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Clarence H. White (1874-1945) was born in Carleton, Nebraska, and educated at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He became general manager in Canada for the Topical Bible Co., and sold Bibles in Canada and in the Middle West. He married Amy Steen in 1903.
In 1910, he established the Ellison-White Lyceum, with J.R Ellison, operating out of Boise, Idaho. The organization moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1920, reorganizing as the Ellison-White Lyceum and Chautauqua Association, incorporating in 1921. The company was also known as the Ellison-White Chautauqua Bureau. The company also operated a Chautauqua circuit in New Zealand and Australia.
Ellison-White also founded a conservatory of music in Portland.
The collection (1898-1945) contains correspondence, reports and a program of the Chautauqua Association, and catalogues and programs of the music conservatory.
Correspondence includes over 200 letters, much of it personal letters exchanged between White and Amy Steen. There is also correspondence related to White's work with the Chautauqua Association and his music conservatory.
The collection also contains an oversize program of a Chautauqua event in Yamhill county. The program gives information including pictures, regarding the singers, speakers, and other entertainers at the event.
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[Identification of item], Clarence H. White papers, Ax 175, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.