Stephen Thurston Farwell Collection
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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Born in Cambridge, Mass., Farwell went to Chicago in 1856, and worked for A. G. Garfield, a hardware merchant, until 1864. In 1865 he made three overland trips to and from Denver, ultimately living in Denver as a store clerk. He later removed to Wyoming, and was elected the first superintendent of public instruction, serving from 1891 to 1898. He died in Spokane, Washington, in 1900.
The collection consists mainly of diaries of Farwell, which provide a detailed description of life in Civil War era Chicago. Included are six diaries (1856, 1858, 1862-1863, 1864, 1865, 1880), Farwell's bank book from the First National Bank of Cheyenne, Wyoming (1892-1893), and his personal copy of Official Congressional Directory of the 2d Session, 51st Congress (Washington, D.C., 1890).
Purchased from Michael Brown Rare Books in 2010.
This collection was processed by John Delaney on July 5, 2010. Finding aid written by John Delaney on July 5, 2010.
Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
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- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.