Papers of Mrs F White

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 7FWH
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 A box

Scope and Content

The archive consists of cyclostyled lecture notes produced for the Women's Correspondence Bible Class, a flyer and some letters from Katherine Bushnell to Mrs F White. The material reflects the study of women's representation in the Bible.

Administrative / Biographical History

Katharine C Bushnell (1855-1946) was born in Peru, Illinois on 5 Feb 1855. She became a doctor of medicine and a learned scholar of Hebrew and Greek. During her travels in India, Bushnell became involved in exposing the control of prostitution by the Indian government. She then proceeded to England to campaign against its continuance. During the early 1920s, Bushnell returned to America where she worked on her book, 'God's Word to Women', which was published in 1923. This book was a culmination of the work invested in the 'Women's Correspondence Bible Class'. The lecture notes of this class provided the foundation of the published work. Bushnell held positions such as President of the Union to Combat the Sanitation of Vice (America) and Vice-president of the Association for Moral & Social Hygiene. Katharine Bushnell died, aged ninety years of age, on 26 Jan 1946. Note: Nothing is known of Mrs F White [TWL 7FWH] other than her being a pupil enrolled on Bushnell's 'Women's Correspondence Bible Class'.


The papers are arranged into four series: lecture notes; promotional material; correspondence; and 'The Epistle to the Calations [sic] III - the date of the epistle'.

Access Information

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

Acquisition Information

The separate volumes were brought together as a single archive in Jul 2001.

Other Finding Aids

The Women's Library Catalogue

Custodial History

The first volume of the bible class had been accessioned into the library collection, date unknown, under class number 220.8, reference number 3900214280. Volumes two and three, the latter containing two letters to Mrs White from Katherine Bushnell and the typewritten lecture notes, were found in the archive stacks in Jul 2001.

The accession registers have been checked, but no entry has been found.

Related Material

Two copies of God's Word to Women by Katherine Bushnell, 1923, are held within the Women's Library collection. Writings of Katherine Bushnell can also be found in the papers of Henry J Wilson, 3HJW - India File.