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Clarence H. Elliott collection, 1915-1932 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson

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Collection Overview

Title: Clarence H. Elliott collection, 1915-1932Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Elliott, Clarence H.

Extent: 0.42 Linear Feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 05/22/1979

Subjects: Antrim (N.H. : Town), Elliott, Clarence H., Litchfield (Conn.), Litchfield High School, Litchfield High School - School sports, Schools - Connecticut - Litchfield, School sports - Connecticut - Litchfield

Forms of Material: Ephemera, Photographs, Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Clarence H. Elliott collection documents Elliott's association with Litchfield High School from 1916 through 1927 as teacher, assistant principal, principal, and athletic coach. There are also items which relate to Litchfield in general and Antrim, N.H., where Elliott lived for a time prior to coming to Litchfield. The collection consists of photographs, scrapbooks, ephemera, and news clippings.

Many of the items are photographs are of the Litchfield High School girls and boys athletic teams that Elliott coached, particularly baseball and basketball. Other photographs are of school plays, candids of students, and class portraits. There are some non-high school photographs relating to Bantam Lake, Shepherd Knapp Camp, Litchfield following a 1927 blizzard, local people, and scenes in and around Antrim, N.H. The collection contains graduation and school drama programs, athletic and prom tickets, and other printed materials. News clippings relate to high school activities and school sports. In 1927, the Litchfield School Board did not renew Elliott's contract, citing what they believed were professional deficiencies. Elliott and many residents of Litchfield disagreed and argued that he was a competent principal. The job of high school principal was added to the responsibilities of the superintendent of schools. The collection contains several news clippings that relate to the controversy.

Collection Historical Note

Clarence H. Elliott was born in Fitzwilliam, N.H., in 1891. He received his B.A. in 1915 and his M.A. in 1916 from Clark University. He taught English at Litchfield High School 1916-1917, assistant principal there, 1917-18; assistant headmaster, Marquand Lower School, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1918; assistant principal, Litchfield High School, 1918-1921; and principal, Litchfield High School, 1921-1927. While principal, Elliott also coached the student athletic teams. In 1927, the Litchfield School Board did not renew his contract, citing what they believed were professional deficiencies. Elliott and many residents of Litchfield disagreed and argued that he was a highly competent principal. The job of high school principal was added to the responsibilities of the superintendent of schools. Elliot returned to teaching and in the 1930s became the principal of the Burnside School in East Hartford, Conn., holding that position until 1960, when he became assistant superintendent of schools. He retired in 1962. He was married to A. Marie Wilson Elliott and they had seven children. Clarence H. Elliott died in 1973.

Subject/Index Terms

Antrim (N.H. : Town)
Elliott, Clarence H.
Litchfield (Conn.)
Litchfield High School
Litchfield High School - School sports
Schools - Connecticut - Litchfield
School sports - Connecticut - Litchfield

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 document box

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Russell J. Elliott

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials: The Donald B. Peck papers contain photographs and a scrapbook of Litchfield High School basketball teams.

Preferred Citation: Clarence E. Elliott collection (1979-16-1), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759

Other Note: This collection was processed with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1915-1930],
[Series 2: Photographs],
[All]

Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1915-1930Add to your cart.
Scrapbook albums with newspaper articles and photographs,  some pasted in and others loose.
Folder 1: Scrapbook, 1915-1926Add to your cart.
Scrapbook with photographs, newspaper clippings, and programs. The programs are for Litchfield High School dances, plays, and graduations. Photographs are in Antrim, NH, Litchfield, and unidentified.
Folder 2: Scrapbook, 1925 Jan 1-1926 Jun 25Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Scrapbook, 1926 Sep-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Scrapbook, 1915-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspaper clippings, undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 2: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Litchfield High School sportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Litchfield High School girls basketball team, 1916-1917Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Litchfield High School girls basketball team, 1918-1924Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Litchfield High School girls basketball team, 1924-1927Add to your cart.
Item 1: Coe, BettyAdd to your cart.
Betty Coe was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Coe of West Street, Litchfield, who, when this photograph was taken, was to enter Arnold College of Hygiene and Phusical Education in New Haven in September.
Folder 4: Litchfield High School girls [softball] team, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Litchfield High School boys basketball team, 1915-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Litchfield High School boys basketball team, 1923-1927Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Royal Purples basketball team, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Litchfield High School boys baseball teams, 1924Add to your cart.
Baseball team with a trophy in 1924, and one undated.
Sub-Series 2: Litchfield High School miscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Litchfield High School graduation classes, 1926Add to your cart.
Three graduation class photographs, all with Clarence H. Elliott included. The 1926 class has been identified by the names on the back; one other has student names on the back; and in the third, none of the students are identified.
Folder 2: Students, before 1926Add to your cart.
A large group of students on the steps of East Street school. Clarence H. Elliott appears in one of the photographs. The East Street school was used before Center School was built in 1925.
Folder 3: Litchfield High School playsAdd to your cart.
Three photographs of students in costumes, probably for student dramatic productions.
Sub-Series 3: Litchfield, ConnecticutAdd to your cart.
Photographs of Litchfield and Bantam Lake.
Folder 1: West Street, circa 1927Add to your cart.
Four photographs of buildings on West Street after the February 20, 1927 blizzard. Also a photograph/postcard of Center School.
Folder 2: Shepherd Knapp camp, circa 1923Add to your cart.
Two photographs of Shepherd Knapp campers in Milton. One is dated 1923. Also one landscape view of the buildings.
Folder 3: Sandy Beach, undatedAdd to your cart.
Four photographs of Sandy Beach on Bantam Lake. One is a group at Sandy Beach identified as officers: Elton Skilton, Morris; Frank T. Brundage, Bantam; Bernard Roberg, Litchfield.
Sub-Series 4: Miscellaneous photographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Buildings and landscapesAdd to your cart.
Unidentified buildings and landscapes. Included are a store with Marbledale sign in front; and the interior of  what may be a store with shelves of porcelains and "C.H. Elliott, photo Antrim N.H." printed on the back.
Folder 2: Unidentified peopleAdd to your cart.
Only one group photograph has a date - June 1932. A group of students in front of a 1930 school identified as No. 81. This maybe Burnside School in East Hartford where Clarence Elliott was principal from 1930 to 1960. One other photograph/postcard has "C.H. Elliott, photo, Antrim, N.H." printed on the back.

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