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Theodore S. Christ papers

Identifier: 01485

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of four account books, one diary, a linen ABC book, receipt book (1868-1878), personal purchase receipt book (1861-1882) with signatures from various merchants in Lewisburg and Chester County, and account books itemizing his accounts with prominent Centre County grocers William and John Thompson. Also included are a diary (1891-1894) consisting mainly of weather and travel notes, correspondence (1888-1899), a northwest Pennsylvania soil map (1908), a folder of insurance policies, mortgages, deeds, warrants and agreements and a folder of bills, accounts, receipts, and transactions with prominent local merchants Thompson, Markle, Grove, Ross and Harris.


  • Creation: 1861-1910.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies of original materials may be made available for research purposes at the discretion of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library. Photocopies or reproductions of original materials may be subject to fees as outlined by the Pennsylvania State University Libraries reproduction policies. Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Patrons seeking advice on the availability of unpublished materials for publication should consult relevant copyright law and laws of libel.


1 Linear Feet (0.20 cubic feet.)

Physical Location

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Biographical / Historical

Dr. Theodore S. Christ, a surgeon and Civil War veteran, was the first physician and first mayor/burgess of State College, Pennsylvania. During the Civil War, he served as assistant surgeon in the 4th and 5th regiments of the Pennsylvania Volunteers. In 1863, he served as medical director on the staff of Maj. Gen. Robert B. Potter and was surgeon-in-chief of the Second Division, 9th A.C. In December of 1871, he married Sarah Irvin Thompson (1839-1887), daughter of Moses and Mary Irvin Thompson, and resided in Lemont, Pennsylvania, from 1881 to 1910.

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Repository Details

Part of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library Repository

104 Paterno Library
Penn State University
University Park 16802 USA