Samuel Fisher collection, 1929-1961
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Brief Description:

Research files and other materials related to Samuel Fisher's 1946 book, Litchfield Law School, 1774-1833: Biographical Catalogue, containing information about its students. There are also papers related to other aspects of Litchfield's history.

Starting in the 1930s, Fisher undertook a project to assemble data on every student who attended the Litchfield Law School from 1774-1833. He conducted research and corresponded with colleges and universities, state libraries, historical societies, and other institutions across the country. He also employed genealogists to track down information. The results of his investigations were published in a book by the Yale Law School Library in conjunction with Yale University Press in 1946.

The Litchfield Law School research records fill 4 document boxes and are filed in the following categories: Litchfield Law student research by states; individual student files; lists of students by college attended, occupation, and other criteria; copies of correspondence written by students; general correspondence; photographs of students; information about lectures and notebooks; and books and pamphlets relating to the Law School. There is much information not included in the 1946 book.

An additional document box contains other materials that relates to Fisher's interest in Litchfield history. Among the topics covered: files related to Selleck Osborn and the Litchfield Witness, Uriah Tracy, and Elijah Hubbard; documentation on restoration of Phelps Tavern in the 1930s; and photographs and scripts relating to the Litchfield Players.

A half size document box contains papers Fisher collected during his research on the Litchfield Law School.  The bulk of these documents pertain to the career of Samuel Andrew Law, a graduate of the Law School and were at one time removed from the collection and titled "Samuel Andrew Law Collection."

Notebooks on Litchfield history, Thomas Collier, digests from Litchfield newspapers, i.e. The Monitor, The Witness, and American Mercury, etc. are housed in 3A Box 20.

Photographs of Mrs. Richard Draper, aunt of Thomas & Margaret Collier; and Margaret Draper Collier (Mrs.James Hamilton of England), sister of Thomas Collier.

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: Fisher, Samuel H. (Samuel Herbert) (1867-1957)
Volume: 5.0 Boxes
Acquired: 05/31/1961. Most of the collection was given on May 31, 1961. A smaller gift was made on Oct. 31, 1961. in 2014, gift of Martha Babbitt (2014-52-0)
Arrangement: Fisher's collection of primary sources is arranged alphabetically by creator.
Biographical Note for Fisher, Samuel H. (Samuel Herbert) (1867-1957) : Col. Samuel H. Fisher was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1867, graduating from Yale University in 1889 and Yale Law School 1892. He practiced law in Washington, D.C., and New Haven. In 1916, he became the personal counsel for Mrs. Stephen V. Harkness and her son Edward S. Harkness, a position he held until Fisher retired in 1931. He was a member of the Yale Corporation from 1910-1925 and a member of boards of corporate and charitable institutions. After he retired, he helped organize the Connecticut Highway Safety Commission in 1936, was the Connecticut Defense Administrator from 1940-1943, and performed other public service for the state and federal government. He married Margaret Sargent Fisher of New Haven in 1895. They moved to Litchfield in 1920. He died in 1957.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Hubbard, Elijah, 1777-1846
Litchfield (Conn.)
Litchfield Law School
Litchfield Players
Osborn, Selleck, 1783-1826
Phelps Tavern
Tracy, Uriah, 1755-1807
Genres/Forms of Material
Correspondence
Notebooks
Photographs
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Robert F. Fisher, Margaret S. Babbitt  Gift
Related Publications: Fisher, Samuel H. Litchfield Law School, 1774-1833: Biographical Catalogue (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1946).
PreferredCitation: Samuel Fisher collection (1961-25-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759
Finding Aid Revisions: The initial collection record was completed by Leith Johnson with funding from NHPRC..  Fisher's collection of period Litchfield Law School student papers was at one time removed from the collection and titled the Samuel Andrew Law Collection.   This was returned to the collection in November, 2010 and described by Linda Hocking with funding from CLIR.