White, Eva Whiting, 1880-1974. Papers of Eva Whiting White, 1900-1965: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: A-81; M-123
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Eva Whiting White, 1880-1974
Title: Papers of Eva Whiting White, 1900-1965
Quantity: 1.46 linear feet (3+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 oversize folder, 1 folio+ folder, 2 reels of microfilm
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, articles, speeches, etc., of Eva Whiting White, social worker.
Accession numbers: 24, 1440, 71-142
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Eva Whiting White in October 1959, September 1967, and October 1971. The scrapbooks were dismantled
in the summer of1980; they were microfilmed in 1989 as part of the Title II-C Preservation
Project and the inventory was rewritten by Doreen Drury at that time.
Reprocessed: November 1978
By: Joseph A. Interrante
Access. The majority of the collection is open for research. Scrapbooks (#33a-41)
are available on on microfilm (M-123).
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Eva Whiting White as well as copyright
in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
When the scrapbooks were dismantled to facilitate micro-filming, the contents were
roughly sorted into three categories: clippings, photographs, and other papers. The
order on the film thus only approximates the order in the original scrapbooks, which
was, however, haphazard. Folders have been numbered to indicate which items were in
which scrapbooks. The material in each folder has been arranged in chronological order.
Each scrapbook contained oversized clippings. The eight folders containing these large
clippings were filmed at the end of the collection.
Some of the material was difficult to film: many items overlapped, much of the newsprint
was brittle and no longer intact, many articles were folded, and there was some discoloration
from storage in a cedar chest.
Most clippings were discarded after microfilming. Clippings not discarded after microfilming
can be found in #41.
Many of the loose clippings found inside the scrapbooks were mounted by the processor
to facilitate microfilming.
Dates and/or other information have been written on some items by a number of people,
including Eva Whiting White. In organizing the material, the processor accepted dates
added by others. Undated material was placed at the end of each folder.
Photographs from #33a-g and 34a-e were microfilmed with the Schlesinger Library's
photo holdings and filed in the photograph drawer; these photographs may be seen on
M-54, reels 2 and 3. Photographs from #35-40 have been filmed with the contents of
the scrapbooks in which they appeared.
Any text on the reverse side of a photograph or card was filmed immediately following
the photo or printed side of the card.
The pages of some items were numbered to aid the microfilmer, the proofreader, and
the researcher. Dates and page numbers added by the processor appear in square brackets.
Many pages had to be filmed more than once due to the presence of folded, overlapping,
and/or multiple-paged items.
The film was proofread by the filmer and/or processor and corrections made where necessary.
Corrections appear at the end of reel 1.
Reel 1: #33a-g, 34a-e, 35a, 36a-d, 37a-b, 38a-b, 39a, 40a
Reel 2: #33h, 34f, 35b, 36e, 37c, 38c, 39b, 40b
Eva Whiting White Papers, 1900-1965; item description, dates. A-81, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Eva Whiting was born in Webster, Mass., in 1880, daughter of Frederick Herbert and
Marie Emma (Le Roy) Whiting. In 1902 she married Wesley Dunn Allen White. Having earned
the first B.S. in social work from Simmons College in 1907, she pursued graduate studies
in social work at the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University.
White was Headworker at Elizabeth Peabody House (EPH), 1909-1944; professor of social
economy at Simmons College, 1922-1950; non-resident lecturer at Bryn Mawr College,
1917- 29; member of the Boston Board of Public Welfare, 1925-1947; director of the
Americanization and Immigration Division of the Massachusetts Board of Education,
1927-1950; and president of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union of Boston,
1929-1952. She was also active in other city, state, and federal government agencies
concerned with health, education, and immigration.
This collection consists of correspondence, photographs, organizational records, clippings,
other printed materials, and scrapbooks documenting Eva Whiting White's career in
social work. There is virtually no material about her personal life. The material
given in 1971 had been arranged by Mabel E. Houghton but was rearranged when it was
integrated into the collection already in the Library.
The papers are arranged in four series: biographical material, correspondence, articles
and speeches; material on Elizabeth Peabody House; papers concerning White's other
social work activities; and scrapbooks.
Series I, Biographical material, correspondence, articles, and speeches, includes
information about White's career in social work, clippings about her activities, correspondence,
and articles and speeches by White.
Series II, Elizabeth Peabody House, includes material about White's career as headworker,
1909-1944, and the activities of the house, 1896-1967. Each folder on an Elizabeth
Peabody House department includes a typescript description of its work, and other
materials as indicated in the inventory.
Series III, Other social work activities, includes typescript descriptions of, and
correspondence relating to, White's other social work activities and her association
with Simmons College School of Social Work, the Massachusetts Homestead Commission,
Community Services of Boston, the Boston Committee for Displaced Persons, and other
organizations and institutions. There are also clippings and articles about the Women's
Educational and Industrial Union.
Series IV, Scrapbooks, consists of the contents of eight scrapbooks: announcements,
invitations, photographs, programs, fliers, clippings, pamphlets, articles, financial
notes, etc., most relating to Elizabeth Peabody House or Peabody Playhouse, with some
material about social work, and White's other activities.
Most of the scrapbooks were designated by dates; because these dates are not entirely
accurate, they appear in the inventory in quotation marks. Three volumes began with
so-called tables of contents, which were actually alphabetical indexes. These indexes
indicate persons and topics covered in each scrapbook but do not serve to locate particular
items. See Microfilm of Scrapbooks section for further explanation.
- Series I. BIOGRAPHICAL, CORRESPONDENCE, WRITINGS
- 1. Typescript outline of Eva Whiting White's career in social work, etc.
- 2. Clippings re: Eva Whiting White's social work activities, 1926-1953, n.d.
- 3. Correspondence, 1908-1931. Correspondents include Margaret Byington, Abraham Flexner
(re: Russell Sage Foundation study of vocational education in Gary, Indiana), Juliette
Low, Herbert Hoover.
See also #16.
- 4. Correspondence. 2 typed letters, signed and 3 autograph letters, signed from Jane
Addams, 1922-1933; 4 autograph letters, signed from Mary Parker Follett, 1926, n.d.
- 5. Correspondence, 1932-1939; includes Howard Braucher (National Recreation Association),
Albert J. Kennedy, Felix Frankfurter.
- 6. Correspondence, 1940-1965, n.d.; includes Howard Braucher, Carrie Chapman Catt, Caroline
See also #26.
- 7. Articles and speeches by Eva Whiting White re: social work, immigrants, education,
and co-workers, 1912-1945, n.d. Includes partial list of publications by Eva Whiting
See also #23.
- Series II. ELIZABETH PEABODY HOUSE
- 8. History, lists of departments, activities, etc.,1896-1945
- 9. 5 PHOTOGRAPHS of building at 357 Charles Street
- 10. Testimonials, celebrations, and tributes to Elizabeth Peabody House,1913-1969. Includes
pamphlets re: Eva Whiting White Working Scholarship Fund.
- 11. Move to Somerville, 1959. Also reports, 1960, 1964, 1967.
- 12. Music, art, and dance departments: programs, clippings, typed letter and photocopy
of autograph letter, signed from Leonard Bernstein; 4 PHOTOGRAPHS of orchestra conductors
and sculpture by former member.
- 13. Science Department. Programs from science fairs, 1939-1942
- 14. Science Department. 10 PHOTOGRAPHS
- 15. Printing department: printed materials, PHOTOGRAPH.
See also #25f+.
- 16. Athletic and recreational activities. Includes 7 PHOTOGRAPHS.
For autograph letter, signed from Juliette Low, see #3.
- 17. Health programs, 1910-1934
- 18. Elizabeth Peabody House Theater: programs, 4 PHOTOGRAPHS, 1921-1951.
See also #25f+.
- 19. Elizabeth Peabody House Operetta: programs, 7 PHOTOGRAPHS, 1928-1944, n.d.
- 20. Use of Peabody Theatre by other groups. Programs, clippings, 1921-1946
- 21. Use of Peabody Theatre by other groups. Programs, 1947-1948, n.y.
See also #25f+.
- 22. Elizabeth Peabody House participation in Boston Social Union: articles (by Robert
Woods, Amelia Earhart), reports, 1913-1947; programs of children's pageants, 1922-1928.
- Series III. OTHER SOCIAL WORK ACTIVITIES
- 23. Simmons College School of Social Work: reports, history, etc., 1913-1954.
See also #25f+.
- 24. Other educational work. Includes typescript summary.
See also #25f+.
- 25f+. Oversize items from #15, 18, 21, 23, 24: Elizabeth Peabody House Broadcaster, 1926; map and program for Peabody Theatre; article re: Simmons College School of
Social Work, 1924; Eva Whiting White's certificates of appointment to the Advisory
Board of the Massachusetts Department of Education, Division of Americanization and
Immigration, 1928, 1931.
- 26. Housing. Typescript and printed re: Massachusetts Homestead Commission, Boston Housing
Authority,Ada Hinton Apartments, Eva Whiting White Home, 1915-1968. typed letters,
signed from John F. Kennedy, Henry Cabot Lodge, John W. McCormack, Leverett Saltonstall,
- 27. Women's Educational and Industrial Union, 1949,1965.
- 28. Board of Overseers of Public Welfare of Boston: description of work, lists of Board
members, annual report, 1934; clippings, n.d.
- 29. Community Service of Boston. Re: pageants, 1915-1931, n.d.
- 30. Community Service of Boston. Description of Community Service of Boston, Inc.; correspondence,
clippings, etc., 1926-1933, including articles re: National Recreation Association,
See also #31o.
- 31o. Community Service of Boston, 1924. Clipping
- 32. Boston Committee for Displaced Persons, 1948-1952: correspondence, report, clippings,
lists of members, ships, displaced persons.
Social work with immigrants--Massachusetts--Boston
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990
Boston Committee for Displaced Persons
Boston Social Union
Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
Community Service of Boston
Earhart, Amelia, 1897-1937
Elizabeth Peabody House, Boston
Flexner, Abraham, 1866-1959
Follett, Mary Parker, 1868-1933
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965
Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
Kelley, Florence, 1859-1932
Kennedy, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1879-1968
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Lee, Joseph, 1862-1937
Lodge, Henry Cabot, Jr., 1902-1985
Low, Juliette Gordon, 1860-1927
McCormack, John W., 1891-1980
Saltonstall, Leverett, 1892-1979
Simmons College (Boston, Mass.). School of Social Work
Women's Educational and Industrial Union (Boston, Mass.)