Rare Ellen G. White Photograph found a new home!

University Archivist and Chair of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Lori N. Curtis, and her Assistant, Michael Olivarez holding the newly discover photograph

University Archivist and Chair of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Lori N. Curtis, and her Assistant, Michael Olivarez holding the newly discover photograph

Recently, genealogy researcher, Jacqueline Leslie Trott-Bally, discover a candid photograph of Ellen G. White in the personal documents of her great-grandfather Dr. Leslie Trott. Dr. Trott was a prominent physician who died in 1966. The photograph, taken 1905, show Ellen White walking outdoors with her son Willie White and his wife, May. The photograph is the first new picture of Ellen White to turn up in decades. Only about 50 photographs of White are known to exist. It is unclear who took the photograph, but a likely candidate is the original owner, Harriet “Hattie” Allee Trott. Harriet, who worked as a registrar at the College of Medical Evangelists (now Loma Linda University) was an avid photographer. She later married Dr. Leslie Trott in 1921. Ms. Trott-Bally graciously donated the rare photograph to the Department of Archives and Special Collections at Loma Linda University on November 25, 2014. Pictured above is University Archivist and Chair of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Lori N. Curtis, and her Assistant, Michael Olivarez with the photograph. The department plans to display the photograph in their vault, which can be viewed when researchers visit the Library or the White Estate branch office. The department would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Ms. Trott-Bally for her donation. Our collections have been enriched tremendously over the years through the generosity of individuals such as Ms. Trott-Bally.

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving dinner menu, 1938. Menu is printed on separate sheet of paper affixed to inside of card-stock folder.

Thanksgiving dinner menu, 1938. Menu is printed on separate sheet of paper affixed to inside of card-stock folder.

Recently, I was invited to a Thanksgiving themed potluck by some former colleagues of mine over at the San Bernardino Public Library.  For those of you who don’t know, ten years prior to my arrival here at the Department of Archives and Special Collections, I was employed as Assistant to the Library Computer Lab Coordinator.  Quite an interesting job change when you think about it.  Regardless, I thought it would be exciting to prepare a delicious vegetarian dish for all my friends to enjoy.  I searched our catalogue, hoping to find a cookbook that provided easy-to-follow directions, but instead came across this Thanksgiving dinner menu from the Loma Linda Sanitarium c1938.  This got me thinking about all the interesting acquisitions we have available on our online digital archive.  I encourage all our friends out there to visit our digital archive today and see what you can discover!

Visit: http://archives.llu.edu to view collections of our archival material, which includes; historical publications, photographs and documents relating to Loma Linda University and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Michael Olivarez

Archives Assistant

A picture is worth a thousand words

wordsThe saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. It also properly characterizes one of the main goals of visualization, namely making it possible to absorb large amounts of data quickly. Recently, a photograph of Ellen G. White was discovered in the personal effects of Leslie Trott, a prominent ear, nose and throat doctor. Scholars and people alike were thrilled because it provided a rare glimpse into the everyday life of Ellen G. White. Retired Adventist Historian, Ronald Graybill provided a fascinating exposé on what we might have missed in the recently discovered photo. Check out the link below to read more.

http://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/rare-photo-provides-a-walk-with-ellen-white-down-memory-lane