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STEPHEN MALLORY WHITE PAPERS, 1871-1936 (CSLA-8):Series Descriptions
To view the contents of each series and their arrangement in boxes and folders, select the following link: box and folder lists, or else select the series titles below, which are also links to the box and folder lists.
Series One: Letters, 1884-1900 (.4 linear feet)This series consists of letters that Stephen Mallory White wrote to his wife Hortense Sacriste White. Most of the letters are addressed to "Fat Baby," "F.B." or "F." There are a few letters from White to his children. White wrote the letters when Hortense White was away from home (1884, 1885, 1889, and 1891); when he was away from home working on legal cases (1886, 1890, 1895 and 1900); when he was campaigning for Senate in Northern California (1892-1893); and when he was serving as a United States Senator (1893, 1894, 1896, 1897, 1898). Most of the letters are filled with questions about and reports of family members and their health. White also writes about the difficult weather conditions during his summers in Washington, D.C. White did not write many details about his work as an attorney or a senator. He did briefly mention some of the cases and legislation with which he was involved.
Series Two: Court Records, 1850-1897 (4.75 linear feet)This series is divided into two subseries.
Subseries A: Court Notes, etc., 1850-1895There are two volumes of notes about court cases. The books contain manuscript and typescript notes summarizing cases, statements, and testimony; citing precedents; and listing potential jurors and questions for witnesses. Each volume contains notes about several cases. This subseries also contains an index to a criminal transcript (1850-1854), an index to a criminal register (1880-1883), a Register of Actions (1890-1900), and a letterpress book containing legal briefs.Subseries B: Transcripts of Court Cases, 1887-1897 These are transcripts of court cases in which Stephen M. White acted as an attorney representing the plaintiff or the defendant. Many of the cases occurred during the time that White was a state Senator and a U.S. Senator.
Series Three: Abstracts of Title, ca. 1876-ca. 1898 (.4 linear feet)These documents pertain to properties in and around Los Angeles.
Series Four: Financial Records, 1875-1896 (1.3 linear feet) Most of the records pertain to White's legal practice. There are daybooks and ledgers recording financial transactions by Bicknell and White and by White and Monroe.
Series Five: Political Material, 1887-1889 (.8 linear feet)This series is divided into two subseries.
Subseries A: Records, 1887-1896This subseries contains a small collection of printed materials pertaining to state and federal bills. There is a bound volume of California State Assembly Bills Reported to the Senate in 1887, while White was a state Senator. There are two volumes of U.S. Senate bills from 1889, four years before White became a U.S. Senator. There are also three copes of an Index to the Rivers and Harbors bill dated 1896.Subseries B: Ephemera, 1889-1899 This subseries contains, menus, programs, invitations, and other ephemera from the period when White served as a U.S. Senator. There is also one item (a memorial card) from his time in the State Senate. Many of the items announce events in honor of Stephen M. White. There are also two items pertaining to presidential inaugurations (1893 and 1897), and one dinner invitation from the Secretary of War to White.
Series Six: Miscellaneous, 1872-1899 (.5 linear feet)This series is divided into two subseries.
Subseries A: Papers, 1872-1887This subseries includes a one-volume manuscript book of minutes of the Mound City Land and Water Association (Los Angeles County, 1879-1883). There is also a hand-written volume entitled "Mental Philosophy" (possibly copied from another source) and another volume with newspaper clippings: "Evidences of English Influence in the United States, collected by Newton T. Harshorn" (ca 1879-1889).Subseries B: Ephemera, 1871-1899; n.d.There are several membership certificates in this subseries. There are also two photographs of unidentified women.
Series Seven: Memorials and Expressions of Sympathy, 1901 (bulk); 1909-36 (.6 linear feet)Stephen M. White died in Los Angeles on February 21, 1901. This series contains telegrams, resolutions, letters, and other expressions of sympathy. There are handwritten memorial booklets--some of them illustrated--from the Los Angeles Bar (February 28, 1901) the Native Daughters of the Golden West (March 6, 1901), Ramona Parlor No. 109, the Native Sons of the Golden West (March 8, 1901), and the Grand Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West (April 25, 1901). There are also three magazines in this series. The Redwood (March 1909) is dedicated to White with an essay about him. A 1930 issue of Los Angeles County Employee has an essay about White: "A Champion of Law and Liberty," by Judge Louis P. Russill. Columbia (March 1936) has an article by Cornelius O'Lehan, "Hero of the Free Harbor."
Series Eight: Artifacts, 1888-1908 (.9 linear feet)This series consists of three dimensional materials. There are many badges, some for political conventions (including Democratic National Conventions) and others for societies, such as the Native Sons of the Golden West. A leather portfolio ("Stephen M. White, U.S. Senate") and two medals (Inauguration March 1897; Joint Committee Senate) represent White's time as a U.S. Senator. There is also a box of White's personal calling cards, some religious medals, and a large trunk.
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