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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1099

Papers of Aaronette M. White, 1961-2014


Collection includes biographical and genealogical information; remembrances of Aaronette White; diaries; photographs; books annotated by White; and a t-shirt.


  • Creation: 1961-2014


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. Journals (#2.1-2.10) require the written permission of White's sister, Angela M.W. Thanyachareon, until January 1, 2067.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Aaronette White as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1.04 linear feet ((2+1/2 file boxes) plus 3 photograph folders, 1 folio photograph folder, 1 object)

The collection contains biographical and genealogical information about Aaronette White including her birth certificate; material regarding her death including obituaries and condolence letters sent to White's sister; marriage and divorce documents; personal journals; photographs; and administrative correspondence from White's tenure as Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of Equity and Social Responsibility at University of California, Santa Cruz. The collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.


African-American feminist and professor of social psychology, Aaronette Michelle White (1961-2012) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, one of five daughters of Earline and Aaron White. She attended the University of Missouri (AB 1983) and Washington University (MA 1984, PhD 1988) and was affiliated with a number of institutions (including Pennsylvania State University, the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, and the University of Amsterdam) before joining the faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2008. She was also the recipient of numerous fellowships (Ford Foundation, Harvard University, Fulbright, Rockefeller Institute, Bunting Institute, and National Science Foundation). She studied the intersections of race, gender, and class in approaches to liberation and justice, and her first scholarly book looked at black male feminism and was titled Ain't I a Feminist? African American Men Speak Out on Fatherhood, Friendship, Forgiveness, and Freedom (2008). Her second edited collection, African Americans Doing Feminism: Putting Theory into Everyday Practice, appeared in 2010. A survivor of sexual assault and rape, White began speaking out as an anti-rape activist and feminist in the 1990s, and worked to mobilize anti-rape advocacy in Black communities. Aaronette M. White died on August 13, 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2018-M160

The papers of Aaronette White were given to the Schlesinger Library by her sister, Angela M.W. Thanyachareon, in September 2018.


Donors: Angela M.W. Thanyachareon

Accession number: 2018-M160

Processed by: Johanna Carll and Amber L. Moore.

The following items have been removed from the collection:

  1. No! The Rape Documentary

Processing Information

Processed: April 2021

By: Amber L. Moore and Johanna Carll

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

White, Aaronette M. Papers of Aaronette White, 1961-2014: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by Patricia M. King/Schlesinger Library Director’s Fund, Barbara N. Kravitz Fund for the Schlesinger Library, Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library, and Sybil Shainwald Fund at the Schlesinger Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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