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Charles H. Cragin Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: --
Date: circa 1975

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.]

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.

Arrangement of the Collection

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


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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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.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

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

Table of Contents


Subject files