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Beatrice White song book

 Collection — Folder: S1917
Identifier: S1917

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a soft-cover composition book used by Beatrice White to compile various songs and hymns starting in 1902. Along with the 31 handwritten copies of songs, the book also has a clipping of a January 21, 1917 article from the Indianapolis Star about Sarah Flowers Adams and her famous hymn, "Nearer, My God, to Thee." There are two additional handwritten notes by White in the back of the book, one dated May 12, 1902 that mentions it was a locust year, that the area wasn't suffering much damage from the insects, and that she was 18 years old; the other mentions that Lillie White died on June 12, 1885, it was a locust year, and notes the ages of herself and her siblings on that day.


  • 1902-1917

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Beatrice White was born on November 2, 1883 in Lawrence County, Indiana, the daughter of Elijah and Matilda White. She married James T. Claxton on January 1, 1905, but they later divorced. White married Pearl Samuel Bennett in 1925. She lived for a number of years in Glenwood, Rush County, Indiana before moving to Connersville in 1939. She died at the age of 84 on December 23, 1967 and was survived by two daughters, L. G. (Claxton) Lewark and Neva (Bennett) Harvey.

Sources: "Beatrice White." Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1901. Accessed August 27,2020. "Bertie Beatrice Bennett." Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed August 27,2020.

"Marriage Licenses." Rushville Republican (Ind.), June 24, 1925.

"Rites Held for Mrs. Bennett." Rushville Republican (Ind.), December 26, 1967.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection contains one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. A.M. White.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/08/28 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/08/28 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.