Mary Turner Carriel was the daughter of Jonathan Baldwin Turner and wife of Henry Frost Carriel, Superintendent of the Jacksonville State Hospital. She was the first woman to serve on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, from 1897 to 1903.
The collection mainly reflects Carriel's involvement in Jacksonville women's organizations. She was active in the Sorosis Club, and the collection includes meeting minutes and notes for her presentations on literary, art history, and travel topics. In addition, the collection contains several items relating to her work in organizing the Women's Columbian Exposition Club in Morgan County.
Carriel's travel diaries are also a significant part of this collection, as she traveled through Europe in 1910, and through South America in 1912-13. Brief correspondence mainly deals with the preparation and marketing of her biography of her father, The Life of Jonathan Baldwin Turner (1911). In addition, the collection contains genealogical information which she gathered.
The collection also contains a brief diary kept by her son, Charles A. Carriel, documenting his work with the YMCA in South Dakota and Chicago in 1908.
The material in this collection was formerly in the Survey's Jonathan Baldwin Turner collection.