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Webster Historical Society (Webster, NC)

Identifier: MSS 80-61

Content Description

The Webster Historical Society was founded in 1974 to collect and preserve the history of Webster, NC. From 1852-1913, Webster was the county seat for Jackson County.

Much of the correspondence, business records, and legal papers pertain to the Long family. Among the items are several original deeds to Jackson County lands.

There is a transcript of an interview with Claude Cowan conducted in 1975 by Mary Morris. Both Cowan and Morris were lifelong residents of Webster.

There are family records (births, marriage and death) of the Long and Collins families.

The newspaper clippings are photocopies of a seventeen-part series written for the Asheville Citizen by Robert L. Madison, founder of Western Carolina University. The series, "Experiences of a Pedagogue in the Carolina Highlands", recounts Madison's arrival in Jackson County and subsequent experiences as a teacher.

The collection also contains a Sunday school notebook that was found in an African-American church. The notebook’s text names Webster Baptist Sabbath School and Webster Baptist Sunday School.

For related information see Historic Webster - A newsletter of Webster Historical Society.


  • 1819 - 1979

Condition Description

Good, but some photocopies are barely legible.

Conditions Governing Use

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.25 Linear Feet

Condition Description

Good, but some photocopies are barely legible.

Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States