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Rosenberg Treasure: Historic Easter Card Collection from White Family

Historic Easter Card Collection from White Family

Rosenberg Treasure of the Month

Last Updated: April 6, 2022 by Lee Roane | History


During the month of April, the Rosenberg Library will exhibit the historic Easter card collection donated by Mr. and Mrs. Z.L. White, Jr. in 1946. Their historic Christmas cards were a previous Treasure featured in the museum.

These vintage Easter cards are part of the collection that belonged to Mr. White’s parents. The oldest cards in the collection date to 1870, however; many are dated as late as 1920. The cards were addressed to donors or extended family members at the time.

Z L White Family Easter Card
Easter card of the family of Z.L. White. Easter 1884, to Mrs. Z.L. White. Courtesy of the Rosenberg Library
Courtesy of the Rosenberg Library,
Easter card of the family of Z.L. White. Easter 1884, to Mrs. Z.L. White. Courtesy of the Rosenberg Library

Zeblon Lewis White, was a distinguished American journalist in the 19th century. A reporter for the New York Tribune, White quickly advanced to day editor. By 1870, he was named chief Washington correspondent and covered many political conventions. It is from his father, which Z.L. White, Jr. donated over 1500 rare books and manuscripts to the Rosenberg Library, brought in their original walnut cases.

Z.L. White, Jr. born in 1875 in Washington D.C., first traveled to Galveston in 1894. Prior to retiring from the real estate insurance business in 1942, Z.L. White, Jr served in the Spanish American War with the First District of Columbia Volunteer Infantry, commissioned as First Lieutenant during World War I and served in the Coast Guard Reserve during World War II. His wife, Louise Robertson Lewis, was an accomplished organist. Generous supporters of the Rosenberg Library, the Whites donated countless artifacts contributing to the museum collection.

Z L White Family Easter Card
Easter card of the family of Z.L. White. Easter 1884, to Mrs. Z.L. White. Courtesy of the Rosenberg Library
Z L White Family Easter Card
Easter card of the family of Z.L. White. Easter 1884, to Mrs. Z.L. White. Courtesy of the Rosenberg Library

The Treasure of the Month is located on the library’s historic second floor near the East Entrance. It can be viewed during regular library hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9:00 a.m. – 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, please contact Ivy Albright, Museum Curator at 409.763.8854 Ext. 125 or at museum@rosenberg-library.org.


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Lee Roane

Lee Roane has worked on the Galveston.com website since 1994. He is interested in history and birding but will write about anything if he thinks it will help someone enjoy the island.

Lee Roane
2022-04-06T10:38:20-05:00

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