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Collection Overview

Chambers family.
Chambers Family Papers
Manuscripts Division
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22 boxes and 9.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-22


Consists of diaries, correspondence, documents, scrapbooks, and printed matter of the Chambers family of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of diaries, correspondence, documents, scrapbooks, and printed matter of the Chambers family of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The diaries were kept mainly by the women of the family, the earliest written by Mary Stokes (1797) when she was thirteen and the latest by Mary B. Chambers (1962), who kept a diary for seventy-two consecutive years. Also represented by a large number of diaries is Fanny Clarke Chambers who kept one from 1839 until 1888. There are many postcards sent by family members while traveling in the United States and abroad, some included in scrapbooks. The collection also contains documents such as deeds, wills, mortgage agreements, and indentures, as well as bankbooks, financial accounts, and some business records of the Tide Water Pipe Company, Ltd. of Titusville, Pa. In addition, there are maps, commonplace books, and recipe books.



Collection Creator Biography:

The Chambers family was a prominent family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Collection History


Gift of Richard B.T. Roberts.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Alicia Corona '2013 in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Chambers Family Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-22