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Amelia Champlin Stuart Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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1842-1898 (mostly 1860-1869)
0.6 linear feet and 2 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-002085 to B-002086


Consists of correspondence between Amelia Champlain Stuart of Norwich, New York, and her family members and friends.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence between Amelia Champlain Stuart and her family members and friends. Amelia Stuart's primary correspondents are her husband, William Henry Stuart; her aunt, Emelina Bacon; and her uncle, Ichabod Horace Brown. There is also a very small number of letters between her daughter Eunice and family members, and between her husband and others. Some of the letters are from when Stuart was a student at the Sans Souci Female Seminary at Ballston Spa, NY, but most of the correspondence is from during her marriage to William Henry Stuart, as well as after their divorce. Some of the letters from the 1890s refer to her struggles after she divorced and was setting up a new home with her daughter in Boston, MA.


Materials are arranged in the order in which they were received.

Collection Creator Biography:


Amelia Champlin Stuart (1844-1926), of Norwich, New York, was the daughter of Denison Randall Champlain and Eunice Caroline Brown. She attended the Sans Souci Female Seminary in Ballston Spa, NY from at least 1863-1864, and lived in Bennington, Vermont for a short period afterward. In 1866, she married a physician, William Henry Stuart (1840-1900), in Norwich, NY. They had a daughter, Eunice Brown Stuart (1873-1950), and divorced sometime in the late 1880s. Amelia and her daughter moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1891 after the divorce, while her ex-husband stayed in Norwich to continue his medical practice and remarried in 1894. Amelia Champlin Stuart moved to Pennsylvania after her daughter's marriage to Charles Reutlinger in 1901; in the 1910 city directory for Harrisburg, PA, she still listed herself as the widow of Dr. William Henry Stuart. Amelia Stuart died in Harrisburg, PA on October 26, 1926.

Collection History


Purchased from Carmen D. Valentino: American Historical Manuscripts in November 2022 (AM 2024-049).


No materials were removed from the collection during 2024 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amy C. Vo in April 2024. Finding aid written by Amy C. Vo in April 2024, incorporating some description provided by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Amelia Champlin Stuart Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-002085 to B-002086