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Mabel Newton Betticher papers

Call Number

MS 937


1903-1948, inclusive


Betticher, Mabel Newton, 1878-


3.4 Linear feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials

The documents in this collection are in English.


Diaries and poetry written by Mabel Newton Betticher.

Biographical Note

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.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit

Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Mabel Newton Betticher Papers, MS 937, The New-York Historical Society.

Location of Materials

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation, 1956.

Collection processed by

Processed by Gabrielle Sanchez

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 15:50:35 -0400.
Language: Description is in English.

Processing Information

Processed by Gabrielle Sanchez, circa 2000.


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