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Subject: Can We Fill in the Elipses?

? Question I am looking for some missing words. In TM 342, we read:

Aug. 25th, 1995

"There should be a division of the field, or some other plan should be devised, to change the present order of things. . . . "The president of the General Conference should have the privilege of deciding who shall stand by his side as counselors." In every occasion on the CD-Rom, the elipses are either there, or they are omitted, but no indication is made what was deleted. (I searched with the query: "change-present-order division".) Is there an unpublished document that shows what was omitted? If so, I would like to request a copy. Thanks for your helpfulness, _______ !

Answer
Yes, there is an unpublished document. It is Letter 24a, 1896. Several years ago the White Estate instituted a "permanent loan" policy so that people who wished to see documents or portions of them that were not in print could request the document from the White Estate. We send them out on permanent loan; the user does not have to return the item. There are some limits to this policy, as you might well expect. One is that we cannot process large requests; the purpose of the policy is not to copy everything anyone asks for, or we would soon be doing nothing else. So we limit it to no more than two or three items. Those needing more should go to one of the White Estate centers where they can better do their research. By the way, we expect in a couple of years to have the whole letter and manuscript file available on a CD-ROM, so those intending to do extensive work in the letters and manuscripts will be able to do it right on their own computers. The other limit to the policy is that the White Estate reserves publication rights to material not previously published. In other words, documents sent on permanent loan are for personal study, not for publication or distribution to others. Would you like me to send you the document in question under these conditions? I can do so, but I will wait to hear from you since I don't know whether you were asking for it for publication purposes. Let me know. God bless. -------William Fagal, Director Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI 49104-1400 USA Phone: 616 471-3209 FAX: 616 471-6166 E-mail: egw@aubranch.egwestate.andrews.edu

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Subject: Unpublished Writings


? Question Dear Pastor Fagal,

Dec. 02nd, 1997

I recently saw where the published writings of Mrs. White were available on CD. The word "published" caught my attention. What of her writings have not been published? _______ !

Answer
There are about 60,000 pages of Mrs. White's letters and manuscripts known to exist. (We have them in our collection at the various White Estate offices.) A rough guess would be that about half of the material has been published somewhere. Of the part that has not been published, a major portion of it adds nothing new to what is already in print. Mrs. White often gave similar counsel to more than one person. But almost every new topical compilation that is published these days has at least some new material in it that has not previously been published. Sometime this coming year the White Estate will publish a CD-ROM that has the entire letter and manuscript collection on it. That way anyone can read and search everything that we have without having to come to a White Estate facility. We may not even then call those the "published" writings, since they are not in print on paper. But they will be easily available. I hope this answers the question! God bless. -------William Fagal, Director Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI 49104-1400 USA Phone: 616 471-3209 FAX: 616 471-6166 E-mail: egw@aubranch.egwestate.andrews.edu

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Subject: Ellen G. White's Unpublished Works


? Question Is there any way to access Mrs. White's UNpublished works??? Letters? Various subjects, etc. Thanks. Kymsue Jones !

Apr. 09th, 1998

Answer
Thank you for contacting the Ellen G. White Estate. I saw your message when I checked the logs this morning. Perhaps you received an automated reply stating that the computer didn't recognize the commands, etc. That is because your message went to the automated server rather than to an e-mail account. But I'm happy to try to answer your question. If you have further questions, feel free to contact me at this e-mail address. Is there a way to access the unpublished writings of Mrs. White? Yes, but not electronically (yet--see below). The White Estate has more than a dozen offices around the world, almost all of them at major educational institutions belonging to the church. Each of these offices has a complete set of the letters and manuscripts of Mrs. White, duplicating the set at the main office at the General Conference in Silver Spring. Here at Andrews we have the first of these facilities to be established. I guess that makes us kind of the "granddad" among the others, chronologically at least. During the current term there is a class of about 100 seminarians studying the Ellen G. White writings, and one of their assignments is to spend a number of hours reading in the letters and manuscripts. So we are keeping busy, more than usual, helping them. However, travel to one of these offices may not be practical for many people. The White Estate is now engaged in developing a CD-ROM that will have all of the letters and manuscripts of Mrs. White on it. We had thought it might be available by the end of 1997, but that proved too ambitious. Now we hope it will be out before the end of 1998. Even that goal may be beyond our reach--time will tell. But we are moving toward completing the project as quickly as possible. Even without this material being easily available yet, we are not impoverished in access to the instruction that has come through Ellen G. White. During her lifetime Mrs. White put into print the main lines of her counsel to the church. Since her death the White Estate, following the instructions she gave in her will, has published quite a bit more from her letter and manuscript file to meet the needs of the growing church. I do not anticipate new and startling revelations to come from the electronic publication of the letters and manuscripts. I think, rather, that it will give us a clearer glimpse into Mrs. White's life, concerns, and methods of labor. We will also get easier access to some details about the Adventist work in those days. I hope this is helpful to you. Thank you for getting in touch. May God bless and guide you. -------William Fagal, Director Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI 49104-1400 USA Phone: 616 471-3209 FAX: 616 471-6166 E-mail: egw@aubranch.egwestate.andrews.edu

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Subject: Manuscript Request


? Question

Dec. 10th, 2001

I would like to request a copy of Manuscript 157, 1899, which is included in part in Evangelism, p. 512. I am doing some research on worship, and would like to read the article in its entirety. Please let me know what I must do to obtain it. Also, I understand that the White Estate is working on a CD-Rom that will include all of Ellen White's writings, published and unpublished. When is that schedule for release? Thankyou so much for your help. Your Brother in the Blessed Hope, Pastor _______ !

Answer
Sure, we can do this for a limited number of such things. I will need your mailing address. We will send you a photocopy of the manuscript on "permanent loan," along with a form to sign and return to us agreeing to abide by the conditions of the loan. These are that the White Estate retains exclusive publication rights, with the exception of what the law calls "fair use" for research purposes. Yes, the White Estate is working on producing a CD-ROM of the letters and manuscripts. (I have not heard that the plan is to combine this on one CD with the published writings.) Currently there is no schedule for its release. The White Estate has been understaffed for years, and there is much yet to be done on the project. But we do hope to move it forward. I just can't predict when it will be ready. I hope this helps. God bless! -------William Fagal, Director Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI 49104-1400 USA Phone: 616 471-3209 FAX: 616 471-2646 Website: www.WhiteEstate.org or www.egwestate.andrews.edu E-mail: egw@aubranch.egwestate.andrews.edu

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