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Alain C. White Papers

Identifier: GTM-860101

Scope and contents note

The Alain C. White Papers primarily consists of pamphlets and books, with some correspondence, relating to the history of Litchfield, Connecticut. The collection comprises .5 linear feet of material, arranged in 11 folders in 1 box. The collection consists of books and pamphlets on the history of Litchfield, Connecticut collected by Alain C. White, with much of the material written by White himself. Litchfield was first settled in 1720, and much of the material in the collection was produced for the bicentennial celebration for the town in 1920. White's personal copies of his own works often contain his annotations and the signatures of notable residents of Litchfield in the 1920s. Included are four photos of street scenes of Litchfield from the late nineteenth century and two pamphlets about the Litchfield Law School.


  • 1860 - 1946

Conditions governing access note

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Biographical note

Alain Campbell White was a scholar, philanthropist and the foremost American authority on chess problems. He was born in Cannes, France in 1880, a son of John J. White, a lawyer and descendant of seventeenth century colonial settlers. He graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude in 1902 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. From 1905 to 1936, White published annually a book on chess which he sent to chess enthusiasts throughout the world at Christmas time. A student of Dante, he won the Latham Prize of the American Dante Society while still an undergraduate, and collaborated on two concordances of the minor works of the poet. White gave to the Town of Litchfield a 4,000-acre park on Bantam Lake. Alain Campbell White died in April, 1951 in Summerville, South Carolina, where he spent his winters.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Alain C. White Papers
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