|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one chronological series.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains three scrapbooks ostensibly created by Julia Valentine Dobbs Briggs. The first contains poetry from approximately 1875; the second contains newspaper clippings about the Briggs family, including Mrs. Briggs, Agnes Briggs (deaconess), Emilie Grace Briggs, and Herbert W. Briggs; the third contains clippings about Julia's husband, Charles Augustus Briggs.
Burke Library record group:
Union Theological Seminary Archives: UTS 1, papers of faculty and students
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
The following boxes are located offsite: Box 1. Please note that requests for use of boxes held in offsite storage must be made three business days in advance.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Information concerning copyright, fair use, and reproduction requests can be consulted at Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.
Item description, UTS1: Julia Valentine Dobbs Briggs Papers, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
UTS1: Charles Augustus Briggs papers, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
UTS1: Emilie Grace Briggs papers, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The exact provenance of this collection is unknown. It may have been donated by Julia's daughter, Emilie Grace, who donated her own papers to Union Theological Seminary in 1941.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. The finding aid was created by Brigette C. Kamsler in 2015 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.
2020-08-31 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Julia Valentine Dobbs was born March 23, 1848 in New York, NY. Both of her parents were from New York, although their names are unknown. At the age of 17, she married Charles Augustus Briggs on October 19, 1865. They had seven children, five of whom were alive at the time of Charles Brigg's death in 1913: Emilie Grace Briggs, Agnes Briggs (Mrs. Philip Ketteridge), Alanson Tuthill Briggs, Herbert Wilfrid Briggs, and Olive M. Briggs. Julia was active in the Salvation Army and was an accomplished musician. After marriage to Charles, they lived in both New Jersey and Manhattan, New York. She traveled internationally with Charles Briggs, being issued a passport in 1907; they returned to the United States in 1912. Her passport application in 1907 indicated she was 5'3" with brown hair, a fair complexion and blue eyes. After Charles' sudden death in 1913, Briggs continued to live in New York. In the 1920 census, she was living with her daughter Emilie Grace in Lakewood Township, New Jersey. In 1930, she was living in New York City as a lodger at the Hotel Holley, 36 Washington Square West, with her daughter Olive. Julia Valentine Dobbs Briggs died October 17, 1933 at the age of 86.