Babbitt family papers, 1895-1972
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Brief Description:

Papers relating to the Babbit family, including Eleanor Babbitt (1898-1994) and Col. Samuel H. Fisher (1867-1957). Col. Fisher's daughter Margaret Crossette Fisher married Eleanor Babbitt's brother Theodore Babbitt on June 17, 1922, in Litchfield. The papers include photographs and documents pertaining to Sheldon Tavern; drawings, invitations, etc. from Lilac Hedges; legal documents; birth and marriage certificates; family photographs; papers pertaining to Eleanor Babbitt and the Aircraft Warning Service in Litchfield during World War II; tax returns for Samuel H. Fisher and Margaret Sargent Fisher (his wife); pamphlets and newspaper clippings; and other materials.

Eleanor Babbitt was born in Colorado Springs, Colo. and moved to New York as a youth. She later owned and operated a book store there. She obtained a private pilot's license in the late 1920s which she used in the 1930s. In 1938, she moved to Litchfield. She was an active volunteer, first serving as a plane spotter for the aircraft warning system in Northfield during World War II and later with the Litchfield Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. She also was a trustee of the Gilbert Library in Northfield and served on the board of the Litchfield Historical Society. She died in 1994.

Col. Samuel H. Fisher was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, 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.

Series 1-2 are housed in Box 1.  Series 3-5 are housed in Box 2.  Series 6 is housed in Oversize Box 9A; and account books (1953-1957) are housed in 3B Box 90.

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: Babbitt, Thomas
Volume: 1.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 01/01/1994. Also includes 2004-14-0 and 2013-42-0.

The collection is arranged in six series:

1. Eleanor Babbitt papers

2. Col. Samuel H. Fisher papers

3. Sheldon Tavern

4. Publications

5. Miscellaneous

6. Oversize

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
American National Red Cross
Babbitt, Eleanor
Fisher, Margaret Sargent
Fisher, Samuel H. (Samuel Herbert), b. 1867
Litchfield (Conn.)
Pierce, Sarah, 1767-1852
World War, 1939-1945
Genres/Forms of Material
Legal documents
Marriage certificates
Tax returns
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: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Babbitt  Gift
Related Materials: See also the Samuel H. Fisher Collection, 1961-25-0 and museum objects, 2013-42-1-17.
PreferredCitation: Babbitt Family Papers (1994-15-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759