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COLLECTION Identifier: 2017-M94

Papers of the Carlyle-Brown-Dublin family, 1910-2006


Correspondence and other writings of members of the Carlyle-Brown-Dublin family.


  • 1910-2006

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. The donor retains copyright in the collection during her lifetime. Upon her death, she transfers and assigns to the President and Fellows of Harvard College all right, title, and interest, including copyright and all extensions and renewals thereof, in and to the work.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


6.66 linear feet ((5 cartons, 1 file box) plus 1 folio+ folder)

The Carlyle-Brown-Dublin Family Papers includes family documents compiled in order to shed light on the life of Agnes Cooper Carlyle; correspondence between Christina Carlyle Dublin (Christina Carlyle Dublin) and Thomas David Dublin (Thomas David Dublin), 1937-1985; travel diaries of Thomas David Dublin, 1961-1970; correspondence of William and Barbara Carlyle with Christina and Thomas Dublin, Margaret Brown, and other relatives in Scotland; correspondence of Christina and Thomas Dublin with Dublin family members and others; theatrical postcards; and curricula vitae, applications, academic and professional files of Christina Carlyle Dublin.

Donor Sarah Slenczka notes that her mother Christina Carlyle Dublin had returned to Scotland searching for traces of her forebears. In Bridge-of-Allan where her grandmother Agnes Cooper Carlyle had had a sister, the Dublins went to the cemetery in search of her grandmother's grave. There they inquired about Carlyle family graves and were directed to the home of Alice Hay Robertson, who was a daughter of Agnes Carlyle's sister Katherine. This meeting led to an exchange of letters and information, whereby Christina Dublin also learned of the existence of related family in Chicago (a grandson of Agnes Cooper Carlyle's sister Katherine Carlyle Robertson). She later made contact with that family and obtained both photos and other information. See photographs and the letter of Elly Jackson in album four of "From the Carlyle Archive" (carton 1).

The personal materials of Christina Carlyle Dublin (cartons 4 and 5) were largely collected from the family home in Garfield Terrace, Washington, DC, and document the many phases of Dublin's life, organized more or less according to Dublin's curriculum vitae – from childhood and early education to approximately the 1960s. Materials include an application to the masters program for the New York School of Social Work and the reworking thereof in the 1960s as an application to the Howard University School of Social Work serve as a personal as well as professional autobiography. A copy of the latter, a curriculum vitae (1975) and reprints of her publications are collected in an introductory notebook. A notebook containing the Dublin Christmas letters summarizes the later years of her life. The professional materials of Christina Carlyle Dublin (carton 5 and box 6) were removed from an old leather suitcase originally packed by Dublin in the late 1980s when she was organizing her papers. Slenczka retained the original order and only added some general identification labels. (SCDS, Dec. 2015).


William Moncrieff Carlyle was born in 1889 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of Agnes Cooper Carlyle, who worked as a chambermaid and eventually as "head of household" in stately homes throughout the United Kingdom. His father was unknown and alleged to be a member of the royal family. In 1909 he immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, and was soon followed by his fiancee Barbara (Brown) Carlyle, and her two sisters. They married in 1912 and had four daughters: Christina, Agnes, Barbara, and Margaret. Christina MacDonald Carlyle married Thomas David Dublin in 1939; their children were Sarah and Barbara. Christina, the eldest daughter of William and Barbara Carlyle, is the mother of Sarah Slenczka.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2017-M94

The papers of the Carlyle-Brown-Dublin family were given to the Schlesinger Library by Sarah Slenczka.

Processing Information

Container list created: June 2017

By: Sarah Slenczka.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This container list provides a basic inventory and description of the papers of the Carlyle-Brown-Dublin family. More extensive processing work may be undertaken in the future.

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