Arthur Catlin papers, 1857-1921
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Brief Description:

The Arthur Catlin papers relate to Arthur Catlin (1830-1913), a farmer in Litchfield, Conn., and several members of his family. Most of the papers regard Catlin's legal matter involving the Litchfield County Agricultural Society and its dissolution and sale of land in 1914. The collection consists of correspondence, business papers, minutes, membership lists, deeds and contracts, estate and other legal papers, ephemera, check book registers, account books, and other documents.

Arthur Catlin was born in Litchfield in 1830, a son of Cyrus Catlin and Emeline Wetmore Catlin. They also had a daughter, Mary Catlin (1828-1901). In his early life, Catlin was a school teacher and a county surveyor. He also owned a large farm that is presently the site of the Litchfield County Club in the southern part of town. He was married three times, first to Eliza M. Buel (1829-1859), second to Julia Benton (1839-1866) and third to Clarissa Stoughton (1833-1910). Among his children was Clarence Catlin (1869- ), who married Annie Bidwell (1864- ). Among their children was C. Wilfred Catlin (1901-1978).

The collection contains a number of documents regarding the dissolution of the Litchfield County Agricultural Society. Founded in 1818, it had sponsored annual fairs, but became dormant in the 1870s. In 1914, ten members decied to dissolve the Society and sell its property in southern Litchfield. Catlin became involved in a legal proceeding related to his membership status and his share of the proceeds of the sale that ended up in the Connecticut State Supreme Court, where the Court found for Catlin. Included in the collection are Catlin's legal papers and membership cards and copies of minutes, incorporation papers, membership lists, and other records of the Society. The collection also includes papers related to Catlin's estate and that of his uncle Henry Wetmore (1812-1897), a prominent Hartford builder. Also of note is speech Catlin delivered before the Grange on historic places of Litchfield.

One account book is housed in 3B Box 18.

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]
Created by: Catlin, Arthur, Catlin family
Volume: 0.42 Linear Feet
Acquired: 05/08/1979.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Agriculture - Connecticut - Litchfield
Agriculture - Societies, etc. - Connecticut - Litchfield
Catlin, Arthur, 1830-1919
Catlin family
Litchfield (Conn.)
Litchfield (Conn.) - History
Litchfield County Agricultural Society
Genres/Forms of Material
Financial records
Legal documents
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: Elsie Ford Catlin  Gift
PreferredCitation: Arthur Catlin papers (1979-20-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759