Edith E. Caldwell Papers, 1898-1940
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Brief Description:

The Edith E. Caldwell Papers (2011-138-0) consist of personal papers of Edith E. Caldwell and her parents William A. Caldwell and Mary R. Caldwell, as well as legal correspondence and filings pertaining to a lawsuit between Edith E. Caldwell and Joseph Peszensky.

Edith E. Caldwell was born in 1885, the daughter of William A. and Mary R. Caldwell.  She was raised in Litchfield and attended the Eastman National Business College in Poughkeepsie, New York around 1904.  She held various jobs in offices and stores in Hartford, Washington, D.C., Florida and Colonial Beach, Virginia.  Her father took work out-of-town and her mother entered into a verbal arrangement with Joseph Peszenski, a Russian immigrant.  This verbal arrangement became the basis for a drawn out legal battle between Edith E. Caldwell and Joseph Peszensky which endured from 1925-1934(?).  The stress of the trial caused Edith Caldwell to have a nervous breakdown and she was hospitalized in the state hospital in Middletown, CT for several months in 1933.  During that time, a conservator was appointed to her estate and settled the case. By 1940, Edith E. Caldwell is involved with a dairy farm where she is assisted by farm hands and sells her milk and other products in New Milford. Edith E. Caldwell died July 19, 1968.

Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
Email: archivist [at] litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Created by: Edith E. Caldwell (1885-1968)
Volume: 3.0 Boxes
Acquired: 07/00/2011.

This collection is divided into 14 series:

Series 1:  Photographs

Series 2: Autograph Album, Edith E. Caldwell, 1904

Series 3:  Correspondence/Papers

Series 4:  Law Suit Papers, Joseph Peszensky vs. Edith E. Caldwell

Series 5:  Financial Records/Receipts

Series 6:  Ephemera

Series 7:  Diaries/Bible

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Women - Connecticut - Litchfield
Genres/Forms of Material
Legal documents
Letters (correspondence)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Acquisition Notes: Sherman Historical Society  Transfer
PreferredCitation: Edith E. Caldwell Papers, (2011-138-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.