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Diaries of the White Family of Selborne


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Diaries kept by members of the White family, consisting of:

  1. Diaries of Henry White at Fyfield, 1785, 1788
  2. Diaries of Charles Henry White and Sampson White at Fyfield, 1790-1802
  3. Diaries of Sampson White at Maidford, 1800-1823
  4. Diary of Francis Henry White, 1804
  5. Diary of Sampson Henry White, 1826

The diaries include detailed weather reports, with accounts of work and events in parish, farm, garden and household.


  • Creation: 1785-1826


1.25 Linear metres (13 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. misc. b. 33, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. misc. b. 33-37, c. 154-157, c. 198, d. 230, d. 241, f. 65

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13470


Diaries of the White Family of Selborne

Biographical / Historical

The White family of Selborne includes Henry White (1733-1788), Rector of Fyfield and naturalist; Charles Henry White (d. 1859), second son of Henry White; Sampson White (d. 1826) eldest son of Henry White; Francis Henry White (d. 1864), fourth son of Henry White; and Sampson Henry White (d. 1871), son of Sampson White.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The diaries were bequeathed to the Library by G.J.Dew in 1931.

Diaries of the White Family of Selborne
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom