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The Ellen G. White® Estate, Inc.

Origins of the White Estate
Organization of the Estate
Relationship to the General Conference
The Work of the White Estate
Ellen G. White Estate Branch Offices and Research Centers
Use of Ellen G. White Manuscript Materials
Officers of the White Estate Board
How to Contact the Ellen G. White Estate Main Office
How To Contact the Ellen G. White Estate Branch Offices
How to Contact the Ellen G. White Estate Worldwide Research Centers

[Material adapted slightly from the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia, second revised edition (Hagerstown, Md.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1996), vol. A-L, pp. 503-506.]

The Ellen G. White® Estate, Incorporated, is an organization created by the last will and testament of Ellen G. White to act as her agent in the custody of her writings, handling her properties, "conducting the business thereof," "securing the printing of new translations," and the "printing of compilations from my manuscripts." Her will, dated Feb. 9, 1912 (printed in its entirety as Appendix N in Messenger of the Lord, by Herbert E. Douglass) named five church leaders to serve as a board of trustees: Arthur G. Daniells, president of the General Conference; William C. White, her son; Clarence C. Crisler, a secretary; Charles H. Jones, manager of the Pacific Press; and Francis M. Wilcox, editor of the Review and Herald. Four of the five were members of the Executive Committee of the General Conference.

Appointment of the trustees was for life, Ellen White providing that "if a vacancy shall occur for any reason among said trustees, or their successors, a majority of the surviving or remaining trustees are hereby empowered and directed to fill such vacancy by the appointment of some other fit person"; or if this provision were to fail, the General Conference Executive Committee should appoint someone to fill such a vacancy. The will dedicated the major portion of the existing and potential royalty incomes from her books to the work of the trustees. (For additional information, see Appendix B, "The Settlement of Ellen G. White's Estate," in volume 6 of A. L. White's biography of Ellen White, Ellen G. White: The Later Elmshaven Years.)

At the death of Ellen White, July 16, 1915, this self-perpetuating board began to function. It soon sold Ellen White's real estate, consisting mainly of Elmshaven, her home property near St. Helena, California, then began the continued care of her literary properties. Under the terms of the will, such responsibilities fell into three areas: (1) possession of the copyrights to her writings and the care and promotion of her books in the English language; (2) preparation of manuscripts for, and the promotion of the translation and publication of her writings in other languages; and (3) custody of the files of manuscripts and other files, and the selection of matter from the Ellen G. White manuscript files for publication. The board now carries a fourth responsibility, which has developed naturally through the years--acquainting Seventh-day Adventists and others with Mrs. White and her work.

Organization of the Estate.
The Original Board:
When the board was organized in 1915, A. G. Daniells served temporarily as president, followed by F. M. Wilcox from 1915-1922. A. G. Daniells again served as president from 1922-1935. The secretaryship, after being held for a short time by C. C. Crisler, passed to W. C. White, the only member of the board devoting full time to the work of the trustees. He filled this office until his death in 1937. From 1915 to 1937 the work was carried on at Elmshaven in a rented office building with a vault that was used to house the Ellen G. White materials.

During the 19 years they worked together, the original members, in addition to routine tasks, (1) published 10 posthumous compilations (for an annotated bibliography of the Ellen G. White books, see White, Ellen G., Writings of, and Appendix D in the Comprehensive Index to the Writings of Ellen G. White); (2) produced an 865-page Comprehensive Index to the Writings of Ellen G. White, published in 1926; (3) carried forward the thorough indexing of the Ellen G. White manuscript files; and (4) in counsel with the leading officers of the General Conference in 1933 and 1934, laid the foundation for continuing the trusteeship in perpetuity. The steps taken to ensure the perpetuation of the trusteeship were: (a) in 1933 the trustees, as the constituency, formed a corporation under the laws of the state of California "to carry out and perform the provisions of the charitable trust created by the last will and testament of Ellen G. White deceased"; (b) the General Conference agreed to provide adequate financial support for the work of the trustees in the form of an annual budget; the trustees, in turn, assigned to the General Conference all royalty incomes produced by the Ellen G. White books; (c) it was agreed to move the property and work of the trustees at some appropriate future time to Washington, D.C., thus placing it close to the world headquarters of the church.

Period of Transition:
When three of the original trustees died--one in 1935 and two in 1936--the vacancies were filled in harmony with the provisions of the will and the bylaws of the 1933 corporation. The full-time secretary, W. C. White, died on Sept. 1, 1937. He was replaced by his son, Arthur L. White, who for nine years had served as his secretary and for four years as assistant secretary of the White Estate. The work of the White Estate was moved to the General Conference, Washington, D.C., in January, 1938.

Present Organization:
With the demands upon them increasing steadily with the growth of the church and numerous constituencies to be represented, in 1950 the trustees increased the board's membership from five to seven, and in 1958 amended the bylaws of the corporation to provide for a constituency and board of nine, seven to be life members and two to be elected for a term corresponding to that of General Conference elected personnel (originally four years, but now five). In 1970 the board was increased to 11; in 1980, to 13; and, in 1985, to 15. The number of life members is currently five. At quinquennial meetings the board also elects the secretary and associate secretaries, as well as officers of the corporation, as provided for in the bylaws.

Relationship to General Conference. Through the years a close working relationship has obtained between the White Estate trustees and the General Conference. Most of the trustees are members of the General Conference Executive Committee. Various matters, such as promoting the overseas publication of the Ellen G. White material, appropriation of funds to assist in the foreign language publication of Ellen G. White books, and overall planning of Spirit of Prophecy promotion, including preparation of materials for the annual Spirit of Prophecy Sabbath, although intimately related to the work of the White trustees, are beyond the sphere of their direct responsibility. These are handled by the General Conference Committee through a sub-committee known as the Spirit of Prophecy Committee. This committee includes several of the White trustees. The duties of this subcommittee and the working relationship between the General Conference Committee and the White Estate are currently set forth in a joint agreement adopted by the General Conference Committee and the White Estate trustees on Oct. 10, 1957. There is an interlocking and at times overlapping of responsibilities; nevertheless, a smooth and efficient working relationship between the two organizations is maintained.

The Work of the White Estate. Routine Work. The paid staff members: (1) safeguard and maintain the records in the custody of the trustees, and the indexes thereto, in such a manner as to serve the church; (2) handle the copyrights to the Ellen G. White works; (3) conduct such research in these works and the related historical materials as may be called for; (4) respond to questions that may be directed to the White Estate in personal interviews and in a worldwide correspondence; (5) assemble, when authorized by the trustees, materials for compilations from Ellen G. White's writings; (6) foster, in conjunction with the Spirit of Prophecy Committee, the ever-widening publication of these writings in various languages and at times make selections or abridgments as called for and authorized; (7) fill assignments in church, institutional, and field visitation as the needs and best interests of the advancing work of the church require; (8) conduct tours of historical sites of denominational interest, especially in the New England states; and (9) prepare articles, correspondence lessons, and text materials.

Productions of special value to the church include the four-volume Comprehensive Index to the Writings of Ellen G. White (1962, 1992); the six-volume facsimile reprints of the Ellen G. White Present Truth and Review and Herald articles; the four-volume Ellen G. White Signs of the Times articles; the Ellen G. White Youth's Instructor articles; the Periodical Resource Collection volumes; the six-volume biography of Ellen G. White, by A. L. White; and The Published Writings of Ellen G. White on Compact Disc (CD-ROM), a tool of inestimable value to users of computers.

Ellen G. White Estate Branch Offices and Research Centers. The White Estate maintains three branch office research centers--at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California, and at Oakwood College, Huntsville, Alabama. These offices contain duplicates of the Ellen G. White documents and other historical materials housed in the main office at General Conference headquarters. Beginning in 1974, the White Estate also has set up Ellen G. White-SDA Research Centers on the campuses of 14 Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities outside North America, in the countries of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, England, France, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, and South Africa.

Use of Ellen G. WhiteManuscript Materials. During the later years of her life, Ellen G. White often drew upon her unique 50,000-page manuscript file in the preparation of published works. The White trustees have continued to draw upon this for the compilations made since her death. These manuscripts constitute an invaluable basic file of historical records and of counsel to the church. The copyright of these manuscripts resides solely with the White trustees.

While all of Ellen White's writings are available for research, the unpublished letters, manuscripts, and other materials in the Ellen G. White files do not constitute a public archive. The sacred nature of the files generally and the confidential nature of many of the communications in the files require that they be cared for and used responsibly. Even manuscripts whose primary value is historical in nature must not be used in a solely secular manner. "Spiritual things are spiritually discerned" (The Desire of Ages, p. 55; see also 1 Cor. 2:14). Because of this, during the first few decades following Ellen White's death, careful policies governing the use and release of unpublished materials were set up, ultimately resulting in the publication of 21 volumes known as Manuscript Releases. In recent years the earlier restrictive policies have been adapted to accommodate the needs of increased research.

Officers of the White Estate Board. The two chief officers of the board are the chair and the secretary. The secretary serves not only as secretary of the board but as president of the organization, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office and staff. Beginning in 1915, when the terms of Ellen G. White's will went into effect, the White Estate has had 11 chairs and six secretaries.

Chairs: A. G. Daniells, 1915; F. M. Wilcox, 1915-1922; A. G. Daniells, 1922-1935; J. E. Fulton, 1935-1936; J. L. Shaw, 1936-1937; F. M. Wilcox, 1938-1944; M. E. Kern, 1944-1951; D. E. Rebok, 1952; A. V. Olson, 1952-1963; F. D. Nichol 1963-1966; W. P. Bradley, 1966-1980; Kenneth H. Wood, 1980-2008; Don C. Schneider, 2008-.

Secretaries: Clarence C. Crisler, 1915-1917; William C. White, 1917-1937; Arthur L. White, 1937-1978; Robert W. Olson, 1978-1990; Paul A. Gordon, 1990-1995; Juan Carlos Viera, 1995-2000; James R. Nix, 2000- .

How to Contact the Ellen G. White Estate Main Office:

Ellen G. White Estate
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600 U.S.A.
Phone: 301 680-6540
FAX: 301 680-6559
E-mail: mail@WhiteEstate.org

How To Contact the Ellen G. White Estate Branch Offices:

United States of America

     Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office
	 Center for Adventist Research
     Andrews University
     Berrien Springs, MI 49104-1400
          Director:  Merlin Burt
          Phone:    269 471-3209
          FAX:       269 471-2646
          E-mail:    car@andrews.edu
          Web site: www.andrews.edu/library/car/

     Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office
     Loma Linda University Library
     Loma Linda, CA 92350
          Phone:    909 558-4942
          FAX:       909 558-0381
          E-mail:    WhiteEstate@llu.edu

     Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office
     Oakwood College
     7000 Adventist Boulevard
     Huntsville, AL 35896
          Director:  Jonathan Thompson
          Phone:    256 726-8423
          FAX:       256 726-8424
          E-mail:   egw@oakwood.edu

How to Contact the Ellen G. White Estate Worldwide Research Centers

     Ellen G. White Research Center
     Universidad Adventista del Plata
     3103 Villa Libertador San Martin
     Entre Rios, Argentina
          Director:   Dr. Daniel Plenc
          Phone:     (54) 343-491-0010 ext. 1450 or 1452
          FAX:        (54) 343-491-0300
          E-mail:     cwhite@uapar.edu
          Web site: http://centrowhite.uapar.edu

     Ellen G. White Research Center
     Avondale College, Box 19
     Cooranbong, NSW 2265
          Director:  John Skrzypaszek
          Phone:    61 2 4980 2138
          FAX:       61 2 4980 2137
          E-mail:    EGWRC@avondale.edu.au

     Ellen G. White Research Center
     Centro Universitário Adventista - Campus 2
     Caixa Postal 11
     13165-970 Engenheiro Coelho, SP
          Director:    Renato Stencel
          Phone:      55 (19) 3858-9033
          FAX:         55 (19) 3858-9025
          E-mail:      cwhite@unasp.br
          Web site:  http://www.centrowhite.org.br/

     Ellen G. White Research Center
     Newbold College
     Bracknell, Berks. RG42 4AN
          Director:  Radisa Antic
          Phone:    44 (1344) 407448
          FAX:       44 (1344) 484993
          E-mail:    egwrc@newbold.ac.uk

     Ellen G. White Research Center
     Campus Adventiste du Saleve
     BP 74
     74165 Collonges-sous-Saleve
         Director:    Jean-Luc Rolland
         Phone:      33 450 876809
         Fax:          33 450 436580
         E-mail:      whitecenter@campusadventiste.edu
         Web site:  www.ellenwhitecenter.org 

     Ellen G. White Research Center
     Spicer Memorial College
     Aundh Road, Ganeshkhind Post
     Poone 411007
          Director:  Mohanraj Israel
          Phone:    91 (20) 5690381
          FAX:       91 (20) 5698418
          E-mail:    Israel@vsnl.com

     Ellen G. White Research Center
     Northern Caribbean University
     Mandeville, Jamaica
          Director:   Basil A. Reid
          Phone:     876 523-2446
          E-mail:     egwresource@ncu.edu.jm
          Web site: http://egw-sdaresearch.ncu.edu.jm
     Ellen G. White Research Center
     University of Eastern Africa, Baraton
     P. O. Box 2500
     Kenya, East Africa
          Director:  Beatrice M. Idowu
          Phone:    (254) 053 52625
          FAX:       (254) 053 52263
          E-mail:    sdawrc@nbnet.co.ke

     Ellen G. White Research Center
     Korean Sahmyook University
     Chung Ryang P.O. Box 118
     Seoul 139-742
          Director:   HanBong Hohn
          Phone:     82 (2) 3399 3136 or 82 (2) 3399 3436 
          FAX:        N/A
          E-mail:     egw@syu.ac.kr
          Web site: http://www.egw.or.kr

     Ellen G. White Research Center
     University of Montemorelos
     Apartado 16
     Montemorelos, NL 67500
          Director:  Isidro Lopez Yanez
          Phone:    52 (826) 263 0900
          FAX:       52 (826) 263 0901
          Website: campus.um.edu.mx/cwhite/

     Ellen G. White Research Center
     Babcock University
     Private Mail Bag 21244
     Ikeja, Lagos State
     Nigeria, West Africa
          Director:  Philemon O. Amanze
          Phone:    234-037-630148 or 149 or 432799
          FAX:       234-037-630532
          E-mail:    Babcock@infoweb.abs.net

     Ellen G. White Research Center
     Carretera Central Km 19, Ņaņa
     Lima 8, Peru

     Director:  Dr. Mario Riveros
     Phone:    (511) 618 6300, Ext. 3153, 3157
     Cell:        (511) 989597383
     Fax:        (511) 618 6339
     Web site: www.centrowhite.upeu.edu.pe

     Ellen G. White Research Center
     Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies
     P.O. Box 038, Silang
     4118 Cavite
     Manila International Airport
          Director:  Reuel U. Almocera
          Phone:    [63] (46) 414-4314; 4315; 4300
          FAX:       [63] (46) 414-4310; 4320
          E-mail:    almocera@aiias.edu

     Ellen G. White Research Center
     Zaokski Theological Seminary
     Rudneva, 43-A, ZDA
     p. Zaokski, Tula Region 301000
     Russian Federation
          Director:  Vsevolod Andrusiak
          Phone:    (7) 08734-22269
          FAX:       (7) 095-468-7463 (c/o Division office)
          E-mail:    andrusiakvsv@hotmail.com

South Africa
     Ellen G. White Research Center
     Helderberg College
     P.O. Box 22
     Somerset West 7129, Cape
     South Africa
          Director:  Dr. David Birkenstock
          Phone:    27 (021) 8551210
          FAX:       27 (021) 8552917
          E-mail:    birked@hbc.ac.za

United States
     Ellen G. White Research Center
Southwestern Adventist University
101 W. Magnolia
PO Box 567
Keene, Texas 76059

Phone: (817) 202-6604
FAX: (817) 556-4722
E-mail: ellenwhiteresearch@swau.edu