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Finding Aid for the Lynn Townsend White Papers, 1937-1985
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lynn Townsend White Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1937-1985
    Collection number: 1541
    Creator: White, Lynn Townsend, 1907-
    Extent: 18 boxes (9 linear ft.) 9 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Lynn Townsend White, Jr. (1907- ) was a professor of history at UCLA (1958-72), and Director of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (1964-70). The collection consists of teaching and research material related to Lynn White's career as a history professor.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Maude White, 1987.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lynn Townsend White Papers (Collection 1541). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233989 


    Lynn Townsend White, Jr. was born in San Francisco, California, April 29, 1907; BA, Stanford University (1928), MA, Union Theological Seminary (1929), Harvard University (1930), Ph.D, Harvard University (1934); history instructor, Princeton University (1933-37); assistant professor (1937-40) and professor (1940-43) of history at Stanford University; President, Mills College (1943-58); professor of history, UCLA (1958-72); Director of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (1964-70); recipient of numerous honorary degrees, awards and decorations; various publications include: Educating our daughters: a challenge to the colleges (1950), Frontiers of knowledge in the study of man (1956), Medieval technology and social change (1962), Medieval religion and technology (1978).

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of teaching and research material related to the career of history professor Lynn White. Includes exams, lecture notes, publications, correspondence, manuscripts, bibliographic files, and photographs for publications.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Teaching materials (Boxes 1-4).
    2. Research materials and publications (Boxes 5-11).
    3. Correspondence files (Boxes 12-15).
    4. Bibliographical files (Boxes 16-22).
    5. Photographs used in Lynn White's publications (Boxes 23-24).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    White, Lynn Townsend, 1907- --Archives.
    University of California, Los Angeles--Dept. of History--Faculty--Archival resources.
    College teachers--California--Archival resources.
    History teachers--California--Archival resources.
    Historians--California--Archival resources.

    Related Material

    Technology, History, Democracy [oral history transcript] / Lynn Townsend White, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1983. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.