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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1742
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1849-1942
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.15 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Whitehouse | family | of Islington


Administrative/Biographical history:

Henry Whitehouse of Clerkenwell, was a 'moddler and chaser', married to Mary Thomas. A chaser specialises in engraving metal. Their son Henry Whitehouse junior, born 1843, was educated at the City of London School before being apprenticed to his father. Henry junior married Alice Shinn; their sons were Henry William Whitehouse who seems to have worked for a bank, and Edward Whitehouse. Henry William was married to Mabel Gibbs.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of several generations of the Whitehouse family of Islington. The bulk of the collection comprises a range of family correspondence, including letters from family living or travelling abroad in Pennsylvania and New York, USA; Calcutta, India; Wellington, New Zealand; and France. There are also letters from members of the family serving during the Boer War and the First World War; and letters detailing everyday civilian life in London during the Second World War. Other papers include school reports of Henry Whitehouse junior; papers relating to prizes for artwork; Dramatic Society papers; papers relating to Henry Whitehouse junior acting as Special Constable in Islington; papers relating to property in Hornsey and Islington; financial records and family trees.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

The records are arranged in the order in which they were deposited, that is in groups in numbered envelopes. Where possible family relationships are given at the first reference to an individual and details or confirmation may be obtained from the genealogies in the list and the envelopes in which the items were deposited. Abbreviations for individuals are used throughout only for Henry Whitehouse the elder (HW sr.), Henry Whitehouse his son (HW jr.) and Henry William Whitehouse (HWW).

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited 31 March and 28 May 1982.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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