Skip to main content

White, William Allen, 1868-1944



William Allen White was a renowned newspaper editor, politician, and author. In 1895 White bought the Emporia Gazette in Emporia, Kansas and through his editorials became known as the "Sage of Emporia"; he won the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for his editorial entitled "To an Anxious Friend."

White and his wife, Sallie Moss Lindsay, had two children. Their daughter, Mary, died tragically in an accident in 1921. William Allen White died in 1944.

Found in 21 Records:

Collected poems of William Allen White compiled by Donald S. Pady, Tempe, Arizona

 Collection — Volume 1
Call Number: RH MS DK9

Unpublished scrapbook compiled by Donald S. Pady of poems written by Kansas-based journalist and newspaper editor William Allen White. According to Pady, the purpose of the collection is to bring together the many verses of White which are found in numerous publications.

Dates: 1962

Dr. H. M. Floersch Collection

Call Number: RH MS P950

This collection includes photographs of William Allen White, noted editor of the Emporia Gazette and his daughter, Mary Katherine, as well as correspondence between W.A. White, Mary Jane Haynes, and Random House, Inc. These items were found laid in books belonging to Dr. H.M. Floersch, who had collected books by White and later donated them to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

Dates: between 1920 and 1946

James Howe papers

Call Number: RH MS 364

James P. Howe, an Associated Press foreign correspondent for 21 years, was the son of famous Kansas writer and newspaper publisher, Edgar Watson Howe, of the Atchison Globe. This collection consist of correspondence from 1956-1970, manuscripts of stories Howe was assimilatinginto a book, newspaper articles, legal papers, misc. short stories by Howe and other authors, and a scrapbook.

Dates: 1956 - 1970

Leander Stillwell correspondence

Call Number: RH MS 41

Most of the correspondence included in this collection is from Stillwell to his father, Jeremiah O. Stillwell. These letters, dating from January, 1863 to the end of December, 1863, relate Stillwell's military experience to his father. Later correspondence, dating from 1898 to 1920, is from various political figures to Stillwell asking for favors, endorsements, or his opinions.

Dates: 1863 - 1920

Letter to Rose Edington

Call Number: RH MS P741

This letter, dated December 22, 1919, is from Emporia Gazette editor William Allen White to Rose Edington of Troy, Kansas, who worked as a linotypist and subscription contest organizer for various newspapers in Kansas and Nebraska. White's letter is written in response to Miss Edington's solicitation for contributions of clothing for the needy.

Dates: December 22, 1919

Letter to Senator George Moses

Call Number: RH MS P771

In this 3-page letter to U.S. Senator George Moses of New Hampshire, Emporia Gazette editor William Allen White addresses the circumstances surrounding his work as Kansas delegate and member of the Committee on Resolutions during the June 1936 Republican National Convention at which Kansas Governor Alf Landon was nominated for President.

Dates: July 8, 1936

Letters to Minnie Hite Moody

Call Number: RH MS P743

These three letters, dated 1937, 1938, and 1941, were written by newspaper editor and writer William Allen White to Minnie Hite Moody, a columnist with the Atlanta Journal from 1938-1943, and a published author of poems, short stories, and novels. White writes in response to Moody, offering encouragement and aid in her writing efforts.

Dates: 1937-1938, 1941

Letters to Paul S. Seybolt

Call Number: RH MS P740

These two letters were written by newspaper editor and author William Allen White in response to a request that a book entitled Kansas Poetry, which he received from Paul S. Seybolt of West Medford, Massachusetts, be autographed. White comments on the ages at which he wrote his several poems which were published in the book and speculates that Seybolt's is the only copy extant.

Dates: December 28, 1936 and January 25, 1937

Letters to Robert Sherwood

Call Number: RH MS P744

These two letters are from prominent journalist and writer William Allen White to noted playwright and Franklin D. Roosevelt speech-writer Robert Sherwood. White, who in May 1940 co-founded a political action group encouraging U.S. aid to Great Britain in its defense against Adolf Hitler, writes in these letters of U.S. measures being sought by the Committee and his concerns for America's allies.

Dates: July 26, 1940 and August 7, 1940; photograph dated July 4, 1939

Letters to Sarah Martin

Call Number: RH MS P742

These two letters, dated 1932 and 1933, were written by Emporia Gazette editor William Allen White to Sarah Martin, a former employee of the Gazette, who was employed in New York City at the time of his writing.

Dates: May 18, 1932 and December 22, 1933;

Marion Ellet papers

Call Number: RH MS 756
Overview This collection consists of several letters written to Marion Ellet, newspaper writer and editor in Concordia, Kansas, by William Allen White, newspaper editor of the Emporia Gazette between the years of 1921 and 1943. The collection also includes Ellet's collection of newspaper clippings ("paste-ups") of articles about her, or of which she is the author, as well as a yearbook from Smith College in 1921, a graduation commencement booklet, and an...
Dates: 1921 - 2014

Mike Kautsch collection of William Allen White materials

Call Number: RH MS 1494
Overview This collection contains materials related to Emporia Gazette newspaper editor William Allen White, gathered by Mike Kautsch, formerly the dean of the University of Kansas' William Allen White School of Journalism. It includes several A.P. Style manuals, correspondence between William Allen White and a former student, information about the William Allen White Foundation's goals, booklets of typed speeches given at various events hosted by the William Allen...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1929 - 1986

Papers of Drew McLaughlin

Call Number: RH MS P266

The collection contains correspondence from Theodore Roosevelt, Kansas Senator Arthur Capper, William Allen White, Kansas Attorney General William Smith, and Herbert Hoover, as well as clippings and radio broadcasts concerning Mr. McLaughlin. Collection also contains a delegate medal owned by McLaughlin from the Republican National Convetion held in Kansas City in 1928.

Dates: 1906 - 1949

Phyllis A. Lawton collection

Call Number: RH MS 1082
Overview In this collection are books inscribed in the 1920s by William Allen White to Phyllis A. Hughes (Mrs. Keith) Lawton, whose father Bowmer Q. Hughes worked for thirty years as a linotype operator for White's Emporia Gazette. Included are letters from Phyllis's father to her mother in 1918, commenting on the influenza epidemic and Mr. White's departure with his son William Lindsay White for the Paris Peace Conference. Also included are a group photograph of...
Dates: 1915 - 1951

Rachel Crown papers

Call Number: RH MS P728

The Rachel Crown papers contain photocopied genealogical charts, family group lists, and photographs of Rachel Crown's Armistead family and Crown family ancestors, who were among the early settlers of Smith County, Kansas. Included also are several photocopies of Rachel Crown's writings, as well as a letter written to her from William Allen White in 1937.

Dates: 1800s-1987

Records of the Emporia Gazette

Call Number: RH MS 609
Overview The Emporia Gazette (Emporia, Kansas) began publication in 1890. From 1895 to 1944, the newspaper gained national prominence under its owner and editor, William Allen White, which was sustained under his son William Lindsay White's leadership from 1944 to 1973. The records in this collection consist chiefly of the Gazette's financial records from 1935 to 1971, and of many of its photographic negatives from the 1950s. Some...
Dates: 1935 - 1971

Ruby Rosenberg papers regarding William Allen White

Call Number: RH MS 772

Mrs. Ruby Holland Rosenberg met William Allen White in 1928. At that meeting she was hired to write book reviews and a column, "Peeps at Emporia Gardens," for the Emporia Gazette. This collection contains correspondence with White, photographs of William and Sallie White, and newspaper clippings.

Dates: 1920 - 1980

Ruth Garver Gagliardo papers

Call Number: RH MS 275

The Ruth Garver Gagliardo papers, dating from 1914-1978, contain correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed materials, and photographs, which mainly document her professional career as a journalist and reviewer of and authority on children's books.

Dates: 1914 - 1980

Walter Johnson's key to microfilm letters to or from William Allen White

 Collection — Volume 1
Call Number: RH MS D217

Key to microfilm letters to or from William Allen White in the possession of Walter Johnson, 1899 through July 1939 / Walter Johnson.

Dates: 1899 -July 1939

William Allen White collection

Call Number: RH MS 929

The William Allen White Collection contains correspondence and writings by and about native Kansan William Allen White, whose grass roots social and political editorials as editor of the Emporia Gazette earned him a Pulitzer Prize and international fame. Included in the collection, acquired by the William Allen White School of Journalism and Public Information at the University of Kansas, are many photographs of White and his associates.

Dates: 1890 - 1970

William Allen White letters to Adam Brand

Call Number: RH MS 1354

This collection includes letters written by William Allen White to Adam Brand from 1926-1934. White was a journalist from Emporia, KS and became a leader of the Progressive movement in Kansas in 1912. White befriended Theodore Roosevelt and helped him create the Progressive (Bull-Moose) Party. White's political interests led him to write a biography of Woodrow Wilson in 1924. Brand contacted White for help with creating a play about Wilson's life.

Dates: 1926 - 1934

Additional filters:

Emporia gazette (Emporia, Kan. : 1892) 3
Emporia (Kan.) -- History 2
American poetry -- Kansas 1
Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 1
Children's literature 1