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Ryan Family Papers 2

By Kathy Craughwell-Varda

Collection Overview

Title: Ryan Family Papers 2

Creator: Ryan, Thomas (1872-1933)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 10/14/2011

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Ryan Family Papers, 2011-141-0, includes papers from Thomas F. Ryan and his family.  Included are theatrical and minstrel programs, sheet music, photographs, photograph album illustrating "Song of the Brook," papers related to Bantam, Connecticut,  Frienship Album, Litchfield High School graduation programs, Litchfield County University Club meeting programs, brochure for Miss Hickox's School for Girls, newspaper clippings, portfolio for "Portraits of Twentieth Century Americans of Negro Lineage" by Louise E. Jefferson.

An accruel to this collection, 2013-50-0, includes a published booklet titled, "Thomas Francis Ryan: A Biographical Sketch" published in 1918 and a bill from St. Mary's Hospital to Thomas F. Ryan relating to surgery and care of his daughter Margaret Agatha in 1914 (date taken from the backing paper of the frame - item was unframed for storage).

Thomas Ryan (1872-1933) was born in Ireland and moved to the United States as an infant with his mother. He took up acting and singing, but embarked on a law career, studying in Torrington, Conn., and graduating from Yale Law School in 1897.  In 1899, he pursued mining in Arizona, California, and Mexico. After his fortunes failed, he returned to the stage. In 1904, he came back to Torrington and again took up law, finally settling in Litchfield in 1905. He served one term as a probate judge in the 1910s. In 1895 he married Mary Kelley of Torrington. They had four children, Mary Gertrude, Catherine Edna, Margaret Agatha, and Frances Mary. He died in 1933. Agatha, as she was commonly known, and Gertrude attended college. Agatha worked in her father's law office, the probate court, an insurance office, and served as secretary to the superintendent of schools in Litchfield. Frances worked as the school nurse.

Administrative Information

Accruals: 2013-50-0, a gift of Robert W. Doyle.

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Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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: Robert W. Doyle

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials:

Ryan Family Papers 1.

Postmaster Receipt Book.

Preferred Citation: Ryan Family Papers 2, (2011-141-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.


Box and Folder Listing

Folder 1: Theater, Minstrel and Sheet Music, 1902-1919Add to your cart.
Includes The Litchfield Players (1926), First Annual Minstrel Show (1921), The First Annual Minstrel Show of the St. Anthony's Total Abstinence Society (1919), Minstrel Show 1921, Fireside Tales (1902), Cummings' Combination
Folder 2: Litchfield High School, 1914-1921Add to your cart.
Graduation exercise, Litchfield High School cover pages, blank dance card to the Junior Promenade (1914), Commencement Program (1921)
Folder 3: Clubs, 1906-1924Add to your cart.
Litchfield County University Club (1921, 1922, 1924), The Supreme Court of Eaters, signed and dated by Thomas F. Ryan (1906).
Folder 4: Photographs, 1898-1907Add to your cart.
Album with photographs of Litchfield County to illustrate Tennyson's "Song of the Brook" (1907), pages from a photograph album showing blizzards (1898, 1899), patriotic parade, Christmas tree (1898).
Folder 5: Bantam, 1908Add to your cart.
Booklet, "Bantam, Conn. U.S.A." with advertisement for T. F. Ryan, attorney; Bantam Anti-Friction Booster newspaper (1908).
Folder 6: Newspaper Clippings, 1906, 1932Add to your cart.
Dances of the Season article from Waterbury American (1906), Garden Club pays childen to collect caterpillar eggs off elm trees; Hartford Courant article with photograph of Frances Ryan, winner of national essay contest sponsored by American Nurses' Association (1932).
Folder 7: Friendship Album, 1909Add to your cart.
Friendship Album with painted suede cover with initials "H. V." (?).  Pages of autographs.  No name of recipient.
Folder 8: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Brochure for The Homstead, Miss Hickox's School for Girls; photocopy of article on demolition of Gothic Church on Torrington Rd; paper print of Union Savings Bank (formerly Phoenix Bank), illustration of actor drawn by V. W. Bromley, print of Southeast View of Litchfield from Chestnut Hill; leather postcards with mule kicking person "High life in - Litchfield, Conn."
Folder 9: Portraits Twentieth Century Americans of Negro Descent., c. 1965Add to your cart.

Note to Millie, portfolio, envelope with Louise E. Jefferson return address.

Currently housed in aisle 18B: Oversize Box 2A.

Folder 10: Sheet MusicAdd to your cart.

"Music of the Original Christy Minstrels."

Currently housed in aisle 18B: Oversize Box 2A.

Folder 12: Thomas F. Ryan Papers (Accruel), 1914, 1918Add to your cart.
Biographical sketch of Thomas F. Ryan, hospital bill for his daughter Margaret Agnes.
Folder 11: Biographical Sketch of Thomas F. Ryan, 1908Add to your cart.