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Finding aid of the Crittenden Van Wyck Diary (Vol.2) C058570
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Donor
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Existence and Location of Originals note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Van Wyck, Crittenden Diary (Vol.2)
    Identifier/Call Number: C058570
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Storage Unit: B001629
    Storage Unit: C058570
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder (One leatherbound diary, 8 ½ x 14, 320 pages)
    Date (inclusive): 07/14/1890-09/1893
    Abstract: Crittenden Van Wyck wrote this journal between the ages of 20 and 23, while he was working as a clerk for the Pacifc Insurance Union and living with his family at 1600 Taylor St. in San Francisco. Among the daily entries that detail his daily activities, social events, and work responsibilities are pasted-in photographs, letters, tickets, calling-cards, telegrams, locks of hair, leaves, and flowers. C. Van Wyck appears to have made notations to his entries at some later point. Entries begin on 07/14/1890, and are made regularity until the beginning of 1891, when they slowly grow sparse. The last dated entry is 09/27/1893, with another entry for September that attempts to sum up events that occurred in the interim.
    creator: Van Wyck, Crittenden, 1870-1942

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access.

    Preferred Citation note

    Crittenden Van Wyck Diary (Vol. 2). Society of California Pioneers.

    Donor

    Crittenden Van Wyck, 02/19/1941.

    Biographical/Historical note

    A short autobiography presented by C. Van Wyck, as written on page 198 of his diary: "February 19, 1941, This diary presented to the ‘Society of California Pioneers’ by the writer Crittenden Van Wyck age this day 71 years. Born S.F. February 19, 1870. Attended public school in Oakland 1878-79, in S.F. at ‘Pacific Heights’ in 1875, later at ‘Spring Valley’ 1882-86—then Boys High 1886-1887. Clerk in Pacific Insurance Union 1887-1891. Went to Seattle 1891-95. Back to S.F. 1895 to 1899 as an insurance agent for ‘Preferred Accident Insurance Co.’ Next, Dental College Unversity, Calif. 1899-1902 Graduate. Practiced Dentistry in S.F. 1902-1917. Entered Army as a dentist in World War 1917-1919 25 months service as 1st Lieutenant, Captain, and last year as Major. Disabled in line of duty at Camp McClellan, Alabama. Permanently injured as it eventually turned out. Married 1921. Divorced 1935 at Reno, Nev. Desertion by wife [believed to be E. Louise Williams] who picked out a younger man."
    In June of 1942, he shot and killed his ex-wife at her home in Carmichael, California. He lit her home on fire, and was seriously injured by the blaze. He committed suicide while being treated for his burns on 06/17/1942. He is quoted as saying that he wanted her to "suffer as I've suffered these many years." (San Bernadino County Sun, 06/18/1942)

    Scope and Contents note

    Crittenden Van Wyck’s wrote this journal between the ages of 20 and 23, while he was working as a clerk for the Pacifc Insurance Union and living with his family at 1600 Taylor St. in San Francisco. Among the daily entries that detail his daily activities, social events, and work responsibilities, there are pasted-in photographs, letters, tickets, calling-cards, telegrams, locks of hair, leaves, and flowers. C. Van Wyck appears to have made notations to his entries at some later point. Entries begin on July 14, 1890, and are made regularity until the beginning of 1891, when they slowly grow sparse. The last dated entry is September 27, 1893, with another entry for September that attempts to sum up events that occurred in the interim.

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107.

    Related Archival Materials note

    C058788 - Crittenden Van Wyck Diary Vol.1

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Diaries
    Photograph collections.
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    San Francisco (Calif.)--Social life and customs
    Seattle (Wash.)
    Visiting cards