Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
A collection of letters and manuscripts written by Seventh-day Adventist Church cofounder Ellen White went public on the Ellen G White Estate website on July 16, the 100th anniversary of her death.
The materials have been gone over by researchers for years. The portions that I have read were fascinating but not surprising.
The collection, previously only available to researchers at White research centres, contains about 50,000 pages of materials dating from 1845 to the months before White’s death on July 16, 1915.
The materials 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 Nix, director of the White Estate at the world church’s General Conference headquarters.
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 outweighs those sensitivities and to release them during centennial commemorations of White’s life and ministry.
Nix said the unpublished collection includes family letters, letters addressed to individuals and institutions, diary materials, and manuscripts written for publication in books and periodicals such as the Review and Herald (now Adventist Review).
Nix said he didn’t expect any surprises to emerge from the documents.
“The materials have been gone over by researchers for years,” he said. “The portions that I have read were fascinating but not surprising.”
Read more at <www.adventistreview.org>.