Guide to the Clarence H. White Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: White, Clarence H., 1874-1945
Title: Clarence H. White papers
Dates: 1898-1945 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (1 container and 1 folder)
Collection Number: Ax 175
Summary: Clarence H. White (1874-1945) established the Ellison-White Lyceum and Chautauqua Association, and also founded a conservatory of music in Portland. The collection (1898-1945) contains correspondence, reports and a program of the Chautauqua Association, and catalogues and programs of the music conservatory.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Clarence H. White (1874-1945) was born in Carleton, Nebraska, and educated at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He became general manager in Canada for the Topical Bible Co., and sold Bibles in Canada and in the Middle West. He married Amy Steen in 1903.

In 1910, he established the Ellison-White Lyceum, with J.R Ellison, operating out of Boise, Idaho. The organization moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1920, reorganizing as the Ellison-White Lyceum and Chautauqua Association, incorporating in 1921. The company was also known as the Ellison-White Chautauqua Bureau. The company also operated a Chautauqua circuit in New Zealand and Australia.

Ellison-White also founded a conservatory of music in Portland.

Content Description

The collection (1898-1945) contains correspondence, reports and a program of the Chautauqua Association, and catalogues and programs of the music conservatory.

Correspondence includes over 200 letters, much of it personal letters exchanged between White and Amy Steen. There is also correspondence related to White's work with the Chautauqua Association and his music conservatory.

The collection also contains an oversize program of a Chautauqua event in Yamhill county. The program gives information including pictures, regarding the singers, speakers, and other entertainers at the event.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Clarence H. White papers, Ax 175, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Related Materials :  

Other collections relating to Chautauqua associations, Clarence H. White, and/or the Ellison-White Chautauqua Bureau records at Special Collections and University Archives include:

Ellison-White Chautauqua Bureau records, B 075;

Ellison-White Chautauqua Bureau scrapbooks, CA El59;

Willamette Valley Chautauqua Association records, B 137.


  • Personal Names :
  • White, Clarence H., 1874-1945
  • Corporate Names :
  • Ellison-White Chautauqua Bureau.
  • Ellison-White Chautauqua System.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Printed ephemera

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