Seherr-Thoss papers regarding the Litchfield Historical Society, 1976-1986
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Brief Description: Plans, correspondence, and other documents related to renovation of the Litchfield Historical Society building, 1976-1986.
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]
Record Series Number: 00/1997-31-0
Created by: Seherr-Thoss, Sonia P. (1919-2006)
Volume: 1.0 Folders
Acquired: 12/18/1997.
Biographical Note for Seherr-Thoss, Sonia P. (1919-2006) : Writer, photographer, dairy farmer, philanthropist, and long-time Litchfield, Conn., resident, Sonia Phipps Farrell Seherr-Thoss was the granddaughter of Henry Phipps, a partner of steel industrialist Andrew Carnegie and the daughter of Henry Carnegie Phipps and Gladys Livingston Mills Phipps. Sonia, who went by the nickname Sunny, grew up in Roslyn, Long Island, New York; New York City; and Palm Beach, Fla. She married Hans Seherr-Thoss, nicknamed Boysie, in Palm Beach, Fla. in 1948. Both had children from previous marriages. Also in 1948, the Seherr-Thosses purchased property in Litchfield, Conn. They established Butternut Brook Jerseys, a dairy farm, in 1956, which they ran until 1966. They also had residences in New York City and Wickenburg, Ariz. With her husband, family, and friends, Sunny Seherr-Thoss traveled extensively to such places as Europe, Russia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran, India, China, Japan, Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and the Galapagos Islands. In 1968, the Smithsonian Institution Press published Design and Color in Islamic Architecture: Afganistan, Iran, Turkey. Written by  Mrs. Seherr-Thoss, the photographs were taken by Mr. Seherr-Thoss. Following his death, she wrote four more books. She was active in philanthropic activities in the Litchfield area.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Litchfield (Conn.)
Litchfield Historical Society (Conn.)
Genres/Forms of Material
Architectural drawings
Land surveys
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Copyright has been transferred to the Litchfield Historical Society for materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. 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: Sonia Seherr-Thoss  Gift
PreferredCitation: Seherr-Thoss papers (1997-31-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759