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Needle and bobbin club of Litchfield records

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Club meetings

Correspondence

Principle Information

Materials

Mary Perkins Quincy Notes

Pamphlets

Newspaper

Mailings

Prizes

Sybil Carter Indian Lace Association Information

M. Antonia Lamb Information

Miscellaneous

Bound Materials

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Needle and bobbin club of Litchfield records, 1915-1932 | Litchfield Historical Society

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Collection Overview

Title: Needle and bobbin club of Litchfield records, 1915-1932Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1919-1924

Primary Creator: Quincy, Mary Perkins (1866-1921)

Other Creators: Needle and bobbin club of Litchfield (1915-1932)

Extent: 4.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Records including minutes, correspondence, newspapers, etc. are stored in two boxes. Published materials including the club bulletins are located in two seperate boxes. Bound materials are located elsewhere individually.

Date Acquired: 01/01/1920

Subjects: Lace and lace making, Litchfield Historical Society (Conn.), Newspapers - Connecticut - Litchfield, Quincy, Mary Perkins

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Financial records, Invitations, Minutes, Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Needle and bobbin club of Litchfield records 1920-01-0 (4 boxes). The Needle and Bobbin Club of Litchfield was started as an auxillary club branching from the original Club located in New York. Mary Perkins Quincy began the Club with permission from the New York headquarters. Members were invited and/or accepted into the club based on a profound interest and knowledge of lace and other products of the bobbin. Meetings were held often, and the club accepted many donations and gave several prizes to lace workers in return. This collection consists of minutes, correspondence, notes, pamphlets, newspapers, mailings, bound materials, published materials, etc. These items reflect the activities of the Needle and Bobbin club, including acquisitions and interactions with similar groups, including, but not limited to, the Sybil Carter Indian Lace Association.

Collection Historical Note

The Needle and Bobbin Club of Litchfield was started as an auxillary club branching from the original Club located in New York. Mary Perkins Quincy began the Club with permission from the New York headquarters. Members were invited and/or accepted into the club based on a profound interest and knowledge of lace and other products of the bobbin. Meetings were held often, and the club accepted many donations and gave several prizes to lace workers in return.

Biographical Note

Mary Perkins Quincy was born on January 13, 1866 in New York, New York to John Williams Quincy and Lucretia Deming Perkins Quincy.  She lived in New York until the death of her parents in 1883, at which time she and her brother relocated to New Haven, Connecticut where they became the wards of their maternal aunt, Mary Deming Perkins Hoppin, and her husband James Mason Hoppin.  According to an obituary published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Quincy attended Miss Leverett’s School in New York and another school in New York kept by Mesdemoiselle Charbonnier of Paris, in addition to various tutors at home and abroad. 

Quincy spent a large portion of her life in Litchfield, Connecticut, where she had a home built in 1904 called Ardley.  She resided there until her death in 1921.  Litchfield was the seat of her maternal uncle Julius Deming Perkins and his wife, Margaretta Dotterer Perkins.  Litchfield was home to several generations of Quincy’s ancestors, including members of the Deming and Champion families. 

Quincy spent the vast majority of her life pursuing her many passions, which included membership to memorial societies, genealogy, historic preservation, writing and domestic and foreign travel.  She was an active member of several historical societies, including the Litchfield Historical Society; ancestral groups such as the Colonial Dames of America, and the Daughters of the American Revolution; and art clubs like the Needle and Bobbin Club in Litchfield.  She coauthored a privately published book entitled Pages of Azure and Gold with Sarah Gardiner.

Her correspondences include letters from all corners of the globe, namely Prussia, Canada, Switzerland, Austria-Hungary, Great Britain, Russia, France, Italy, Morocco, Greece and Egypt.  Her correspondents included family, diplomats, and members of the royal families of several nations.  Quincy had an especially active correspondence with her aunt, Mary Hoppin.

Subject/Index Terms

Lace and lace making
Litchfield Historical Society (Conn.)
Newspapers - Connecticut - Litchfield
Quincy, Mary Perkins

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Acquisition Source: Needle and bobbin club


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Club meetings, 1919-1920],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1915-1924],
[Series 3: Principle Information, 1915-1919],
[Series 4: Materials],
[Series 5: Mary Perkins Quincy Notes, 1919],
[Series 6: Pamphlets, 1914-1920],
[Series 7: Newspaper, 1919-1920],
[Series 8: Mailings],
[Series 9: Prizes, 1920],
[Series 10: Sybil Carter Indian Lace Association Information, 1918],
[Series 11: M. Antonia Lamb Information, 1920],
[Series 12: Miscellaneous],
[Series 13: Bound Materials],
[Series 14: Published Materials, 1916-1932],
[All]

Series 1: Club meetings, 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Annual meetings, general meetings, and lectures. Includes notes, agendas, syllabi, and minutes by Mary Perkins Quincy as well as other members and speakers.
Folder 1: General meetings, 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Meeting minutes of different committees, councils, and officers. Also includes notes from club luncheons.
Folder 2: Annual meetings, 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Annual meeting notes and speeches of the Needle and Bobbin Club.
Folder 3: Lectures, 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Lecture notes and syllabi for the Needle and Bobbin Club and their various committees.
Series 2: Correspondence, 1915-1924Add to your cart.
Includes letters to and from Mary Perkins Quincy as well as other members of the Needle and Bobbin Club and other acquaintances.
Folder 1: 1915 May 9 - 1919 Apr 19Add to your cart.
Letters to and from Mary Perkins Quincy and other Needle and Bobbin Club members as well as other acquaintances. Topics vary, but include, fundraising activities, the Sybil Carter Indian Lace Association of New York, bulletin subscriptions, monetary donations, and Aquidneck Cottage Industries of Newport, Rhode Island.
Folder 2: 1919 Jun 1 - 1919 Aug 21Add to your cart.
Letters to and from Mary Perkins Quincy and other Needle and Bobbin Club members as well as other acquaintances. Topics vary, but include, exhibitions, prizes rewarded to Indian lace workers, Ms Quincy's presidency of the club, and lectures.
Folder 3: 1919 Sep 15 - 1919 Nov 23Add to your cart.
Letters to and from Mary Perkins Quincy and other Needle and Bobbin Club members as well as other acquaintances. Topics vary, but include, life membership gifts, different bobbin lace designs, and different shawls.
Folder 4: 1920 May 8 - 1920 Jul 3Add to your cart.
Letters to and from Mary Perkins Quincy and other Needle and Bobbin Club members as well as other acquaintances. Topics vary, but include, books on Indian lace, floral lace and embroidery patterns, and prizes.
Folder 5: 1920 Aug 15 - 1920 Sep 25Add to your cart.
Letters to and from Mary Perkins Quincy and other Needle and Bobbin Club members as well as other acquaintances. Topics vary, but include, donations of "Miss Whiting's book," the Oneida prize winners and their families, exhibition pieces, photographing laces, and bulletin subscriptions.
Folder 6: 1920 Oct 1 - 1920 Oct 21Add to your cart.
Letters to and from Mary Perkins Quincy and other Needle and Bobbin Club members as well as other acquaintances. Topics vary, but include, donations, recipients of the Cora Towne Memorial Prize, membership lists, gift embroideries, fleece spinning, and the Guild of Needle and Bobbin Crafts.
Folder 7: 1921 Jun 6 - 1924 Aug 5 and unknown datesAdd to your cart.
Letters to and from Mary Perkins Quincy and other Needle and Bobbin Club members as well as other acquaintances. Topics vary, but include, the Cora Towne Memorial Fund, shipments of yarn, photographs of shawls from the Cincinnati Art Museum, "Pamela's Shawl" by Dorothy Canfield, two Indian silk shawls for sale, gifts to the Litchfield Historical Society for the Needle and bobbin club records, transfers of assets, the Handicraft Club of Baltimore, and reports of the shawl committee.
Series 3: Principle Information, 1915-1919Add to your cart.
Includes documents regarding the founding of the club, the organization of its members and officers, the mission statement, and scheduling of meetings.
Folder 1: Litchfield Historical Society agreements, 1919-1924Add to your cart.
Agreement with the Litchfield Historical Society that upon the termination of the Club's existence, the laces, embroideries, shawls, and textiles will be deposited to the Society. Also included is a letter to the Needle and Bobbin Club of New York explaining the termination of the Club's existence and the newly formed Needle and Bobbin committee of the Litchfield Historical Society.
Folder 2: Membership and committee informationAdd to your cart.
Lists of members, committees, and officers.
Folder 3: FinancialAdd to your cart.
Includes account books, item logs, bank slips, membership costs, annual reports, dues, exchequers, invoices, estimates, and price sheets.
Series 4: MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Descriptions of different items and materials of the club. Includes embroidery, shawls, laces, and books.
Folder 1: Embroidery Information, 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Includes information on ecclesiastical and secular embroidery, as well as a collection of beads added to the embroidery and weaving collections.
Folder 2: Shawl InformationAdd to your cart.
Includes notes on shawls on loan, shawls as gifts to the club, definition of the word "shawl," labels for shawls, and collections of shawls.
Folder 3: Lace Information, 1919Add to your cart.
Includes notes on lace collection items as well as notes from meetings of the lace committee.
Folder 4: Book InformationAdd to your cart.
Lists of books including those of lace history and lace patterns.
Series 5: Mary Perkins Quincy Notes, 1919Add to your cart.
Mary Perkins Quincy recorded notes on conversations with different people. Subjects vary, but include, Aquidneck Industries, lace schools, race, the Sybil Carter Indian Lace Association, the Carnegie Institute at Pittsburgh, lectures, and legal advice.
Series 6: Pamphlets, 1914-1920Add to your cart.
"Aquidneck Cottage Industries: History of 10 Years Work," "Old World Lace" by Clara M. Blum, "Bobbins of Belguim" by Charlotte Kellogg, "The American Federation of Arts Eleventh Annual Convention Program," "The American Federation of Arts," "Lectures on Lace" by Marian Powys, "The Devonshire Lace Shop Bridal Laces," "A Lace Guide for Makers and Collectors" by Miss Gertrude Whiting, "Flambeau Shops, Inc." "By-Laws, Treasurer's Report and Membership List of the Needle and Bobbin Club," "Foreign Handicraft Exhibition and Sale," and "Gray and Greenwood."
Series 7: Newspaper, 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Contains a variety of newspaper clippings. Titles include: "Court Decides on Quincy House Disposition" "Fine Lecture and Exhibit" "Delightful Lecture" and "Prize for Needlework." There are also smaller clippings headed with "Needle and Bobbin Club". Most, if not all, of the clippings are from the Litchfield Enquirer.
Series 8: MailingsAdd to your cart.
Includes invitations, election ballots, and other voting ballots.
Series 9: Prizes, 1920Add to your cart.
Includes meeting notes regarding prizes, expenses from prizes, as well as the names of prize winners.
Series 10: Sybil Carter Indian Lace Association Information, 1918Add to your cart.
Includes an essay called "An Exhibition at Oneida," a pamphlet with black and white photos of their lace products, and the annual report from 1918.
Series 11: M. Antonia Lamb Information, 1920Add to your cart.
M. Antonia Lamb was a very knowledgable woman regarding needlework who also participated in the Needle and Bobbin Club. This collection includes correspondence between Mary Perkins Quincy and Ms. Lamb, as well as the syllabus for Ms. Lamb's lectures on the history of needlework.
Series 12: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
This series contains extra copies of pamphlets as well as unsorted notes and letterheads.
Series 13: Bound MaterialsAdd to your cart.
A scrapbook of the Needle and Bobbin Club's notes and letters.
Series 14: Published Materials, 1916-1932Add to your cart.
Bulletins of the Needle and Bobbin Club. Complete from December 1916 to 1921. Vary from 1922 to 1932.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Club meetings, 1919-1920],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1915-1924],
[Series 3: Principle Information, 1915-1919],
[Series 4: Materials],
[Series 5: Mary Perkins Quincy Notes, 1919],
[Series 6: Pamphlets, 1914-1920],
[Series 7: Newspaper, 1919-1920],
[Series 8: Mailings],
[Series 9: Prizes, 1920],
[Series 10: Sybil Carter Indian Lace Association Information, 1918],
[Series 11: M. Antonia Lamb Information, 1920],
[Series 12: Miscellaneous],
[Series 13: Bound Materials],
[Series 14: Published Materials, 1916-1932],
[All]


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