Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Samuel Batchelder Letters, 1893

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, November 2011

Summary Information
Title: Samuel Batchelder letters
Creator: Batchelder, Mary
Inclusive dates: 1893
Extent: 3 items
This collection consists of three letters Samuel Batchelder of East Kingston, New Hampshire, wrote to his wife Mary during his visit to Chicago for the final days of the 1893 World's Fair. He briefly shared his impressions of the exposition and of the city.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1998. M-3489.6.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Samuel Batchelder Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically


Samuel Batchelder and his wife Mary lived in East Kingston, New Hampshire, and in 1893 he travelled to Chicago, Illinois, to visit the World's Columbian Exposition, which featured scientific and other exhibitions from around the United States and the world.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of three letters written by Samuel Batchelder to his wife Mary during his visit to Chicago for the final days of the 1893 World's Fair. Batchelder wrote on the Hotel Trenton’s stationery, and composed the letters on three consecutive days: October 29, 30, and 31, 1893.

Batchelder briefly shared his impressions of the exhibition, though he believed it impossible to fully describe his experiences within the scope of a short letter. He focused primarily on news from the fair, which officially closed during his stay, and twice mentioned the assassination of Chicago mayor, Carter Henry Harrison, Jr. He also described a ride on "the big Wheel," a visit to the New Hampshire pavilion, and his belief that Chicago was the "wickedest City in the U. S." (October 30, 1893).

Subject Terms

    • Chicago (Ill.)--History.
    • Harrison, Carter H. (Carter Henry), 1825-1893.
    • World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
    • Batchelder, Samuel.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   8, Small Collections  
    Samuel Batchelder letters,  1893 [series]
    Folder   34  
     October 29, 1893
     October 30, 1893
     October 31, 1893