Guide to the Lewis E. White Papers and Memorabilia

Daniel Hartwig & Jenny Johnson
Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
December 2010
Copyright © 2015 The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved.


Call Number: SC1016
Creator: White, Lewis E., 1894-1919.
Title: Lewis E. White papers and memorabilia
Dates: circa 1895-1930s
Physical Description: 0.75 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022

Administrative Information


Materials were the gift of Wendy A. Nipper, 2010.

Information about Access

The materials are open for research use.

Cite As

Lewis E. White Papers (SC1016). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical note

Lewis E. White studied mechanical engineering at Stanford University from 1913 to 1917, when he joined the U.S. Army, serving overseas in World War I. He died in Germany in 1919.

Scope and Contents note

Collection includes family photographs, studio portraits of White, photograph album largely pertaining to his time at Stanford, photographs of his gravesite, two letters by White written while serving in World War I, and other letters pertaining to White’s service and death.

Access Terms

Stanford University -- General subdivision--Students.;
Stanford University. Memorial Church
World War, 1914-1918.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Photographs circa 1895-1904

Scope and Content Note

4 x 6 sepia tone double image baby picture labeled “Roberts, Chico, Cal.” circa 1895; 4 x 5 glossy photo of Lewis on horseback; 4 x 6 portrait of Lewis White (in dress with wide white collar and wide cuffs); 3 x 4 glossy portrait approx. 1902 - 1904 (8 – 10 yrs. old); 7 x 5 Lewis E. with his mother Nellie (Morse) White in Chico.
Box 1, Folder 2

Photographs 1909-1914

Scope and Content Note

3” oval portrait of Lewis by Hemminger 1909; 5 x 7 (not including mounting) family portrait by Hemminger of Chico, California, (seated L to R) Harry D. White and Nellie M. White, parents, and (standing L to R) Marie Cecil and Lewis Edmund dated March 2, 1910; 3 x 5 sepia portrait of Lewis White in folder labeled “Valentine, Redding Cal.” Circa 1913; 4 x 6 sepia portrait (by Davey) of Lewis White in folder, circa 1914; Lewis E. standing with hat in right hand, palm trees in background; Lewis E. leaning against oak tree, reportedly at Stanford.
Box 1, Folder 3

Photographs, military

Scope and Content Note

Lewis E. in WWI uniform topped with college sweater, standing with his mother, Nellie M. White; Lewis E. in 3 variations of WWI uniform; Lewis E. in uniform in outdoor setting, reclining by tree; Lewis E. in uniform (on left in photo) in tent office with another man seated to his left.
Box 1, Folder 4

Photographs, gravesite

Scope and Content Note

5 x 7 photo at decorated gravesite of Lewis E. White, Coblenz, Germany. Names enscribed on the back are: J. H. Daumbacher, Eddie Einstein, Olsen, Foster Reber, John Horn, Joe Yarobough; 2 photos, 3 x 4, of the marked grave; 1 photo, 3 x 4, possibly of decorated gravesite.
Box 1, Folder 5

Photograph album 1913-1915

Scope and Content Note

Includes images of northern California – Chico area, freshman Lewis E. White, Stanford Stadium events, bonfire 1913 & 1914 Stanford vs. Cal Berkeley; 1913 & 1914 Rush, 1914 Encina Club, and Stanford campus.
Box 1, Folder 6

Letters by Lewis E. White 1919

Scope and Content Note

2 pg. letter from Lewis to Mrs. Hosmer, family friend in the Chico, California area, dated January 28, 1919 from Coblenz, Germany. The postscript was added after the Hosmer’s received Lewis’s letter. Note it took almost a month from the original date for delivery of this letter. 2 pg. letter: Soldiers Mail of February 02, 1919, Coblenz, Germany from Lewis to his sister, Marie C. White in Redding, Shasta County, California. Lewis makes reference in this letter to having sent a letter to the Hosmers. With envelope and enclosure of 1 piece of French money.
Box 1, Folder 7

Letters concerning Lewis E. White 1919-1920

Scope and Content Note

1 pg. letter dated from Coblenz June 1, 1919 by Walter Essler to Mrs. White, Lewis’s mother. 1 pg. carbon copy of letter dated July 22, 1919 from Lewis E. White’s Uncle George P. Morse on letterhead from Butte County Savings Bank, Chico replying to Private Walter Essler’s letter of June 1, 1919. Letter from C. A. Thurman dated August 20, 1919, Provo, Utah, to Mr. Morse – presumed to be Lewis’s Uncle George P. Morse. 1 pg. letter to C. A. Thurman of Provo, Utah dated August 23, 1919. Probably sent by Lewis’s Uncle George P. Morse. Letter from Vera Marston dated September 2, 1920, San Francisco, California, to Miss Marie White, Lewis’s sister. Vera Marston was a nurse on duty at Evacuation Hospital #14 in Coblenz, Germany where Lewis died. With envelope. 1 pg. letter, undated, from The American Red Cross regarding photographs of the graves of American dead.
Box 1, Folder 8

Certificates 1914-1919

Scope and Content Note

Certificate from Army of the United States of America stating, “Lewis E. White died with honor in the service of his country February 10, 1919”; and certificate of membership in Theta Xi Fraternity [Stanford] September 19, 1914.
Box 1, Folder 9

Genealogy of the Morse, Lewis, White families prepared by Wendy Alice Hamma Nipper 2010

Box 1, Folder 10

Digital copies of photos, inventory, genealogies (2 discs)

Box 1, Folder 11

Memorabilia: Sterling silver teaspoon with Hooker Oak, Chico engraved in the bowl; initials LEW engraved on handle; 1905 engraved on reverse of handle


Accession ARCH.2014-070 Additional Material

Box 1, Folder 1

1922 baccalaureate service program, 2 Bear Photo Co. photographs of Stanford Memorial Church, 1 photograph of Lewis E. White (scanned portrait), and 1 of Lewis E. White in front of Stanford Theta Xi house.) 1913-1930s