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Horace White Papers

Identifier: MS-BC686

Scope and Contents

The collection of approximately 680 items consists mainly of incoming correspondence, but typedcopies of speeches, drafts of papers, and carbons of out-going letters are included. The materials arerelated for the most part to one of following topics: Abraham Lincoln, Lyman Trumbull, thepublication of White’s translation of Appian’s Roman History, and banking, currency, and tariff. Atleast half of the material concerns Abraham Lincoln. White wrote the introduction for the secondedition of Herndon’s Lincoln (Appleton, 189?). There are about sixty letters from Jesse Weik andten from William H. Herndon. In a letter dated March 29, 1909, General Grenville M. Dodge wroteabout Grant’s interview with Lincoln in 1864. Dodge reminiscences about Grant in three additionalletters, July 26, August 5, and October 22, 1913. Gist Blair, son of cabinet member Blair, wroteabout his father’s resignation from Lincoln‘s cabinet in a letter of August 9, 1910. Other interestingLincoln-related letters include one from Robert Hitt, December 10, 1892, concerning the Lincolnand Douglas debates; and one from Charles F. Benjamin, June 1, 1914, regarding Stanton andLincoln. There are typed copies of White’s address on Lincoln and a twenty-five page account ofthe slavery struggle in Kansas, which were probably used as lectures by White.Another large group of papers in the collection related to White’s biography of Lyman Trumbull. Aletter of March 6, 1872 from Trumbull to White, and one from William C. Bryant to Trumbull, May8, 1872, deal with the H. Greeley and presidential election of 1872. Included are a dozen lettersfrom Mrs. Lyman Trumbull dealing with the career of her husband. Letters concerning banking andeconomy were received from George M. Reynolds, Carl Schurz, David A. Wells, and others. Othercorrespondents included in the collection are: Charles Francis Adams, Francis G. Allison, FredericBancroft, George Gray Barnard, Truman H. Bartlett, David H. Bates, John Bigelow, ElizabethHoar Bowles, Arthur Briesen, James Bryce, and E. Marion Bryce, James E. Campbell, EdwardCapps, Andrew Carnegie, Clark E. Carr, John Spencer Clark, Shelby M. Cullom, William A. A.Dunning, Daniel Chester French, Worthington C. Ford, Richard W. Gilder, Lawrence Godkin, F.J.Garrison, George Harvey, John Hay, A. Barton Hepburn, Robert R. Hitt, W.N. Horner, WilliamDean Howells


  • Created: 1855-1944
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1855-1917
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1950


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


0.63 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Journalist, editor and author. Reporter, correspondent and editor-in-chief, Chicago Tribune (1857-1874); editor, New York Evening Post and Nation (1881-1899); editor-in-chief New York EveningPost (1899-1903). Author of Money and Banking Illustrated by American History (1896) and TheLife of Lyman Trumbull (1913).Correspondence, speeches, clippings, drafts and carbon copies of letters. Includes correspondenceconcerning research on Abraham Lincoln and Lyman Trumbull, including letters from William H.Herndon and Lincoln scholar Jesse W. Weik. Material also covers economics, currency and tariffregulation during the latter part of the nineteenth century. Copies of early editorial and speechmaterial cover preliminaries to the Civil War, specifically the Kansas-Nebraska Bill and JohnBrown.

Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged chronologically.

Accruals and Additions

1951, 1955, 1964
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Repository Details

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