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Papers of Captain John W. White and Dr. James T. White of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, 1877-1902

Identifier: MS 49-9

Scope and Contents

The collection includes a letter book (1877 1878) of Capt. John W. White's, from his service on the Steamer THOMAS CORWIN, which covers lifesaving station management in California, Oregon and Washington.

The James T. White papers consist of records and journals kept from 1900-1902, while he served as surgeon and quarantine officer on the U.S.S. NUNIVAK. The papers describe life at St. Michael and include a descriptive account of the cruise in 1900 up the Yukon River to the winter station at Fort Shoemaker near Steven's Village. White made detailed ethnographic and historical notes on the region, There are daily weather rords for St. Michael and Fort Shoemaker; also some Yukon navigation data for St. Michael and Holy Cross Mission.


  • 1877-1902

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be discussed with the Librarian. Photocopying does not constitute permission to publish.

Biographical / Historical

John Wesley White (1829-1892) was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He entered the U.S. Revenue Marine Service in 1855 and served most of his enlistment on the Pacific Coast. From 1867-1869 he served in Alaskan waters. John W. White's son, James Taylor White (1866-1912) was born in Port Townsend, Washington. James became a medical doctor and served as ship's surgeon for the U.S. Revenue marine Service 1890-1906. Most of his service was spent in Alaska.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box, 11 folders) : Photocopies of letter book, records, and journals

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance unknown.

Existence and Location of Originals

The original files are located at the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska, Fairbanks and the University of Washington, Seattle.

Finding Aid for the Papers of Captain John W. White and Dr. James T. White of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, 1877-1902
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Processed by: Staff; Revised by: Anastasia Tarmann, June 2013; ArchivesSpace Finding Aid by: Jacki Swearingen
2019 June
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Repository Details

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