Nan F. Heminway papers, 1953-2003
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Brief Description:

The personal papers of Nan Ferguson Heminway (1920-2006), whose professional career spanned 50 years. She took up permanent residence in 1971 in Litchfield and decorated many historic homes. She was extensively involved with historic preservation, the Garden Club, and the Litchfield Historical Society. The papers consist of files related to Hemingway's decorating projects and professional activities and include notes, correspondence, minutes, reports, wallpaper samples, carpet samples, drawings and blueprints, specifications, invoices, billing statements, landscaping plans, paint analyses, research, photographs, and other papers.

The papers consist of files related to Hemingway's decorating projects and professional activities. They are arranged in two series:

Series 1. Project files, 1953-2003

This series contains 7 boxes containing various decoration jobs of Nan Heminway's throughout Litchfield and the surrounding area. Dates range from 1953-2003. Projects are arranged alphabetically by name. The papers include notes, wallpaper samples, carpet samples, drawings and blueprints, specifications, invoices, billing statements, landscaping plans, paint analyses, research, and photographs. In the files are photos of the artifacts, as they have been removed to collections storage.

Series 2. Professional activities and subject files

Series 2 has four boxes, containing files which include documents from Nan Heminway's professional activities in the Green Advisory Committee, Village Improvement Society, Historic District Commission, and CT Historical Commission. The files are arranged in two ways: sub-series 1 arranges the projects by title and sub-series 2 arranges the files by date. The files are mainly minutes, agendas, memorandums, correspondence, applications for and certificates of appropriateness, and various notes. The major projects included in these files are:

--The inclusion of Litchfield in the National Registry of Historic Places

--Landmark district boundaries review

--A study of West Street

--Litchfield Courthouse clocktower repairs and restoration

--The proposed addition for the First National Bank

--The Courthouse re-location

--The Post Office location

--The Litchfield Volunteer Ambulance project

--Action and vision plans for the Borough

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: Heminway, Nan F. (1920-2006)
Volume: 20.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 10/29/1998. Nan Hemingway made an initial gift in 1998 (1998-11-0). She made an additional gift in 2004 (2004-25-0). Following her death, her son Buell Hemingway made a gift (2006-27-0).
Arrangement:

The papers are arranged in two series:

1. Project files

2. Professional activities and subject files

Access Restrictions: Financial information contained within Series 1 (Project Files) is restricted as a condition of the donation.
Subject Index
Heminway, Nan F., 1920-2006
Historic preservation
Interior decoration
Litchfield (Conn.)
Litchfield Historical and Architectural Commission
Litchfield Historical Society (Conn.)
Litchfield Historic District Advisory Commission
National Register of Historic Places
Genres/Forms of Material
Correspondence
Drawings
Financial records
Government records
Minutes
Photographs
Receipts
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: Nan F. Heminway  Gift
PreferredCitation: Nan F. Heminway papers (2004-25-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759