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Edith E. Caldwell Papers

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Scope and Contents

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Photographs

Autograph Album

Correspondence/Papers

Law Suit Papers, Joseph Peszensky vs. Edith E. Caldwell

Financial Records/Receipts

Ephemera

Diaries/Bible



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Edith E. Caldwell Papers, 1898-1940 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Kathy Craughwell-Varda

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Collection Overview

Title: Edith E. Caldwell Papers, 1898-1940Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1925-1932

Primary Creator: Edith E. Caldwell (1885-1968)

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

This collection is divided into 14 series:

Series 1:  Photographs

Series 2: Autograph Album, Edith E. Caldwell, 1904

Series 3:  Correspondence/Papers

Series 4:  Law Suit Papers, Joseph Peszensky vs. Edith E. Caldwell

Series 5:  Financial Records/Receipts

Series 6:  Ephemera

Series 7:  Diaries/Bible

Date Acquired: 07/00/2011

Subjects: Women - Connecticut - Litchfield

Forms of Material: Diaries, Legal documents, Letters (correspondence)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Edith E. Caldwell Papers (2011-138-0) consist of personal papers of Edith E. Caldwell and her parents William A. Caldwell and Mary R. Caldwell, as well as legal correspondence and filings pertaining to a lawsuit between Edith E. Caldwell and Joseph Peszensky.

Edith E. Caldwell was born in 1885, the daughter of William A. and Mary R. Caldwell.  She was raised in Litchfield and attended the Eastman National Business College in Poughkeepsie, New York around 1904.  She held various jobs in offices and stores in Hartford, Washington, D.C., Florida and Colonial Beach, Virginia.  Her father took work out-of-town and her mother entered into a verbal arrangement with Joseph Peszenski, a Russian immigrant.  This verbal arrangement became the basis for a drawn out legal battle between Edith E. Caldwell and Joseph Peszensky which endured from 1925-1934(?).  The stress of the trial caused Edith Caldwell to have a nervous breakdown and she was hospitalized in the state hospital in Middletown, CT for several months in 1933.  During that time, a conservator was appointed to her estate and settled the case. By 1940, Edith E. Caldwell is involved with a dairy farm where she is assisted by farm hands and sells her milk and other products in New Milford. Edith E. Caldwell died July 19, 1968.

Collection Historical Note

Edith E. Caldwell was born in 1885, the daughter of William A. and Mary R. Caldwell.  She was raised in Litchfield and attended the Eastman National Business College in Poughkeepsie, New York around 1904.  She held various jobs in offices and stores in Hartford, Washington, D.C., Florida and Colonial Beach, Virginia.  Her father took work out-of-town and her mother entered into a verbal arrangement with Joseph Peszenski, a Russian immigrant.  This verbal arrangement became the basis for a drawn out legal battle between Edith E. Caldwell and Joseph Peszenski which endured from 1925-1934(?).  The stress of the trial caused Edith Caldwell to have a nervous breakdown and she was hospitalized in the state hospital in Middletown, CT for several months in 1933.  During that time, a conservator was appointed to her estate and settled the case. By 1940, Edith E. Caldwell is involved with a dairy farm where she is assisted by farm hands and sells her milk and other products in New Milford. Edith E. Caldwell died July 19, 1968.

Subject/Index Terms

Women - Connecticut - Litchfield

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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 Source: Sherman Historical Society

Acquisition Method: Transfer

Preferred Citation: Edith E. Caldwell Papers, (2011-138-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Photographs],
[Series 2: Autograph Album],
[Series 3: Correspondence/Papers],
[Series 4: Law Suit Papers, Joseph Peszensky vs. Edith E. Caldwell],
[Series 5: Financial Records/Receipts],
[Series 6: Ephemera],
[Series 7: Diaries/Bible],
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Series 1: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Photographs of Edith E. Caldwell, copy print of photograph of teachers from Eastman National Business College, 2 panoramic photographs, 4 20th century photographs of the Caldwell grave monument in Sherman, CT.
Series 2: Autograph AlbumAdd to your cart.
Paper covered autograph album with poems and remembrances from students and teachers at the Eastman National Business College in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1904.  Some of the teachers and students included postage stamp photographs of themselves.  A photograph of an older man and two clipping are also in the album.
Series 3: Correspondence/PapersAdd to your cart.
Includes letters, cards, notes, postcards to and from Edith E. Caldwell and her family, and friends and relations.  There is a series of letters from Lucy E. C. Woodruff, the wife of Litchfield Enquirer editor, George C. Woodruff to Edith E. Caldwell.  This series also includes correspondence and papers of Mary R. Caldwell and the typed transcript of the diaries of William A. Caldwell.
Folder 1: Correspondence, Family, 1908-1922Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, Family, 1920-1921Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, Family, 1922-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, Lucy E. C. Woodruff to Edith E. Caldwell, 1901-1904Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, Lucy E. C. Woodruff to Edith E. Caldwell, 1908-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, Friends and RelativesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Papers, Mary R. CaldwellAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Typed Trascript of William A. Caldwell's DiariesAdd to your cart.
TA 199 page typed transcript, possibly prepared by Edith E. Caldwell, of her father's diaries. Probably used as part of her lawsuit with Jospeh Peszensky.
Series 4: Law Suit Papers, Joseph Peszensky vs. Edith E. CaldwellAdd to your cart.
Legal papers and correspondence from attorneys representing Edith E. Caldwell, as well as papers regarding her role as Administrator/Conservator of her parents and their estate.
Folder 1: 1908-1925Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 1925-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 3: 1930-1932Add to your cart.
Folder 4: 1932-1934Add to your cart.
Series 5: Financial Records/ReceiptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Cancelled Checks, Joseph PeszenskyAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Bank Statements, Joseph PeszenskyAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Litchfield County Co-Operative Association, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Cancelled checks and check stubs, Edith E. and William A. CaldwellAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Bank Statements/Cancelled Checks, Edith E. CaldwellAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Bank Statements/Cancelled Checks, Edith E. CaldwellAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Bank Statements/Cancelled Checks, Edith E. CaldwellAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Receipts, 1898-1923Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Receipts, 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Receipts, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Receipts, 1929-1931Add to your cart.
Series 6: EphemeraAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: "Lure of the Litchfield Hills", May 26, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Poetry bookletAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: 1912 Calendar, "Diagram Chords for the Guitar and Banjo"Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Program of th Litchfield Celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the Settlement of Connecticut," "South Farms Inn and Cottages," Price List from South Farms Inn and Cottages for spring water and temperance productionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Business cards, postcards, etc.Add to your cart.
Series 7: Diaries/BibleAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Diaries, William A. Caldwell, 1898-1915Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Diaries, William A. Caldwell and Edith E. Caldwell, 1917-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Holy Bible, Edith E. Caldwell, 1888 04 1898Add to your cart.

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[Series 2: Autograph Album],
[Series 3: Correspondence/Papers],
[Series 4: Law Suit Papers, Joseph Peszensky vs. Edith E. Caldwell],
[Series 5: Financial Records/Receipts],
[Series 6: Ephemera],
[Series 7: Diaries/Bible],
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