Ac. 1512

Inventory to the Atkinson Family Papers

By Special Collections and University Archives

July 2019

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Finding aid encoded in EAD, version 2002 by Tara Maharjan, July 2019
Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Atkinson Family
Title: Atkinson Family Papers
Dates: 1874-1946
Quantity: 10 cubic feet (10 record center cartons)
Collection No.: Ac. 1512
Language: English and Spanish
Repository: Rutgers University Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives

Scope and Content Note

Residents of New Brunswick, N.J., including sisters Mary Josephine Atkinson (1854-1933), a teacher and tutor; Sarah Atkinson (1861-1956), a teacher and later a translator (including for the American peace commissioners in Paris in 1898); and Florence Atkinson (1863-1889), a teacher.

Correspondence and diary of Mary Josephine Atkinson, correspondence of Sarah Atkinson, correspondence and diary of Florence Atkinson, other papers of these three individuals and papers of other family members.

The scattered diaries of Mary Atkinson for 1876 to 1925 contain information on her travels to California and Europe, her activities as a teacher (at Riverdale, New York, 1882-1884, and Lexington, Kentucky, 1884-1885) and tutor (in Lenox, Massachusetts, 1885-1892) and her life in New Brunswick.

Among the letters included in Sarah Atkinson's correspondence are several which pertain to the suffrage movement in the U.S., as well as letters from her former classmate Sarita Sanford Ward (d. 1944) which were posted from various places (chiefly in England, France and the U.S.) before, during and after World War I. (Ward was the spouse and then widow of the adventurer, author, sculptor and World War I Red Cross worker Herbert Ward who died in 1919.) Letters which Sarah Atkinson wrote to members of her family while out of the country (including in Argentina in the 1880s and in England and France in 1898) are also present in the collection.

Florence Atkinson's diary, July 24, 1883-May 8, 1886, and related letters which she sent to family members concern her trips to and from Argentina, her stay there and a visit to Chile in early 1885. She had been recruited by the Argentine government (along with her sister Sarah Atkinson and other women teachers) to serve as an instructor in a women's normal school and taught for two years at the Escuela Normal de San Juan.

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Related Materials

Mary Josephine Atkinson Papers. Ac. 1516. Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.

Sharkey, Eugene G., "The Diary of Florence Atkinson, 1883-1886," Journal of the Rutgers University Library, XXXIV (1970/71): 23-27.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Atkinson Family Papers. Ac. 1512. Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.

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Detailed Description of the Records/Container List

This section provides descriptions of the materials found within each series. Each series description is followed by a container list, which gives the titles of the "containers" (for example, folders, volumes, or cassettes) and their locations in the numbered boxes that comprise the collection. The availability of any digital items from a container is indicated with a hyperlink.

1 Correspondence, 1874-1884
2 Correspondence, 1886-1946
3 Correspondence; cards received; Daybook of S.E. Atkinson, July-December 1889
4 Letters received
5 Letters received
6A-6C Correspondence (includes letters by M.J. Atkinson and others from Europe); Travel notes
7 Scrapbook; photographs; manuscript of memoir: of·early childhood
8 Scrapbook; various manuscripts·(drafts of poems and shore stories); correspondence; notes on genealogy
9 Correspondence; student compositions; photographs
10 Three scrapbooks