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Litchfield Female Academy collection

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Litchfield Female Academy Institutional Records

Student Papers, Records, and Documents

Pierce Family Papers

Emily Noyes Vanderpoel Papers



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Litchfield Female Academy collection, 1787-1927 | Litchfield Historical Society

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Collection Overview

Title: Litchfield Female Academy collection, 1787-1927Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Pierce, Sarah (1767-1852)

Other Creators: Brace, John Pierce (1793-1872), Litchfield Historical Society, Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes (1842-1939)

Extent: 11.67 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in 4 series:

Series 1. Litchfield Female Academy Institutional Records

Series 2. Student Paper, Records, and Documents

Series 3. Pierce Family Papers

Series 4. Emily Noyes Vanderpoel Papers

This collection has been assembled from 3 collections: Litchfield Female Academy, Sarah Pierce, and Emily Noyes Vanderpoel. These collections had been assembled, re-assembled, and intermingled over many years with additions from many donors [see Acquisition Information -Accruals/Additions].

Date Acquired: 01/01/1890. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Brace, John Pierce, 1793-1872, Litchfield (Conn.) - History, Litchfield (Conn.) - History, Litchfield Female Academy (Conn.), Pierce, Sarah, 1767-1852, Private schools - Connecticut - Litchfield - History, Schools, Women - Education - Connecticut - Litchfield - History

Forms of Material: Account books, Autograph albums, Correspondence, Diaries, Exercise books, Notebooks, Receipts, Rewards of merit

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection documents the history of The Litchfield Female Academy, Litchfield, Connecticut. Early records refer to the Academy as Miss Pierce's School, Miss Pierce's Academy, and Sarah Pierce's Academy. In the collection are institutional records; correspondence, diaries, journals, school notebooks, and albums of students; papers of Sarah Pierce and the Pierce family; and correspondence of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel regarding her research for her books "Chronicles of a Pioneer School, from 1792 to 1833" , published in 1903 and "More Chronicles of a Pioneer School" published in 1927. Included in the institutional records are works written by Sarah Pierce and her nephew, John Pierce Brace.

Biographical Note

Sarah Pierce was born in Litchfield, Connecticut on June 26, 1767, the youngest of the 7 children of Mary (Paterson) and John Pierce. Her mother died when she was 3 years old and her father remarried. At the death of her father, when she was fourteen, Sarah and her sister Nancy went to New York City for a formal education. In 1792 she started teaching girls in her home and by 1798 the school became so successful that an Academy building was built. Her nephew John Pierce Brace became the director in 1827, but she continued to teach, focusing on her favorite subject - history. Sarah Pierce died in Litchfield on Jan. 19, 1852 and was buried in the West Burying Ground

Subject/Index Terms

Brace, John Pierce, 1793-1872
Litchfield (Conn.) - History
Litchfield (Conn.) - History
Litchfield Female Academy (Conn.)
Pierce, Sarah, 1767-1852
Private schools - Connecticut - Litchfield - History
Schools
Women - Education - Connecticut - Litchfield - History

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: Gifts from Charles Mansfield (1890); Mrs. John A. Vanderpoel (1900); Dwight C. Kilbourn (1900); Miss Lewis (1911); Edgar Van Winkle (1913); Mrs. Morris Seymour (1914); Mrs. Edward Seymour (1916); Dr. John Buel (1916; Cornelia Rankin (1920); Lucy Brace Sadikoff (1920); Gertrude E. Welch (1920); Kate E. Westbrook (1928); Marcus Reynolds (1933);  Mrs. VanWinkle (1943);  Jane G. Cooke(1947); Elizabeth M. Hall (1950); Mrs. James Woodruff (1953); Dorothy Johnson (1954); Mrs. Floyd Vanderpoel (1954); Eaton Jone estate (1971); William Warren (1973); Mrs. Richard Brickley (1981); Museum purchase (1982); Mr. & Mrs. C. Minor Barringer (1993); Doris Townsend (1998); Chris Sinacola (2000); Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Bramley (2005); Charles Stookey (2006).

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Gray, Jane (Loring), Mrs. Asa

Acquisition Method: Donated

Separated Materials:

Catalogues for 1824, 1825, 1826 & 1830 are housed in an oversize box.

Daguerreotypes and photographs of portraits of Sarah Pierce, Mary Pierce, John Brace Pierce and other Pierce family members are shelved in separate boxes.

Framed documents housed in Curatorial Center.

Original/Copies Note: Transcriptions are available for some documents. For more information please see http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Related Materials: Benjamin Tallmadge Collection, Pierce Family Correspondence, Reeve Collection, Wolcott Family Collection, Elihu Harrison Business Papers, Grant Papers. For more information please see http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Related Publications:

The following publications at the Litchfield Historical Society provide additional information about the Litchfield Female Academy:

Books compiled by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel

  1- Chronicles of a Pioneer School, from 1792 to 1833; being the history of Miss Sarah Pierce and her Litchfield School.  Cambridge, MA, University Press, 1903.

  2 - More Chronicles of a Pioneer School, from 1792 to 1833; being added history on the Litchfeild Female Academy kept by Miss Sarah Pierce and her nephew, John Pierce Brace.  New York, Cadmus Book Shop, 1927.

  Books in the Library Collection of the Litchfield Historical Society include works by Sarah Pierce - "Universal History" (1811-1823); John Pierce Brace; and textbooks used at the Academy.

A catalogue written by Theodore and Nancy Sizer, Sally Schwager, Lynne Templeton Brickley, and Glee Krueger. Edited by Catherine Keene Fields and Lisa C. Kightlinger. - "To Ornament Their Minds: Sarah Pierce's Litchfield Female Academy 1792-1833". Litchfield Historical Society, 1993.

A thesis by Lynne Templeton Brickley - Sarah Pierce's Litchfield Female Academy, 1792-1833. A thesis presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Education of Harvard University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education, 1985.

Preferred Citation: Litchfield Female Academy collection, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, 7 South Street, P.O. Box 385, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.

Processing Information: This collection consisted of three primary collections: The Litchfield Female Academy: Sarah Pierce; and Emily Noyes Vanderpoel. Over the course of time, these collections had been mingled and rearranged so that it was not possible to distinguish the original location or source of many of the materials.  Other documents were filed in Miscellaneous Manuscripts.

Finding Aid Revision History: Previously, item level descriptions were made for the card catalog. These are still available.

Other Note:

Material objects related to the Litchfield Female Academy include needlework, watercolors, watchpapers, maps, items belonging to Sarah Pierce, etc.  Contact the Museum Curator for further information.

This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Other URL: http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Litchfield Female Academy Institutional Records],
[Series 2: Student Papers, Records, and Documents],
[Series 3: Pierce Family Papers],
[Series 4: Emily Noyes Vanderpoel Papers],
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Series 4: Emily Noyes Vanderpoel PapersAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Correspondence and ResearchAdd to your cart.
The bulk of this sub-series is the replies sent to Mrs. Vanderpoel in response to her inquiries while researching her book, "Chronicles of a Pioneer School" regarding Litchfield Female Academy students.
Folder 1: Alton,Mary Brace, 1902 June 12Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel replying to ENV's note to her grandmother Brace.
Folder 2: Avery,Phebe Augusta ElyAdd to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel with remarks about Caroline Ely who attended Miss Pierce's School.
Folder 3: Barnard,Emily, 1900 Sep 25Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel about trying to find her late father's papers concerning Miss Pierce's School
Folder 4: Barnard,Henry, 1879,1897Add to your cart.

Two letters to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel from Henry Barnard. One dated Hartford (Conn.)

1879 Dec 10 requesting information about Miss Pierce's School. The second dated from Hartford (Conn.) 1897 Jul 23 includes a table of contents for a book on schools by Barnard indicating a chapter on Miss Pierce's school.

Folder 5: Brooks,Julia M.C.(Mrs.), 1897Add to your cart.
Two letters from Mrs. Julia M.C. Brooks. One letter to Mary Phelps dated Hartford (Conn.) [1897 Aug] concerning her mother, Mary Bassett's, attendance at Miss Pierce's School. The second letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel dated Hartford (Conn.) [no year] Oct 7 regretting that she has no information about her mother's life at Miss Pierce's School
Folder 6: Butler,EmilyAdd to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel dated from Fox Meadow, Scarsdale (N.Y.) [no year] Sep 11.
Folder 7: Child, Elizabeth P, 1895-1896Add to your cart.
3 Letters to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 8: Clephane, Anne M (Mrs. Lewis), 1907 Sep 12Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 9: Copp, Catherine B (Mrs. John J), 1897Add to your cart.
2 Letters to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 10: Copp, John J, 1897 Dec 15Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 11: Curtis, Emily C, 1897-1898Add to your cart.
Letters to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 12: Curtis, Emily C, 1902Add to your cart.
5 letters to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 13: dePeyster, FredericAdd to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel with information about Eliza Ann S. dePeyster, a student at Miss Pierce's School.
Folder 14: Dowd, W. F., 1902 Aug 22Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel with information about Mrs. Lucretia Buell, a pupil of Miss Pierce's school.
Folder 15: Farnsworth, Henry A, 1897Add to your cart.
2 letters to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel replying to ENV inquiry about pupils at Miss Pierce's school.
Folder 16: Gardiner, Sarah D, 1896 Dec 20Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel. Information abour her grandmothers, Sarah D. Gardiner and Julienne MacLachlan who were pupils at Miss Pierce's.
Folder 17: Gould, [      ] Vail, Mrs.Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel dated Washington, [no year] March 15.
Folder 18: Gray, Jane (Loring), Mrs. Asa, 1900 Jan 31Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel, includes a letter to Mrs. Gray from Julia T. Noyes, dated Litchfield (Conn.) 1863 Oct 12.
Folder 19: Gray, Jane (Loring), Mrs. Asa, 1895-1902Add to your cart.
Letters to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 20: Gray, Jane (Loring), Mrs. Asa, 1899-1902Add to your cart.
Letters to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel concerning research for Miss PIerce's School; information about Pierce family, and other news.
Folder 21: H [      ], Kate E, 1896 Nov 4Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel from Stamford (Conn.)
Folder 22: Hinsdale, Horace G, 1898 May 3Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel dated Lakewood (NJ)
Folder 23: Hoppin, Mary D, 1898 Jan 21Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel includes a letter from Ann S Farnam (Mrs. Henry) formerly Ann Whitman, to Mrs. Hoppin
Folder 24: Hunt, Mary A, 1902 Feb 14Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel with memories of her days at Litchfield & Miss Pierce's School.
Folder 25: Jackson, Joseph, Mrs.Add to your cart.
Notes about pupils at LFA and their married names.
Folder 26: Kingsbury, Frederick J, 1898-1901Add to your cart.
4 letters to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 27: Knapp, Laura BAdd to your cart.
Letter to Elizabeth Barney Buel
Folder 28: Knight, Caroline Sedgwick, 1902 Mar 31Add to your cart.
Letter to Elizabeth Barney Buel dated Sharon (Conn.)
Folder 29: Lincoln, Jeanie Gould, 1897 Feb 22Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 30: Logan, ConradAdd to your cart.
Letters to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 31: Lord, Fanny, 1899 Nov 11Add to your cart.
Memories of Litchfield Female Academy
Folder 32: Lord, Katharine M, 1897 Nov 1Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 33: Loring, Katharine PAdd to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 34: Lyman, Mary E, 1914 Jul 7Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel with photography of an embroidery by Esther Lyman who attended LFA
Folder 35: Marsh, Fanny A, 1897, 1902Add to your cart.
2 letters to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 36: Newcomb, Lydia B, 1902 Jan 6Add to your cart.
Letter to Elizabeth Barney Buel dated New Haven (Conn.)
Folder 37: Peck, Frances S, 1897 May 7Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel dated Arlington (NJ)
Folder 38: Perkins, J. Deming, 1897-1898Add to your cart.
2 letters to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 39: Perkins, Lucy A, 1897 Feb 17Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel dated Boston (Mass.)
Folder 40: Phelps, M.L.Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 41: Pierce family genealogy part 1'Add to your cart.
Information about the Pierce family collected by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel.
Folder 42: Pierce family genealogy part 2Add to your cart.
Information collected by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel.
Folder 43: Pierce family genealogy part 3Add to your cart.
Information collected by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel.
Folder 44: Pierce family genealogy part 4Add to your cart.
Information collected by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel.
Folder 45: Pierce, SarahAdd to your cart.
Letter to Thomas & Ruth (Pierce) Croswell dated [1830] Sep 5
Folder 46: Preston, CorneliusAdd to your cart.
2 letters to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 47: Richards, Anna M, 1902 May 13Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 48: Sears, Anna, 1907 Mar 25Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 49: Seelye, Ann Eliza (Jackson), Mrs.George C., 1897 May 14Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel dated Geneva (NY)
Folder 50: Skinner, Mary B, 1897 May 14Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel dated Yonkers (NY)
Folder 51: Spencer, Susan, 1898 Feb 16Add to your cart.
Letter to Mr. Kingsbury
Folder 52: Stone, Mason S, 1901 Mar 14Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 53: Strong, J. P., 1898 Feb 15Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel dated Yale Univ.
Folder 54: Thompson, Esther H, 1897, 1902Add to your cart.
2 letters to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 55: Thompson, George E, 1927 Mar 5Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel includes memories of early Litchfield and some mention of Miss Pierce's School.
Folder 56: Treat, Julia HubbellAdd to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 57: Vanderpoel, Emily NoyesAdd to your cart.
Notes for "Chronicles of a Pioneer School"
Folder 58: Vanderpoel, Emily NoyesAdd to your cart.
Post card reproduction by Benedict, Litchfield, Conn. from a sketch of of the Litchfield Female Academy by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel.
Folder 59: Wallbridge, Margaret EAdd to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 60: Warner, Harriet E, 1902Add to your cart.
2 letters to Elizabeth Barney Buel
Folder 61: Webb, Z.S., 1898 Oct 3Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel dated New York City.
Folder 62: Whittelsay, Joseph, 1899 Feb 26Add to your cart.
Letter to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
Folder 63: Catlin, James P, 1933 Dec. 26Add to your cart.
Letter dated New Haven, Conn. to Mrs. E.C. Barney Buel with details of his father John Catlin as principal at Miss Pierce's and his teaching career.
Folder 64: Catlin, James, 1934 Sep 12Add to your cart.
Letter dated New Haven, Conn. to Mrs. Emily N. Vanderpoel with information about his father John Catlin as a pupil at Litchfield Female Academy, his family & marriage, and teaching.
Item 1: "Chronicles of a Pioneer School", 1903Add to your cart.
An incomplete set of the original plates used for the illustrations in Emily Noyes Vanderpoel's "Chronicles of a Pioneer School."
Item 2: "Chronicles of a Pioneer School", 1903-1906Add to your cart.
A scrapbook collected by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel of newspaper clippings, letters, comments, information & bills from the publisher, etc. relating to the publishing of her book "Chronicles of a Pioneer School."
Sub-Series 2: Vanderpoel Family PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Boyce, Henry and Octavia, 1851 Dec 24Add to your cart.

Mr. & Mrs. Boyce of Rapides, Louisiana appoinat James McBride their attorney to collect money from a suit over some real estate in New York City, in which James Clemes & his wife Eliza are

complaintants and Bryan Mullanphy and the Boyces are defendents. Payments made by Aaron Vanderpoel.

Folder 2: Clemens, James, Jr. & Eliza, 1851 Dec 2Add to your cart.
The Clemens appoint George W Thatcher as their attorney in a suit to collect money for real estate in New York City from Henry & Octavia Boyce. Aaron Vanderpoel receives payments.
Folder 3: Curtis, William E, 1876Add to your cart.
Two letters (Sept. 1 & Sept. 15) to Julia F. Noyes (Mrs. William Curtis Noyes) dated Watertown (Conn.) regarding a visit by members of the 2nd Conn. Heavy Artillery and William Curtis' remarks to them. Includes a copy of the Waterbury Daily American newspaper Sept 14, 1876 with a report on the reunion.
Folder 4: Gigliardi, Giovanni e Figlio, 1856 Dec 18Add to your cart.
Bill from Gigliardi in Florence, Italy to Mrs. Arendt Vanderpoel for purchase of copies of 4 religious paintings.
Folder 5: May, William L, 1837 Feb 7Add to your cart.
Deed to Aaron Vanderpoel for land in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
Folder 6: McBride, George, 1850Add to your cart.
Two letters sent from Dublin, 1850 Jul 30 and 1850 Aug 2 to George's brother James McBride in New York with general news of business and family.
Folder 7: Noyes, Julia F, 1876Add to your cart.
Two letters, 1876 Sep 2 and 1876 Sep 28 to William E. Curtis in reply to his letters regarding the reunion of the 2nd Conn. Heavy Artillery on Sep 13.
Folder 8: Vanderpoel, Ellen McBride, 1848 Feb 7Add to your cart.
List of pieces in dinner & dessert set given to her by her father.
Folder 9: Vanderpoel, Emily NoyesAdd to your cart.
Photographs of Mrs. Vanderpoel's studio in New York City.
Folder 10: Washington family ancestral home appeal, undatedAdd to your cart.
Appeal sent to Mrs. Emily Vanderpoel for a contribution for the restoration and preservation of the ancestral home of the Washingtons at Sulgrave, Northamptonshire, England. Includes a photograph  of the house.

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