Mabel Newton Betticher papers
Language of Materials
Diaries and poetry written by Mabel Newton Betticher.
Mabel Newton Betticher was born on June 3, 1878, and worked as a public school teacher in East Orange, New Jersey.
The collection is organized into the following three series:
Series I. "Her Own Trip Book," 1903-1948
Series II. Poems, 1907-1944
Series III. Diaries, 1930-1945
The materials are arranged chronologically within each series.
Scope and Contents
The papers of Mabel Newton Betticher consist of three sets of diaries: a diary of daily activities, a diary of poems, and a diary of spiritual meditations. None of the diaries contain much personal information, focusing instead on largely spiritual and religious matters. They are extremely well-organized. Most volumes are numbered (although there are gaps in the sequence), and all entries are dated. The three diaries were kept contemporaneously, and entries are frequently cross-referenced. Mabel kept track of the flowers and birds she saw, often recording this information in more than one diary. All of the diaries are illustrated with a number of different types of materials, including photographs, newspaper clippings, holiday cards, postage stamps, stickers, pictures of flowers and birds, pamphlets, brochures, and church programs.
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This collection should be cited as the Mabel Newton Betticher Papers, MS 937, The New-York Historical Society.
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About this Guide
Processed by Gabrielle Sanchez, circa 2000.