Women's History Sources: A Guide to Manuscripts: C - D

Consumers League of New Jersey records
Mary L. Dyckman
(Consumers League of New Jersey)

Entries: A - B | C   D | E - G | H - K | L - M | N - O | P - R | S - T | U - Z | University Records

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Records, 1899-1978.
4 cubic ft. (4 cartons).
Children's Aid and Adoption Society of New Jersey: non-sectarian social service agency which arranges adoptions and provides day care and adolescent services; formed in 1899 as the Children's Aid and Protective Society of the Oranges (headquartered successively in Orange and East Orange, N.J.); provided foster home care for many years; adopted the name Children's Aid and Adoption Society of New Jersey in 1958 to reflect its revised emphasis and broader geographical base; moved its headquarters to Hackensack; merged in 1973 or 1974 with the Sister Mary Eugene Foundation and moved its headquarters to Bogota, N.J.
Sister Mary Eugene Foundation: adoption agency incorporated in N.J. in 1966 to foster adoptions by N.J. couples of children under the care of the Prince County Welfare Agency, Prince Edward Island, Canada; benefited from fundraising efforts of the Sister Mary Eugene Fund, Inc., formed in 1965 to aid the Prince County Welfare Agency in its N.J. placements.
Minutes, 1899-1925 and October 1965-June 1979, of the board of directors; minutes, February 1899-February 1919, of the executive committee; account book, 1928-1936; press releases, 1969; annual report, 1976; "index book of records"; minutes, 1904-1909, of the placing out committee; and other records. Also records of the Sister Mary Eugene Fund and the Sister Mary Eugene Foundation.
Records of the Sister May Eugene Fund include a certificate of incorporation, 1965; minutes, 1965-1967; and other documents, including records of the ladies auxiliary.
Restricted in part.
Minute books, 1880 Nov.-1937 Jan.
1 cubic ft. (11 v. in 1 carton).
Formed as the Children's Aid Society of New Brunswick by a group of concerned church women; incorporated in 1877 "to provide temporary care of friendless, neglected, or destitute children"; opened a school facility; reincorporated as the Industrial Home of New Brunswick for Girls in July 1878; became the Children's Industrial Home of New Brunswick following the admission of boys; closed its residential home in the early 1940s following a shift in program emphasis to one of sponsoring foster home care; further revised its program emphasis toward keeping troubled families intact; reincorporated in 1950 as the Family Service Bureau.
Minutes of regular and special meetings of the board of managers, including minutes of annual meetings of the contributors and of the board of directors. Inserted into some volumes are miscellaneous loose documents not directly related to the minutes.
Records, 1943-1998.
4 cubic ft. (4 cartons).
Ecumenical movement of Christian women witnessing to unity and faith in Jesus Christ through worship, study, action and celebration; organized in 1943 as the New Jersey Council of Church Women with Mattie Eastlack Driscoll (mother of N.J. Governor Alfred E. Driscoll) as its first president; merged with the New Jersey State Council of Churches and the New Jersey Council of Religious Education in 1945 and became the Department of Women's Work of the New Jersey Council of Churches, but maintained its autonomy and its affiliation with the United Council of Church Women (the national organization founded in 1941); changed its name to the Council of Church Women of New Jersey, a Department of the New Jersey Council of Churches, in 1949 (but was known informally as the New Jersey Council of Church Women); to conform to the pattern of the national organization, changed its name to United Church Women of New Jersey, a Department of the New Jersey Council of Churches, in 1952; hosted the sixth national assembly of United Church Women (at which President Eisenhower spoke) in 1953 in Atlantic City; changed its name to Church Women United in New Jersey effective in late 1966 or early 1967 – following a similar name change in 1966 by the national organization – and remained affiliated (but gradually to a lesser extent?) with the New Jersey Council of Churches; in addition to other events, holds annual assemblies at varying locations within the state which include workshops, worship services, reports, inspirational addresses and a business meeting incorporating votes on resolutions (e.g., in support of proposed N.J. legislation); sponsors three annual observances: World Community Day (dedicated to world peace), World Day of Prayer (concerned with domestic and foreign mission work) and May Fellowship Day (dedicated to contemporary social problems) which each involve special worship services; also sponsors several concurrent state projects (in the form of ongoing financial support for activities such as a ministry to N.J. migrant farm workers and the clinical pastoral education of women who plan to become chaplains in hospitals or other institutions); monitors areas of interest through standing committees such as "U.N. & Global Concerns" (as Church Women United at the national level is a nongovernmental organization registered with the United Nations) and "WICS/Community Service" (as Church Women United at the national level is one of the five coalition members comprising Women in Community Service, Inc.); carries out some of its ecumenical mission through local units (formerly called councils and organized into districts comprised of one or more N.J. counties) which sponsor their own events; from an early period (by 1949 and likely before), has included representatives of African-American churches; by 1993 included approximately 18 affiliated denominations of Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian traditions.
Records consisting of minutes (of the executive committee, board of directors and annual meetings), budgets, yearbooks, newsletters, annual reports, resolutions, handbooks for key women, scrapbooks and other records.
The scrapbooks were maintained by the group's historian and frequently include documentation of activities undertaken by local units, in addition to materials pertaining to the state organization. Among the many document types included in the scrapbooks are letters, press clippings and photographs; items present from 1968 include an undated, printed note from "Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr. and children" acknowledging sympathy extended to the family.
Records, 1956-1961.
1 v. and 1 folder (1 envelope).
Formed to "protect, maintain, advance and improve the . . . principles embodied in the American trade union movement and to unite all women interested in the furtherance of . . . the CIO"; affiliated with the CIO Women's Council of New Jersey, Passaic County CIO Council and New Jersey State CIO Council; included members from Passaic and Bergen Counties in N.J.
Constitution, undated; newsletter, February 1961 (i.e., volume 1, number 2, of The Union Maid); membership applications, 1956-1957 and undated; combined account book and membership list, 1956-1958 and undated; undated committee list; and correspondence, 1957-1961, including letters sent to and received from N.J. elected officials at the state and national levels. Also included in the records are copies of the fourth annual report, 1958, of the CIO Women's League of New Jersey and the League's fifth annual convention program, 1960.
Entries in the membership list include an individual's name, address and telephone number. The membership applications include the same information, together with the applicant's local, if a union member.
Records, 1895-1927.
.2 cubic ft. (4 v. and 1 envelope).
Women's group founded in 1895 to improve and beautify the city; worked at first to promote clean streets and lots; later became involved with such social problems as prison welfare and child labor legislation.
Minutes, correspondence, notes and clippings.
CLARK, Frances Beardsley, b. 1822.
Diary, 1837-1850.
1 v. (152 pages).
Resident of Utica, New York; born Frances Beardsley, the daughter of Samuel Beardsley (1790-1860), a lawyer, New York state attorney general, state supreme court justice and U.S. Representative; married Erasmus (or Erastus?) Clark in 1846.
Diary containing entries from January 1, 1837, to March 3, 1850 (with significant gaps). During the early period of the diary Clark attended a local female seminary in Utica, New York. Later she lived with her parents and engaged in domestic chores, visits to friends and relatives and church attendance. In the final period, Clark's life as a homemaker is depicted. Throughout the diary she frequently expresses religious thoughts and anxieties.
Publication: McCarthy, Judy, "Frances Beardsley Clark's Diary: The Record of a Nineteenth-Century American Woman," Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries, XLVI (1984): 67-75.
CLARK, Margaret Miller Davidson, b. 1845.
Papers, 1868-1916.
2 v. and 1 item.
Sister of Sylvanus M. Davidson, a Pacific Mail Steamship Company agent at Yokohama, Japan; married Elihu L. Clark.
Diary, commonplace book (including verse and press clippings) and an 1868 letter from her brother in Yokohama.
Clark's diary, October 14, 1871-October 10, 1872, describes her voyage from New York City to Japan via Panama and San Francisco and her residence in Yokohama, including the tutoring of Japanese children (boys learning English).
Publication: Gordon, Edward E., with Elaine H. Gordon. Centuries of Tutoring: A History of Alternative Education in America and Western Europe (c1990), p. 292-294.
Papers, 1776-1931 (bulk 1785-1895).
118 items (7 folders).
Family of northern and central N.J. whose members included Margaret (Imlay) Clark, her spouse the Rev. Joseph Clark (1751-1813), their three sons and selected other relatives.
Papers, including a 1791 legal document transferring ownership of Rose, "a Negro wench about twenty four years old," from Peter Imlay to his married daughter Margaret (Imlay) Clark without charge "in consideration of my duty & affection to my Daughter." At the time of this transaction, both Margaret (Imlay) Clark and her father were residents of Monmouth County, N.J.
Publication: "Peter Imlay's Slave," Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 71 (1996): 9.
CLAWSON, Isaiah Dunn, 1822-1879.
Correspondence, 1855-1871.
.16 cubic ft. (1 box).
Physician and elected official, of Woodstown, N.J.; attended Delaware College (Newark, N.J.) and Lafayette College; was graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1840; received a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1843; served in the N.J. Assembly, 1854, and in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1855-1859.
Approximately 110 items of correspondence, 1855-1871 (with gaps), consisting chiefly of letters received, but also including several drafts of letters sent. Five of the letters, 1862-1863, pertain to Harriet R. Dowden (d. 1863), an African-American resident of Woodstown, and her estate. These letters were written by Richard Price, a Quaker of Philadelphia, and include one letter addressed to Dowden herself. Some information about Dowden's background, acquaintances and relatives is included in the letters, which indicate that her parents had been slaves living in or near Baltimore at the time she was born.
Additional Isaiah D. Clawson papers are available in the Clawson Family Papers at the Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Libraries.
Diary, 1844-1931 (bulk 1866 and 1876-1885).
1 v.
Residents of a farm in northwestern Warren Township (near the Dead River), Somerset County, N.J.; consisted of Harriet (Moore) Coddington (b. 1820), her spouse George C. Coddington (b. 1818), and their children, including daughters Christiana (b. 1847), Harriet (b. 1854) and Imogene (b. 1858).
Diary, 1866, 1876 and 1878-1885, kept by three sisters while they lived with their parents. Several pages of family genealogy (including information on the Casad, Coddington, Lyon and Moore families) are present at the front of the volume. Following the family records are copies of verse and of a few diary entries (from 1844 and 1845) written by the sisters' mother. At the end of the volume are approximately a dozen items of verse, 1876-1931, written by Christiana Coddington.
Records, 1945-1980.
1 box and 5 folders.
Minutes, 1951-1980; undated membership lists; and dues records, 1942-1945.
Forms part of a larger collection of the records of Congregation Ahavath Achim B'nai Israel, a successor congregation.
Minutes, 1946 Oct. 15-1953 Apr. 8.
1 v.
Forms part of a larger collection of the Congregation's records.
Records, 1921-1985.
.66 cubic ft. (2 boxes).
Minutes, November 8, 1921-April 25, 1968, and articles of incorporation, December 8, 1921. Accompanied by a combination ad journal and membership directory of the Congregation, 1944-1985, which was prepared by the Sisterhood.
Forms part of a larger collection of the Congregation's records.
Minutes, 1898 May 12-Dec. 7.
1 item.
Photocopy of original in the Sarah Kussy Papers, American Jewish Historical Society (Waltham, Massachusetts).
Society formed to raise money and engage in relief efforts to benefit families of Spanish American War soldiers; organized May 12, 1898; disbanded December 7, 1898.
Records, 1924-1968.
1 box and 2 folders.
Minutes, 1939-1944 and 1950-1968; account book, 1964-1967; and membership ledgers, 1924-1952.
Forms part of a larger collection of the Congregation's records.
CONNER, Virginia.
Diary, 1857 Sept. 6-1860 Feb. 18.
1 v. (73 pages).
Resident of Macon, Georgia; was graduated from the local Wesleyan Female College in 1857.
Diary concerning the teaching a small class of children, living with her family and household and church activities. The diary also contains several compositions.
CONNETT, Cornelia Ett Thompson, 1836-1919.
Diary, 1888 May 4-1917 June 29.
1.6 cubic ft. (41 v. in 4 boxes).
Homemaker; married Earl Fairchild Connett (1826-1914), who operated a sawmill and lumberyard in Brookside, Mendham Township, N.J.
Diary containing a detailed account of household, family, business and neighborhood activity in Brookside, N.J. The diary is accompanied by an 80-page typescript compilation by Connett's granddaughter (Helen Martha Wright) consisting of pertinent biographical and descriptive data, including a 64-page volume-by-volume analysis of the diary's contents.
CONOVER, Peter, d. ca. 1869.
Papers, 1802-1892 (bulk 1836-1869).
.4 cubic ft. (1 box).
Real estate agent, of New Brunswick, N.J.
Included in Conover's papers are his accounts, 1858-1869, with the estate of Mary Furman of Middlesex County, N.J.
Records, 1896-1989 (bulk 1908-1979).
ca. 56 cubic ft. (53 cartons, 2 boxes, 1 oversize box and 3 v.).
Established in 1900, as an affiliate of the National Consumers' League, by a group of middle-class women seeking to improve the working conditions of women and children in industry through public education and legislative action; sought reform through child labor laws, through minimum wage and maximum hour laws and through legislation regulating factory, retail, household and migrant working conditions, including mandated improvements in workplace health standards and safety; while continuing to fight to consolidate earlier achievements, shifted its agenda during the 1960s and 1970s to issues such as consumer credit, consumer fraud, food prices, the use of pesticides and food additives, national health insurance and environmental pollution; in 1971, organized the Consumer Education Foundation (dissolved in 1980) to conduct workshops, conferences and other educational programs in the field of consumer protection, as well as to conduct related research, issue publications and maintain a library; became less influential in the 1980s, by which time, with many of its functions having been gradually taken over by government agencies and other consumer groups, the organization faced a decline in membership, the aging of longtime members and financial problems.
Executive committee minutes, 1921-1987; annual meeting files, 1922-1987; president's files, 1930-1977; executive secretary's files, 1912-1958; legislative files, 1932-1977; financial and membership records, 1923(1951)-1970; child labor files, 1912-1969; consumer credit files, 1950(1961)-1982; Medicare and Medicaid files, 1944(1960)-1971; migratory labor files, 1929-1979; minimum wage files, 1915(1932)-(1968)1972; pesticides files, 1939-1963; radiation poisoning files, 1926-1979; worker's compensation files, 1924-1982; subject files, 1920-1975, on other topics; anniversary celebrations files, 1929-1975; biographical and historical files, 1923-1982, including a compiled history through 1950; consumer conferences files, 1964-1969; publications, 1908-1978; publications from national and other state leagues and organizations, 1896(1902)-1969; Consumer Education Foundation files, 1971-1979; Consumer Federation of America files, 1970-1977; photographs, ca. 1920-1977; and scrapbooks, 1904-1976.
Among the persons whose activities are documented in the League's records are Mary L. Dyckman and Susanna P. Zwemer.
Finding aid available.
Publication: Gordon, Felice D. After Winning: The Legacy of the New Jersey Suffragists, 1920-1947 (c1986).
Advance notice required to consult this collection.
Additional Consumers League of New Jersey records, consisting of worker's compensation files from after 1969, are available at the Seton Hall University Law School in Newark, N.J.
Papers, 1792-1916 (bulk 1799-1888).
ca. 3.76 cubic ft.
Residents of New York and N.J., including Maria (Frelinghuysen) Cornell (1778-1832), who was the daughter of Gen. Frederick Frelinghuysen, her spouse the Rev. John Cornell (1774-1835) and several of their children: Margaretta S. Cornell (b. 1799) who married the Rev. Isaac S. Demund (1803-1888); Anna Maria Cornell (1803-1834); Catharine L. Cornell (b. 1810); Sarah E. Cornell (1816-1879) who married the Rev. William Demarest (1813-1874); and Charlotte M.F. Cornell (1822-1903) who married John Van Allan, M.D.
Papers consisting chiefly of correspondence (over 1,900 letters), but also including miscellaneous writings (verse, prose, sermons, etc.), financial documents (chiefly receipts), medical lecture tickets and miscellaneous other papers. Many of the letters present were exchanged by women family members, especially several sisters; considered in its entirety, this correspondence provides a very full documentation of their lives. Among the places the women correspondents lived when they wrote these letters are Berne, New Baltimore, New York City and Suffern (in New York state) and Millstone, Pompton and Somerville (in N.J.).
A related manuscript collection held by the repository (with many of the same family members represented as correspondents) is the Frederick F. Cornell papers.
Records, 1904-1992 (bulk 1920-1976).
30.5 cubic ft. (28 cartons and 12 v.).
Founded in 1901 as the New Jersey Conference of Charities and Correction to bring together men and women dealing "with the problems of human affliction and distress" and to show "the need of co-operation between private benevolent agencies and public relief officers"; for a quarter century, had as its main purpose the sponsorship of a yearly conference; changed its name to the New Jersey Conference for Social Welfare in 1919 and to the New Jersey Conference of Social Work in 1925; reorganized in 1925, adding a fulltime executive secretary and an expanded educational function (collecting and disseminating data plus working for improved practices by individual and institutional members); conducted the first of many fundraising appeals to support its own activities in 1926; changed its name to the New Jersey Welfare Council in 1938; carried out many of its activities through committees; over the years, studied and addressed such statewide concerns as those pertaining to African Americans (including the provision of social services to this community), public assistance (including its coordination and standardization, as well as the provision of emergency relief during the Great Depression), child welfare (including, but not limited to, adoption policy, juvenile delinquency and child care needs), health issues (including both public health and mental health), displaced persons (especially immigrants from Europe after World War II) and drug addiction (including the need for treatment clinics); in addition to a newsletter, issued a variety of directories and other publications for social workers and the general public; formed a separate, nonprofit Social Welfare Research Foundation (with a separate board but a somewhat overlapping administrative structure) in 1964 to perform and disseminate research in the field of social welfare, including the sponsorship of annual workshops for social workers; suffered declining membership and contributions during the 1970s (as many of the Council's functions had been taken over by the state and it faced competition from more narrowly-focused organizations that were better funded); merged with the Social Welfare Research Foundation in 1975, by which name it became known until the following year when it adopted the name Council for Human Services in New Jersey; laid off its executive director and secretary ca. 1976 and continued as an all volunteer effort; for most of its existence, maintained its headquarters in Newark, and later Trenton, before moving its office to Fairfield, Essex County, ca. 1990; continued to be active as late as 1992.
Constitutions and by-laws, 1934-1987; minutes, 1904-1975 and 1983-1991, of the executive board, board of trustees and annual meetings; resolutions, 1936-1966, of the board and organizational committees; annual reports, 1936-1966; financial records, 1937-1946, 1960-1966 and 1987; auditor's reports, 1957-1961 and 1971-1974; general administrative files, 1909-1992; Common Sense Appeal files, 1937-1938, which document a fundraising campaign; a chrono file, 1963-1969, consisting chiefly of retained copies of letters sent; conference papers and agendas, 1915-1973; legislative forum files, 1956-1969, pertaining to an annual conference; committee files, 1929(1939)-1974; subject files, 1930-1973; historical files, 1912, 1925-1938 and 1940-(1946)1986; publications, 1924(1928)-(1979)1987, including newsletters; Social Welfare Research Foundation files, 1965-1976; photographs, 1965-1967; a publications index, 1937-1963; a membership card file, 1928(1948)-1972; and scrapbooks, 1921-1957.
Among the persons whose activities are represented in the Council's records is Dr. Ellen Potter.
Finding aid available.
Advance notice required to consult this collection.
COWDREY, Mary Bartlett, 1910-1974.
Papers, 1910-1971 (bulk 1941-1971).
ca. 7.6 cubic ft.
Art historian, curator and author, of Passaic, N.J.; was graduated from the New Jersey College for Women (later Douglass College), Rutgers University, in 1933; worked as an assistant in the exhibits department at the Newark Museum, 1935-1936, as registrar at the Brooklyn Museum, 1940-1942, as curator of maps and prints at the New York Historical Society, early 1943, as an employee (including curator of paintings) at the Old Print Shop/Harry Shaw Newman Gallery (New York City), 1943-1949, as assistant director of the Smith College Museum of Art, 1949-1955, as a field archivist (for the New York area) with the Archives of American Art, 1955-1961, and as curator of prints and drawings at the New Jersey Historical Society, 1961-1962?; specialized in 19th-century painting; co-authored a book on the painter William Sidney Mount.
Correspondence from throughout Cowdrey's career; published writings, articles, reviews and clippings; inventory of books and art works that Cowdrey acquired; papers concerning gifts that she made to Rutgers University; and papers which document her early life. Also present are a collection of nineteenth-century photographs of American artists and a collection of autographs (in part from the papers of Samuel Putnam Avery), 1781-(1903)1955, chiefly pertaining to artists from Great Britain and the United States. Included in Cowdrey's correspondence are letters concerning persons to be included in Notable American Women, 1607-1950 (1975). Among the artists represented in the autograph collection are Rosa Bonheur (2 letters : 1869? and 1874?), Ann Hall (1 letter : 1835) and Jane Stuart (1 letter : undated).
Rosa Bonheur letters in French.
CRANE, Elizabeth, 1775-1828.
Diary, 1824 Mar. 9-1828 Jan 31.
1 v. (132 p.).
Resident of (present day) Springfield Avenue, near New Providence, N.J.; born Elizabeth Mulford; married John Crane (1764-1843), a farmer.
Diary containing short, regular entries describing farming, church, domestic and social activities, family events, visits and other occurrences.
Penultimate leaf missing.
Accompanied by a photocopy of a typed transcript which includes interspersed explanatory notes, genealogical data and a personal name index.
Microfilm copy also available.

CULP, Florence Maude Burns, b. 1874.
Diary, 1902-1945.
.33 cubic ft. (13 v. in 1 box).
Spouse of the Rev. Cordie J. Culp (1872-1952), a Presbyterian minister; lived in Glen Moore, Pennsylvania, 1900-1904, Bound Brook, N.J., 1904-1918, and New Brunswick, N.J., 1918-1945 (or later).
Diary, 1902-1903, 1914-1917, 1934, 1937, 1939-1940 and 1943-1945, containing regular, somewhat full entries providing a good account of the life led by a clergyman's wife (church services, funerals, choir, Sunday school classes, church society meetings, visits, etc.), as well as household and family events and vacation trips. Accompanied by a travel journal, June 28-August 20, 1932, of her husband which pertains to a European-Mediterranean tour, including short visits in France, Italy, Greece and the Middle East.


DARCY, Eliza, b. 1835?
Diary, 1876 Jan. 1-Dec. 31.
1 v. (122 p.).
Daughter of Timothy J. Darcy (1790-1878); lived in Wayne Township, N.J., with her sister and elderly parents.
Diary relating to housekeeping, visits with relatives and friends, simple entertainments and church. Also includes scattered household accounts for 1876.
In: Timothy J. Darcy Papers.
Records, 1805-1973 (bulk 1893-1973).
ca. 2.5 cubic ft. (24 v.).
Organized in 1893.
Minutes of meetings, 1893-1928 and 1937-1965, membership rosters and scrapbooks, 1893-1973, containing correspondence, programs, circulars, photographs and clippings. Also transcriptions of genealogical source materials and miscellaneous papers, 1805-1857, of the Rappleyea and Herbert families of central N.J.
Records, 1759-1955 (bulk ca. 1930-1955).
.2 cubic ft. (1 box).
Historical notes, correspondence, clippings and other papers of Helen Rawson Cook, chapter regent, including information on observance of Constitution Week in 1955. Also includes a deed and correspondence of the Old White House Chapter of the D.A.R. in Whitehouse, N.J.
Papers, [ca. 1815]-[ca. 1888] (bulk 1820s-1840s).
.4 cubic ft. (1 box).
Residents of New York state (chiefly at Plattsburgh, near New York City, at Ballston and at Saratoga Springs); family members included, among others, author Margaret (Miller) Davidson (1787-1844), her spouse Dr. Oliver Davidson (1779-1847), and their two daughters, the poets Lucretia Maria Davidson (1808-1825) and Margaret Miller Davidson (1823-1838).
Papers of various family members, including correspondence of the elder Margaret Miller Davidson; verse written by sisters Lucretia Maria and Margaret Miller Davidson; and a narrative, by the younger Margaret Miller Davidson, of a trip made in 1833 with her family from Lake Champlain to their home in Plattsburgh, New York, and then on to Saratoga Springs and New York City.
Publication: Harding, Walter, "Sentimental Journey: the Diary of Margaret Miller Davidson," Journal of the Rutgers University Library, XIII (1949/50): 19-24.
Publication: Medoff, Jeslyn, "Divine Children: The Davidson Sisters and their Mother," Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries, XLVI (1984): 16-27.
DAVIS, Elizabeth S.
Historical essay, [ca. 1922].
1 item (8 pages).
A manuscript history, from 1906 to 1922, of the Jersey Blue Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, located in New Brunswick, N.J.
DE LEEUW, Adèle, 1899-
Papers, 1913-1987.
16.5 cubic ft. (16 cartons and 1 box).
Lecturer and author of books and magazine articles, chiefly for children and young adults; born in Hamilton, Ohio; moved with her family to Plainfield, N.J., as a girl and lived there for the rest of her life; traveled with her family in the Netherlands and present-day Indonesia, areas which were the focus of her early prose writings; wrote or co-wrote more than seventy published books, both fiction and nonfiction, beginning with The Flavor of Holland (1928); died in 1988. Full name: Adèle Louise de Leeuw. Although at times inconsistent in the capitalization and spacing of her last name, she apparently settled on "de Leeuw," which also occurs most frequently in her papers.
Papers, consisting chiefly of manuscripts of writings, royalty statements, correspondence and lecture outlines, which document de Leeuw's entire career. The manuscripts include poetry and prose, both published and unpublished, including newspaper articles (for the New York Times) and columns (for the Courier News). The correspondence includes letters from fans, correspondence with publishers, editors and agents and letters exchanged with others, including letters received from her sister, artist and children's author Cateau de Leeuw. Biographical information on Adèle de Leeuw and her father, engineer Adolph Lodewijk de Leeuw, is also included, as is documentation of some of her civic and social activities in Plainfield. Among the correspondents represented is literary agent Ruth Cantor.
Container list available.
Advance notice required to consult this collection.
DE ZOETE, Beryl, 1884-1962.
Papers, 1912-1962.
ca. 4 cubic ft.
Dance critic, dance researcher and translator; born in London where she resided for most of her life; married Basil de Sélincourt (b. 1876) in 1902, but the marriage lasted for only a few years; studied dance, at least in part with Emile Jaques-Dalcroze in 1913 and 1915, and subsequently taught dance until sometime in the 1920s; entered into a lifelong relationship with the Orientalist and translator Arthur Waley (1889-1966), whom she met in 1918 but never married; traveled extensively, including in Bali and South Asia; wrote on dance at various times for (at least) The Daily Telegraph, the New Statesman and Nation and Ballet (, wrote books on dance in Bali (1938), India (1953) and Sri Lanka (1957). Full name: Beryl Drusilla de Zoete. According to her biographer Marian Ury, de Zoete was actually born in 1879.

edited by Richard Buckle); in addition to published translations from Italian

Letters received (including postcards), notes and drafts of writings on folk dances and drama, personal journals, address and appointment books, poems, miscellaneous prose compositions (including plays), translations into English (e.g., from Italian), a rudimentary investment ledger, press clippings and printed ephemera (including collected pamphlets). Included among her correspondents, who are seldom represented by more than a few letters each, is Claire Holt (3 letters : 1935-1936). De Zoete's journals include a "War Diary," September 3, 1939-January 6, 1940, detailing observations, events and experiences in London at the outbreak of World War II, and a travel journal, July 24-August 14, 1954, recording a voyage from England to Brazil via Portugal.
Some materials in French, German, Italian and other non-English languages.
In: Arthur Waley-Beryl de Zoete Papers (which, in the papers of Waley, also contain letters that were written by de Zoete, including items posted from Sri Lanka and India).
Publication: Ury, Marian, "Some Notes Toward a Life of Beryl de Zoete," Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries, XLVIII (1986/87): 1-54.
Papers, 1771-1999.
ca. 4.2 cubic ft.
Personal papers of Thomas T. Devan (1809-1890), of his first wife Lydia (Hale) Devan (1818-1846) and of selected descendants and their relatives, including Fannie M. Devan (d. 1936) and Elisabeth E. Richards (1889-1975).
Lydia Devan is represented by a diary, April 1-July 2, 1838, and January 12, 1840, kept in New York City. According to a brief biographical summary included at the front of the volume, she publicly professed her faith as a Christian in the fall of 1833 and joined the Presbyterian Church. Devan's 1838 diary entries begin two weeks before her wedding and record some anxiety over her impending marriage, particularly because she feared leaving her own faith (as her fiance was a Baptist). The couple was wed on April 18th ("All is over – I am Mrs. Devan – a wife!"). As reflected in Devan's diary entries, the marriage was a happy one through which, she hoped, the couple could pursue God's work together (as they were later to do as missionaries in China, where she died after two years of service). Later entries in the diary mention visits by friends and family members, as well as detail Devan's religious activities, including the teaching of Sunday school and the distribution of religious tracts.
Fannie M. Devan is represented by a travel journal, May 30-September 6, 1913, which records a European tour. After crossing the Atlantic on the S.S. St. Paul, she joined her nephew in England and together the two of them visited sites in England, the Netherlands, Germany and France.
Elisabeth E. Richards is represented by a travel journal, February 7-May 19, 1933, which records a tour in the Middle East in the company of a Mrs. Williams. The entries are most detailed through April 9th (encompassing her voyage from New York City aboard the S.S. Exeter, and her travels in Egypt); thereafter, they consist largely of fragmentary notes (representing her travels in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon) when present at all.
Correspondence, 1877-1910 (bulk 1890-1905).
1 cubic ft. (3 boxes).
Residents of Gardiner, Ulster County, New York; principal family members included Maria Deyo (d. 1905) and her daughters Mary (b. 1857 or 1858), a Reformed Church in America missionary in Japan, and Maggie E. Deyo (d. 1906).
Correspondence consisting of letters received by Maria Deyo from her daughter Mary Deyo during the latter's three periods of residence in Japan (over 200 items); letters received by Mary Deyo (13 items), including four letters received from her former students in Japan; letters received by Maggie E. Deyo (17 items); and letters received by members of the extended Deyo family (8 items).
The letters from Japan written by Mary Deyo date from 1889-1894, 1895-1900 and 1902-1905. These letters include information about daily life, local customs, occasional travels, other missionaries and organizations to which she belonged (such as the Woman's Christian Temperance Union). The initial batch of her letters describe Mary Deyo's life at Ferris Seminary, a Christian school for girls in Yokohama, including her teaching of Bible studies, English and calisthenics. The next set of letters describe Mary Deyo's life in Ueda, Nagano prefecture, where she and Mary E. Brokaw, another missionary, set up and supervised new Sunday schools, taught Bible studies to married Japanese women and taught knitting classes. These letters also describe her work teaching English (to Japanese boys) and her work with native Japanese missionaries (mostly or entirely women). The final set of Mary Deyo's letters describe her life in Morioka, Iwate prefecture, where she and another missionary, Leila Winn, set up and supervised Sunday schools, taught Bible studies and set up a Christian women's boardinghouse. Her activities distributing religious tracts to soldiers who passed through Morioka and her opinions of the Russo-Japanese War are also noted.
Finding aid available.
Records, 1813-1929.
.33 cubic ft. (1 box).
Organized as the New Brunswick Dorcas Society in 1813; provided clothing and financial assistance to the sick and needy; changed its name following the establishment (in 1897) of a day nursery.
Minutes, 1813-1900 and 1928-1929; accounts, 1869-1897; and miscellaneous other records, 1894-1929.
DUBROVSKY, Gertrude Wishnick, 1926- , collector.
Farmingdale collection, 1890-1995 (bulk 1919-1976).
ca. 14 cubic ft. (43 boxes of assorted sizes and 1 oversize folder).
Some items present only as photocopies.
Farmingdale, N.J.: a nearby town frequently used to refer to the community of West Farms, Howell Township, N.J., which ca. 1919 became a Jewish agricultural settlement in which formerly landless immigrants from Eastern Europe made their living primarily as chicken farmers (and did so with some success through the 1950s), but which had largely ceased to exist by the early 1970s.
Documentation which focuses on the Jewish agricultural community near Farmingdale, N.J.: scattered records of community organizations (especially the Jewish Community Center); selections from the personal papers of four individuals with ties to the community, to other Jewish communities in central N.J. or to another Jewish agricultural settlement in N.J.; oral history interviews in the form of audio recordings, typed transcripts and related documentation; audio recordings of various events, chiefly in or pertaining to Farmingdale; reference materials, collected historical sources and notes relating to the community; and miscellaneous administrative files pertaining to the assembling of the collection.
The records of the Jewish Community Center of Farmingdale include scattered records, 1944-1972, of the women's auxiliary.
Over half of the collection consists of 118 oral history interviews, 1973(1974)-(1976)1981, primarily with Jewish farmers and their wives who were members of the Farmingdale community, but also with some individuals who were closely connected to the farm operations there, were non-Jewish Farmingdale farmers or were residents of other, similar agricultural communities elsewhere in N.J. Over 70 of the persons interviewed were women (of whom just over half were interviewed with their spouses). The interviews cover the lives in Europe of those farmers and their wives who were immigrants, the early lives of those who were native-born, the reasons for their decisions to move to Farmingdale, how settlers formed and maintained a cohesive community, evaluations of the Farmingdale experience and reviews of the factors that led to the demise of Jewish agricultural activities in the community. In addition to 243 original audio cassettes, 243 duplicate audio cassettes and related typed transcripts (included for all but a few interviews), there are also background materials present for most interviews such as biographical survey forms, photographs (sometimes vintage) and occasional original documents. A subject index to the audiotapes also exists for all or most of the interviews.
Some items in Yiddish, including all or part of 19 oral history interviews.
Restricted in part.
Finding aid available.
Publication: Dubrovsky, Gertrude. The Land was Theirs: Jewish Farmers in the Garden State (c1992).
DUNCAN, Susanna Lear, b. 1770?
Travel journal, 1788 May 6-Aug. 26.
1 item (43 pages).
Typed transcript; original in the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library?
Born Susanna Lear; married James Duncan.
Travel journal recording a trip from Philadelphia to Providence, Rhode Island, Boston and back.
Papers, 1930-1932.
1 envelope.
Correspondence and legal documents pertaining to Durham's successful attempt to be reinstated as senior clerk-bookkeeper in the Treasurer's Office, Middlesex County, N.J.
Papers, 1903-1982 (bulk 1940-1972).
2.8 cubic ft. (7 boxes and 1 oversize folder).
Social worker and official of the Consumers League of New Jersey; born Mary Lang Dyckman in 1886 in Minnesota, the eldest child of Francis H. and Louise (Heroy) Dyckman; grew up in Orange, N.J., where her father (who died in 1904) was a miller and a banker; toured Europe with her family at age 16 (and later spent several months in Italy on at least two occasions); was graduated from Miss Beard's School, Orange, in 1905; while in Boston to study music, trained as a (volunteer) visiting case worker for the Boston Associated Charities, 1909-1911; worked as a case work visitor for the Bureau of Associated Charities in Orange, 1911-1912; attended the New York School of Social Work as a part-time student, 1913-1914, while also working part-time as a visiting case worker in Brooklyn, New York; served as district secretary of the Bureau of Associated Charities in Newark, N.J., 1914-1917, as executive secretary of the League for Friendly Service, Bloomfield and Glen Ridge, N.J., 1917-1921, and as assistant financial secretary of the New York Charity Organization Society, 1924?-1928?; subsequently worked as a consultant (e.g., with the Brooklyn Bureau of Associated Charities) and was active in the Family Welfare Association of America; wielded local political influence in Orange as Republican County Committeewoman for her district (and was a member of the local, county and state Republican clubs, as well as of the League of Women Voters); retired from compensated professional work in 1936 and began serving on the Orange Local Assistance Board the same year; subsequently also worked as a volunteer for the Consumers League of New Jersey, including service on its executive board (beginning in 1938 or 1939) and as its president (from 1944 to 1956); concentrated on issues relating to child labor (including playing a major role in bringing about the state's Child Labor Act of 1940), but was also involved with other aspects of the Consumers League's program; died in 1984. Known for part of her early life (e.g., while attending Miss Beard's School) as "Marie."
Personal correspondence, 1936-1971; personal miscellany, 1903-1977, including biographical information; child labor files, 1940-1974; migrant labor files, 1932(1945)-1966; worker's compensation files, 1936(1947)-1965; other subject files, 1928-1982, pertaining in part to the interests and activities of the Consumers League of New Jersey (and encompassing issues such as women and night work, minimum wage levels, occupational diseases and opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment); and reference publications, 1904-1976, relating primarily to charity and case work and various aspects of child labor.
Finding aid available, including an online version.

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