Manuscript/University Group 418

Charles Webbert

Papers 1830-1981
3 cubic feet


Charles Webbert donated his personal records to the University of Idaho Library between 1997 and 1998. They were organized and processed by Elizabeth Jolley Schuiling and Marilyn Sandmeyer in 2006. Originally, the papers were donated in two groups. The first accession included letters written by his relatives between 1830 and 1878. The second donation included personal and professional papers as well as family albums and memorabilia. These materials were incorporated into the present manuscript group.

Biographical History

Charles Augustus Webbert was born on June 18, 1916 to David Arnold Webbert and Ethel May Beardsley Webbert in Kearney, Nebraska. Webbert was an only child. He graduated from Kearney High School in 1933 and went on to attend Nebraska State Teachers College from 1934 to 1935.


In 1935, Webbert transferred to the University of Washington in Seattle and graduated in 1937 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature and a minor in history. While in college, he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.


Charles Webbert began to narrow his career goals and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in library science from the George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee in 1940. From 1940 to 1942, Webbert worked as a catalog librarian at South Dakota State College.


In 1942, Webbert was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Force and served with the 369 th Fighter Squadron as a clerk. Webbert was an exemplary soldier and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1944; he was also awarded a good conduct medal. While serving with the army, Webbert spent 18 months overseas in Europe. He was very interested in the culture of England, where he was stationed, and collected many reminders of his stay. Webbert was honorably discharged in 1945 and went on to use the GI Bill in 1946 to fund further education at the University of Illinois.


Webbert graduated from the University of Illnois in 1947 with a Masters of Science degree in library science. While attending the university, he was employed as the Assistant Agricultural Librarian.


Charles A. Webbert started work at the University of Idaho library in September 1948. He started as a reference librarian and in 1957 was promoted to be the Social Science Librarian in the Special Collections Library. From 1969 until his retirement in 1981, Webbert was the Head of the Department of Special Collections and Archives. He was awarded tenure in 1976 and the ranks of Head Emeritus of Special Collections and Professor in 1981.


Webbert married late in life, in 1973, to Ruth Heningham Kellogg. They had no children, but were very active in the Moscow community. Webbert was a member of several professional organizations such as the American Library Association, the Idaho Library Association, and the Pacific Northwest Library Association, being on the board of directors for the latter two. Webbert was also a member of several fraternal and religious organizations.


Webbert was keenly interested in his own family genealogy, collecting scrapbooks, family tree information, and various items related to his family’s history.

Charles Webbert retired from the University of Idaho in 1981 and died in Salisbury, Connecticut in 2006.

Scope And Content

The records of Charles Webbert span the years 1830 to 1981, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1930 to 1981. Included in the records are publications, diplomas and certificates, scrapbooks, yearbooks, family letters, and genealogical information related to Webbert’s family.

Arrangement and Description

Series List

I. Certificates and Other Personal Records Box 1
II. Professional Papers Box 2
III. Genealogical Material Box 3 (o.s.)


I. Certificates and Other Personal Records
Box Folder Description  
1 1 Certificates, honors, diplomas 1933-1982
  2 Diplomas, certificates 1933-1940
  3 Diplomas, certificates 1947-1981
  4 Kearney High School yearbooks 1930-1931
  5 Kearney High School yearbooks 1932-1933
  6 Nebraska State Teachers College yearbooks 1934-1935
  7 University of Washington yearbook 1936
  8 University of Washington yearbook 1937
  9 High School Scrapbook 1930-1933
II. Professional Papers and Photographs
  10 Publications and salary information 1957-1981
  11 Essays and speeches 1946-1947
  12 Photographs of University of Idaho Library 1957
III. Family Album and Genealogical Material
  13 Autograph book 1882-1883
  14 Family letters and discharge papers 1830-1878
2 15 Poetry and sonnets booklets 1908
  16 Birth and death certificates, genealogical material 1871-1970
  17 Scrapbook of text and newspaper clippings 1894-1969
  18 Genealogical records 1605-1935
  19 Family scrapbook 1865-1971


mg418.htm / February 2007