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Guide to the Papers of Mabel Newton Betticher
1903-1948
  MS 937

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Betticher, Mabel Newton, 1878-
Title: Mabel Newton Betticher Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1903-1948
Abstract: Diaries and poetry written by Mabel Newton Betticher.
Quantity: 3.4 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Call Phrase: MS 937

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Biographical Note

Mabel Newton Betticher was born on June 3, 1878, and worked as a public school teacher in East Orange, New Jersey.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers of Mabel Newton Betticher consist of three sets of diaries: a diary of daily activities, a diary of poems, and a diary of spiritual meditations. None of the diaries contain much personal information, focusing instead on largely spiritual and religious matters. They are extremely well-organized. Most volumes are numbered (although there are gaps in the sequence), and all entries are dated. The three diaries were kept contemporaneously, and entries are frequently cross-referenced. Mabel kept track of the flowers and birds she saw, often recording this information in more than one diary. All of the diaries are illustrated with a number of different types of materials, including photographs, newspaper clippings, holiday cards, postage stamps, stickers, pictures of flowers and birds, pamphlets, brochures, and church programs.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following three series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I. "Her Own Trip Book," 1903 - 1948
  2. Series II. Poems, 1907 - 1944
  3. Series III. Diaries, 1930 - 1945

The materials are arranged chronologically within each series.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Betticher, Mabel Newton, 1878-

Document Type

  • Diaries.

Subject Organizations

  • Trinity Church (New York, N.Y.)
  • Trinity Church (New York, N.Y.). St. Paul's Chapel.

Subject Topics

  • Poetry.
  • Meditations
  • Christianity

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Donation, 1956.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Library Director
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Mabel Newton Betticher Papers, The New-York Historical Society.

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Container List

Series I: "Her Own Trip Book," 1903 - 1948

Scope and Contents note

Mabel's personal diary (1903-1948), which she labeled "Her Own Trip Book," seems to have begun as a travel diary and expanded over the years to record her daily activities. The earliest diaries in this series contain notes of Mabel's trips to New York City, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. These diaries are minutely detailed and report on the details of the places she visited more than on her or her companions' own personal thoughts and experiences . For example, Mabel faithfully copied the inscriptions on each monument, church, or other building she visited. While the early diaries in this set describe trips taken to visit family and friends, the later diaries describe her frequent trips to New York City for the purpose of sightseeing, attending services at Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel, and visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Mabel was a devout Episcopalian, and these diaries contain detailed notes (often in outline form) on sermons she attended. The very last diaries contain clippings from The New York Times and other newspapers. Many of these clippings are on the subject of global politics.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 1
December 1903 - July 1917
Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 2
July 1917 - April 1918
Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 4
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Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 5
October 1918 - May 1919
Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 14
August - December 1932
Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 15
December 1932 - April 1933
Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 17
August 1933 - September 1934
Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 18
April - November 1934
Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 19
February - September 1935
Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 20
September 1935 - December 1936
Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 21
February 1937 - March 1938
Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 22
April 1938 - March 1939
Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 23
October 1938 - March 1939
Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 24
March 1939 - May 1939
Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 25
September 1939 - October 1939
Box: 1 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 26
October - November 1939
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 27
February - July 1940
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 28
August - October 1940
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume --
November 1940 - March 1941
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 30
April 1941 - August 1941
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 31
August 1931 - November 1941
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume --
December 1941 - January 1942
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 33
February 1942 - October 1942
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume --
May 1942 - October 1942
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume --
October 1942 - April 1943
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 36
July 1943 - April 1944
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume --
May 1944 - September 1944
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume --
October 1944 - June 1943
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 40
August 1945 - September 1945
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 41
September 1945 - October 1945
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume --
November 1945 - February 1946
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 43
March 1946 - April 1946
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 44
May 1946 - June 1946
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 46
June 1946 - July 1946
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 47
August 1946
Box: 2 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 48
September 1946 - October 1946
Box: 3 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 49
October 1946 - December 1946
Box: 3 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 50
December 1946 - February 1947
Box: 3 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 51
March 1947- April 1947
Box: 3 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 52
April 1947 - May 1947
Box: 3 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 53
June 1947 - July 1947
Box: 3 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 54
August 1947 - October 1947
Box: 3 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 55
November 1947 - June 1948
Box: 3 "Her Own Trip Book" Volume 56
August 1948

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Series II: Poems, 1907 - 1944

Scope and Contents note

The poetry diaries (1907-1944) contain Mabel's poetry, written almost exclusively on the themes of nature and religion.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 3 Poems Volume 2
August 1907 - August 1910
Box: 3 Poems Volume 3
August 1910 - August 1912
Box: 3 Poems Volume 4
August 1912 - September 1925
Box: 4 Poems Volume 5
October 1925 - August 1929
Box: 4 Poems Volume 6
August 1929 - November 1930
Box: 4 Poems Volume 18
April 1938 - September 1938
Box: 4 Poems Volume 26
August 1941 - December 1941
Box: 4 Poems Volume 27
December 1941 - April 1942
Box: 5 Poems Volume --
February 1943
Box: 5 Poems Volume --
June 1943 - November 1943
Box: 5 Poems Volume --
December 1943 - February 1944
Box: 5 Poems Volume --
June 1944 - September 1944
Box: 5 Poems Volume 34
October 1944 - February 1945

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Series III: Diaries, 1930-1945

Scope and Contents note

The final set of diaries (1930-1944) record Mabel's religious and spiritual thoughts.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 6 Diary
1930
Box: 6 Diary
1931
Box: 6 Diary
1932
Box: 6 Diary
1933
Box: 6 Diary
1934
Box: 7 Diary
1935
Box: 7 Diary
1936
Box: 7 Diary
1937
Box: 7 Diary
1938
Box: 7 Diary
1939
Box: 8 Diary
1941
Box: 8 Diary
1942
Box: 8 Diary
1943
Box: 8 Diary
1944
Box: 8 Diary
1945

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