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White, Dorothy Shipley, 1896-
Dorothy Shipley White Photograph Collection
Public Policy Papers
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The Dorothy Shipley White Collection encompasses two sets of photographs, one on the life of Charles deGaulle and the other on French Africa. White presumably collected the photographs in preparation for her book, Black Africa and deGaulle (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1979). Mrs. White sent the photographs and negatives of the deGaulle photographs to Princeton in 1989.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The White Collection includes two series. The first on Charles deGaulle includes an original print, a copy negative which White apparently made from the print, and a copy print for virtually all of the 75 images. Most of the images are between 1940 and 1970. White obtained these from Anne Dupre, head of the photographic office of the Quai d'Orsay (the French Bureau of Foreign Affairs). Mrs. White provides an English translation on the back of each photograph if the item list in French below is insufficient.

The French Africa photographs (White listed 87, but only 74 arrived) include drawings, maps and caricatures from the earliest French involvement in Africa and photographs for the 20th century. The collection includes a number of photographs of deGaulle in Africa. The focus of the collection is military and diplomatic events, portraits of leaders and depictions of particular places.

An item list of the photographs is available.


This is an unprocessed collection and remains in its original arrangement.

The photographs are organized in two subject groups: Charles de Gaulle and French Africa.

Collection Creator Biography:

White, Dorothy Shipley, 1896-

Dorothy Shipley White was a prominent scholar of French culture, and she published two books on Charles de Gaulle. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and spent most of her life in Philadelphia, serving on the boards of the old Philadelphia College of Art and the old Women's Medical College. She died in 2002 at the age of 105.

Collection History


The collection was given to Princeton (Mudd Library) by Dorothy S. Gaus acting on behalf of her mother, Dorothy Shipley White. The accession number associated with this gift is ML1990-4.


No information about appraisal is available for this collection.

Processing Information

The deGaulle photographs were foldered individually. The copy negatives were placed temporarily into individual envelopes, but should be sleeved. A decision should be made regarding sleeving individual photoprints and whether to use alkaline buffered folders. In addition, should copy negatives be housed separate from collections and indexed into a database? The copy prints can probably be sold to readers as requests are made since they duplicate both the original prints and the negatives. The French Africa photographs were foldered five items to a folder.

This is an unprocessed collection. The contents list provided is a preliminary inventory.

Biography written by Jessica Marati, '08.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Dorothy Shipley White Photograph Collection; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Box 1