- Chamberlain, Thomas, 1814-1891
- Call number
- MssCol 510
- Physical description
- 2 v
- Preferred Citation
- Thomas Chamberlain diary, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library
- Manuscripts and Archives Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Thomas Chamberlain (1814-1891) was an immigrant from England who worked as a printer in the United States. He married Deborah Ann Bugbee in 1845 and became a U.S. citizen in 1859. Chamberlain's diary describes his departure from Portsmouth, England to New York, Franklin (Delaware County), Utica, Niagara, Montreal, Quebec, New York, Philadelphia, London and return to New York. He discusses the food and comforts of second class passengers on shipboard, localities, waterfalls, plays and actors in New York and London, current events, rural life at Franklin, spelling school, apple bees, employment as a journeyman printer at Oxford, Unadilla, Saratoga, and New York, costs of travel, courtship, marriage and family life in New York City.
Source of acquisitionPurchase, Myrtle Chamberlain Cammerata (granddaughter), 11/09/1934
Using the collection
LocationManuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328
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Alternative form available
Available on microfilm. New York Public Library, *ZL-324