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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

By Lee S. Cook

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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


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Series 1: Litchfield Female Academy Institutional RecordsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: [Accounts], 1827-1828Add to your cart.
James Winship's account for building supplies for the Academy building
Folder 2: [Accounts], 1830-1856Add to your cart.
Trustees note to Miss Pierce
Folder 3: [Accounts], 1846-1854Add to your cart.
Litchfield Female Academy accounts per J.G. Beckwith, Treasurer.
Folder 4: [Accounts], 1854-1856Add to your cart.
Litchfield Female Academy accounts per H.W. Buel, Treasurer
Folder 5: Bills and receiptsAdd to your cart.
4 undated bills: payment to Miss Mary Pierce for the note she holds against the Corporation;  to Leonard Goodwin for sundries building the Academy; to E.B. Smith for rope, glass, etc.; and list of bills paid by J.G. Beckwith .
Folder 7: Bills and receipts, 1828Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Bills and receipts, 1829-1834Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Bills and receipts, 1852-1854Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Bills and receipts, 1855-1856Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Catalogue of the Ladies Academy in Litchfield, 1818Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Handwritten "Catalogue of the young ladies members of the Ladies Academy in Litchfield in the year 1818."  dated 29 Oct. 1818 by J. A. Shepard.
Folder 12: Catalogue of the Litchfield Academy, 1830Add to your cart.
List of students (girls and boys) for 1830 winter term, commencing on Nov. 24.
Folder 13: Connecticut. General Assembly, May 1863Add to your cart.
Resolution amending the Litchfield Female Academy Charter of May 1854.
Folder 14: DiplomasAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: PenmanshipAdd to your cart.
3 samples of student penmanship lessons
Folder 16: Promissary note, 1828 Apr 15Add to your cart.
Promissary note to William Buel signed by Leonard Goodwin, James Brace and [Jonathan] R. Landon.
Folder 17: Prospectus, 1832Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Outline of courses, books used, tuition, rules of governance, etc.
Folder 18: Prospectus, 1841Add to your cart.
List of trustees & instructors with outline of tuition, terms, boarding, courses of instruction.
Folder 19: Pierce, SarahAdd to your cart.

"Moralistic essay and anecdote". undated.

Includes transcript.

Folder 20: Pierce, Sarah, 1833Add to your cart.
Album. "Grandmother's Tales"
Folder 21: Pierce, SarahAdd to your cart.
Manuscript for "Ruth", a play by Sarah Pierce
Folder 22: Pierce, SarahAdd to your cart.
Manuscript for "Two Cousins", a play by Sarah Pierce.
Folder 23: Rules for the School and Family, 1814Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
rules for attending Miss Pierce's School. Together with the names and hometowns of the young ladies attending the school in the summer of 1814
Folder 24: Rules of Miss Pierce's School, 1818 May 19Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
18 rules of Miss Pierce's School in 1818.
Folder 25: Rules, 1819Add to your cart.
A few of the school rules in 1819.
Folder 26: Rules of Litchfield Female Academy, 1826Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
23 rules. Includes a transcript.
Folder 27: Shepherd, LeviAdd to your cart.
License for John Brace to build Shepherd's Improved Fire-Place.
Folder 28: Stock Certificates, 1827Add to your cart.

Two undated stock certificates for capital Stock of the Litchfield Female Academy, signed by Frederick Wolcott, President.

Stock Certificates dated 1827: No. 19 (one share) to Origen Seymour; No. 29 (two shares)  to Samuel Buel; No. 32 (One share) to Sylvester Galpin. All signed by Frederick Wolcott, President and John P. Brace, Secretary.

Folder 29: Subscribers to build a Schoolhouse for Female Academy, 1798 Mar 10Add to your cart.
List of subscribers and amount pledged to build a schoolhouse on Miss Sally Pierce's land.
Folder 30: Litchfield Female Academy - IllustrationsAdd to your cart.

Copies of drawings of the Litchfield Female Academy building.

1 - View of the Litchfield Academy attributed to [  ] Gimbrede, circa 1830.

1 - Postcard reproduction by Benedict, Litchfield, Conn. of a drawing by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel.

Folder 31: Record Book, 1827-1856Add to your cart.
Record Book for the Litchfield Female Academy includes list of subscribers, copy of the act of incorporation, and minutes of meetings.
Folder 32: Record Book, 1827-1856Add to your cart.
Treasurer's book of accounts
Folder 33: Brace, John Pierce, 1814Add to your cart.
"A copy of an Address delivered at the close of the School in the Summer of 1814 by Mr. John Brace." A handwritten copy by Nancy Holmes, a student at LFA in 1814, dated 4 July 1814.
Folder 34: Brace, John Pierce, 1814-1830Add to your cart.
Journal - "Private journal for 1814 in Northhampton, Litchfield, etc. List of plants in Herbarium, given to Williams College."
Folder 35: Brace, John Pierce, 1815-1857Add to your cart.
Journal - "Private journal 1815, written at Litchfield, Conn.  Lists of Conn. officers for 1816-1857 inclusive"
Folder 36: Brace, John Pierce, 1816-1817Add to your cart.
Journal - "Miscellaneous vol. III: Lectures on Philosophy; Verses; Address 1816; Heads of papers 1816; Lectures on astronomy in Africa; Heads of papers 1817; List of pupils 1817.
Folder 37: Brace, John, 1819-1822Add to your cart.
Album- "Miscellanies, vol . mineralogy; heads of papers 1819-1822; lists school [etc]
Folder 38: Brace, John Pierce, 1822-1827Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Album - School catalogues, prose, addresses, etc.
Folder 39: Brace, John, 1850Add to your cart.
Album- "History of my poetry volume I"  1850 Sep 3-21. Notes on his poetry written 1805-1811.
Folder 40: Brace, John Pierce, 1850Add to your cart.
"History of my poetry Volume II" 1850 Sep 23-Oct 16. Notes on his poetry written 1812-1821.
Folder 41: Brace, John Pierce, 1850Add to your cart.
"History of my poetry Volume III" 1850 Oct. 16-31. Notes on his  poetry written 1821-1824.
Folder 42: Brace, John Pierce, 1850-1854Add to your cart.
"History of my poetry. Volume IV the end: Anachronisms; A tale, Roaring Brook"  1850 Oct 31 - 1854 Aug 30. Notes on his poetry written 1824-1831 with an index to Vol. I-IV. Also other writing.
Folder 43: Brace, John Pierce, 1854Add to your cart.

Notebook  - "Roaring Brook: a tale of the past"

[This is continued in "History of my Poetry Vol. IV".]

Folder 44: Brace, John Pierce, 1853-1854Add to your cart.
Notebook - "Search for a Hero: a tale of the war of 1812, vol. I"
Folder 45: Brace, John Pierce, 1853-1854Add to your cart.
Notebook - "Search for a Hero: a tale of the war of 1812, vol. II"
Item 1: Catalogue of the Litchfield Academy, 1816Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Catalogue of the members of the female academy for the Summer 1816 term.  Framed, located in off-site storage.  Advance notice required for viewing.

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