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George C. Woodruff correspondence

Other correspondence

Legal papers

Business papers

Financial papers

Family papers

Newspaper clippings


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Woodruff family collection, 1779-1966 | Litchfield Historical Society

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Collection Overview

Title: Woodruff family collection, 1779-1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1815-1919

Primary Creator: Woodruff, George C. (George Catlin) (1805-1885)

Other Creators: Seymour, Lucy Morris (Woodruff) (1807-1894), Woodruff, George M. (George Morris) (1836-1930), Woodruff, Henrietta Sophronia (Seymour) (1806-1892), Woodruff, James Parsons (1868-1931), Woodruff, Lewis B. (Lewis Bartholomew) (1809-1875), Woodruff, Morris (1777-1840), Woodruff, Reuben M. (Reuben Morris) (1811-1849)

Extent: 21.5 Boxes


The collection is arranged in 8 series:

I. George C. Woodruff correspondence

II. Other correspondence

III. Legal papers

IV. Business papers

V. Financial papers

VI. Family papers

VII. Newspaper clippings

VIII. Miscellany

Date Acquired: 03/23/1953. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Collecting of accounts--United States, Connecticut--Politics and government, Epidemics--New York (State)--New York, Genealogy--Connecticut, Land titles--Connecticut, Law--Connecticut, Law--United States--Study and teaching, Lawyers--Correspondence, Litchfield (Conn.) - History, Litchfield Law School, Medicine--United States--History--18th century, Postmasters, Real property, Reeve, Tapping, 1744-1823, Southern States--History--1775-1865, Speculation--United States, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--Politics and government--1775-1783., United States--Politics and government--1783-1865, United States--Politics and government--1865-1933, United States--Social life and customs--1783-1865

Forms of Material: Account books, Autograph albums, Correspondence, Diaries, Drawings, Greeting cards, Notebooks, Receipts

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Woodruff Collection primarily documents the personal life and professional career of George Catlin Woodruff, who not only practiced law for several decades in Litchfield but also served as Litchfield's postmaster and held elected positions both locally and in the United States Congress.  

His law career is extensively represented in his business correspondence with clients concerning suits in progress and with other law professionals; his law school notebooks; and his own notes on pending lawsuits.  These papers document the education and routine work of a lawyer in this period, as well as the networks among lawyers in New England and their relationships with judges, courts, and other members of the judicial system. 

The collection also illuminates the central position of the postal service in the early republic through letters sent to Woodruff in his capacity as postmaster of Litchfield.  These include not only correspondence with other postmasters concerning mail schedules and misdirected letters, but also correspondence from individuals from other towns seeking information about Litchfield inhabitants, reporting suspicious activities, and asking for assistance in publicizing their own careers.

Additionally, Woodruff's extensive personal correspondence with his family sheds light on his personal life, especially in letters to and from his brothers Lewis B. Woodruff, a lawyer in New York, and Reuben M. Woodruff, a physician.  These letters record their efforts to establish and develop their careers, their travels along the east coast and the southern United States, and family and social news.  Moreover, the collection includes Woodruff's personal papers, which trace his interest in genealogical research, the history of Litchfield, and his autobiographical efforts.

The collection follows Woodruff's political career through newspaper clippings and his own handwritten records of local and national election results, as well as documents his other business ventures, including investments in railroads, canals, and banks, and his involvement in the Litchfield Mutual Fire Insurance Company.  By extension, these papers reveal political processes and economic developments during this time period.

Also present in this collection are the papers of numerous Woodruff relatives, as well as those of other prominent and lesser-known Litchfield families.  For example, the collection documents the extensive land transactions executed by Woodruff's father, Morris Woodruff, especially in partnership with Simeon Harrison; the law career of his son George M. Woodruff; and his grandson James P. Woodruff's law and political careers.    The collection also includes many personal and business papers from members of the Seymour and Wolcott families, as well as from the family of Henry E. Gates, who served as a physician during the Civil War, and from Grant Wickwire, a prosperous Litchfield farmer.

Biographical Note

George Catlin Woodruff (1805-1885) was born in Litchfield, CT in 1805.  He graduated from Yale College in 1825, after which he studied law with James Gould at the Litchfield Law SChool.  In 1827 he was admitted to the bar and began practice in Litchfield.  He also served as postmaster of Litchfield from 1832 to 1846.  Afterwards, he became involved in local and national politics, becoming a member of the State House of Representatives in 1851, 1866, and 1874, and elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-seventh Congress (1861-1863). 

In 1829, he married Henrietta Sophronia (Seymour) Woodruff, the sister of Origen S. Seymour, who married Woodruff's sister Lucy.  They had two children: George and Henrietta.  George C. Woodruff died in Litchfield, CT in 1885.

Subject/Index Terms

Collecting of accounts--United States
Connecticut--Politics and government
Epidemics--New York (State)--New York
Land titles--Connecticut
Law--United States--Study and teaching
Litchfield (Conn.) - History
Litchfield Law School
Medicine--United States--History--18th century
Real property
Reeve, Tapping, 1744-1823
Southern States--History--1775-1865
Speculation--United States
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
United States--Politics and government--1775-1783.
United States--Politics and government--1783-1865
United States--Politics and government--1865-1933
United States--Social life and customs--1783-1865

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: Additions include gifts from George M. Woodruff (1922); Mrs. James P. Woodruff (1952, 1953, and 1956); Mrs. John M. Ellis and Miss Isabell Woodruff (1957);  Lillian (Woodruff) Ellis (1978); Julie Hallaway (1984); estate of Agatha Ryan (1986);  Malcolm and Carol Bramley (2005); and Yale University Sterling Library (2010).

Acquisition Source: Mrs. James P. Woodruff

Acquisition Method: Donated

Separated Materials: Library books (2010-366-0): REFERENCE F104.L7W58 - Alain C. White History of the town of Litchfield 1720-1920 [2 copies]; REFERENCE F104.L7W6 - George C. Woodruff, Genealogical register of the inhabitants of the town of Litchfield, Conn.; RARE  F104.L7W7 - George C. Woodruff, History of the town of Litchfield, Conn., 1845.

Original/Copies Note: Transcriptions are available for some documents.

Related Materials:

Seymour family papers, 1777-1923, Litchfield Historical Society

Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY

Rutherford B. Hayes Library, Fremont, OH

Preferred Citation: Woodruff family collection, 1953-02-2-8, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.

Other Note:

Material objects at the Litchfield Historical Society relating to the Woodruff Family Collection include:

-portrait miniature of Morris Woodruff (1978-02-1)

-portrait of Lucy Morris (Woodruff) Seymour (1918-06-3)

-portrait of Origen S. Seymour (1918-06-1)

-portrait of Candace (Catlin) Woodruff (1981-08-0)

-sign belonging to George M. Woodruff (1978-02-6)

-portrait of George C. Woodruff (2004-26-1)

-portrait of Henrietta Sophornia Seymour Woodruff (2004-26-2)

-portrait of George M. Woodruff (2004-26-3)

-portrait of James P. Woodruff (1978-02-91)

-desk, made in Litchfield, belonging to Morris Woodruff (1929-02-11)

-desk used by George C. Woodruff, George M. Woodruff, and James Woodruff (1924-04-0)

-wallet used by Origen S. Seymour (1949-03-4)

-portrait of Seth Preston Beers (1907-16-1)

-portrait of Lewis B. Woodruff (1917-03-2)

-document box belonging to Lewis B. Woodruff (1995-10-1)

-fire bucket belonging to Morris Woodruff (1971-08-10)

Contact museum curator for further information at curator@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org

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

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: George C. Woodruff correspondence, 1821-1884],
[Series 2: Other correspondence, 1775-1932],
[Series 3: Legal papers, 1762-1911],
[Series 4: Business papers, 1829-1925],
[Series 5: Financial papers, 1737-1931],
[Series 6: Family papers, 1777-1973],
[Series 7: Newspaper clippings, 1800-1931],
[Series 8: Miscellany, 1765-1932],

Series 6: Family papers, 1777-1973Add to your cart.
This series contains papers contains papers by, concerning, and collected by different members of the Woodruff, Seymour, Wolcott, and Gates families.  The series reflects these individuals' personal interests: the papers of George C. Woodruff, for example, include many genealogical notes and notes on the history of Litchfield, while those of his father, Morris Woodruff, include his military appointments and a music book.
Sub-Series 1: Morris WoodruffAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographies, undatedAdd to your cart.
Two biographies of Morris Woodruff, one in the hand of George C. Woodruff with numerous corrections.
Folder 2: Members of the Ecclesiastical Society, 1834 Jan 1Add to your cart.
A list of the members of the Ecclesiastical Society in South Farms, including their names, birthdates, and ages as of January 1, 1834.
Folder 3: Military appointments, 1816-1824Add to your cart.
Three certificates appointing Morris Woodruff as Colonel, Brigadier General, and Major General.
Folder 4: Militia petition, undatedAdd to your cart.
Petition concerning promotions of military officers generally, and of Morris Woodruff's promotion in particular.
Folder 5: Morris Academy, 1808-1831Add to your cart.
Notices to stockholders of the Morris Academy concerning meetings; accounts of stock held; and statements concerning damages done to the building after its occupation by Samuel M. Ensign.
Folder 6: Subscribers to the Connecticut Courant, 1810Add to your cart.
List of subscribers to the Connecticut Courant, which will be delivered to Morris Woodruff's store.
Item 1: List of books, undatedAdd to your cart.
Volume, bound in marbled paper, which contains a list of schoolbooks, with their prices, as well as a list of personal items and quotations in Latin and Greek.  Currently housed in oversize box 3B Box 106.
Item 2: Music book, 1803Add to your cart.
Volume of handwritten music scores, including songs, airs, and dances.  A table of contents appears at the beginning of the manuscript.  Currently housed in oversize box 3A Box 9.
Sub-Series 2: Candace (Catlin) WoodruffAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Inventories, 1861-1871, undatedAdd to your cart.
Three inventories, in George C. Woodruff's hand, of Candace (Catlin) Woodruff's estate, including lists of her finances, furniture, and bedclothes and linens.
Folder 2: Legal papers, 1843-1867Add to your cart.
A stock certificate for 2 shares in the Phoenix Bank dated June 24, 1843; and 2 lists of items, one undated and one from March 1867,  in which she lists specific items to be given after her death to certain individuals including Elizabeth Stuart and members of the Woodruff family.
Sub-Series 3: George C. WoodruffAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Acknowledgments from historical societies, 1845-1878Add to your cart.
Printed letters from the Connecticut Historical Society, the New York Historical Society, and the Library of Congress acknowledging George C. Woodruff as a member or thanking him for his gifts.
Folder 2: Acrostic poems by Nathaniel B. Woodruff, 1783 Jul 15Add to your cart.
Love poems by Nathaniel B. Woodruff to Bedy Barns, copied by George C. Woodruff.
Folder 3: Business cards, 1802; undatedAdd to your cart.
Collection of George C. Woodruff's business cards, including one pasted to an invitation to a ball, and one for The Litchfield Enquirer, with an image of the newspaper from Dec. 1912.
Folder 4: Certificate of study from James Gould, 1827 Mar 2Add to your cart.
Certification that George C. Woodruff studied law under James Gould.
Folder 5: Certificate of study from Phineas Minor, 1827 Sep 24Add to your cart.
Certification that George C. Woodruff studied law under Phineas Minor.
Folder 6: Diary entries, 1784Add to your cart.
Notes on the weather.
Folder 7: Genealogical notes, 1846; undatedAdd to your cart.
Notes about the Woodruff family genealogy including letters from Woodruff relatives to George C. Woodruff dated 1846, and a hand-colored  Woodruff family coat of arms.
Folder 8: History of Litchfield, 1845Add to your cart.
Draft, with numerous corrections, of Woodruff's History of Litchfield.
Folder 9: House plans, undatedAdd to your cart.
Diagrams and notes concerning the construction of a house.
Folder 10: Letters to the editor, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: List of names, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Memoranda concerning an unusual phenomenon, 1865Add to your cart.
Circular diagrams, newspaper clipping, notes, and a letter concerning a natural phenomenon of circles appearing in the sky near the sun.
Folder 13: Notes for the History of Litchfield, undatedAdd to your cart.
Draft, with many corrections, of the History of Litchfield, focusing on the American Revolution.
Folder 14: Notes on Litchfield history, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes notes for "Highways in Litchfield 1723" with references to names of streets and geographical places as named in the Litchfield land records.
Folder 15: Notes on Litchfield history, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Notes on Litchfield history, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes a copy of a deed by the Native American Indians of Litchfield, and a diagram of Meeting House Street and Town Hill Street.
Folder 17: Notes on the history of Litchfield land titles, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Notes on the history of Litchfield land titles, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Notes on the history of Litchfield land titles, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Notes on the history of Litchfield land titles, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Litchfield Centennial Celebration, 1876 Jul 4Add to your cart.
Includes a draft of George C. Woodruff's address at the event, as well as two copies of the printed program.
Folder 22: Litchfield Centennial Celebration, 1876 Jul 4Add to your cart.
Draft of George C. Woodruff's address at the event.
Folder 23: Litchfield Centennial Celebration, 1876 Jul 4Add to your cart.
Draft of George C. Woodruff's address at the event.
Folder 24: Litchfield Centennial Celebration, 1876 Jul 4Add to your cart.
Draft of George C. Woodruff's address at the event.
Folder 25: Notes against women's suffrage, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Notes on writing a memoir, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Poem, 1845Add to your cart.
Lighthearted poem in praise of "Doctress Seymour."
Folder 28: Resolutions passed by Litchfield County bar, 1885 Dec 9Add to your cart.
Resolutions passed upon the death of George C. Woodruff.
Folder 29: Subscription to map of United States, undatedAdd to your cart.
Letter, on behalf of subscribers, certifying their belief that a map of the United States would be of great use.
Folder 30: Sundry sentiments, 1827 Aug 22Add to your cart.
Collection of precepts on such subjects as punctuality, marriage, and financial independence.
Folder 31: Sunrise and sunset times, 1831Add to your cart.
Folder 32: To the memory of Alexander Hamilton, undatedAdd to your cart.
Collection of notes on American politics and history, and patriotic sentiments.
Folder 33: Yale College circulars, 1825-1864Add to your cart.
Circulars to the Yale College class of 1825.
Folder 34: Autobiography, 1821-1875Add to your cart.
Autobiographical notes, birth in South Farms and education at the Morris Academy; also descriptions of Woodruff's travels, including Pennsylvania, St. Louis, Louisiana, and Michigan.
Folder 35: Militia Division Inspector documents, 1829 - 1833 Aug 21Add to your cart.

Appointment of George C. Woodruff to be Division Inspector of the third Division in the Miltia of Connecticut. Signed by Uriel Tuttle and dated Aug 21, 1829.

Acceptance of Lieut. Col. George C. Woodruff's resignation as Division Inspector by Charles F. Sedgwick, dated Jan. 25, 1833.

Item 1: Autograph album, 1825Add to your cart.
Containing autographed verses from George C. Woodruff's Yale College classmates.  Volume is bound in half red morocco over marbled boards, with gilt decoration.  Currently housed in oversize box 3A Box 9.
Item 2: Family history, 1850-1853Add to your cart.
Currently housed in oversize box 3A Box 9.
Item 3: Litchfield Association for the Detection of Felons, 1834Add to your cart.
Volume containing this society's constitution, subscribers' names, and minutes of meetings.  The entries have been recorded by George C. Woodruff, secretary.  Currently housed in oversize box 3B Box 74.
Item 4: Photographs, 1874, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder contains multiple copies of a 2¼" x 4" photo of G.C. Woodruff taken Aug. 20, 1874 and one other photo dated 1868 and includes a 2¢ stamp on the reverse. The folder also contains two photos of Mrs. Woodruff (G.C., Sr.) - Henrietta Sophronia Seymour Woodruff, one photo also includes a 2¢ stamp on the reverse. A 2¼" x 4" family photo identifies Judge George C. Woodruff, George M Woodruff and possibly George C - son of George M., woman unidentified. Also one 4" x 5½" photo of Honorable George M. Woodruff - Editor of Litchfield Enquirer.
Item 5: Shorthand notebook, undatedAdd to your cart.
Notebook with notes both concerning, and written in, shorthand.  Currently housed in oversize box 3A Box 9.
Sub-Series 4: Lucy Morris WoodruffAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Drawings and a dialogue, undatedAdd to your cart.
Drawings of a bust and a dramatic dialogue with characters based on members of her family.
Folder 2: Funeral speech for Reuben M. Woodruff, 1849Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Reuben Morris WoodruffAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Notes and cipher, 1832 May 10Add to your cart.
Notes concerning a philosophical society, as well as his name, address, and date in cipher.
Folder 2: Woodruff, Reuben M. postmaster commission, 1846 Oct 17Add to your cart.
Commission appointing Reuben M. Woodruff as Postmaster in Litchfield. Signed by Cave Johnson, Postmaster General of the United States.
Sub-Series 6: George M. WoodruffAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Bicentennial programs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Certificate of nonenrollment in army, 1864 Jul 27Add to your cart.
Document certifying that George M. Woodruff is exempt from the draft because he has "furnished a substitute."
Folder 3: Genealogical notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Memoir, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Memoir, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Memoir, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Notes on Litchfield history, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: "Pastors and people", 1920 Aug 1Add to your cart.
Speech on the history of preachers at the Congregational Church.
Folder 9: Wedding memorabilia, 1885-1910Add to your cart.
Contains a poem celebrating George M. Woodruff's silver wedding, and invitations to an at-home to celebrate their golden wedding. Wrapper and information about a bottle of "Malmsey" wine first opened at the 50th anniversary of George C. Woodruff and Henrietta S. Seymour on Sept. 281879, then rebottled and opened at the 50th Anniversary of George M. and E. P. Woodruff on June 13, 1910.
Folder 10: Yale College class of 1857 documents, 1857-1923Add to your cart.
Includes graduation programs, correspondence concerning the 50th year class biography, and corrections to the 1907 secretary's report.
Item 1: School notebook, 1850-1853Add to your cart.

Notebook of class notes taken during his studies at Phillips Academy.

Currently housed in 3A Box 9.

Item 2: Scrapbook, 1860-1880Add to your cart.
Currently housed in 3A Box 9.
Sub-Series 7: James P. WoodruffAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Commemorations, 1931Add to your cart.
Commemorations on the death of James P. Woodruff, including a commemorative handwritten booklet.
Folder 2: Inventory at Connecticut State Library, 1932Add to your cart.
Photostats of items in the Woodruff Collection, addressed to Mrs. James P. Woodruff.
Folder 3: Photographs, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Plays, 1879-1901Add to your cart.
Annotated acting texts and programs performed at the Litchfield Club.
Folder 5: Connecticut State Guard Discharge, 1919 Jan 17Add to your cart.
James P. Woodruff's honorable discharge from the Connecticut Home Guard.  He enlisted on April 24, 1917 as a corporal of Reserve Detachment Company F., 10th Separate Battalion Infantry. Signed at Litchfield by Hobart Guion, Captain.
Folder 6: Appointment as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, 1921 Jun 23Add to your cart.
Certificate appointing the Honorable James P. Woodruff of Litchfield to be the Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Litchfield County.
Folder 7: Relief Fund concert program, 1912 Apr 20Add to your cart.
Program for a subsctiption concert held on board the S.S. Victoria Luise for the Relief Fund for the widows and orphans of the heroic crew of the S.S. Titanic. On the Committee list is Jas. P. Woodruff.
Item 1: Autograph album, 1877-1803Add to your cart.
Currently housed in oversize box 3A Box 17.
Item 2: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder contains three copies of a 6½" x 9" photo of James P. Woodruff wearing his Judge's Robe. Other photos are 4" x 5½". Of particular note in one of the 4" x 5½" he is dressed as a cowboy wearing a wide brimmed hat, bullet belt, and two guns and a flask are tucked into his leather chaps, the photo was done by Lovell, a studio in Amherst, Mass.
Sub-Series 8: Woodruff familyAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Ellis, Lillian Bell (Woodruff), 1907-1973Add to your cart.
Includes certificates, a poem, correspondence, and a newspaper clipping.
Folder 2: Genealogical notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Litchfield Club House, 1901Add to your cart.
Program for performance of a play, one of the actors of which is George C. Woodruff, son of George M. Woodruff.
Folder 4: List of law school students, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographs, 1891Add to your cart.
Various photographsdentify Helen S. Woodruff (wife of Lewis B.), Lewis B. (b. Jan 1, 1868), John Brewster & his mother (March 1910), German Governess of Woodruff Family (Louise?), an 8" x 6½" photo (XMAS 1907 or 1908) shows Daughter of James P., Lilliam Bell,  Isabell Parsons, Candace Catlin as children sitting in front of the fireplace with stocking hanging on the mantle, an 8" x 6" photo described asLaurie's room at Pri U. House, Amherst 1891 - includes floor lamp, fireplace and roll top desk, a photo of a protrait of Candice Callin Woodruff - Mrs. Morris, other photos around 4" x 6" identify Charles H. Woodruff Jr. (1907-1908), Elizabeth Parsons Woodruff? with their dog also shows a silver sugar and creamer set on the table, Lillian B. Woodruff (July 1900) later Mrs. Bernard Clark sitting with her doll, XMAS 1904 nephew and grandniece Lillian and Candace Cartlin, other photos identify Mrs. George M. Woodruff, three children sitting in a living room identifie George C. Woodruff Jr., Eliza Bessie P. Woodruff, James P. Woodruff (1870-1871) taken in southroom (West) on South Street, Litchfield, CT. Also includes a group of 2½" x 4" Cartes-de-visite identifing Kitty G. Woodruff (1894), George C. Woodruff and family (1868) - Candace, George C. George M. J.C. Woodruff Jr., photos were taken by J.L. Judd studio in Litchfield, CT. Other Cartes-de-visite identify Lillian Bell Woodruff (1887), C.H. Woodruff, Honary George M. Woodruff (1862), Elizabeth Parsons Woodruff (Mrs. George M Woodruff, 1862), Morris Woodruff - son of Judge Woodruff (1860), Charles H. Woodruff (1865), and two of H.S. Woodruff displays a 2¢ stamp on reverse.
Folder 6: Photographs, 1910Add to your cart.
Folder contains photographs close to 8" x 10" or slightly smaller. Four group photos of men and women identify at Riverside, Cal. (1915) Mrs. Woodruff in center of group. Sitting in front of Judge George C. Woodruff's home identify Mary Woodruff, Mrs. Braman, Rev. Storrs C. Seymour, Judge Eli Seymour, Maria Seymour, Charles H. Woodruff, Geo. W. Woodruff, Morris Seymour, Hiram Worner, Lillie Van Winkle, Miss. Noys, Miss. M. Tallmandge, Emily Noyes, Mrs. Warner, Miss. Annie Davis, Mary Van Winkle. One group photo -50th Anniversary of Mrs. & Mrs. George M. Woodruff (1910). A group photo of men seated around a large table identifies James P. Woodruff at far left. Other photos identify Judge & (?) Woodruff - 25th wedding anniversary (in wedding costume), "Old office" - George M. Woodruff (1900) includes Franklin stove, wide floorboards, desk,  a calandar showing Feb. 1900 with a print of Hartford, CT. Prortaits of Lillian Bell Woodruff, Frederick S. Woodruff - son of Charles H. Woodruff (1915), and wedding protraits of Mrs. James Parson Woodruff (Lillian Bell), another unidentified.
Folder 7: Photographs, 1887Add to your cart.

Most of the photos are 4" x 5½" cabinet cards. Identifies James P. Woodruff, Lillian Bell Woodruff Sr., 4 boys - includes sons of Charles H. Woodruff - Lewis B., Fred S., Chas H. Jr., and Edwin Seymour (1887). Origen Seymour, Lewis B. Woodruff (1890), Bessie Woodruff - Mrs. Alexander McNeill - daughter of Hon. Geo. M. Woodruff (1892), Mr. & Mrs. Parsons, Charles Hornblower Woodruff- son of Hon. Louis B. Woodruff of New York. (1886), Hon. George M. Woodruff - son of Hon. George C. Woodruff Sr. (1900), Fred S. Woodruff (1886 & 1892), Judge Lewis B. Woodruff, Horatio Seymour, one print of 4 silouettes identify G.M. Woodruff, Demming Perkins, Mrs. Ray, Mrs. Hensdale. Other photos identify Frederick S. Woodruff - son of Chas. H. Woodruff (1909)(1869-1917), Edward Seymour Woodruff (1908).

A group of 6 boys identifies Carl and Seymour Woodruff, Origin Seymour, harrison Sanford, Fred and Louis Woodruff(?).

Many of the Photos were taken by Benedicts Studio in Litchfield, one from E.O. Hills in Torrington, CT, and others from New York studios.

Folder 8: Photographs, 1914Add to your cart.

Folder contains an identity index of photos numbered 1 - 79. The descriptions identify George Morris Woodruff, George C. Woodruff, George P. Woodruff, James P. Woodruf, Jared Weed Bell, Mr. Perkins, Origen Storrs Seymour, Mr. & Mrs. Browning. Places are also identified include Woodruff Cabin at Bantam Lake, South Street, Woodruff House, St. Anthony's rectory, Sanford House, St. Michael's Church, Deming House, Enquirer building, Playhouse on West Street, N.B. Benedict trade card. The activities shown in the photos include camping, July 4th, Bi-Centenial celebration (1920), flag pole raising, winter scenes, a driving range (golf) and weddings.

Of special note is a collection of Amherst Class Reunion - camp at Mount Tom, May 30th, 1914 of George C. Woodruff and classmates. Some of the photos include early model cars including one with a sigh reading "Not quite Two Hundred Years Old But the first Automobile to be licensed in Connecticut". Also four tintypes, one of Elsa Clark (Mrs. B. Woodruff).

Folder 9: Society of the Cincinnati, 1915Add to your cart.
Includes Lewis Bartholomew Woodruff (son of Charles Hornblower Woodruff)'s application for membership in the Society of the Cincinnati, and relevant correspondence concerning his disputed right to membership in it.
Item 1: Family hair album, 1865 Dec 25Add to your cart.
Locks of hair from members of the Woodruff family, worked into shapes and patterns, and accompanied by religious inscriptions.  Volume is bound in morocco with gilt decoration and metal clasp, with inscription at beginning of volume: "Mrs. Morris Woodruff.  From M. H.S.  Dec 25th 1865."  Currently housed in oversize box 3A Box 9.
Item 2: Photographs, 1862-1915Add to your cart.
Currently housed in box labeled "Photographs-Portraits Wo-Z."
Item 3: Photographs, 1883-1915, undatedAdd to your cart.
Currently housed in box labeled "Photographs-Portraits Wo-Z."
Item 4: Photographs, 1868-1902, undatedAdd to your cart.
Currently housed in box labeled "Photographs-Portraits Wo-Z."
Item 5: Autograph album, 1877-1903Add to your cart.

This album probably belonged to George C. Woodruff (1861-1929). Included an autograph from his father, George M. Woodruff in 1902.

Currently housed in 3A Box 9.

Sub-Series 9: Wolcott familyAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Land plans, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Wolcott, Erastus, 1777Add to your cart.
General Erastus Wolcott's orderly book, kept during the American Revolution.
Folder 3: Wolcott, Oliver, 1816-1843Add to your cart.
Papers about the estate of Oliver Wolcott, Jr. including an iInventory of real property, will, and correspondence about personal property from George Gibbs.
Sub-Series 10: Gates familyAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Gates, Howard E., 1861-1881Add to your cart.
Medical school lecture cards.
Folder 2: Gates, Howard E., 1862-1875Add to your cart.
Papers of Howard e. Gates including: Promissory note for $200.00 to L.W. Wessells dated August 22, 1862 in Litchfield; Military pass dated March 27, 1863; certificate of appointment as Postmaster in Litchfield, dated Feb. 24, 1875, signed by U.S. Grant and the Postmaster General.
Folder 3: Gates, Grace (Wessells), 1863Add to your cart.
Diary account of an accident occurring in an army barracks in Alexandria, which includes anecdotes of the racial conflict during the Civil War.
Folder 4: Gates, Grace (Wessells), 1863-1864Add to your cart.
Military pass for Mrs. Gates dated April 22, 1863 to and from Alexandria with ambulance, signed by L.W. Wessells; and a bill to Mrs. Dr. Gates from Louis Huth for tuition in music dated Litchfield, Aug. 16, 1864.
Folder 5: Gates, Grace (Wessells), undatedAdd to your cart.
Needlework patterns; price lists for patterns; and needlework directions.  Note on folder: "Example of work moved to collection storage."
Folder 6: Gates, Grace (Wessells), 1856 Jul 30Add to your cart.
Handwritten issue of "The Pathfinder," a comic newsletter written by Grace (Wessells) Gates and her friends.
Folder 7: Gates, Anne H., 1875-1880Add to your cart.
Report cards from the Litchfield Institute and Litchfield High School.
Folder 8: Gates, H. E., 1866-1888, undatedAdd to your cart.
Social cards, invitations, and music programs.
Folder 9: Gates family, undatedAdd to your cart.
Diagrams of buildings and estates.
Folder 10: Gates family, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Gates family, undatedAdd to your cart.
Poems by or to members of the Gates family.
Folder 12: Gates family, undatedAdd to your cart.
Libretto of "The Flower Queen" an engraved portrait of Beatrice Cenci, and a ribbon.
Sub-Series 11: Sheldon, Epaphras, 1775-1795Add to your cart.
Epaphras Sheldon papers including: an order from Beriah Hills to Colonel Sheldon dated Feb. 18, 1777 in Winchester, to pay Daniel Grant ; and a contract between paphras Sheldon and Samuel Mills Jr. of Norfolk for lumber, dated Jan. 12, 1795 in Torrington.

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[Series 5: Financial papers, 1737-1931],
[Series 6: Family papers, 1777-1973],
[Series 7: Newspaper clippings, 1800-1931],
[Series 8: Miscellany, 1765-1932],

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