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Collection Number: 00773

Collection Title: John Blake White Papers, 1732-1923.

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This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 279 items)
Abstract Scattered papers of John Blake White, Charleston, S.C., lawyer, painter, and dramatist; of his son, Octavius Augustus White (1826-1903), physician in Charleston, the Confederate army, and New York; and of O. A. White's son, John Blake White (1850-1935), New York physician. The collection consists largely of family land grants and deeds, estate accounts, and miscellaneous business papers. Also included are a small amount of widely scattered correspondence, medical writings and brief literary essays, and a scrapbook of writings and public health clippings pertaining to New York, 1870-1881 and 1891-1907. Correspondence includes letters, 1817-1822, describing slaves in an estate to be settled, and letters, 1899-1900, from Sen. Benjamin Ryan Tillman about paintings of John Blake White.
Creator White, John Blake, 1781-1859.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John Blake White Papers #773, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from John Blake White of New York before 1940.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Scattered papers of John Blake White, Charleston, S.C., lawyer, painter, and dramatist; of his son, Octavius Augustus White (1826-1903), physician in Charleston, the Confederate army, and New York; and of O. A. White's son, John Blake White (1850-1935), New York physician. The collection consists largely of family land grants and deeds, estate accounts, and miscellaneous business papers. Also included are a small amount of widely scattered correspondence, medical writings and brief literary essays, and a scrapbook of writings and public health clippings pertaining to New York, 1870-1881 and 1891-1907. Correspondence includes letters, 1817-1822, describing slaves in an estate to be settled, and letters, 1899-1900, from Sen. Benjamin Ryan Tillman about paintings of John Blake White.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Business Papers, 1732-1921.

273 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Primarily business papers of the White family including deeds, wills, Confederate certificates of indebtedness, receipts, and judgements. Business correspondence includes letters, 1817-1822, describing slaves in an estate to be settled and letters from Senator Benjamin R. Tillman pertaining to the donation by Octavius A. White of paintings by his father, John Blake White, to the Library of Congress in 1899, and others, 1900.

Also included are medical writings of Octavius A. White especially relating to yellow fever. There is one folder of newspaper clippings pertaining to medical and health issues in New York, especially dealing with Octavius A. White.

Folder 1

1732-1744 #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." Folder 1

Folder 2

1769-1795 #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." Folder 2

Folder 3

1800-1819 #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." Folder 3

Folder 4

1820-1827 #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." Folder 4

Folder 5

1832-1859 #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." Folder 5

Folder 6

1860-1865 #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." Folder 6

Folder 7

1866-1868 #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." Folder 7

Folder 8

1874 #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." Folder 8

Folder 9

1875-1883 #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." Folder 9

Folder 10

1890-1898 #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." Folder 10

Folder 11

1899 #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." Folder 11

Folder 12

1900-1912 #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." Folder 12

Folder 13

1918-1921 #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." Folder 13

Folder 14-15

Folder 14

Folder 15

Undated #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." Folder 14-15

Folder 16

Clippings #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." Folder 16

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-773/1

Diplomas and medical certificates of John Blake White (1850-1935) and Octavius A. White, 1846-1900 #00773, Series: "1. Business Papers, 1732-1921." OPF-773/1

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6 items.

Scrapbooks, school and business notebooks, John Blake White's thesis, and a family record of the White family.

Folder 17

Volume 1: 1867-1879, 300 pp. Scrapbook of John Blake White (1850-1935) #00773, Series: "2. Volumes, 1621-1908." Folder 17

Clippings, programs, certificates, valentines, receipts, broadsides, and a few materials relating to his schooling at Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard University, University Medical College, and College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.

Folder 18

Volume 2: 1860-1882, 300 pp. Scrapbook of a member of the White family #00773, Series: "2. Volumes, 1621-1908." Folder 18

Clippings and other scraps of belles-lettres; items about family marriages and deaths; social, medical, and amusement items; references to John Bellinger White at Episcopal Academy of Connecticut, Phillips Academy, as editor of The Advocate at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, and as member of the committee for relief of yellow fever sufferers in the South, 1878.

Folder 19

Volume S-3: 1890-1908, 400 pp. Scrapbook of John Blake White (1850-1935) #00773, Series: "2. Volumes, 1621-1908." Folder 19

Clippings about his medical career and medical news, especially on tuberculosis; medical articles; pharmaceutical advertisements; and family obituaries.

Folder 20

Volume 4: 1852-1859, 120 pp. #00773, Series: "2. Volumes, 1621-1908." Folder 20

Notebook containing a copy of the will of Eliza O'Driscoll of Charleston, S.C., and accounts of estate settlement. Octavius A. White was administrator.

Folder 21

Volume 5: 1874, 72 pp. #00773, Series: "2. Volumes, 1621-1908." Folder 21

John Blake White's thesis for his M.D. degree at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University on prophylaxis.

Folder 22

Volume 6: 1621-1850s, 156 pp. #00773, Series: "2. Volumes, 1621-1908." Folder 22

Copy of a White and Blake family record that includes information from the family Bible and other sources.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, July 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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