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Emilie Margaret White papers

Identifier: MS2261-UA

Collection Scope and Content

This collection contains personal and professional correspondence, awards, transcripts, publications, curricula vitae, lesson plans and outlines, and materials relating to a recommendation for Margaret Davis. The material dates from 1917-1972. These are the records of Emilie Margaret White’s education, professional career as a foreign language teacher and administrator, and involvement with George Washington University as an alumna and supporter. White received numerous awards for her work in the field of foreign language education and for her active support of the university. The material in the collection documents her important contributions to the university and to foreign language education on a local and national level.

This collection was donated by Scott R. Schoenfeld in 2008.


  • 1917-1972
  • Majority of material found within 1954 - 1969


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical Note

Emilie Margaret White was an alumna and supporter of George Washington University, as well as a nationally recognized foreign language teacher and administrator in the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Ms. White was raised in Washington, DC, and was educated in Washington public schools. She graduated in 1907 from George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree, and later also received a master’s degree from GWU.

Ms. White taught German and Latin in the DC public school system for many years, and also served as the director of foreign languages for the school system. She authored a two volume German textbook that was used in the DC public school system and elsewhere. She also served as a member of the joint committee of the National Education Association (NEA) and the Modern Language Association to set up a program for gifted students, and was the first honorary member of the Department of Foreign Languages of the NEA.

Ms. White was a strong supporter of George Washington University. She created the Abigail Ann Brown White and Henry Kirk White Scholarship Fund in memory of her parents, and specified that graduates of DC public schools be given preference for the scholarship. She also served as president of the alumnae group Columbian Women, and received an Alumni Achievement Award in 1965 from the university and an Alumni Service Award in 1969 from the General Alumni Association.

Emilie Margaret White died at age 87 on January 1, 1973 in Alexandria, Virginia.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 document box)

Language of Materials



Collection include materials related to Emilie Margaret White's work as a foreign language educator and administrator and to her involvement with the GW community as an alumna. It includes correspondence, awards, transcripts, publications, curricula vitae, lesson plans and outlines, and materials relating to a recommendation for Margaret Davis. The materials range in date from 1917-1972.


Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Scott R. Schoenfeld, 2008 (Accession 2009.006)

Guide to the Emilie Margaret White papers, 1917-1972
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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"Finding aid written in English"

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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Washington 20052 United States of America