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Charles H. Cragin Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Cragin, Charles H. (Charles Hartwell), 1817-1887.
Title: Charles H. Cragin Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1829-1881
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers of the American genealogist, physician. Collection includes correspondence (1829-1881), principally of family members; bills, and photographs.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Charles Hartwell Cragin (1817-1887) was an American physician and genealogist. Born in Alsted, New Hampshire, he attended the Academy of Groton. He taught school in Richmond, Virginia (1837-1838) and Fitchburg, Massachusetts (1838-1840); during the latter period he also studied medicine, earning his M.D. in 1844. He practiced medicine in Washington, D.C. and Georgetown. He served four years as Police Commissioner of the District of Columbia, and three years as Postmaster at Georgetown.

[Portions of this biographical sketch adapted from History of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia: 1817-1909. Washington, D.C.: 1909, p. 236.]

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Charles Hartwell Cragin Papers consists of correspondence and subject files. Correspondence contains both incoming and outgoing, including many from his father Isaiah Cragin and a few to and from others. Subject files contains a few bills and some photographs.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is subdivided into incoming (arranged alphabetically) and outgoing (arranged chronologically). Subject files are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Cragin family.
Cragin, Charles H. (Charles Hartwell), 1817-1887.


Genealogists -- United States.
Physicians -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Bills of sale.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Charles H. Cragin Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: --
Date: circa 1975
Revision history: 9 Oct 2008 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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Box 1 A-C
Box 1 Cragin, EM [Emily?]
Box 1 Cragin, Isaiah 1831-1844 (2 folders)
Box 1 Cragin, Isaiah L. 1834-1843
Box 1 Cragin, Marian
Box 1 D-H
Box 1 Haven, Joseph
Box 1 I-S
Box 1 Shipley, Sam
Box 1 T-V
Box 1 Thurston, Mary E. 1837-1838
Box 1 Thurston, May E. 1839
Box 1 Thurston, W. P.
Box 1 W
Box 1 Unidentified
Box 1 1837-1838 (2 folders)
Subject files
Box 1 Bills
Box 1 Photographs

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