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Abbott, Charles C. (Charles Conrad), 1843-1919

Charles Conrad Abbott (1843-1919), American naturalist and author, was the first archaeologist to dig a historic site in New Jersey. Abbott, the son of Timothy and Susan Conrad Abbott, was born on June 4, 1843, in Trenton, New Jersey, and spent the majority of his life in that area. He was educated at the Trenton Academy, from 1852 to 1858, and at the University of Pennsylvania, earning his B.A. in 1861 and his M.D. in 1865. During the Civil War, Abbott served as a member of the New Jersey National Guard. In 1867, Abbott married Julia Boggs Olden (1846-1921) and they lived in the Abbott family home, "Three Beeches," along with their five children, three of whom lived to adulthood. It was on the family property, just south of Trenton, that Abbott believed that he found proof of the existence of Paleolithic man, however, over the years, his theories were disproved. After "Three Beeches" was destroyed by fire in 1914, the Abbotts moved to Bristol, Pennsylvania, where Charles C. Abbott died in 1919.

An active naturalist, archaeologist, and author, Abbott was heavily involved in local archaeology and Native American history in the Delaware Valley. In 1875 he was appointed field assistant to the Peabody Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, presenting them with his extensive collection of early Indian material. Later in life from 1889 to 1892, Abbott was associated with the Museum of Science and Art of the University of Pennsylvania. Abbott's most important written contribution to science was Primitive Industry or Illustrations of Handiwork in Stone, Bone, and Clay of the Native Races of the North Atlantic Seaboard (1881), although he published over a hundred short papers in publications such as American Naturalist, Popular Science Monthly, and Science Gossip. He is most widely known for his works pertaining to a nature study near his home in Trenton entitled A Naturalist's Rambles about Home (1884), as well as Days Out of Doors (1889), Recent Rambles (1892), Upland and Meadow (1886), and Travels in a Tree-top (1894).

Charles Abbott's son, Richard M. Abbott, was born in 1871. He married Margaret Appleton and was the father of Charles Conrad Abbott II. Until at least 1907, Richard Mauleverer Abbott was working as a farmer on "Three Beeches," but he eventually moved to Maryland.

The collection consists primarily of correspondence (1885-1919) and diaries (1874-1918) containing personal reflections of Charles Conrad Abbott. The collection reflects Abbott's life-long interest in the investigation, observation, and description of nature and Native American archaeology in the Delaware River Valley of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. A large portion of the correspondence is between Charles Conrad and his son Richard M. Abbott. Also included are a small selection of essays by Abbott, titled "The After-Thought of Age: A Series of Out-Spoken Essays," "The Archeological Significance of an Ancient Dune," "Old Fashioned Essays," "Paul Ingram: Pagan," and "Thoughts without Thinking."

Over 50 photographs are present depicting local scenes, friends and family, portraits, and archaeological work. Many are captioned on the verso. They range in size from 3 x 3 cm. to 19 x 24 cm. and consist of albumen prints, collodion prints, gelatin silver prints, a cyanotype and an ambrotype along with other photomechanical prints. Other material include newspaper clippings (1905-1918), two glass plate negatives, miscellaneous clippings, a Certificate for The Royal Northern Archeological Society, and Abbott's medical diploma from the University of Pennsylvania (1865).

This collection is arranged in five series: "Essays," "Diaries," "Correspondence To and From Charles C. Abbott," "Photographs and Images," and "Clippings and Ephemera."

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Finding Aid Date
2004
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

This series includes six folders of essays.

Arrangement

The materials in this series are arranged alphabetically.

Physical Description

1 box

"The After-Thoughts of Age: A Series of Out-Spoken Essays", dates not examined. 2 folders.
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2 folders

"The Archeological Significance of an Ancient Dune", dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Old Fashioned Essays", dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Paul Ingram: Pagan", dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Thoughts without Thinking", dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Arrangement

The diaries are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This series includes Charles Conrad Abbott's diaries from 1874 to 1918. It appears that Abbott did not keep a diary in 1917.

Physical Description

5 boxes

1874-1876, 1874-1876. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1875-1876, 1875-1876. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1877-1882, 1877-1882. 1 folder.
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(includes summary of 1874 at the end)

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1 folder

1882-1886, 1882-1886. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1887-1889, 1887-1889. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1889-1891, 1889-1891. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1890-1893, 1890-1893. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1891-1892, 1891-1892. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1892, 1892. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1894-1896, 1894-1896. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1897-1900, 1897-1900. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1901-1902, 1901-1902. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1903-1904, 1903-1904. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1905-1906, 1905-1906. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1907-1908, 1907-1908. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1909, 1909. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1910, 1910. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1911, 1911. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1912, 1912. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1913, 1913. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1914, 1914. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1915-1916, 1915-1916. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1915-1916, 1918, 1915-1918. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1918, 1918. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

This series includes a large amount of correspondence, mostly to and from Charles Conrad Abbott, however, there is some correspondence not written by Abbott which was addressed to his son, Richard M. (Mauleverer) Abbott. Charles Conrad Abbott and his son had an active and extensive correspondence with each other, and their letters make up a large portion of the series.

Also of note are numerous letters written by Charles Conrad Abbott to "My dear Cousin." It is not clear who this cousin is, as Abbott corresponded with numerous cousins. Possibilities may include Miss Margaret Brown, William Brown, Henry Collins, Jr., Albert Moyer, Elise G. Moyer, and Amy H. Rickey.

Arrangement

The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Physical Description

8 boxes

1885, 1885. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: D. Appleton & Co., publishers and Harper & Brothers, publishers.

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1 folder

1886, 1886. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Harper & Brothers, publishers and James Purves.

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1 folder

1887, 1887. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Harper & Brothers, publishers.

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1 folder

1888, 1888. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Letters and memorandums of sales from Harper & Brothers, publishers.

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1 folder

1889, 1889. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: D. Appleton & Co., publishers; H. Hale; Harper & Brothers, publishers (letters and memorandums of sales); and Alexis A. Julien.

Physical Description

1 folder

1890, 1890. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to Julia Abbott during an expedition to western United States (Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona); Richard M. Abbott, letters to Charles C. and Julia Abbott, while on a trip to western United States; D. Appleton & Co., publishers (statement of sales); and Harper & Brothers, publishers.

Physical Description

1 folder

1891, 1891. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include D. Appleton & Co, publishers and Harper & Brothers, publishers.

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1 folder

1892, 1892. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: M. Boulig; Edward Wight Clarke; Crosswicks and Trenton Turnpike Company (lease); D. Appleton & Co., publishers; Joseph B. Gilder, Critic; R.W. Gilder, editor of Century Magazine; Harper & Brothers, publishers; C.C. Harrison; J.B. Lippincott Company, publishers (accounts and agreements); Kate Sanborn; and Daniel Wilson.

Physical Description

1 folder

1893, 1893. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: David Cole; D. Appleton & Co., publishers; Harper & Brothers, publishers; and J.B. Lippincott Company, publishers (account and memorandum of agreement).

Physical Description

1 folder

1894, 1894. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Carl Vilhelm Hartman, curator of Botanic Garden in Stockholm; J.B. Lippincott Company, publishers (memorandum of agreement); and "Scorpion Jim," letter addressed to R.M. Abbott. The letter signed by "Scorpion Jim," appears to have been written by a child (R.M. Abbott was 23 years old in 1894). It is threatening in nature, indicating that Richard M. Abbott did not keep his promise to a lady. The letter is illustrated with skulls, weapons, coffins, and gallows.

Physical Description

1 folder

1895, 1895. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Harper & Brothers, publishers (memorandum of sales) and J.B. Lippincott Company, publishers (account, letter and memorandum of agreement).

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1 folder

1896, 1896. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: George J. Brown; Century Co., publishers (memorandum of agreement); William Everitt Cram; Margaret Deland; Walter [Foyon], Harper & Brothers, publishers (letters and memorandums of sales); Alfred W. Hosmer; J.B. Lippincott Company (accounts, letters, and memorandums of agreement); Louise Markscheffel; and Thomas Proctor.

Physical Description

1 folder

1897, 1897. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letter to Ernest Ingersoll; Elizabeth Bolles of the Massachusetts Audubon Society; Century Co., publishers (letters, monthly statement, and royalty account); J. Duffy, editor of The Press; Amy DuPuy; Walter [Foyon]; Joseph B. Gilder, president of The Critic; Harper & Brothers, publishers (memorandum of sales); Ellen Lathrop Hopkins; Fred M. Hopkins; Alfred W. Hosmer; J.B. Lippincott Company, publishers; Albert Moyer; Thomas Proctor; Edmund B. Southwick, entomologist of the Central and City Parks of New York; and James Grant Wilson, editor at D. Appleton Co.

Physical Description

1 folder

1898, 1898. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Frederic Condit; Franklin Dye, secretary of State Board of Agriculture for New Jersey; Ellen Lathrop Hopkins; J.B. Lippincott Company, publishers; Elizabeth A. Lauron; [Olim] Miller; Harrison S. Morris, managing director of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Albert Moyer, cousin; Frank H. Scott, president of the Century Co., publishers; H.S. Watson; and Joseph Wharton.

Physical Description

1 folder

1899, 1899. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Clinton G. Abbott; George Maurice Abbott; American Philosophical Society; Century Co., publishers; Henry H. Collins, Jr., cousin; Francis Conrad; William Everitt Cram; Joseph B. Gilder; Harper & Brothers, publishers; Anna Haviland; H.S. Watson; and Joseph Wharton.

Physical Description

1 folder

1900, 1900. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Albert Brandt with agreement for "In Natures Realm;" Harriet Buchman; Jesse Y. Burd; Henry H. Collins, Jr., cousin; Francis Conrad, cousin; Joseph and Jeannette Gilder, editors for The Critic; John W. Harshberger, instructor in botany at University of Pennsylvania; Dr. A. Hidlicka of the American Museum of Natural History; Howard W. Lloyd; Henry C. Mercer; Ernest C. Richardson; Virginia Smith; William S. Stryker; H.S. Watson; and Annie White, cousin.

Physical Description

1 folder

1901, 1901. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Century Co., publishers (letters and royalty account); Francis C. Conrad; D. Appleton & Co., publishers; William D. Duane; C. Willing Hare; Harper & Brothers, publishers; Alfred W. Hosmer; J.S. Morgan; Harrison S. Morris; Ernest C. Richardson from the Library at Princeton University; and Benjamin E. Smith.

Physical Description

1 folder

1902, 1902. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Mary Willits Brown; Henry Collins, Jr., cousin; Francis C. Conrad, cousin; D. Appleton & Co., publishers (letters and royalty statements); Harper & Brothers, publishers (accounts and letters); J.S. Morgan; J.A. Oakes; and H.S. Watson.

Physical Description

1 folder

1903, 1903. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: C.G. Abbott; L.H. Bailey, editor of Country Life in America; W. Brown; Varnum Lansing Collins; D. Appleton & Co., publishers; Marcus S. Farr; Henry W. Fowler of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia; Harper & Brothers, publishers; John W. Harshberger; Alfred W. Hosmer; Henry C. Mercer; George Maclorkie; G. Abbott Manwaring, president of Investors Surety Company; J.S. Morgan; Hal Sayre; E.L. Stewardson, Cope & Stewardson Architects; Amelia Van der Veer; Belle Vansant; Joseph H. West, secretary of Hamilton Square Branch of State Mutual Building and Loan Association of New Jersey; and [Alfred] Woodhull.

Physical Description

1 folder

1904, 1904. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: C. Abbott, D. Appleton & Company, publishers; D. Beard; Flora G. Kling; J.S. Morgan; H. Morris; Amy H. Rickey, cousin; and W.A. Roebling.

Physical Description

1 folder

1905, 1905. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Mary B. Abbott; Clinton G. Abbott; John B. Clement; Henry Collins, Jr., cousin; Varnum Lansing Collins; Marcus S. Farr; Henry W. Fowler; H.F. Hamilton; [George] Jacobs; Francis B. Lee; Henry C. Mercer; J.S. Morgan; Albert Moyer, cousin; Charles Muskad; Moses Taylor Pyne; Belle Vansant; and Susan R. Williams. There are also letters from a niece named Ada and a cousin named Emily.

Physical Description

1 folder

1906, 1906. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: American Philosophical Society; Margarette W. Brooks; Varnum Lansing Collins; William F. Collins; Henry W. Fowler; Louise Hewitt; J.B. Lippincott Company, publishers; Mary Lloyd; Ebenezer Mackey; John C. Maule; Cassie Peters; Moses Taylor Pyne; Amy H. Rickey, cousin; W. Taylor; Belle Vansant; John W. Ward, medical director at New Jersey State Hospital; Edmund N. Willik; and Alfred Woodhull.

Physical Description

1 folder

1907, 1907. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: W.W. Bishop, reference librarian at Princeton University; John B. Clement; Varnum Lansing Collins; William H. Dall of the Smithsonian Institution; W. Davis; John Evans; Arthur Hallick; John W. Harshberger; Lewis M. Haupt; William Libbey; MacCrellish & Quigley, printers; John Marshall; Edward S. Morse, director of Peabody Museum; William Nelson; New York Academy of Sciences; Moses Taylor Pyne; Helen B. Shriver; John B. Smith, entomologist of New Jersey Agricultural Stations; John W. Ward, medical director at New Jersey State Hospital; N.H. Winchell, geologist; and G. Frederick Wright, professor of the Harmony of Science and Revelation, Oberlin.

Physical Description

1 folder

1908, 1908. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to "My dear Cousin;" Edwin Balch; N.L. Britton; E.F. Carr; Varnum Lansing Collins; John Evans; H.F. Hamilton; Lewis M. Haupt; Arthur Hollick; MacCrellish & Quigley, printers; John Marshall; Henry C. Mercer; J.S. Morgan; Elise G. Moyer, cousin; William Nelson, New Jersey Historical Society; Moses Taylor Pyne; Mary Lorne Landis Scott; Helen B. Shriver; John B. Smith, entomologist for New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Stations; N.H. Winchell; and James Wood.

Physical Description

1 folder

1909, 1909. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to "My dear Cousin;" Edwin Balch; W. Brown; E.F. Carr; E. Clark; Mrs. J.M. Forst, Old Barracks' Association; Conrad Hewitt; William Ford Mason; Moses Taylor Pyne; and W.B. Scott.

Physical Description

1 folder

1910, 1910. 2 folders.
Scope and Contents

The vast majority of these letters were written to and from Charles C. Abbott, his wife Julia, his son Richard M., and his daughter Julia while he was on a trip to Europe with his brother Francis Abbott. In addition to letters, material from 1910 includes ship plans and ephemera for the Red Star Line ships Kroonland and Finland and the American Line ship New York.

Correspondents for Box 9, Folder 5 include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to Julia and Richard M. Abbott; Julia Abbott; Richard M. Abbott; Varnum Lansing Collins; B.F. [Fackenthal]; Marcus M. Farley; Houghton Mifflin Company, publishers; H.E. Josselyn, engineer; Henry C. Mercer; and Moses Taylor Pyne.

Correspondents for Box 9, Folder 6 include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to "My dear Cousin;" Julia Abbott (wife); Julia Abbott (daughter); Mary G. Abbott; Richard M. Abbott; Elise G. Moyer, cousin; and Moses Taylor Pyne.

Physical Description

2 folders

1911, 1911. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott to "My dear Cousin," and M. Wilman of the Alexander McGregor Memorial Museum.

Physical Description

1 folder

1912, 1912. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to "My dear Cousin;" Richard M. Abbott; Edwin S. Balch; Cora H. Clarke; Henry W. Fowler; H.F. Hamilton; E. [Macy]; J. Putnam; Moses Taylor Pyne; N.H. Winchell; and G. Frederick Wright of the Biblotheca Sacra Company, publishers.

Physical Description

1 folder

1913, 1913. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to "My dear Cousin;" J.C. Abbott; Edwin S. Balch; H.F. Barrell; Cora H. Clarke; M.R. Harrington of the University Museum; W.G. Howell; Mrs. Keim; Allan Maynard; Louis C. Massey; Henry C. Mercer; Moses Taylor Pyne; Amy H. Rickey, cousin; E.D. Scudder; Helen B. Shriver; Samuel S. Stryker; Amelia Van der Veer; and Annie G. Hewitt White.

Physical Description

1 folder

1914, 1914. 2 folders.
Scope and Contents

In November 1914, Charles Conrad Abbott's home was lost to fire, along with most of his property, including many of his books, manuscripts, photographs, and antiques. Many letters addressed to Abbott following the fire express sympathy for the loss. There is also a newspaper clipping regarding the fire.

In box 10, folder 4, correspondents include: Richard M. Abbott; Edwin S. Balch; Mr. and Mrs. DuPuy; William G. Howell; Helen Ingersoll; Amy DuPuy McHenry; Julia G. Moyer; Moses Taylor Pyne; Amy H. Rickey, cousin; Ernest Volk; Mrs. N.H. Winchell; Laura E. Woodward; and G. Frederick Wright, president of Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society.

In box 10, folder 5, correspondents include Charles C. Abbott, letters to "My dear Cousin;" Clinton G. Abbott; Richard M. Abbott, with letters to him from H. Wilcockson; Edwin S. Balch; G. Hatt; Emma Margerum; Elise G. Moyer, cousin; Mrs. Walter Mueller (first name illegible); Moses Taylor Pyne; and William Watling. There is also one letter from a cousin named Bert.

Physical Description

2 folders

1915, 1915. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to Julia Abbott and "My dear Cousin;" Richard M. Abbott, letters and photographs from H. Wilcockson, discussing World War I preparations in Toronto, and letters to his father, Charles C. Abbott; E.J. Brooke; Mary C. Dickinson; J.F. Garrette; Harper & Brothers, publishers; George [Kruz]; Philip Little; Angelia Main; Amy DuPuy McHenry; George Brinton Phillips; G. Rogers; Laura N. Rogers; Bayard Stockton; Ernest Volk; and Charles C. Willoughby of the Peabody Museum of Harvard University.

Physical Description

1 folder

1915 (continued), 1915. 2 folders.
Scope and Contents

In box 11, folder 1, correspondents include: Julia Abbott, Richard M. Abbott, Edwin S. Balch, John B. Clement, Warren S. Ely, Frederick L. Jerris, George Brinton Phillips, Moses Taylor Pyne, and Amy H. Rickey, cousin.

In box 11, folder 2, correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott and Julia Abbott, letters to Richard M. Abbott; and a postcard from Anna Dressig.

Physical Description

2 folders

1916, 1916. 4 folders.
Scope and Contents

In box 11, folder 3, correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to Richard M. Abbott.

In box 11, folder 4, correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to "My dear Cousin" and Richard M. Abbott.

In box 11, folder 5, correspondents include: Margaret Abbott, letter to Richard M. Abbott; Mary G. Abbott; Richard M. Abbott; American Philosophical Society; Edwin S. Balch; Charles L. Bowman & Co., publishers; George W. Ellis; Hugo Erichsen, M.D.; Ellen M. [Forrey]; Elise G. Moyer, cousin; George Brinton Phillips; Amy H. Rickey, cousin; George E. Rines of the Encyclopedia Americana Corporation; J.J. Scannell, publisher of New Jersey's First Citizens; Henry T. Schmittkind, Straford Company, publishers; Ernest Volk; and A.P. Willits.

In box 11, folder 6, correspondents include: Edwin S. Balch; William Blackie, Reverend; Harriette L. Jerris; George Brinton Phillips; Moses Taylor Pyne; Amy H. Rickey, cousin; Hamilton Schuyler, Reverend; E.H. Sellards, state geologist for the Florida State Geological Survey; Joseph M. Swain; Leslie Whittlesey; and Clark Wissler, curator or American Museum of Natural History.

Physical Description

4 folders

1917, 1917. 5 folders.
Scope and Contents

In box 12, folder 1, correspondents include: Richard M. Abbott; Edwin S. Balch; Henry C. Mercer; Moses Taylor Pyne; and Amy H. Rickey, cousin.

In box 12, folder 2, correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to Richard M. Abbott and "My dear Cousin;" and Julia Abbott, letters to Richard M. Abbott.

In box 12, folder 3, correspondents include: Mary G. Abbott; Richard M. Abbott; George Brinton Phillips; Louis Massey; and Hamilton Schuyler.

In box 12, folder 4, correspondents include: letters to Richard M. Abbott from Charles C. Abbott, Margaret Abbott, and H. Wilcockson. The letters from H. Wilcockson were written from France while he was serving in World War I.

In box 12, folder 5, correspondents include: William Brown, cousin.

Physical Description

5 folders

1918, 1918. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Letters from William Brown, cousin.

Physical Description

1 folder

1918 (continued), 1918. 4 folders.
Scope and Contents

In box 13, folder 1, correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to Richard M. Abbott; Richard M. Abbott; Edwin S. Balch; John S. Cook; Oliver P. Hay, associate of the Carnegie Institution of Washington; Harry D. Leavitt, assistant cashier of Mechanics National Bank of Trenton; Henry C. Mercer; George Brinton Phillips; Amy H. Rickey, cousin; E.H. Sellards, state geologist for the Geological Department of the State of Florida; Walter [no last name]; and Ernest Volk

In box 13, folder 2, correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to "My dear Cousin;" Margaret Abbott; and Richard M. Abbott.

In box 13, folder 3, correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to Margaret and Richard M. Abbott; Margaret Abbott; Richard M. Abbott; and H. Wilcockson, letter to Richard M. Abbott, from France while serving in World War I.

In box 13, folder 4, correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to Richard M. Abbott.

Physical Description

4 folders

1919, 1919. 2 folders.
Scope and Contents

In box 13, folder 5, correspondents include: William Brown, cousin.

In box 13, folder 6, correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to Richard M. Abbott.

Physical Description

2 folders

1919 (continued), 1919. 2 folders.
Scope and Contents

In box 14, folder 1, correspondents include: Charles C. Abbott, letters to "My dear Cousin;" Margaret Abbott; Richard M. Abbott; Edwin S. Balch; George G. Heye, chairman and director of the Museum of the American Indian; Rodney Miller; Elise G. Moyer, cousin; H.E. Reid, Cornhill Company, publishers; Amy H. Rickey, cousin; Joseph A. Whitacre; Ernest Volk; H. Wilcockson, letter to Richard M. Abbott; and Helen [no last name].

In box 14, folder 2, correspondents include: Richard M. Abbott; American Philosophical Society; Edwin S. Balch; Henry W. Fowler; R.B. Harwick; Oliver P. Hay, associate of the Carnegie Institution of Washington; Elise G. Moyer, cousin; Julie G. Moyer; W.E. Reid of Cornhill Company, publishers; Ernest Volk; Clark Wissler, curator of Anthropology in the American Museum of Natural History; Daniel Z. Woodruff; Helen [no last name]; and a cousin named Emily.

Physical Description

2 folders

undated, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Charles William Burrows; Joseph M. Swain; and H. Wilcockson.

Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous, 1914-1944. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

This folder includes ephemera from a trip Richard M. Abbott took to the Caribbean in 1914. It is possibly on this trip that Richard M. Abbott met H. Wilcockson, with whom he corresponded until at least 1919. The folder also contains a receipt from Showell, Fryer & Co, from 1915, a copy of Early Man in America, by Edwin Swift Balch, published in 1917, and two letters from Eric W. Moorhead to Mrs. Abbott in 1944.

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

This series includes six folders of photographs and images, many of which were identified by Charles C. Abbott. In several cases, the portraits are unidentified, as are the locations of the landscapes.

Arrangement

These items are arranged by format: first photographs and photomechanical prints, followed by glass plate negatives, photogravure copper plates, and a cased ambrotype photograph.

Physical Description

1 box

Charles C. Abbott at Work, Landscapes, and Family Portraits: Photographs and Photomechanical Prints, undated. 3 folders.
Scope and Contents

These three folders contain photographs of Charles Conrad Abbott, landscapes, buildings, and the Abbott family. The majority of these photographs are labeled by Abbott. The first folder contains images of landscapes, the city of Philadelphia, and Charles Abbott at work, either taking notes or working on archaeological digs. The second and third folders contain the same types of images as the first folder, but also contain some portraits of family members.

Physical Description

3 folders

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Portrait of Charles C. Abbott: Photogravure Copper Plate, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Portrait of Unidentified Man and Landscape: Glass Plate Negatives, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

It is possible that the unidentified man is Charles C. Abbott as a young man. All identified portraits of Abbott in the collection are of a much older man.

Physical Description

1 folder

Portrait of Unidentified Man: Ambrotype Photograph in Case, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

This series contains numerous newspaper clippings; ephemera; and wallets, which appear to have belonged to other family members. The newspaper clippings relate mostly to scientific matters (the solar halo, for example), but there are a significant number regarding regional issues and World War I. One notebook, which probably belonged to Charles C. Abbott, contains notes, verses, and drafts of writings. It is undated, and while the handwriting is similar to Abbott's, it is uncertain if it was created by him. Several wallets contained poems, receipts and other financial documents, and newspaper clippings, dating from 1795 to 1916. Many of these records appear to have belonged to Frances Abbott, John Abbott, Lucy Abbot, and Susannah Abbott. There are also writing portfolios with notations by Charles Conrad Abbott which are largely empty, but indicative of the method in which he worked. Finally, there are writings by others, including Edwin Swift Balch; publications from organizations such as the American Philosophical Society and the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology; and articles from Science, catalogues of art, and poetry.

Arrangement

The folders in this series are arranged alphabetically.

Physical Description

4 boxes

Certificate for The Royal Northern Archaeological Society Medical diploma from University of Pennsylvania, 1865. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Commonplace Book with Newspaper Clippings, 1905-1908. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Commonplace Book with Newspaper Clippings, 1908-1918. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Ephemera: Birthday and Calling Cards, 1911-1917. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Newspaper Clippings, 1905-1929. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notebook (Probably Belonging to Charles C. Abbott), circa 1865-1919. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Wallet and Contents: Poetry and Receipts, 1795-1916. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Wallet and Contents: Financial Documents for John Abbott and Susannah Abbott, 1805-1814. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Wallet and Contents: Newspaper Clippings, circa 1873. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Wallet and Contents: Poems and Elegies, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Writing Portfolios (Largely Empty), circa 1898-1915. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Writing Portfolios (Largely Empty), circa 1900-1916. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Writings by Others and Publications by Organizations, 1903-1919. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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