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Guide to the Papers of David Edward Cronin
 MS 670.9

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 15, 2019
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of material relating to and collected by the artist David E. Cronin, Civil War illustrator and member of the 1st N.Y. Mounted Rifles. Material includes memoirs, correspondence, and documents of Cronin and other Civil War soldiers, as well as Cronin's sketches of Civil War subjects, and a number of published volumes hand-illustrated by Cronin.

The five-volume War Relics and Reminiscences, compiled by Cronin as an appendix to his published memoirs The Evolution of a Life, consist of illustrations by Cronin, post war-correspondence with veterans, and war-time correspondence, orders, and diary entries. The volumes detail the activities of the 1st N.Y. Mounted Rifles during the Civil War, in Virginia and North Carolina. The collection also contains material collected by Cronin related to Civil War cavalries (formerly titled the "Cavalry Album"), including correspondence, reminscences, portraits, histories, military documents, and newspaper clippings. Also included in the David E. Cronin Papers are the war reminscences of Confederate Major W.W. Goldsborough, one box of correspondence from Cronin, mostly to his patron Daniel Parish Jr., and a number of volumes hand illustrated by Cronin.

The materials in this collection have been digitized and are available online to on-site researchers and to users affiliated with subscribing institutions via EBSCOhost.


This collection has been organized into the following five series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I. War Relics and Reminiscences
  2. Series II. Cavalry Album
  3. Series III. Memoirs of W.W. Goldsborough
  4. Series IV. Correspondence
  5. Series V. Illustrated Volumes