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Barclay White Diaries


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Barclay White (1821-1906), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was the son of Rebecca Smith White and Joseph White. He attended various Quaker Boarding Schools In 1842, White purchased a farm in New Jersey and married his first wife, Rebecca Merritt Lamb (1824-1850), whom he had four children with: Howard (b. 1844), Joseph Josiah (b. 1846) George F. (b. 1847), and Barclay (b. 1850). After the death of Lamb, he married Beulah Sampson Shreve in 1853 and had three children: Daniel (b. 1853), Elizabeth (b. 1857), and James (b. 1859). White was active in the Indian Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friend. In 1871, under President Ulysses S. Grant, White accepted a position as superintendent of the Northern Superintendency in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1878, When the position office closed, he continued working as a "Friends Special Indian Agent." White went back to his farm in Burlington, New Jersey and opened up a real estate and insurance office in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

This collection contains 3 diaries written by Barclay White chronicling his travels (1877-1878) as Superintendent of Indian Affairs (1871-1878).

One Folder.

Gift of Ted Jacobson, September 2022.

Processed by Sakina Gulamhusein, completed February, 2023.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Sakina Gulamhusein
Finding Aid Date
February, 2023
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Barclay White Diaries.
Box 63

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