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Mary Chrystie Papers

Identifier: COTSEN1

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1833-1841
  • Creation: 1830s-1840s

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions.


2 boxes

1 volume

1.0 linear feet

Language of Materials



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.


Box 1: Letters, organized by correspondent. Box 2: Storybooks and Journals. Volume 3: Diary of Mary Chrystie.

Physical Location


Physical Location

This collection is stored at Firestone Library, RBSC South East, Cotsen.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Bruce C. Willsie, class of 1986, in 2002.


No materials were separated during 2014 processing.

Related Materials

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.


Eric Johnson, Ohio State University, "Making Mary: Maternal Shaping and the Construction of Childhood in the Mary Christie Archive".

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Eric Johnson in 2002. Finding aid written by Ian Dooley and Miranda Marraccini in 2014.

Mary Chrystie Papers, 1833-1841: Finding Aid
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Revision Statements

  • 2015-03-03T16:36:55.367-05:00: Run through PULFA 2.0 normalization routines.

Repository Details

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