Contents and Arrangement

Portrait of Unidentified Man and Landscape: Glass Plate Negatives, undated

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists primarily of correspondence (1885-1919) and diaries (1874-1918) containing personal reflections of Charles Conrad Abbott. The collection reflects Abbott's life-long interest in the investigation, observation, and description of nature and Native American archaeology in the Delaware River Valley of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. A large portion of the correspondence is between Charles Conrad and his son Richard M. Abbott. Also included are a small selection of essays by Abbott, titled "The After-Thought of Age: A Series of Out-Spoken Essays," "The Archeological Significance of an Ancient Dune," "Old Fashioned Essays," "Paul Ingram: Pagan," and "Thoughts without Thinking."

Over 50 photographs are present depicting local scenes, friends and family, portraits, and archaeological work. Many are captioned on the verso. They range in size from 3 x 3 cm. to 19 x 24 cm. and consist of albumen prints, collodion prints, gelatin silver prints, a cyanotype and an ambrotype along with other photomechanical prints. Other material include newspaper clippings (1905-1918), two glass plate negatives, miscellaneous clippings, a Certificate for The Royal Northern Archeological Society, and Abbott's medical diploma from the University of Pennsylvania (1865).

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were removed during 2013 description work.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Portrait of Unidentified Man and Landscape: Glass Plate Negatives; Charles Conrad Abbott Papers, C0290, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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