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Guide to the Gregory B. Webb collection ARC.112

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Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik and Aaron Yarbrough

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 23, 2011
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Hall, Isabel Hawxhurst
Creator: Kirby, Henry P., d. 1915
Creator: Webb, Clarine Matson
Creator: Webb, Gregory B., (Gregory Burkitt), 1878-1948
Title: Gregory B. Webb collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1898-1967
Abstract: Gregory Burkitt Webb (1878-1948) was an architect who lived in Brooklyn, N.Y. with his wife, Clarine Matson Webb. After spending the early part of his career designing banks, theaters, and hotels in various South American cities, Webb became an established designer of mausoleums and abbeys in and around the New York City area, including Cypress Hills Abbey and Memorial Abbey at Brooklyn's Cypress Hills Cemetery, Ferncliff Mausoleum at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y., and Holy Cross Cloister at Brooklyn's Cemetery of the Holy Cross. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Webb was also a collector of political cartoons. The Gregory B. Webb collection spans the period 1898 to 1967 and contains materials documenting Webb's architectural career and the various projects on which he worked. These items include blueprints, floor plans, and other technical drawings; photographs and engravings; correspondence; agreements; news clippings; brochures; programs; and advertisements. The collection also contains a substantial assortment of political cartoons portraying, and often criticizing, the Spanish-American War, President Theodore Roosevelt, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal politics. Personal items of Webb's wife, Clarine Matson Webb, and Clarine's friend, the artist Isabel Hawxhurst Hall, are also included in the collection.
Quantity: 7.98 Linear feet in five manuscript boxes, one loose oversize volume, and nine oversize boxes.
Text [Box]: ARC.112 Box 1 of 14
Text [Box]: ARC.112 Box 2 of 14
Graphic materials [Oversize]: ARC.112 Box 7 of 14
Graphic materials [Oversize]: ARC.112 Box 8 of 14
Graphic materials [Oversize]: ARC.112 Box 9 of 14
Text [Box]: ARC.112 Box 3 of 14
Graphic materials [Oversize]: ARC.112 Box 12 of 14
Graphic materials [Oversize]: ARC.112 Box 13 of 14
Graphic materials [Oversize]: ARC.112 Box 14 of 14
Graphic materials [Oversize]: ARC.112 Box 6 of 14
Graphic materials [Oversize]: ARC.112 Box 11 of 14
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.112 Box 5 of 14
Graphic materials [Box]: ARC.112 Box 4 of 14
Graphic materials [Oversize]: ARC.112 Box 10 of 14
Mixed materials [Oversize]: Volume ARC.112
Call Phrase: ARC.112
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Biographical Note

Gregory Burkitt Webb (1878-1948) was an architect who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He spent the early part of his career designing banks, theaters, and hotels in various South American cities, and later became an established designer of mausoleums and abbeys in and around the New York City area, including Cypress Hills Abbey and Memorial Abbey at Brooklyn's Cypress Hills Cemetery, Ferncliff Mausoleum at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y., and Holy Cross Cloister at Brooklyn's Cemetery of the Holy Cross. Webb also designed public schools, apartment buildings, private homes, and civic club buildings. He kept his offices at 25 West 43rd Street in Manhattan, and lived at 72 Brooklyn Avenue in Brooklyn with his wife, Clarine Matson Webb. Outside of his professional accomplishments, Webb was also a collector of political cartoons.

Source:

  1. "Gregory B. Webb." New York Times, December 13, 1948. Accessed March 11, 2011. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50E12FE3B5A157B93C1A81789D95F4C8485F9&scp=2&sq=%22gregory%20b.%20webb%22&st=cse

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Scope and Contents

The Gregory B. Webb collection spans the period 1898 to 1967 and primarily consists of materials documenting Webb's architectural career and the various projects on which he worked. These items include blueprints, floor plans, stained glass window designs, and other technical drawings; photographs and engravings; correspondence; agreements; news clippings; brochures; programs; and advertisements. The collection also includes materials documenting the social and cultural activities of Webb's wife, Clarine Matson Webb; a diary of artist Isabel Hawxhurst Hall; and a substantial assortment of political cartoons portraying, and often criticizing, the Spanish-American War, President Theodore Roosevelt, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal politics. The collection has been arranged into three series:

  1. Gregory B. Webb architectural materials, 1922-1967
  2. Clarine Matson Webb and Isabel Hawxhurst Hall materials, 1909-1963
  3. Political cartoons, 1898-1938

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Hall, Isabel Hawxhurst
  • Kirby, Henry P., d. 1915
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D., (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
  • Webb, Clarine Matson
  • Webb, Gregory B., (Gregory Burkitt), 1878-1948

Document Type

  • Architectural drawings
  • Blueprints (reprographic copies)
  • Brochures
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Designs (concepts)
  • Diaries
  • Floor plans
  • Photocopies
  • Photographs
  • Picture postcards
  • Political cartoons
  • Printed ephemera
  • Programs (documents)
  • Publications
  • Satire (artistic device)
  • Scrapbooks
  • Technical drawings
  • Volumes (documents by form)

Subject Organizations

  • Adelphi Academy (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Cemetery of the Holy Cross (New York, N.Y.).
  • Cypress Hills Abbey (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Cypress Hills Cemetery (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Ferncliff Cemetery (Hartsdale, N.Y.).
  • Ferncliff Mausoleum (Hartsdale, N.Y.).
  • Holy Cross Cloister (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Hotel Fort Montagu (Nassau, Bahamas).
  • Memorial Abbey (Queens, New York, N.Y.).
  • Progressive Party (1912).
  • Public School No. 6 (West New York, N.J.).
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ).

Subject Topics

  • Architects -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Architecture -- New Jersey
  • Architecture -- New York (State)
  • Architecture -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Architecture -- New York (State) -- Long Island
  • Architecture -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Architecture -- New York (State) -- Queens County
  • Big business -- United States -x History -y 20th century -v Caricatures and cartoons
  • Cemeteries -- New Jersey
  • Cemeteries -- New York (State)
  • Cemeteries -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Cemeteries -- New York (State) -- Queens County
  • Hunting |v Caricatures and cartoons
  • Mausoleums -- New Jersey
  • Mausoleums -- New York (State)
  • Mausoleums -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Mausoleums -- New York (State) -- Queens County
  • New Deal, 1933-1939 |v Caricatures and cartoons
  • Presidents -- United States -x Election -y 1904 -v Caricatures and cartoons
  • Presidents -- United States -x Election -y 1912 -v Caricatures and cartoons
  • School buildings -- New Jersey
  • Spanish-American War, 1898 |v Caricatures and cartoons
  • Stained glass windows
  • World War, 1939-1945

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Social life and customs
  • New York (N.Y.) |x Social life and customs
  • United States |x Foreign relations |y 1901-1909
  • United States |x Foreign relations |y 1909-1913
  • United States |x Politics and government |y 1901-1909
  • United States |x Politics and government |y 1909-1913
  • United States |x Politics and government |y 1933-1945

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use note

As the collection's original clippings are fragile, researchers are advised to use the photocopies whenever possible.

Reproduction rights for photographs have not been evaluated. Please consult library staff for more information.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Gregory B. Webb collection, ARC.112, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Other Finding Aids note

An earlier version of this finding aid, containing a complete container list, is available in paper form at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Please consult library staff for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Clarine Matson Webb, 1953, 1957, and 1959.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the series level.

The collection combines the accessions 1977.068, 1985.006, and 1991.043.

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Container List

Series 1: Gregory B. Webb architectural materials, 1922-1967. 6.72 Linear feet in two manuscript boxes, one loose oversize volume, and nine oversize boxes.

Scope and Contents

This series includes materials documenting Webb's architectural career and the various projects on which he worked, including blueprints, floor plans, stained glass window designs, and other technical drawings; photographs and engravings; correspondence; agreements; news clippings; brochures; programs; and advertisements. The majority of the blueprints, floor plans, and other technical drawings and designs are contained in the oversize boxes.

Among Webb's projects represented in the series are Carnegie Library (Northport, Long Island), Cypress Hills Abbey (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Fairview Mausoleum (Fairview, N.J.), Ferncliff Mausoleum (Hartsdale, N.Y.), Holy Cross Cloister (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Hotel Fort Montagu (Nassau, Bahamas), Memorial Abbey (Queens, N.Y.), Mount Lebanon Cemetery (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Public School No. 6 (West New York, N.J.), Williams Mausoleum (Brookville, Long Island), and various private homes and apartment buildings, among many others.

Additional items include two volumes of professional publications containing architectural plans and designs by Webb's colleagues; a certificate to practice architecture issued to Webb by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; a loose oversize volume of architectural compositions by Henry P. Kirby (d. 1915) and ephemera relating to Webb's projects; and a scrapbook of additional correspondence, architectural drawings, photographs and engravings, and clippings and ephemera relating to Webb's work and architecture in general.

Series 2: Clarine Matson Webb and Isabel Hawxhurst Hall materials, 1909-1963. 0.42 Linear feet in one manuscript box.

Scope and Contents

This series contains materials relating to Gregory B. Webb's wife, Clarine Matson Webb, including correspondence, brochures, newsletters, clippings, and additional ephemera. These items illuminate Clarine's involvement in local social and cultural affairs, with an emphasis on her activities as an alumni representative of the Class of 1900 of Adelphi Academy in Brooklyn, and her involvement in several historical societies and museums, particularly the Long Island Historical Society (later the Brooklyn Historical Society). A photographic portrait of Clarine is also included.

The series also includes a diary belonging to Isabel Hawxhurst Hall, an artist specializing in book illustrations, ornamental rugs, and stained glass window designs. While the nature of Hall's relationship to the Webbs is not fully known, the entries and supplemental items contained throughout her diary suggest that she was a personal friend of Clarine's and may have worked with Gregory in a professional capacity. In addition to daily entries, Hall's diary contains stained glass window drawings and designs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and programs relating to fine and performing arts, literature, fashion, architecture and interior design, social and cultural life in New York City, and the events of World War II. There are also several postcards that seem to have been collected by Hall while on various vacation trips.

Series 3: Political cartoons, 1898-1938. 0.84 Linear feet in two manuscript boxes.

Scope and Contents

This series is comprised of original and photocopied political cartoons collected by Gregory B. Webb, as well as miscellaneous materials such as articles, satiric pieces, and a set of sheet music. Most items have been clipped from newspapers and pasted onto cardboard, often bearing period advertisements on the verso. The subject of Theodore Roosevelt dominates the series, and more often than not his persona, policies, and initiatives (particularly the Spanish-American War) are treated in a sharply satirical or critical light. A smaller amount of cartoons pertain to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and are similarly critical of his New Deal politics. Most of the clippings are culled from newspapers published in New York City, especially the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. However, the series includes many clippings taken from newspapers across the United States, including the  Washington Post, the  Nashville Daily News, the  Philadelphia Inquirer, the  Salt Lake Herald, the  Boston Post, and the  Portland Oregonian.

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