Fonds RBSC-ARC-1614 - William Hale White family fonds

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William Hale White family fonds

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80 cm of textual records;29 photographs

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The eldest son of William White, bookseller and printer, of Bedford, William Hale White worked as a civil servant for much of his career as well as being involved with the Westminster Review in the 1850s. His fame as an author rests chiefly upon his pseudonymous autobiographical works, The Autobiography of Mark Rutherford (1881), its sequel Mark Rutherford's Deliverance (1910), and Pages from a journal (1900).

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The fonds consists chiefly of Wiliam Hale White's correspondence with family and friends, manuscript notebooks of his books, published and unpublished manuscripts, subject files, clippings, and bound pamphlets on a variety of philosophical and religous topics. The fonds also contains the correspondence of Dorothy Vernon White as well as notebook manuscripts of her books and the correspondence of Cecily Hale-White (daughter of John Hale White).

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All of the William Hale White and Dorothy Vernon White papers in this collection were obtained from Simon Nowell-Smith, the nephew of Dorothy Vernon White . They came to the Library at the University of British Columbia as part of the larger Colbeck Collection. After the donation of the Colbeck Collection to UBC, Nowell-Smith made a small donation to UBC of his own personal papers related to William Hale White and Dorothy Vernon White.


The material obtained from Simon Nowell-Smith was received in a partially-arranged state. In the case of these correspondence files and some of the subject files, Nowell-Smith's arrangement and file descriptions were retained. The White family papers were not received from Nowell-Smith, and were in considerable disarray, and arrangement was imposed by Special Collections.

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