Historic American Buildings Surveys: William Allen White House, Main House, and William Allen White House, Mother’s House
NAxxxx.0023

Summary Information

Repository
Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Kansas State Historical Society.
Title
Historic American Buildings Surveys: William Allen White House, Main House, and William Allen White House, Mother’s House
ID
NAxxxx.0023
Date
2002
Extent
0.25 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Historic American Building Surveys for William Allen White’s house, Red Rocks, and his mother’s residence.

Preferred Citation note

Historic American Buildings Surveys: William Allen White House, Main House, and William Allen White House, Mother’s House, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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William Allen White

William Allen White was born February 10, 1868, in Emporia, Kansas, to Allen and Mary Ann Hatten White. The family moved to El Dorado when he was a year old and remained there through his high school graduation in 1884. William attended the College of Emporia for a year then transferred to the University of Kansas in Lawrence. In 1892 he accepted positions at the Kansas City Journal and  Kansas City Star. William married Sallie Lindsay on April 27, 1893. They moved to Emporia, Kansas, in 1895 and became owners of the Emporia Gazette. The following year his editorial  What’s the Matter with Kansas? brought him national fame. This continued to grow as he became friends and advisors to numerous authors and political figures; five United States Presidents visited his home. William also wrote a number of books and was the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes; the first was awarded in 1923 for an editorial titled  To An Anxious Friend and the second came posthumously in 1947 for  The Autobiography of William Allen White which was completed by his son. William and Sallie had two children, William Lindsay and Mary. His daughter’s death in 1921 led to the publication of one of his most famous editorials, titled simply  Mary White. To publicly oppose the influence of the Ku Klux Klan, William campaigned to become Kansas governor in 1924; he was not elected. William Allen White passed away on January 29, 1944.

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Mary Ann Hatten White

Mary Ann Hatten was born January 3, 1830, near Quebec, Canada, to Frank and Annie Kelly Hatten. The family moved to Oswego, New York, a few years later. Mary attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and taught school in southern Illinois. She moved to Emporia, Kansas, in 1865, and taught school in Council Grove and Cottonwood Falls. In April 1867 she married Dr. Allen White. They moved to El Dorado where Dr. White worked as a merchant, farmer, and hotelier; they were the parents of one son, William Allen. Dr. White died in 1882, and Mary followed William as he attended school in Lawrence, then to his first job in Kansas City, returning to Emporia in 1895. In 1904 she built a house next to William’s home. Mary Ann Hatten White passed away on May 6, 1942.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of Historical American Buildings Surveys for two Emporia, Kansas, homes that are connected to William Allen White. Red Rocks, where the White family lived from 1899-1950, is the subject of one report; the second is for William’s mother’s house, which was located next door. The surveys are part of a National Park Service heritage documentation program designed to document the nation’s architectural heritage. These two houses were donated to the Kansas State Historical Society by the White Corporation in 2001.

Main House report: Contains information about the original owner of the house, Almerin Gillett, and its construction. Includes a history of ownership with a focus on William Allen White and Sallie Lindsay White, owners of the house from 1901-1950. Much of the survey consists of information from correspondence, photographs, and stories that recount activities of the White family and visitors to the house, including correspondence with Frank Lloyd Wright and the architectural firm Wight & Wight regarding renovations to the house. The survey concludes with detailed descriptions of the house and grounds.

Mother’s House report: Contains information about how the house came to be owned by William Allen White and then his mother, Mary Ann Hatten White. Extensive biographical information for Mary Ann Hatten White is included. The survey concludes with detailed descriptions of the house and grounds. This report is only 19 pages long; pages 20-55 bound into the volume duplicate the Main House report.

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Arrangement note

Alphabetical.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives January 2008

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431
archives@emporia.edu

Processing Information note

Processed by: Shari Scribner, January 2008.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Other collections that reference Red Rocks include the William Allen White Collection, the Laura Schlobohm Recording (2007.0001), the Loverne L. Morris Papers (NA1980.0002), and “William Allen White in His Garden,” Better Homes and Gardens, volume 6, number 4, December 1927 (2007.0014).  A Research Guide to Unique William Allen White Resources in the United States is available via the Emporia State University Archives web page. Many books written by and about William Allen White are listed in the Kellogg Catalog.

Separated Materials note

None.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Historic American Buildings Survey.
  • Kansas State Historical Society.

Personal Name(s)

  • Gillett, Almerin -- Homes and haunts.
  • Gillett, Almerin.
  • White, Mary Ann Hatten -- Homes and haunts.
  • White, Mary Ann Hatten.
  • White, Sallie -- Homes and haunts.
  • White, Sallie.
  • White, William Allen, 1868-1944 -- Homes and haunts.
  • White, William Allen, 1868-1944.

Subject(s)

  • Historic buildings -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Historic buildings -- Kansas -- Lyon County.

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Collection Inventory

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Book - Historic American Buildings Survey : William Allen White House, main house (Red Rocks),  2002 

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Book - Historic American Buildings Survey : William Allen White House, mother's House,  2002 

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