Jonathan W. White, Jr. Papers, 1893-2001

724

Collection Overview

Title:
Jonathan W. White, Jr. papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1893-2001
Creator:
White, Jonathan W.
Abstract:
Dr. Jonathan W. White, Jr. was born on 29 September 1916 and passed away on 2 September 2001. A native of State College, Pennsylvania, and a Pennsylvania State University alumnus, he is recognized for his outstanding contributions to apiculture and honey research during his sixty-year career.
Collection Number:
724
Size:
9 Linear Feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the  library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Dr. White was born on September 29, 1916 and passed away on September 2, 2001. A native of State College, PA and a Penn State alumnus, he is recognized for his outstanding contributions to apiculture and honey research during his sixty-year career. Dr. White attended State College schools and continued his education at Penn State, where he received a B.S. in Agricultural and Biological Chemistry in 1937. He completed M.S. work in Agricultural Chemistry at Purdue University in 1939, and received a Ph.D. in the same field in 1942, also at Purdue. In 1943 he married Rosalind Christman, who died in 1998. They had a daughter, Barbara W., and a son, Jonathan W. III.

Dr. White worked for the United State Department of Agriculture at its Eastern Regional Research Laboratory (Wyndmoor, PA), from 1942 to 1978. He left the laboratory for a brief period in 1944-1945 to work at the U.S. Office of Censorship in Washington, D.C. From 1949 to 1964 and again from 1974 to 1978, White served as Head of Honey Investigations at the Eastern Regional Research Laboratory. From 1964 to 1974, he was Chief of the Plant Productions Laboratory of the Eastern Regional Research Lab. White left the USDA in 1978 and the following year began work as an independent analyst and consultant on honey, first as president of Honeytech, Inc., and beginning in 1987, Honeydata Corporation. Dr. White was a member of the American Chemical Society, Association of Official Analytical Chemists, Institute of Food Technologists, American Beekeeping Federation, and Honey Industry Council. He held the office of Executive Secretary of the Honey Industry Council from 1980 to 1985. He also served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Apicultural Research. He has over 140 professional publications and numerous unpublished papers, and 6 patents to his credit.

Dr. White received the following professional awards: Dutch Gold Honey Bear Award, 1993, Harvey W. Wiley Award, Association of Official Analytical Chemists, 1986, James I. Hambleton Award, Eastern Apicultural Society, 1980, Commendation, Honey Industry Council, 1979, Commendation, American Beekeeping Federation, 1978, Associate Referee of the Year, Association of Official Analytical Chemists, 1977, President of working group, "Control of Apiary Products," Apimondia, International Federation of Beekeeping Organizations, 1970-1971, Elected Fellow, Association of Official Analytical Chemists, 1969, Superior Service Award, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1962, Outstanding Performance Awards, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1960-1962, Certificate of Merit, U.S. Office of Censorship, 1945, Elected Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Sciences, 1945, Honorary Collegiate Societies: Phi Eta Sigma, Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Lamba Upsilon, Sigma Xi. According to his obituary in the Centre Daily Times: "Dr. White is recognized as the world's foremost authority on the analysis and composition of honey. His huge body of work on honey includes the discovery of four new sugars, new methods of separation and identification, finding gluconic acid to be the principle honey acid, the development and improvement of methods for examining honey adulteration, the characterization of honey's antibiotic principle, the demonstration of the nature of various honey enzymes and much technical work on new processes and products."

Return to Table of Contents


Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials from Dr. White's sixty-year career in honey research. Dr. White also collected relevant research publications dating to the late 1890s. White's work can be characterized as a combination of pure and applied research on the chemical make-up and performance of apiary products (primarily honey) under a variety of conditions. A large portion of White's papers concern the chemistry of honey. This includes a series of works on adulteration of honey throughout the world. In some cases folders include notes and findings on experiments he conducted. Additional materials examine topics concerning beeswax, apiculture, honeydew, Africanized bees, sterilized honey for bee feeding, the food industry, and correspondence and publications concerning the Codex Alimentarius, a directory of international standards for foods.

Return to Table of Contents


Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Processing Information

Digital Collection

Digital reproductions from this collection are available online through the Jonathan W. White, Jr. Papers Digital Collection.

Return to Table of Contents


Related Materials

Related Materials

A partial collection of Dr. White's papers have been microfilmed: Composition of American Honeys, Codex, Composition of American Honeys technical bulletin, articles, article reprints, patents, Honey Definitions Task Force, and research progress reports.

Return to Table of Contents


Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • White, Jonathan W.

Return to Table of Contents


Collection Inventory

Click associated checkboxes to select items to request. When you have finished, click the Submit Request button.

BoxFolder

11

12

13

14

15

16-7

18-9

110

111

112

113-15

116

117

118

119-21

122

123

124

125-27

128

129

130

131

132

133

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29-12

213-16

217

218

219

220

221

222-23

224-25

226

227

228

229-30

231-33

234-35

31

32

33-4

35

36

37-9

310-11

312

313-14

315

316-19

320

321

322

323

324

325

326

327

328

329

330

331

332

41

42

43

44

45-6

47

48-9

410

411

412

413

414-16

417

418

419

420

421

422

423

Return to Table of Contents


BoxFolder

424

425

426-27

428

429

430

431-32

433-34

51

52-3

54-6

57-8

59-10

511

512

513

514

515

516

517

518

519

520

521

522

523

524

525

526

527

528

529-30

531

532-33

534-36

61-2

63-5

66

67

68

69-10

611

612

613

614

615

616

617-18

619

620-22

623

624-26

627-33

71-5

919

Return to Table of Contents


BoxFolder

76-10

711

712

713

714

715

716

717

718

719

720

721

722

723

724

725

726

727

728

729

730

731

732

733

734

735

736

737

738

739

740

741

742

743

744

745-46

747

748

749

750

751-52

753

754

755

756

757

758

759

760

761-62

763

764

765

766

767

768-75

81

82-3

84, 7

85

86

88-11, 18

812-13

814

815

816

817

819-20

821

91-6

97-15

916

917

918

924

925

926

927

928

929

930

Return to Table of Contents


BoxFolder

822

823

824

825

826

827

828

829

830

831

832

833

834

835

836

837

838

839

840

841

842

843

844

845

846-48

Return to Table of Contents


BoxFolder

920-23
Box

10

11

Return to Table of Contents