This diary was written in 1890 when the author was twenty and focuses on Crittenden’s daily life, in particular his social
outings, relationships and friendships, and his position at the Pacific Insurance Union. Photographs, drawings, sketches are
included as are signatures collected by former classmates, calling cards, and awards from school. He also copies several of
his late father’s diary entries. Within the diary are also entries by his friend L. Edwin Clenecy and sister Laura Van Wyck.
Various notes and letters from friends and families are also included. The journal focuses particularly on his “first love”
Alice Bradford Ames, whom he met at age fifteen and his more recent relationship with Harriet Pierce Graham (nicknamed "Tat"
in his diary). Crittenden’s mother was also ill during this period.
A short autobiography presented by C. Van Wyck, as written on page 198 of his diary (Vol.2): "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."
(1 leatherbound diary, 289 pages)
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