Guide to the Timothy White Papers, 1725-1898

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Timothy White Papers
White, Timothy, 1700-1765.
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Timothy White Papers, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of White family per Alonzo H. Quint in 1895.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

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Related Collections

  • MS299 White Family Papers / Dover (N.H.) Library Collection, Nantucket Historical Association

Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • White, Timothy, 1700-1765.
  • Topical Term
    • Church attendance—Massachusetts—Nantucket—18th century.
    • Schools—Massachusetts—Nantucket—History.
    • Schools—Records and correspondence—History.
    • Wampanoag Indians—Education.
    • Wampanoag Indians—Religion.

Biographical Information

Timothy White (1700-1765) was one of fourteen children of John White Jr. born in Haverhill, Mass. He graduated from Harvard College in 1720, and came to Nantucket, Mass., in 1728 to teach and preach to the Native Americans and early settlers of the island. In 1728, he married Susannah Gardner, daughter of John Gardner of Nantucket, and they had six children. During the later years of his life, he returned to Haverhill to teach school and engage in business.

Scope and Content

The Timothy White papers include memorandum books with record of Native American attendance at sessions, names and tuition paid by English pupils in school, baptisms, and family statistics. Also includes letters indicative of White’s discouragement and challenges.


Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff. Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, June 2018.

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