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Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 7384

White, John H., 1933-

John H. White, Jr., Papers, circa 1959-1989

Repository:Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at
Creator:White, John H., 1933-
Title:John H. White, Jr., Papers
Dates:circa 1959-1989
Quantity:2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Collection:Record Unit 7384
Language of Materials:English

These papers consist mainly of correspondence documenting activities of John H. White, Jr., as Curator and Senior Historian of the Division of Transportation. Also included is some correspondence documenting White's work as editor of Railroad History.

Historical Note

John H. White, Jr., (1933- ), historian and museum curator, was born at Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated with a B.A. in history from Miami University, Ohio, in 1958. Shortly after receiving his degree, White joined the staff of the Smithsonian Institution as Assistant Curator for the Division of Transportation, Department of Science and Technology, in the Museum of History and Technology. White later became Associate Curator of the Division, 1961-1966, Curator, 1967-1985, and Senior Historian, 1986-1989. During these years the Division of Transportation was under the Department of Industries, 1969-1977, and the Department of the History of Technology, 1978-1979, in the National Museum of History and Technology; and part of the Department of the History of Science and Technology, National Museum of American History, after 1980. White specialized in land transportation, particularly the history of railroads.

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Descriptive Entry

These papers consist mainly of correspondence that documents activities of John H. White, Jr., as Curator and Senior Historian of the Division of Transportation, and includes some correspondence documenting the years White was editor of Railroad History. In addition are desk calendars noting important meetings and various other agendas.

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Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7384, John H. White, Jr., Papers

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Container List

Box 1

Reading Files, July 1, 1971 thru December 30, 1981 (20 folders)

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Box 2

Reading Files, January 19, 1982 thru December 28, 1989 (10 folders)

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