Fonds F2005 - Mary E. White fonds

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Mary E. White fonds


  • 1873-1976, predominant 1947-1976 (Creation)

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75 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Mary Estelle White, professor of classics at Trinity College, was born in 1908 in Campbellford, Ontario. She studied at Queen‟s University, Kingston, Ontario, and St Hugh‟s College, Oxford, where she obtained an MA. After teaching at McMaster University from 1937 to 1940 she was appointed lecturer in classics at Trinity College, Toronto. She was promoted to associate professor in 1945 and became Worrell Professor in 1963. She was the first woman to hold a departmental headship at the College when she was appointed the Head of the Department of Classics in 1965. She was acting head in 1971-72. She held the position of head of the Graduate Department of Classical Studies at the University of Toronto from 1966 to 1971. She became a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1972. From 1946 to 1964 she was editor of Phoenix, and she was the author of numerous studies in Greek history. Professor White retired from Trinity College in 1974 and died on 7 January 1977.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Fonds was donated by Dr Elisabeth Wallace in August 1993.

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of files relating to White‟s professional life, including correspondence files of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the Classical Association of Canada, manuscripts of speeches, lectures and publications, student examination papers from Trinity College, Cambridge, and Newnham College, Cambridge, and her reading and lecture notes in Greek and Roman history. Also included are papers and offprints of works by other people, probably related to her position as editor of Phoenix.

Contains series

  1. Correspondence and personal Information
  2. Writings, speeches, and lectures
  3. Examination papers 1873-1969, predominantly 1873-1894
  4. Lecture Notes on Greek and

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None expected

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Conditions governing access

Some restrictions apply.Files 2-9 and 4-15 are closed by request of the donor until June 2019.

Conditions governing reproduction

Various copyright holders. It is the researcher's responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds.

Language of material

  • English

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The fonds is described to the file level. Finding aid attached.

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Classical Association of Canada

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Trinity College Archives

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  • English



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