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J. Howard Catlin papers

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Glass negatives

Photographs from glass negatives

Photographs

Diaries



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J. Howard Catlin papers | Litchfield Historical Society

By Lee S. Cook

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Collection Overview

Title: J. Howard Catlin papersAdd to your cart.

Primary Creator: Catlin, J. Howard (1847-1933)

Extent: 0.0

Date Acquired: 11/01/1961. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Northfield (Conn.) - Photographs

Forms of Material: Diaries, Glass negatives

Languages: English

Abstract

The J. Howard Catlin papers (1961-40-0) consist of:

Glass negatives of the Northfield area. Prints are filed with the negatives as Series 2. Currently housed in 5B section 1.

Photographs donated at the same tiime as the glass negatives. Currently housed in 5B section 1.

Six pocket diaries kept by J. Howard Caltin in 1867, 1868, 1873, 1874, 1880, and 1892. Catlin's entries are brief and generally chronicle his daily activities. He regularly notes the weather, and in several of the diaries keeps a cash account of his personal spending. Currently housed in 3A Box 1A.

Collection Historical Note

J. Howard Catlin was born in March of 1847 to John and Laura Humaston Catlin of Northfield, Connecticut. As a young man he became involved with the Northfield Knife Company with his brother Franklin and he also became active in his community of Northfield; acting as a notary public during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1871 he married Josephine (Josie) Wooster of Connecticut, and the couple had two children. He passed away on March 30, 1933.

The Northfield Knife Company was established in 1858 and soon became prosperous, producing the first cast iron handled knives in 1862. In 1865 ownership control of the company passed to Franklin H. and J. Howard Catlin of Northfield. The success of the company led the Catlin brothers to expand through the purchase of several of the area's smaller knife companies. The American Knife Company of Plymouth Hollow was purchased in 1865 and the Excelsior Knife Company of Torrington was purchased in 1884. The company's sucess was evident  at the 1901 Pan American Exposition where their exhibit displayed over one thousand different knife styles. In 1919 the Northfield Knife Company was sold to Clark Brothers Cutlery of St. Louis, Missouri, and the company was declared bankrupt in 1929.

Subject/Index Terms

Northfield (Conn.) - Photographs

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals:

January 1962 - 17 plates and 1 transparency. Gift of Mrs. Albert M. Turner

April 2011 - Diaries found in collection.

Physical Access Note: Original glass negatives are not available due to fragility. Use printed photographs.

Acquisition Source: Mrs. Albert M. Turner

Acquisition Method: Gift

Original/Copies Note: For more information please see http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Related Materials:

Albert M. Turner papers (1961-02-0).

Early Litchfield photographs printed by Ken Carter in 1975. Prints from J.Howard Catlin papers - Series 1: Folders 1, 11, 16, and 18.

Preferred Citation: J. Howard Catlin papers (1961-40-0), Litchfield Historical Society. Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759.


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Series 2: Photographs from glass negativesAdd to your cart.
See Series 1 for descriptions. The photographic prints were made from the glass negatives in Series 1. The folder numbers of the glass negatives in Series 1 and the prints in Series 2 are identical. Currently shelved in 5B sec 1.
Folder 1: Asa Hopkins homesteadAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Harry Borgesson houseAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Charles Talcott houseAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Jeremiah Peck houseAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Heaton houseAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Gustafson homesteadAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Catlin-Turner houseAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Knife Shop RoadAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: [Northfield] schoolAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Fluteville district schoolAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Guernsey Hill district schoolAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Catlin family monumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Shanley's millAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: SawmillAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Peck's EmporiumAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Peddler and wagonAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Northfield Knife CompanyAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Interior settingsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Northfield kitchen sceneAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Parlor scene 1Add to your cart.
Item 3: Parlor scene 2Add to your cart.
Item 4: Parlor doorwayAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Woman in a parlor 1Add to your cart.
Item 6: Woman in a parlor 2Add to your cart.
Item 7: Northfield Store front room sceneAdd to your cart.

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