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Lusk Webster's initial school collection was an assemblage of objects - chiefly ancient artifacts - which she transported to schools for students and teachers to view and handle. The following items from Ancient Egypt and Rome were most likely part of this school loan collection: 



New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, N.B., A45.111

Egyptian bead

 332-30 BC

glass, 4.3 x 0.4 cm


New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, N.B., A45.142

Greek lekythos

 4th century BC

earthenware, 128 x 42 cm



New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, N.B., A45.49

Egyptian pectoral amulet: Scarab

no date assigned

slate, 4.4 x 7 cm



Egyptian figurines:

New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, N.B., A45.56

Ushabti figure

no date assigned


 15.7 x 4.3 x 2.9 cm


New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, N.B., A45.96


no date assigned


10.5 cm


New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, N.B., A45.97


no date assigned


7.6 cm




New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, N.B., 1989.83.1208


Women in the School Service Department of the New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, 1940


Lusk Webster's second school loan collection was an ambitious accumulation of photographs depicting great works of art, historical objects, architectural styles, and masterpieces. These she loaned to schools in New Brunswick through a program she piloted almost single-handedly, and amid discouraging remarks from her colleagues that New Brunswick teachers neither needed nor would appreciate this service.


In her own words:


"During the last 18 months, 3000 small pictures have been mounted to illustrate ancient, medieval and modern history, English history and literature, with sets covering transportation, costume, games etc. They have been greatly appreciated because neither the teachers nor the children have any idea what the things they are reading about look like. These have been obtained from the Geographical and other magazines, Magg's catalogues – and even from the illustrated supplements of the Sunday papers….


"A thousand, at least should be ready for circulation in the fall – but I am daunted, I confess, by the necessity of providing explanatory labels for each one! I have not discovered anyone who was qualified to help in this task and though I average 5 hours a day at the typewriter, I seem to make no headway at all."


From the records of the New Brunswick Museum Art Department, F544, New Brunswick Museum Archives and Research Library.