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Samuel Comfort, 1799-1963
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists mostly of correspondence and also includes diaries, official and legal documents, and ephemera, such as clippings and programs and souvenirs, with some photographs and writings that primarily relate to Samuel Comfort and to a lesser extent the Crookshank family.
Most of the materials in Series 1. "Samuel Comfort," document Comfort's service during the Civil War. To a lesser extent, they document Comfort's involvement in the oil industry, his role as consul and vice-consul in India, his activities during the antebellum period, and his work with various patents and inventions. Other Comfort family members are also represented in the series, particularly Samuel's father, George Comfort, his mother Susan Lower Comfort, and his sister Annie Comfort (1842-1919) of Trenton, NJ.
Series 2. "Crookshank family" includes materials that relate primarily to Harry Maule Crookshank, including his time in Sudan and Egypt, and Emma Comfort Crookshank. Their son, Harry F.C. Crookshank, is also represented, and a few items relate to their daughter, Helen Elizabeth Crookshank.
Series 3. "Photographs" consists of primarily portrait and passport photographs as well as a couple group photographs of several members of the Comfort and Crookshank families. Also included is a Civil War photograph album, circa 1864, of soldiers, most likely members of the 20th Regiment of Pennsylvania Cavalry/Comfort's Volunteer regiment.
This series is arranged in six subseries: "Correspondence," which makes up the bulk of the series, "Diaries," "Patent-related Papers," "Civil War writings," "Official Documents," and "Clippings and Ephemera."
- Archival Appraisal Information:
During 2013 processing, the Roberts correspondence (AM 18491) was removed and made into a separate collection: Walter B. Roberts and Roberts Petroleum Torpedo Company Correspondence (C1469).
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- 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:
Samuel Comfort; Samuel Comfort Family Papers, C0407, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-5; 8
- United States. Army of the Cumberland
United States. Army of the Ohio
United States. Army. Pennsylvania Cavalry Volunteer Regiment, 20th (1863-1865).
Standard Oil Company
Comfort, Annie, 1842-1919.
Comfort, Elizabeth Barnsley, 1844-1932
Comfort, George, 1808-1887.
Comfort, Susan Lower, 1811-1888.
Crookshank, Emma Comfort, 1869-1954.
Crookshank, Harry Maule, 1849-1914.
Crookshank, Harry, 1893-1961