- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
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- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Mary Chrystie Papers
- Cotsen Children's Library
- Permanent URL:
- 1830-1849 (mostly 1833-1841)
- 2 boxes, 1 volume, and 1.0 linear feet
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (hsvc): Box 1-2
A collection of letters and other writings written principally by Mary Chrystie, but also other members of Chrystie/Few family, mostly from the 1830s through 1840s. Mary Chrystie is a pious, intelligent, chatty, and wealthy young lady from Fishkill Landing, New York. Unfortunately Mary dies at the early age of 17 from tuberculosis in Nice, France.
Collection Description & Creator Information
A collection of letters and other writings written principally by Mary Chrystie but also other members of her family. The collection mostly consists of correspondence between Mary Chrystie and her family members from 1833-1841, and Mary Chrystie's diary 1837-1841. Chrystie is a precocious, well-to-do child growing up in New York State and Princeton in the years leading up to the American Civil War.
Box 1: Letters, organized by correspondent. Box 2: Storybooks and Journals. Volume 3: Diary of Mary Chrystie.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Chrystie, Mary A., 1825-1842
Mary Chrystie is a pious, intelligent, chatty, and wealthy young lady from Fishkill Landing, New York. Unfortunately she is also sickly. She dies at the early age of 17 from tuberculosis in Nice, France, where her mother and father took her in order to spend the winter in a warm climate.
Gift of Bruce C. Willsie, class of 1986, in 2002.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No materials were separated during 2014 processing.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed by Eric Johnson in 2002. Finding aid written by Ian Dooley and Miranda Marraccini in 2014.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
This collection is open for research.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Photocopies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions.
- Credit this material:
Mary Chrystie Papers; Cotsen Children's Library, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-1148
- Publication Note:
Eric Johnson, Ohio State University, "Making Mary: Maternal Shaping and the Construction of Childhood in the Mary Christie Archive".
- Subject Terms:
- American poetry -- 19th century.
Boarding school students -- United States -- 19th Century
Homebound instruction -- United States -- 19th Century
Travelers, American -- 19th Century -- Diaries
Young adults -- United States -- 19th Century
- Genre Terms:
- American diaries -- 19th century.