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Oswald Marrin Jr.

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Marrin Family Papers, 1858-2001 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Lee S. Cook

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Collection Overview

Title: Marrin Family Papers, 1858-2001Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Marrin, Oswald (1919-2007)

Other Creators: Marrin family, Marrin, Harriet Hatheway (1918-2005), Marrin, Jean Fyfe

Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 06/01/2013. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Education, Litchfield (Conn.), Litchfield Water Company, Real estate agents, Spring Hill School (Litchfield, Conn.), World War II

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Marrin Family Papers 2013-110-0, primarily consist of the papers of Oswald Marrin, Jr., but there are also papers from other family members, including his parents, Jean Fyfe Marrin and Oswald Marrin, Sr.  Among the papers of Oswald Marrin, Jr. are his school papers from Center School, Spring Hill School. the Hackley School and Brown University.  There are also papers and correspondence from his years in the Marines during World War II, as well as some business records, newspaper clippings, including his time in political office, and a scrapbook from 1935-37.

Oswald Wright Marrin,Jr. was born April 20, 1919 in New York City. Son of Jean Fyfe and Oswald W. Marrin Sr. He moved to Litchfield as an infant and lived there his entire life. He attended the Spring Hill School, Hackley School and graduated from Brown University in 1942. He immediately joined the Marine Corps serving as an infantry officer and Captain on Guadalcanal and two more campaigns on Cape Gloucester in New Britain and one in the Peleliu Islands. He was discharged as a Major in 1946. On his return, he worked at Scovill Manufacturing until 1951. He then took over the Marrin Real Estate company which had been founded by his mother in 1930. He served on the board of Warden and Burgesses from 1951 and was the Borough Warden from 1967 to 1976. He worked to make the center of Litchfield an historic district and to get zoning approved to protect the town's history and architecture. In 1984 he served on the Litchfield Citizen Advisory Committee, which formed the town plan of development. He was a trustee of the Litchfield Historical Society, a member and past president of the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust and of the Litchfield Country Club, and a member of the Sanctum and charter member of the Rotary Club. He was predeceased by his wife Harriet Hatheway, with whom he had four daughters Harriet Blees Dewey, Judy Fyfe Marrin, Palmer Marrin (Kleeman) and Michele Marrin (Osterman).  Died December 19, 2007.

Collection Historical Note

Oswald Wright Marrin,Jr. was born April 20, 1919 in New York City. Son of Jean Fyfe and Oswald W. Marrin Sr. He moved to Litchfield as an infant and lived there his entire life. He attended the Spring Hill School, Hackley School and graduated from Brown University in 1942. He immediately joined the Marine Corps serving as an infantry officer and Captain on Guadalcanal and two more campaigns on Cape Gloucester in New Britain and one in the Peleliu Islands. He was discharged as a Major in 1946. On his return, he worked at Scovill Manufacturing until 1951. He then took over the Marrin Real Estate company which had been founded by his mother in 1930. He served on the board of Warden and Burgesses from 1951 and was the Borough Warden from 1967 to 1976. He worked to make the center of Litchfield an historic district and to get zoning approved to protect the town's history and architecture. In 1984 he served on the Litchfield Citizen Advisory Committee, which formed the town plan of development. He was a trustee of the Litchfield Historical Society, a member and past president of the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust and of the Litchfield Country Club, and a member of the Sanctum and charter member of the Rotary Club. He was predeceased by his wife Harriet Hatheway, with whom he had four daughters Harriet Blees Dewey, Judy Fyfe Marrin, Palmer Marrin (Kleeman) and Michele Marrin (Osterman).

Biographical Note

Oswald Wright Marrin Jr. (1919-2007) was born in New York City and lived in Litchfield. After graduating from Brown University in 1942 he joined the U.S. Marines.  He was discharged in 1946. He worked at Scovill Manufacturing until 1951. He then took over the Marrin Real Estate company, which had been founded by his mother in 1930. He was the borough warden from 1967 to 1976. In 1984, he served on the Litchfield Citizen Advisory Committee which formed the town plan of development. He was a trustee of the Litchfield Historical Society, a member and past president of the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust and of the Litchfield Country Club, a member of the Sanctum, and charter member of the Rotary Club.

Subject/Index Terms

Education
Litchfield (Conn.)
Litchfield Water Company
Real estate agents
Spring Hill School (Litchfield, Conn.)
World War II

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: An initial gift was made in 1999 (1999-12-0) by Oswald Marrin. Additional gifts were made in 2002 (2002-48-0) by Mrs. Marrin.  Gifts from Palmer Marrin in 2008 (2008-15-0);  2010 (2010-242-0); 2012 (2012-111-0);  March 2014 (2014-04-0); Sept. 2015 (2015-62-0).

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: Palmer Marrin

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials: See 2013-110-1-26 in the museum collection.  This collection includes mainly baby and children's clothing and accessories of Oswald Marrin Jr.

Preferred Citation: Marrin Famiily Papers, (2013-110-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised December 2015.


Box and Folder Listing


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Series 3: Other PapersAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Litchfield, ConnecticutAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Litchfield. Committee to appraise the real estate of the town, 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Litchfield tax directories, 1936-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Litchfield Zoning regulations, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Litchfield buildings and sitesAdd to your cart.
"Pilgrimage of old houses and gardens" Litchfield, Connecticut for the benefit of Litchfield Wild Garden and war relief.  Also an undatedscript for a Litchfield Historical Society walking tour. Also a photograph of the Litchfield Law School with gardens. Two photographs of the Corner House, #10 North Street. Photographs of the Whipping Post Elm by the jail being cut down; Memorial Day 1950.  Photograph of Bronson swimming pool, labelled first in Litchfield.
Folder 5: Vaill, JohnAdd to your cart.
Booklet "The colossal, pre-historic secret of Litchfield County" published by the Litchfield Historical Society, 1999.
Folder 6: Litchfield biographiesAdd to your cart.
Item 1 is a pamphlet by Russell Bourne, Connecticut 350 Coordinator. Illustrated by Donald D. Sibley. Contains brief biographies of well known residents of Litchfield.printed in 1986.
Item 2: Photograph and Obituary of John C. BarnardAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Camp WonposetAdd to your cart.
Booklet "A history of Camp Wonposet for Boys, LItchfield, Connecticut. established 1906." written on the occasision of the camp's 85th anniversary by David F. Anderson, camper, counselor, director 1947-1986. Also color photographs of tornado damage at the camp from the 1989 tornado.
Folder 8: Litchfield celebration of Connecticut Tercentenary, 1935Add to your cart.
Connecticut Tercentenary Celebration Supplement to the Litchfield Enquirer , July 1935. Program of the Litchfield celebration of the 300th anniversary of the settlement of Connecticut 1635-1935.
Folder 9: Litchfield organizations and historiesAdd to your cart.
Remiscences about Litchfield roads by Philip Waugh; The Town of Litchfield, Conn. by Edward Raymond, 1988; The Litchfield Summer Theatre program June - Sept. 1947; By-Laws of the Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic Assoc., Inc.; Constitution and by-laws of The Women's Forum, 1952 and revised 1955; map of the Marshepaug Forest Club, Litchfield.
Folder 10: Litchfield Hills Road Race, 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Two color photographs of the Road Race in 1986; seven of the Race in 1987.
Folder 11: Cobble CourtAdd to your cart.
Newspaper article from the Litchfield Enquirer, Feb. 19, 1987 "A nostalgic glimpse of Litchfield's Cobble Court, circa 1955." Also photographs and a post card of Cobble Court.
Sub-Folder 1: Oversize photographsAdd to your cart.
Two oversize photographs of Cobble Court.      Currently housed in aisle 18B: Oversize Box 2A.
Folder 12: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Miscellaneous papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Zimmerman, Dorothy. The cruise of Bertram, 1926 Jul 31-Aug 15Add to your cart.
A typescript - "The Cruise of Bertram or the story of an ideal vacation" by Dorothy Zimmerman. The narration about a trip experienced by: Mary Totten, Helen Little, Betty Einfeldt, Katherine Clark, and Dorothy Zimmerman. Bertram is the name of a car purchased by Dorothy and her brother Earl in Cleveland. There are 2 copies - one has clippings about travel and editing marks.
Folder 2: Zimmerman, Dorothy. The second cruise of Bertram, 1927 Aug 6-20Add to your cart.
A typescript - "The second cruise of Bertram, or the tale of an ideal vacation" by Dorothy Zimmerman. Told from the point of view of the car "Bertram", a trip experienced by Dorothy Fox, Naomi Miller, Betty Einfeldt, and Dorothy Zimmerman. Included is a photograph of the 4 young women. Much of the trip was in New England and New York State and clippings from travel brochures have been pasted in.
Folder 3: Miscellaneous papersAdd to your cart.
Includes a letter with photos of Henry Ward Beecher alone and with Harriet Beecher Stowe and a clipping about a Henry Ward Beecher cigar store figure; Child's doodling; "Jokes" typescript, "To Good To Be True" play typescript.
Folder 4: Programs & BookletsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Needlework patternsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Notes taken during talks on lace, 1913Add to your cart.
A notebook of handwritten notes with photographs cut from a periodical or book. On a note attached is written that the talks were given by Miss [Frances] Morris, April 1913, in her work room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Folder 7: Quigley, T.W.P. National polonoiseAdd to your cart.
A piece of sheet music.

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