Letters and Manuscripts Collection

Ellen G. White Letters and Manuscripts (Folio Views Infobase)

The Ellen G. White letters and manuscripts collection comprising of over 8300 documents is available as a free download to users of our CD-ROM software Ellen G. White Writings Comprehensive Research Edition. Users can download the 117MB file and open the infobase using our EGW CD-ROM software, Folio Views and use it to read and search the collection offline. Download: LtMs.nfo (117MB)

The collection, previously only available to researchers at White research centers, contains about 50,000 pages of materials dating from 1845 to the months before White’s death on July 16, 1915.

The materials, which are not expected to contain any surprises, were not made widely available earlier because many are of a personal nature and make reference, sometimes in strong terms, to individuals by name, said James R. Nix, director of the White Estate.

But those people and their close relatives are no longer alive today, prompting the White Estate to decide in 2013 that the value of the materials outweigh those sensitivities and to release them during centennial commemorations of White’s life and ministry.

Upon her death, White placed the care of her unpublished writings in the hands of five life trustees. But her estate soon faced financial challenges, leading the General Conference, the administrative body of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to purchase it outright. The church promptly returned the literary portion of the estate to the trustees in accordance with Ellen White’s written instructions in her Will.

Among the trustees was the General Conference president and other individuals whom White mentioned by name in unpublished, personal correspondence.

“Ellen G. White had written especially strong counsel to some of them, so they were not excited about the materials being released,” Nix said. “If you were the president of the General Conference, why would you want some pastor in the middle of the United States reading about you from the pulpit in church?”

The White Estate released the first book of previously unpublished material in 1932, a compilation titled Medical Ministry.

Researchers began to gain access to the unpublished materials in the 1930s with the understanding that any cited information had to first be approved jointly by the White Estate and the General Conference.

The rules were softened in the 1980s, and all unpublished materials are available at White research centers in all the divisions of the world church.

The unpublished collection includes family letters, letters addressed to individuals and institutions, diary materials, and manuscripts written for publication in books and periodicals.

By making the infobase available as a free download to users of our CD-ROM software we hope you enjoy reading the many letters and manuscripts Ellen G. White wrote during her lifetime.

Download: LtMs.nfo (File Size 117MB)