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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 731

White family papers


Correspondence, poems, accounts books and journals of naturalist and clergyman Gilbert White and his family.


  • 1699-1931

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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


2 linear feet (4 boxes)
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.

Biographical / Historical

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


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


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.
White family. White family papers, 1699-1931: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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