Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Charlotte York Letters, 1845-1852

Finding aid created by
Bethany Anderson, November 2007, and Meg Hixon, September 2012

Summary Information
Title: Charlotte York letters
Creator: York, Stiles P.
Inclusive dates: 1845-1852
Extent: 24 items
Abstract:
This collection is made up of 23 letters that Charlotte York wrote to her fiancé and husband, Stiles P. York, in the mid-19th century. She discussed her life in Tarrytown, New York, while her husband was in New York 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: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2007. M-4594.13.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

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:

Charlotte York Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.


Biography

Stiles P. York, a merchant from New York City, married his wife Charlotte sometime before 1846. They lived in Tarrytown, New York, where she ran the Tarrytown Female Seminary out of their home. The Yorks later moved to Moutn Pleasant, New York, with their daughter Ada. Charlotte had at least one sister, Alletta. Charlotte York died on May 3, 1882.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of 23 letters that Charlotte York wrote to her fiancé and husband, Stiles P. York, in the mid-19th century. She discussed her life in Tarrytown, New York, while her husband was in New York City.

Charlotte wrote 5 letters from November 6, 1845-March 22, 1852, and 18 undated letters during the couple's courtship and after their wedding. In one undated letter, identified as "Thursday 2 o'clock," Charlotte anticipated their upcoming wedding and her transition from single to married life, and she later wrote one letter on their anniversary, May 12. Before and during their marriage, she reflected on her feelings for her husband and on her role as a housewife. She also reported the weather conditions and provided news about her neighbors and family members, particularly her mother and her sister Alletta. One letter is about her visit to Newburgh, New York, in March 1852. Charlotte occasionally referred to the Tarrytown Female Seminary, which she ran out of her home, and the collection includes a manuscript advertisement for her services, accompanied by a list of references.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Education--United States--History--19th century.
    • Newburgh (N.Y.)
    • Tarrytown (N.Y.)
    • Women--Education--United States.
    • Women teachers--United States.
    Contributors:
    • York, Charlotte.
    Genre Terms:
    • Advertisements.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   41, Small Collections  
    Charlotte York letters [series]
    Folders   1-4  
     November 6, 1845-March 22, 1852, and  undated