Manuscript Collection


Ross Allan Webb



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Accession 740

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

22,500 pieces, 11.25 linear feet



Historical Note

Dr. Ross Webb was born in Westchester, Nova Scotia, Canada on July 22, 1923. After his father died, he moved with his mother and attended public school in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. At 15 years of age, he moved back to Canada and was graduated from Cumberland Academy in Amherst, Nova Scotia in June 1941. During World War II he served as a coordinator between Industry and the Royal Canadian Air Force and attended St. Charles Commercial College at Amherst and Mount Allison University at Sackvill, New Brunswick. He entered Acadia University at Wolfville, Nova Scotia in 1945 and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in History in 1949. Graduate work for the Master of Arts degrees and Doctorate were completed while there, one of the history professors died and Webb was asked to fill his position. In the fall of 1956, Dr. Webb took a position at the University of Kentucky as Associate Professor of History and Director of the History and Geography Department. He served as Dean of faculty from 1968 to 1971 before moving up to Vice-President of Academic Affairs. In 1975 he requested to step down as Vice-President and return to the History Department as a professor. He has served on the Honors Council and as Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees. In 1986 he was commissioned by the Board of Trustees to write an official history of Winthrop and in May of 1989 became Winthrop’s official Historian.

Dr, Webb was married to the former Ruth Keil (1923-2023) of Glenshaw, Pennsylvania and they have two sons. He was an ordained minister serving St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina. He sang professionally with the Pittsburgh Symphony and he enjoyed as hobbies stamp collecting and brass rubbing. Among the many honors he received were the Alegron Sydney Sullivan Award (1981), the Distinguished Professor at Winthrop (1977), Who’s Who in American (38th Edition) the Excellence in Writing Award at the Sixth Annual Winthrop University Writer’s Conference. Dr. Webb passed away on November 25, 2003.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the professional papers of Dr. Ross Allan Webb. Dr. Ross Allan Webb (1923-2003) was a history professor, Chairman of the History Department, Dean of Faculty, Vice-President and Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees at Winthrop from 1967 to 1989. The records span from before Dr. Webb came to Winthrop through his Winthrop tenure. The collection consists of materials related to his personal writings and publications, class instruction materials, materials relating to faculty improvement at Winthrop, his Winthrop administrative records, Winthrop committee work, materials related to Winthrop honor societies and clubs, Winthrop graduate program records, records related to the operation of the college, local community programs, and newspapers.

Additional Notes

Transfer of Items: To Winthrop Archives Newspaper Collections, Acc. 218.

  • Rock Hill Times- October 14, 1971
  • Evening Herald- March 20, 1976
  • Evening Herald- March 25, 1978
  • Evening Herald- March 31, 1979
  • Charlotte Observer- June 27, 1982
  • Charlotte Observer- March 23, 1986


This collection was deposited by Dr. Ross Allan Webb, author, educator and administrator at Winthrop University, of 2534 Shiland Drive, Rock Hill, South Carolina, in September 1989.


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Dr. Ross Allan Webb Papers - Accession 740