Leslie Tillotson Webster papers, 1909-1943


Date: 1909-1943 | Size: 4 Linear feet, Ca. 2000 items


Includes correspondence, diaries, lab notes, photographs. Webster was a pioneering epidemiologist working at the Rockefeller Institute (1920-1943), and his collection documents this, as well as his interest in encephalitis, poliomyelitis, rabies, and resistance to infectious diseases. Other aspects of his life can be seen in his diaries and journals: diary of 1909; privately published diary of 1919, with photos, of his service in Labrador as a physician at the International Grenfell Assoc.; European journal of 1924, with photos, of Webster's honeymoon trip which was partly paid for by the Institute in order that he could meet European scientists; diary of 1929-1943; 1930 journal of a canoe trip to James Bay, with Dr. Charles C. McCoy. There is also a volume of letters concerning his death, including biographical sketches by colleagues. The contributions of his wife, Emily deForest Weber White (later married to Dr. Harold White), to Webster's work and publications can be seen in her interesting reminiscence, "Science Recollections, 1923-1971." Her own interests after Webster's death are suggested in her report of her world trip of 1964 in behalf of the Planned Parenthood Assoc. including attendance at the International Conference of Social Work, in Athens, Greece.

Background note

Leslie Tillotson Webster was an epidemiologist and worked at the Rockefeller Institute from 1920 to 1943.

Digital objects note

This collection contains digital materials that are available in the APS Digital Library. Links to these materials are provided with context in the inventory of this finding aid. A general listing of digital objects may also be found here.

Collection Information

Physical description

Ca. 2000 items, 4 linear feet.


Presented by Emily deForest Webster White, 1967-1972; initally accessioned, 03/--/1967 (1967 462ms). See in-house shelf list for additional accession numbers and dates.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • International Grenfell Association.
  • Planned Parenthood Association.
  • Rockefeller Institute

Family Name(s)

  • Kasahara, S.
  • White, Emily deForest Webster.


  • Diaries.
  • Laboratory notes.
  • Photoprints.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Europe -- Description and travel.

Personal Name(s)

  • Flexner, Simon, 1863-1946
  • Kodama, M.
  • McCoy, Charles C.
  • Muckenfuss, Ralph S.
  • Osborn, Frederick, 1889-1981
  • Paul, John R. (John Rodman), 1893-1971
  • Smith, Theobald, 1859-1934
  • Takaki, Itsuma
  • Topley, W. W. C. (William Whiteman Carlton), 1886-1944
  • Webster, Leslie Tillotson,1894
  • Zinsser, Hans, 1878-1940


  • Communicable diseases -- Transmission.
  • Encephalitis.
  • Epidemiology.
  • Medical sciences.
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Rabies.

Detailed Inventory


Abstract: The following represents the graphics available in the Leslie Tillotson Webster papers.

Leslie T. Webster, formal portrait
n. d.1 photograph(s)

Abstract: Bust length portrait of Webster.

Access digital object:

Series I. Correspondence
Abel, John
  box 1
Abstracts of studies, talks, etc.
  box 1
Adams, C.F.
  box 1

Subject(s): Rabies.

Andrewes, C.H.
  box 1
Armstrong, Charles
Aycock, W. Lloyd
Bailly, J.
Barker, Lewellys F.
Baudisch, Oskar
Baumgartner, Laura
Beaudette, F.R.
Benedict, Francis G.
Berg, William N.
Berry, George P.
 2 folders
Bieling, R.
Blake, Francis G.
Branch, Arnold
Brannan, Don
Bridge, E.U.
Bronfenbrenner, J.
Broun, G.O.
Bùrgi, Emil