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Sallie Hooper Morrow Correspondence

Identifier: MSS-4244

Scope and Contents

This collection contains one hundred and thirty letters written from 1891 to 1895 by Sallie Hooper Morrow of Nashville, Tennessee, to her future husband, Thomas Ludlow Chrystie, while he was in New York City training to be a lawyer. The letters were written mostly from Nashville, as well as from Pulaski and Knoxville, Tennessee, and describe her daily activities, views on courting, and the habits of the household’s African-American servants. There are no envelopes. Chrystie generally wrote the dates and postmark locations at the ends of the letters.


  • 1891-1895

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Biographical / Historical

Sallie Hooper Morrow was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 24, 1872, to Dr. William Morrow and Elizabeth Saunders Luttrell Morrow. William Morrow (1839-1910) was a surgeon with the Confederate Army during the US Civil War, and later became a prominent Nashville merchant, president of the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company, and a Tennessee state treasurer. Elizabeth Morrow (1843-1911) was a founding board member of the Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s Nashville home, when it became a museum in 1889. Sallie had at least eight siblings: James, Frank, Emma, Lillie, Libbie, Ada, Walter, and Margaret. She married Thomas Ludlow Chrystie on September 29, 1896, in Nashville. Chrystie (1872-1954) was born in New York City; graduated from Columbia University in 1892 and New York Law School in 1893; and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1894. After clerking at a New York firm from 1893-1895, he opened his own law practice, and later worked as an assistant attorney for the New York State Comptroller. The couple lived in Montclair, New Jersey; Rye, New York; and Manhattan, New York, and had at least three children: Elizabeth, Thomas, and Frances. Sallie Morrow Chrystie died on February 19, 1927. She is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee.


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Sallie Hooper Morrow (1872-1927) was a member of a prominent family from Nashville, Tennessee. This collection contains one hundred and thirty letters she wrote from 1891-1895 to her future husband, Thomas Ludlow Chrystie, while he was in New York City training to be a lawyer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The University of Alabama Libraries acquired the Sallie Hooper Morrow Correspondence in 2018.

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Processed by Erin Ryan, November 2018.
Guide to the Sallie Hooper Morrow Correspondence
Erin Ryan
March 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

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Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266