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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Europe (England, Scotland, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain)

Africa (Egypt)

Asia (India, Burma, China, Japan)

North America (Hawaii, U.S., Mexico)

Southern Methodist University

Robert W. Webb photographs

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Webb, Robert Watkins, 1906-1998
Title: Robert W. Webb photographs
Inclusive Dates: 1938-1948
Abstract: Dr. Robert Watkins Webb (1906-1998), a psychiatrist and skilled amateur photographer, lived in Dallas, Texas, but traveled often during his lifetime capturing images of foreign places and cultures. Webb received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and his medical degree from Tulane. In 1938, he traveled around the world making photographs returning on the S.S. Normandie. The Webb collection consists of 101 soft-focus black-and-white exhibition prints, two in color. The work illustrates such famous architectural sites as Buckingham Palace, Paris Opera House, Versailles, Spanish aqueducts, etc., and cultural life in the following countries: Burma, China, England, France, Egypt, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Scotland, Spain, and Switzerland from 1938 to 1952.
Accession No: Ag1995.1027
Extent: 5 boxes (103 photographic prints)
Language: Material is in English.
Repository DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Born in Chickasha, Indian Territory, a year before it became the state of Oklahoma, on January 25, 1906, Robert Watkins Webb was the son of Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Webb. The family soon moved to the small town of Rochester, Texas where his father had a dry goods store and his mother taught school. Summer vacations were to Dallas to go to the trade market where his father bought inventory for his store. Compared to their small West Texas town, Dallas was an exciting city of movies, theater, stores, and the zoo, and it sparked his interest in the more cosmopolitan world. An only child and a good student, at 15 Webb graduated from high school, and at 20, he graduated from Southern Methodist University. Webb received his medical degree from Tulane University in 1933 and went to Philadelphia for his residency in psychiatry.

Before settling into practice, in 1938 Webb traveled from San Francisco around the world returning on the S.S. Normandie to New York. On the trip, Webb, a skilled amateur photographer, made images in Asia, Africa and Europe. He would continue to make photographs on subsequent foreign trips. Upon his return, Dr. Webb set up a practice specializing in psychotherapy of the neuroses in Dallas. Following art and photography in his leisure time, Webb entered contests held by the Dallas Museum of Art, submitting photographs from his travels.

Dr. Webb served four years in the Army during World War II mostly in Port Moresby, New Guinea treating psychoneurotic patients emphasizing occupational and group therapy. After the War, Webb became chief psychiatrist of the Veterans Administration clinic in Washington, D.C., 1946-1950. In 1952, he married Elizabeth Nutting, a psychiatric social worker. They were married by the ship captain while cruising the Mediterranean aboard the S.S. Independence. On their return, they made Dallas their home with Webb going into private practice and serving as a clinical associate professor in psychiatry at Southwestern Medical School. Webb was on the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Museum of Art and the on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Theater Center. Toward the end of his life, he wrote an autobiography, "Robert W. Webb’s Chapter for Aging of Psychiatrists." Dr. Webb died at 92, October 29, 1998.

Sources:

"Urbach Wins Top Arts Prize." Dallas Morning News, March 2, 1939.

"Former Doctor of Dallas Gets Veterans Post." Dallas Morning News, January 10, 1946.

"News of Women." Dallas Morning News, August 14, 1952.

1925 Rotunda (yearbook), SMU Archives, Southern Methodist University.

Social Security Death Index.

Webb, Robert W. ca. 1990, unpublished autobiography, "Robert W. Webb’s Chapter for Aging of Psychiatrists."

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Webb collection consists of 101 soft-focus black-and-white exhibition prints, two in color. Prints sizes range from 6 x 7.5 inches to 11 x 14 inches. Some images are mounted. Most of the photographs were made during trips to Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and some are dated 1938 and 1948. In Webb’s autobiography, he notes trips in 1938, 1950 and 1952 varying slightly with dated prints. The collection illustrates such famous architectural sites as Buckingham Palace, Paris Opera House, Versailles, Spanish aqueducts, etc., and cultural life in the following countries: Burma, China, England, France, Egypt, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Scotland, Spain, and Switzerland. Seven images include Robert Webb, but most are scenic views of cityscapes and places they visited. Most of Webb’s photographs include people going about their daily lives in cities or towns.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 4 series:
Series 1: Europe (England, Scotland, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain)
Series 2: Africa (Egypt)
Series 3: Asia (India, Burma, China, Japan)
Series 4: North America (Hawaii, U.S., Mexico)

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Webb, Robert Watkins, 1906-1998.
Photographers --Texas --Dallas --20th century.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert W. Webb photographs, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, date unknown.

Processing Information

The Webb collection was randomly arranged. Anne E. Peterson, Curator, arranged the Webb photographs by country. During processing, an acid-free paper was inserted between each image. The collection was stored in 5 acid-free boxes, each box containing one or more acid-free folders.

Processed by Anne E. Peterson, August 2006.

Finding aid by Anne E. Peterson with the assistance of Susan B. Schmidt, 2007-2009.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2007.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Europe (England, Scotland, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain)

Box Folder
1 1 Item 1: Autobiography ca. 1990 "Robert W. Webb’s Chapter for Aging of Psychiatrists."
Item 2: [London Bridge, 1948?] (London, England)
8 x 8
Item 3: [London Bridge] (London, England)
9 x 11.5
Item 4: [Big Ben] (London, England)
8 x 10
Item 5: [Buckingham Palace] (London, England)
9 x 12
Item 6: Repair of War Bomb Damage in London [1948?] (London, England)
8 x 11
Item 7: England - Country Side Village (England)
6 x 7.5
Item 8: Scotland, Edinburgh - "The Castle" (Edinburgh, Scotland)
7.5 x 7.5
Item 9: Scotland - Edinburgh - Entrance Holyrod Palace (Edinburgh, Scotland)
7.5 x 7.5
Item 10: Switzerland - Lugano (Lugano, Switzerland)
6 x 9.5
Item 11: Switzerland - Lugano (Lugano, Switzerland)
7.5 x 7.5
2 Item 12: Paris - Arc de Triomphe (Paris, France)
8.5 x 12
Item 13: Paris - View from the Madeleine (Paris, France)
8 x 10
Item 14: Paris - Along Seine River (Paris, France)
7 x 9
Item 15: Paris - Along Seine River (Paris, France)
8 x 10
Item 16: France, Paris - Notre Dame (Paris, France)
7 x 7
Item 17: Paris Church, St. Etienne-du-Mont (Paris, France)
8 x 10
Item 18: Paris - Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
8 x 8
Item 19: Paris - Opera (Paris, France)
6.5 x 7
3 Item 20: France - Road to Fontainebleau Castle (Fontainebleau, France)
9 x 12
Item 21: France - Road to Fontainebleau Castle (Fontainebleau, France)
9 x 12
Item 22: Paris Area - Fontainebleau Castle (Paris, France)
7.5 x 10
Item 23: Paris Area - Entrance to Fontainebleau Palace (Paris, France)
9 x 11
Item 24: Paris Area - Fountainbleau garden (Paris, France)
8 x 10
Item 25: [France, Versailles] (Versailles, France)
8 x 11
Item 26: France - Entrance Carcassonne Castle (Carcassonne, France)
7.5 x 7
Item 27: France - Inside Carcassonne Castle (Carcassonne, France)
7.5 x 7
Box Folder
2 1 Item 28: Italy, Rome, Colosseum (Rome, Italy)
7.5 x 7.5
Item 29: Italy, Rome - Road to Appian Way, 312 B.C. & Catacombs (Rome, Italy)
7 x 8.5
Item 30: Italy, Naples - Vesuvius Erupting (Naples, Italy)
7 x 8
Item 31: [San Marco Bridge] (Venice, Italy)
8 x 11
Item 32: [View of San Giorgio Maggiore] (Venice, Italy)
9.5 x 10
Item 33: Italy - Venice (Venice, Italy)
7.5 x 9.5
Item 34: Italy - Venice (Venice, Italy)
7.5 x 9.5
Item 35: Italy, Florence - View from Piazzola Michael Angelo, Giotto Campanile and Church (Florence, Italy)
10.5 x 13
Item 36: Italy, Florence - View from Piazzola Michael Angelo, Arno River - Ponte Vecchio BRidge (Florence, Italy)
10.5 x 10.5
Item 37: Italy, Florence - Giotto Campanile (Florence, Italy)
4.5 x 11
Item 38: Italy, Florence - Palazzo Vecchio, Statue of Perseus (Florence, Italy)
8 x 10
Item 39: Italy, Florence - Piazzola Michael Angelo, Michael Angelo Statue of David (Florence, Italy)
7 x 7
Item 40: [View of Palazzo Vecchio] (Venice, Italy)
8 x 10
Item 41: Italy, Florence - Piazzola Vecchio - Plaza della Signoria [sculpture] (Florence, Italy)
8 x 10
Item 42: Vienna - Schoenbrunn Palace, 1938 (Read the sign on gate!) (Vienna)
8 x 10
Item 43: "3 Mast Sailing Ship" [1938] (Vienna? London?)
9 x 12
Box Folder
3 1 Item 44: Spain - Walled City of Avila [1948] (Avila, Spain)
7 x 7.5
Item 45: Spain - Don Quixote & Sancho [1948] (Madrid, Spain)
6 x 7
Item 46: Spain - Segovia Castle [1948] (Segovia, Spain)
7 x 9
Item 47: Spain - Segovia (1948) [Segovia Castle] (Segovia, Spain)
7.5 x 9.5
Item 48: Spain - Segovia (Front of Castle) [1948] (Segovia, Spain)
7.5 x 7.5
Item 49: Spain - Segovia [1948] (Segovia, Spain)
6 x 7
Item 50: Spain - Segovia (Old Roman Aqueduct) [1948] (Segovia, Spain)
7 x 7
Item 51: Spain - Segovia [Street Scene, 1948] (Segovia, Spain)
7.5 x 7.5
Item 52: Spain - Segovia [Statue, 1948] (Segovia, Spain)
7.5 x 7.5
Item 53: Spain - Seville Tower [1948] (Seville, Spain)
6.5 x 7.5
Item 54: Tower in Seville [1948] (Seville, Spain)
5.5 x 7.5
Item 55: Tower in Seville [Clock Tower, 1948] (Seville, Spain)
7 x 7.5
Item 56: Spain, Toledo (1948) (Toledo, Spain)
7.5 x 9.5
2 Item 57: S.S. Normandie, "3rd Class," 1938
7.5 x 7.5

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Series 2:
Africa (Egypt)

Box Folder
3 2 Item 58: [Temple through Arch, 1938] (Cairo, Egypt)
8 x 10
Item 59: Egypt, Cairo, Temple 1938 (Cairo, Egypt)
8 x 8.5
Item 60: Egypt, Cairo, Temple 1938 [through grate] (Cairo, Egypt)
8 x 10.5
Item 61: Egypt, Cairo 1938 (Cairo, Egypt)
8 x 8
Item 62: Egypt, Cairo (1938) (We climbed to the top of another pyramid to get this picture.) (Cairo, Egypt)
8 x 10

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Series 3:
Asia (India, Burma, China, Japan)

Box Folder
4 1 Item 63: Taj Mahal, India, Agra 1938 (Agra, India)
8 x 10
Item 64: Agra, India, Snake Charmer 1938 (Agra, India)
9.5 x 10
Item 65: Palace along River, Benares, Ganges R., India 1938 (one of many palaces) (Banares, India)
8 x 8
Item 66: Benares, India, Ganges River (1938) (Banares, India)
8 x 10
Item 67: Benares, India, Ganges River 1938 (Banares, India)
10.5 x 13.5
Item 68: Benares, India, Ganges River 1938 (Banares, India)
8 x 11
Item 69: India, Benares, Ganges River, (People "washing their sins away") (1938) (Benares, India)
8 x 11
Item 70: Banares, India, Ganges River 1938 (Burning Bodies) (Banares, India)
8 x 8
Item 71: Calcutta, India 1938 (Calcutta, India)
8 x 11
Item 72: Calcutta, India 1938 (Calcutta, India)
7 x 8.5
Item 73: [Amber Palace, Jaipur, 1938] (Jaipur, India)
8 x 11
Item 74: Jaipur, India, Deserted Palace of Amber 1938 (Jaipur, India)
7 x 10.5
Item 75: Jaipur, Amber Palace, India 1938 (Jaipur, India)
7 x 10
Item 76: Jaipur, India, Deserted Palace of Amber 1938 (Jaipur, India)
8 x 8
Item 77: New Delhi, India 1938 (New Delhi, India)
7.5 x 9.5
2 Item 78: Rangoon, Burma, Area Out Port Hole 1938 (Rangoon, Burma)
8 x 8
Item 79: Burma, Rangoon Harbor, Out of Port Hole (1938) (Rangoon, Burma)
8 x 8
Item 80: Rangoon, Burma, Shwe Dogon Pagoda (Entrance) 1938 (Rangoon, Burma)
8 x 10
Item 81: Rangoon, Burma, Shwe Dagon Pagoda 1938 (Rangoon, Burma)
7.5 x 9.5
Item 82: Rangoon, Burma, Country-side, 1938 (Rangoon, Burma)
10.5 x 13.5
Item 83: [Rangoon, Burma, Country-side, 1938] (Rangoon, Burma)
10.5 x 13.5
Box Folder
5 1 Item 84: Sailing ships, China Sea (1938) (China)
8 x 8
Item 85: Hong Kong, Harbor, 1938 (Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
8 x 11
Item 86: 1938 Peking - Chien Men Gate (Peking, China)
8 x 9
Item 87: 1938 Peking Summer Palace (Peking, China)
7.5 x 9.5
Item 88: 1938 Peking, Tienning -Pagoda (notice 2 people looking) (Peking, China)
8 x 10
Item 89: China - Art Work Carving (1938) (Peking?, China)
6.5 x 9
Item 90: China - Art Work Carving (1938) (Peking?, China)
6 x 9.5
Item 91: China ship, "Great Wall" along the mountains, 1938 (Great Wall, China)
6.5 x 9.5
2 Item 92: [Temple?, 1938] (Nikko?, Japan)
8 x 8
Item 93: Japan, Trees near Nikko (1938) (Nikko, Japan)
8 x 11

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Series 4:
North America (Hawaii, U.S., Mexico)

Box Folder
5 3 Item 94: Honolulu, Lunch at Famous Hotel (1938) (Honolulu, Hawaii)
9.5 x 10
Item 95: Honolulu, Aquarium 1938 (Honolulu, Hawaii)
9.5 x 10
Item 96: [Mountains, Hawaii, 1938] (Hawaii, Hawaii)
8 x 10
4 Item 97: San Francisco Harbour [1938?] (San Francisco, California)
6 x 9.5
Item 98: [Grand Canyon, Arizona] (Arizona, USA)
6 x 9.5
Item 99: [Monument Valley, Arizona] (Arizona, USA)
9.5 x 14
Item 100: Taos, New Mexico (Sim Driver Standing) 1940 (Taos, New Mexico)
7.5 x 9.5
Item 101: Trees in Area of Taos, New Mexico 1940 (Taos, New Mexico)
8 x 11
Item 102: Texas Countryside, near South Dallas (Dallas, Texas)
6 x 9.5
Item 103: Road to Charleston, S.C. (1937) (South Carolina, USA)
8 x 11
5 Item 104: Bull ring - Mexico City (1945) (Mexico City, Mexico)
11 x 14

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