Caleb Thomas Curtis Letters
Scope and Content of the Collection
Letters from Caleb Thomas Curtis to his brother in-law Joseph [last name also Curtis], his sister Susan, and his sister Maria, written from Louisville, KY, Illinois, St. Louis, Paducah, KY, and New Orleans during his travels by steamboat between the years 1836 and 1838. In the letters, Curtis details his travels along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, commenting on the differences between Boston and the “Western Country,” the people he meets along the way, and the bustling nature of Louisville and New Orleans. In one letter addressed to his sister Susan, Curtis describes a January 8th celebration in New Orleans commemorating the War of 1812’s Battle of New Orleans. He briefly alludes to his business ventures as well, mentioning in the same letter that he has opened a shop in St. Louis. Curtis also writes in reference to news from New England and the North East, commenting on Boston’s weather and the Whig victory in New York.
- Creation: 1836-1838
- Curtis, Caleb (Person)
Materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The Caleb Thomas Curtis Letters are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room (Priority III).
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Caleb Thomas Curtis Letters are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.
Biography of Caleb Thomas Curtis
The eighth of nine children, Caleb Thomas Curtis was born around 1815 in Massachusetts to Charles and Anna Curtis. After his travels by steamboat, Curtis married Rachel M. Stoddard in 1852. The couple settled in Boston, where Curtis worked as an office clerk. He died in 1878.
0.1 Linear Feet (9 folders)
Nine letters written by Caleb Thomas Curtis of Boston, Massachusetts during his travels by steamboat on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.
Materials arranged chronologically.
Collection Stack Location
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Purchase, Michael Brown Rare Books, 2013
Elizabeth McKinley, 2013.
Genre / Form
- Illinois -- Description and travel
- Louisville (Ky.) -- Description and travel
- New Orleans (La.) -- Description and travel
- Paducah (Ky.) -- Description and travel
- Saint Louis (Mo.) -- Description and travel
- Inventory of the Caleb Thomas Curtis Letters, 1836-1838
- Elizabeth McKinley
- Language of description
- Script of description