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Henry White papers

Call Number: MS 551

Scope and Contents

The Henry White Papers, 1745-1886, consist of 6.5 linear feet of business, legal, and personal papers from the offices of Henry White, lawyer of New Haven. This firm, founded in 1785 by his father, Judge Dyer White (1762-1841), became White Brothers in 1880, when Henry White died, leaving the business to his sons. The papers are mainly those of individuals, firms, and estates whose business the firm handled. Also included are some papers of Dyer White as New Haven officeholder, some personal letters, and several lectures delivered by Henry White at Yale College and before the Mechanics' Society and the Young Men's Institute.

The Henry White Papers came to the Library from Roger S. White, from the White law offices, and from a Mr. Sanborn between 1913 and 1925.


  • 1745-1886


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Roger S. White, the White law office, and Mr. Sanborn, 1913-1925.


6.5 Linear Feet (16 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Chiefly correspondence and legal papers of the law firm founded in New Haven by Henry White's father, Dyer White, in 1785. Henry White joined the firm in 1828. Records of 113 individuals, firms, and estates whose business the firm handled make up the business section of the papers. Also included are a small amount of Dyer White's family correspondence (1784-1836) and college lecture notes, account books related to church activities (1822-1837), and other miscellaneous papers of Henry White.

Biographical / Historical

HENRY WHITE, the only surviving child of the Hon. Dyer and Hannah (Wetmore) White, was born in New Haven, Conn., March 5, 1803.

He received his BA from Yale in 1821. From 1823 to 1825 he served as a tutor at Yale. He then studied law, and entered on its practice in 1828 in his native city, where he continued to reside until his sudden death, from neuralgia of the heart, Oct. 7, 1880, at the age of 77. His tastes led him to appear rarely in court, but he was specially occupied with the settlement of estates and the care of trust funds, and in these duties had the entire confidence of the community through a long life. He was also much interested in matters of local history and had given particular attention to the compilation of a history of the ownership of land in New Haven. He was one of the founders and the first president of the New Haven Colony Historical Society. For nearly half a century he was a deacon in the Center Church. He was married, Jan. 7, 1830, to Martha, daughter of Roger Sherman, of New Haven, and granddaughter of the Hon. Roger Sherman. She survived him with six sons, graduates of this College in 1851, 1854, 1859, 1860, 1864 and 1866, a seventh son having died a few months before his father.

Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University, 1880-1890.

Guide to the Henry White Papers
Under Revision
Revised by Betsy H. Morris
June 1980
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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