army, retiring with the rank of colonel in 1947. Webb received his bachelor’s degree in 1940 and his master’s degree in 1948 from Mercer University. He also received a M.A. degree in history from the University of North Carolina in 1957 and a Ph.D. in education the following year. Webb’s M.A. dissertation was entitled Captain Alden Partridge, cadet, professor, and superintendent, United States Military Academy (1957). Webb’s Ph.D. dissertation was entitled The Origin of Military Schools in the United States Founded in the Nineteenth Century. The research for his degrees and his dissertations awakened an interest in Norwich University founder, Alden Partridge. To this end, Lester Webb published Captain Alden Partridge, and the United States Military Academy, 1806-1833 (Northport, AL: American Southern, 1965). The control file included with the collection contains additional biographical information on Lester Austin Webb.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Webb, Lester A. -- (Lester Austin)
Webb, Lester A. -- (Lester Austin) -- Correspondence.
Webb, Lester A. -- (Lester Austin) -- Manuscripts.
Partridge, Alden, -- 1785-1854.
Military education -- United States.
The collection is open.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Lester Austin Webb Papers, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter from Arthur Chitty to Lester A. Webb, 26 March 1953. Lester Austin Webb Papers, Dissertation correspondence 1952-1956 February 15 file, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 1 Box (1 linear foot) Collection Location: Archives 501 Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, email@example.com
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