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Chrystie Family papers, 1789-1946

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0223
Bib ID 4078394 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Chrystie family
Title Chrystie Family papers, 1789-1946
Physical Description 3 linear feet (6 boxes, 1 flat box, 1 scroll box, and 1 volume)
Language(s) English .
Access

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 2-6, Scroll Box 7. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.

Description

Summary

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, memorabilia, and printed materials. The earliest document is Chalres Ludlow's appointment as a Midshipman in 1788, signed by President John Adams. There are also documents signed by U.S. President James Monroe and by New York Governors William L. Marcy and Thomas E. Dewey. The correspondence includes letter to Thomas Mackaness Ludlow Chrystie, 1841-1914, from Admiral David G. Farragut and Asa Bird Gardiner, of the Society of the Cincinnati, and his letterbook for 1896-1914. In Addition to Dr. Chrystie's medical practice and his personal life, some 25 pages in the letterbook are copies, in his hand, of letters from Captain Charles Ludlow, et al., aboard various ships in the U.S. Navy, 1801-1811. Papers of Thomas Ludlow Chrystie, 1872-1954 (Columbia A.B., 1892; Trustee, 1920-1926) include letters from Nicholas Murray Butler, Benjamin Cardozo, and Seth Low and manuscripts from his post as secretary for the Citizen's Committee on Reorganization of the New York Police Force, 1905-1906. There are 20 photographs relating to the Chrystie Family and Columbia University, including one of Dwight D. Eisenhower when President of Columbia. There are also 20 volumes from the Chrysties' libraries, notable among them are Thomas Ludlow Chrystie's law books, a number of Columbia University publications refering to the Chrysties, and family memorabilia.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 2-6, Scroll Box 7. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Chrystie Family papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Thomas Ludlow Chrystie, 1985.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--Thomas Ludlow Chrystie. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1985.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed J L-W 05/--/85.

The original printed finding aid was converted into an EAD document in March 2021. There is a family tree in the printed finding aid that was not included in the EAD document. This family tree is available here as a pdf.

Revision Description

2021-03-15 EAD document created by CCR.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Letterpress copybooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Chrystie, T. Ludlow (Thomas Ludlow), 1872- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chrystie, Thomas Mackaness Ludlow, 1841-1914 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chrystie, Thomas Witter, 1808-1888 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ludlow, Charles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.). Police Department Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Navy -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

The Chrystie Family has long been closely associated with Columbia University. James Chrystie, 1750-1807, came to America from Scotland in 1775. He enlisted in the Pennsylvania Regiment, and served under Anthony Wayne at Ticonderoga. His great grandson, Thomas Witter Chrystie, 1808-1888, the first member of the family to recieve a Columbia degree (A.B., 1828, A.M., 1880) married Elizabeth Ludlow, daughter of Captain Charles Ludlow of the U.S. Navy in the War of 1812.

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Series I: Cataloged Materials


Subseries I.1: Correspondence



Box 1 Baker, Newton Diehl


Box 1 Bangs, Francis S.


Box 1 Butler, Nicholas Murray


Box 1 Cardozo, Benjamin N.


Box 1 Chrystie, Thomas Ludlow (1872-1954)


Box 1 Chrystie, Thomas Mackaness Ludlow (1841-1914)


Box 1 Farragut, David Glasgow


Box 1 Gardiner, Asa Bird


Box 1 Low, Seth


Subseries I.2: Manuscripts


Box 1 Chrystie, Thomas Ludlow (1872-1954)


Box 1 Jerome, William Travers


Subseries I.3: Documents


Box 1 Adams, John


Box 1 Dewey, Thomas E.


Box 1 Marcy, William Learned



Box Oversized Monroe, James

Land grant to James Chrystie (1986-1863) and Albert Chrystie (1789-1856), in consideration of the military service of their father, Thomas Chrystie (1852-circa 1810), surgeon in the Continental Army; also signed by James McLean (1785-1861), with a ms.n.s. by him on the verso.


Subseries I.4: Photographs



Box 1 Eisenhower, Dwight David

Series II: Arranged Materials


Box 1 Caswell, R. C.


Box 1 Chamberlain, Lawrence H.


Box 1 Cheatham, Johnston


Box 1 Chrystie, Helen Duell (Mrs. Thomas Witter)


Box 1 Chrystie, John Albert [of Flatnush?]


Box 1 Chrystie, Julia A. Ross [Mrs. T.M. Ludlow]


Box 1 Chrystie, Margaret Adden


Box 1 Chrystie, Mary (Maisie) Catherine


Box 1 Chrystie, Thomas Ludlow (1872-1954)


Box 1 Chrystie, Thomas Mackaness Ludlow (1841-1914)


Box 1 Chrystie, Thomas Witter (1902-1956)


Box 1 Coggeshall, Murray H.


Box 1 Leffingwell, C. Warring


Box 1 Miscellaneous


Box 1 Photographs


Box 1 Sisson, O.H.


Box 1 Smith, Everett P.


Box 1 Unidentified

Series III: Memorabilia



Box 2 Memorabilia

Series IV: Books



Box 3 Books, by and about Columbia



Box 4 Lawbooks,Thomas Ludlow Chrystie (1872-1954)



Box 5 Books



Box 6 Books

Series V: Oversized Materials



Box Oversized Awards


Box Oversized Diplomas



Flatbox 34 Holy Bible

One volume: The Book of Common Prayer..., London: Thomas Baskett and Robert Baskett, 1760; with which are bound: The Holy Bible..., London: Thomas Baskett and Robert Baskett, 1759, with illus. by J. Cole; and A New Version of the Psalms of David, Fitted to the Tunes used in Churches. By N. Brady and N. Tate. London: J. Roberts, 1754. "Robert Ludlow'' embossed on front cover. Genealogical records of the Ludlow and the Chrystie families have been added.



Tube Box Scroll Box 7 Laminated photocopy of Chrystie family tree