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Hazel Dorothea Christopher Reminiscences

 Collection — Box: BW 56, Folder: 001
Identifier: MSS 16753

Content Description

This collection contains one handmade and illustrated memoir of Hazel Dorothea Christopher, a child from Brooklyn, New York, from the late 1930s. The book is told in the third person and has four chapters: "A Look Backward", "Childhood", "School Days", and "The Future." "A Look backward" explores her parents and grandparents, particularly the youthful seafaring exploits of her Norwegian grandfather. "Childhood" starts with Hazel's birth and her very early life to the age of six. "School Days" reflects on her experience at grammar and public school. The final chapter, "The Future," looks to high school and after, considering possible careers for the author as a nurse or teacher.

The reminiscences are in a hand-bound book with cardboard covers and a black cloth spine, hand-sewn and decorated. The text is typed with handwritten captions; the book includes title page, "publisher" imprint, contents page, eleven black and white photographs mounted or laid in, two sketches, and some tipped-in clippings.


  • Creation: 1936

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Hazel D. Christopher (c.1921-1964) was born to G. C. Christopher, cashier of the New York office of Aetna Life Insurance Company, and Martha Neilsen Christopher and had two sibblings Robert and Harry W. Christopher. She appears to have gone to college and worked as a secretary in the publishing industry in New York.


.03 Cubic Feet (one letter file folder)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased from Type Punch Matrix by the Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia on January 24, 2023.

Hazel Dorothea Christopher reminiscences
Rose Oliveira
March 16, 2023
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States