The Hayden V. White papers document White's professional, teaching, and research career
from the 1950s to 2017. A significant portion of the collection contains White's research
files, which include his notes and writings, correspondence, and collected files on various
topics, authors and research themes. A small amount of White's undergraduate and graduate
work is included in the research files. The correspondence series contains letters and other
materials that were not filed with research files, and mainly contains conference
invitations, publication and review requests, communications with colleagues at UC Santa
Cruz regarding the History of Consciousness department, other professional communications,
documentation on the White v. Davis legal case, and some personal
correspondence. Writings and publications include both typed and handwritten notes,
manuscripts, and annotated drafts of many of his works, as well as offprints of selected
published works. Teaching files include course notes, lecture notes and planning documents,
and some lecture audio recordings. White was professionally active in conferences and was
invited to speak on many occasions, the preparation and products of which are present in
this collection. Digital files include research files, talks, and writings from the
mid-1990s to the 2010s.
Hayden V. White (1928-2018) was a literary critic and historical theorist. During his
academic career, White made contributions to the study of narrative theory, historiography,
and hermeneutics. A central thread of White's research throughout his career was questioning
how historical events are constructed through writing and discourse. As a teacher and
researcher, White held the distinguished title of University Professor in the University of
California system, where he spent most of his career at the University of California, Santa
Cruz. He also taught at the University of Rochester, Wesleyan University, University of
California Los Angeles, University of California Berkeley, and Stanford University.
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