Hayden V. White Papers

Photo of Hayden White
New Exhibit in Special Collections & Archives

The collection of Hayden V. White Papers is newly processed and openly available for research in the Special Collections & Archives reading room. The collection includes White’s research files, correspondence, drafts of writings and publications, teaching files, and conference files, in both paper and digital form.  The collection guide can be viewed on the Online Archive of California.


Hayden V. White (1928-2018) was a literary critic, historical theorist, and University Professor at UC Santa Cruz who made contributions to the study of narrative theory, historiography, and hermeneutics throughout his academic career. A central thread of White's research throughout his career was questioning how historical events are constructed through writing and discourse. White was instrumental in forming and formalizing the department of History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, and also taught at Stanford, Wesleyan, the University of Rochester, UCLA, and UC Berkeley.


The new exhibit showcasing this collection, entitled “Archival Research as Penance”: The Papers and Library of Hayden V. White, opens on Friday November 1st from 10:30am to 12pm in the Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, and will be on display until March 20th, 2020. The exhibit was curated by CART Fellows and History of Consciousness graduate students Patrick King and Christian Alvarado.


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