Charlotte Browning Page Papers, Syracuse University Special Collections, New York State history, nineteenth century America
Charlotte Page was not eminent in state or national life and politics, but for that very reason her papers are an important primary source. The focus of history traditionally centers on prominent people in society: monarchs, presidents, and statesmen. Recently some historians have shifted their interest to obscure individuals: the peasant, the housewife, and the factory-worker. We can gain an intimate view of history by considering Charlotte Page, an ordinary schoolmistress whose collected letters span five decades, from 1878 to 1941. Charlotte's letters provide excellent written records from which to see her as an individual and to study the society in which she lived.
Burns, Donna. "The Letters of Charlotte Browning Page." The Courier 17.1 (1980): 14-24.