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Jerome Pierce Webster Papers

Identifier: Jerome Pierce Webster Papers

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, camp lists, reports, and photographs from WWI. It also contains paperwork used for filing reports on prisoner-of-war camps during the war. Correspondence are primarily from the war period. Lists and reports document statistics and information on British prisoners held in German camps, including locations of camps. Also included in this collection are photographs depicting German soldiers and weaponry, and Red Cross activities, including medical assistance, prosthetics, occupational and physical therapy for wounded soldiers. The bulk of the photographic material is annotated in German.


  • Creation: 1914 - 1919

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

Webster graduated from Trinity College in 1910 and went on to attend Johns Hopkins University, graduating with a medical degree in 1914. From 1916-1917, he served the American Ambassador in Berlin, Germany, inspecting prisoner-of-war camps, and later, becoming a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Group. Webster went on to teach at the Peking Medical College from 1921-1926, and later became affiliated with the Presbyterian Hospital and College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University where he specialized in plastic surgery. By the 1940s, Webster was considered a pioneer in his field, also publishing papers on the noted Renaissance plastic surgeon Gaspare Tagliacozzi (1545-1599). He also served on the board of Trinity College as a trustee from 1939-1967, when he was elected trustee emeritus.


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Language of Materials




Webster graduated from Trinity College in 1910, obtained his medical degree in 1914, and went on to serve as an inspector of prisoner-of-war camps in Berlin, Germany, in 1916. After serving in the U.S. Army Medical Group, he went on to teach at Peking Medical College, and became a pioneer in plastic surgery until his death in 1974. This collection primarily contains material from his time in the war as an inspector and in the medical group. It includes correspondence, camp lists, reports, and photographs from WWI dealing with prisoner camps, Red Cross activities, and German soldiers and weaponry.


Collection is arranged by material type.

Separated Materials

A map of prisoner-of-war camps in Germany was removed and stored flat. Books have also been removed and cataloged in the Watkinson stacks with a note indicating the donor source.

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Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford Connecticut 06106