Mariette C. Crittenden Reminiscences

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Crittenden, Mariette C.
Mariette C. Crittenden reminiscences
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of a typed copy of the reminiscences of Mariette C. Crittenden, written in 1907 when she was eighty-two years old. Her parents migrated from Vermont to Saline, Michigan, in 1831, when she was 6. After a rudimentary education, Mrs. Crittenden began teaching school at age 16. She married in 1851, and raised a large family. In the reminiscences, written as a letter to one of her daughters, Mrs. Crittenden describes her family's trip from Vermont by canal, steam boat, and stagecoach. She also discusses neighbors in Saline, the schools she attended or taught, as well as the harsh and sometimes dangerous conditions pioneers faced. A separate part of the reminiscences, entitled "Housekeeping of 75 Years Ago," includes a discussion of cooking and housekeeping chores.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections August 1968

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  March 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Michigan -- Social life and customs
  • Saline (Mich.)
  • Vermont -- Description and travel

Personal Name(s)

  • Crittenden, Mariette C.


  • Education -- Michigan
  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Michigan
  • Women -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory


Reminiscences 1959