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MS Eng 731

White family. White family papers, 1699-1931: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Eng 731
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: White family.
Title: White family papers
Date(s): 1699-1931
Quantity: 2 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, poems, accounts books and journals of naturalist and clergyman Gilbert White and his family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

47M-374. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred M. Tozzer,Mrs. Thomas Barbour, and Miss Gertrude A. Thurston; received: 1943 June.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

White Family Papers, 1699-1931 (MS Eng 731). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Gilbert White was a naturalist and Anglican clergyman from Selborne, England.


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

Primarily correspondence of Gilbert White, discussing the natural history of Selborne and other places. The letters also concern family history and news, and legal and financial matters. Also contains account books, poems, sermons, and other writings, together with correspondence of other family members, including Benjamin White, John White, Thomas Holt White, and Thomas White. Additionally, there are nature drawings and a commonplace book by John White, and a copy of the Selborne Parish Register for 1792.

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