Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Mary Chrystie Papers
Repository:
Cotsen Children's Library
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/vt150n002
Dates:
1830-1849 (mostly 1833-1841)
Size:
2 boxes, 1 volume, and 1.0 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (hsvc): Box 1-2
Language:
English

Abstract

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

Description:

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.

Arrangement:

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.

Collection History

Acquisition:

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:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/vt150n002
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-1148

Find More

Related Material:

For additional biographical and geneological information about the Chrystie/ Few families and Mary Chrystie, as well as classroom teaching materials related to the collection, see notes by Eric Johnson at Seeley Mudd Manuscript Library.

Mary Chrystie Collection; 1856-2003; Princeton University Library Records, Princeton University Archives, Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

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.