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Bernice Fuessenich collection


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Litchfield (Conn.) collection

Beach, Dickinson, and Webster families

Fuessenich family

Barber and Ives families


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Bernice Fuessenich collection, 1897-1976 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson; Lee S. Cook

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Collection Overview

Title: Bernice Fuessenich collection, 1897-1976Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Fuessenich, Bernice Dickinson (1918-2012)

Extent: 5.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 02/13/2004. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Business enterprises - Connecticut - Litchfield, Litchfield (Conn.), Litchfield (Conn.) - Social life and customs

Forms of Material: Business records, Correspondence, Ephemera, Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Bernice Fuessenich collection consists of photographs, invoices, programs, invitations, advertising, brochures, dance cards, calling cards, and other ephemera documenting cultural, social, religious, and business activities in Litchfield, Conn., 1897-1976. Among the subjects covered are drama productions, church dedications and services, horse shows, minstrel shows, dances and balls, businesses and restaurants. There are also receipts for goods and services. Some of the papers relate to the George Ives and George Barber families. Also included are genealogical records, photographs and papers about the Beach, Dickinson, Webster, and Fuessenich families.

Subject/Index Terms

Business enterprises - Connecticut - Litchfield
Litchfield (Conn.)
Litchfield (Conn.) - Social life and customs

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: 2010-91-0  museum purchase; 2010-370-0-1 Gift of Berclee Cameron and Cleveland Fuessenich; 2011-35-0 Gift of Berclee Cameron and Cleveland Fuessenich includes museum objects and archive materials.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Copyright has been transferred to the Litchfield Historical Society for materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Bernice Fuessenich

Acquisition Method: Gift

Separated Materials: Photograph of George Ives in the Litchfield Court House building. Shelved in Litchfield Historical Society Photograph collection Series 2: Folder 122.

Related Materials:

Beach, Webster and Dickinson families papers.

Frances Ives Barber papers.

Preferred Citation: Bernice Fuessenich collection (2003-78-0), 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

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Litchfield (Conn.) collection],
[Series 2: Beach, Dickinson, and Webster families],
[Series 3: Fuessenich family],
[Series 4: Barber and Ives families],
[Series 5: Miscellaneous],

Series 4: Barber and Ives familiesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Barber familyAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Barber, George and HenriettaAdd to your cart.
Photograph of George Barber in front of Colonial Hall; Litchfield Garage invoice to Henrietta C. Barber for a  1938 Plymouth Sedan; bill of sale (1901) for items from Ernest L. Pratt, watchmaker and jeweler; stock certificate for The Bantam Manufacturing Company dated March 16, 1901 and signed by Charles H. Coit, president; and invitation from Mr. and Mrs. George Barber to a reception and dance given for Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lynn Barber and Mr. and Mrs. James Augustus Grover on Jan. 24th at Colonial Hall, Litchfield.
Folder 2: Barber, T. Lynn and Frances (Ives)Add to your cart.

Leases from White Memorial Foundation for Flint Cottage; invoices for automobiles and house decorating; membership card in the Litchfield County Horseshoe Club; and bills  from Litchfield merchants Ernest G. Fritz (jeweler), John DaRoss (Masonry), Bantam Lake boat house rent, and the Deer Island Gate. Frances I Barber's certificate from the Anerican Red Cross for completing a course in Elementary Hygiene and Home Care of the Sick,  March 12, 1918.

Also tintypes of Agnes L. Babcock, aged 3 months & 12 days, July 20, 1887; and an unknown child. A note by Bernice Fuessenich "in Mrs. Barber's book but not known by her relatives"

Folder 3: Sunshine Laundry correspondence, 1921-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sunshine Laundry photographsAdd to your cart.
Interior of Sunshine Laundry with Ray Ainger, Edmund Powers, and T. Lynn Barber; and a negative of an early Sunshine Laundry truck.
Folder 5: Sunshine Laundry calendars, 1932-1940Add to your cart.
Sub-Folder 1: Sunshine Laundry calendarsAdd to your cart.

Oversize calendars for 1929, 1935 and 1936

Shelved in Bernice Fuessenich collection: Oversize box in Aisle 18B.

Sub-Series 2: Ives familyAdd to your cart.
George Cook Ives, his wife Martha and their daughter Francis E. Ives.
Folder 1: Ives, George Cook. Bills and receipts., 1906-1931Add to your cart.
Mostly invoices and bills to George C. Ives. Litchfield businesses include: Barber & Fenn; Joseph A. Cown, livery; John DaRoss, masonry; John Galvin, interior decoration; Litchfield County Jail; Milton Mills (John T. Hubbard); M.V. Moraghan, hardware;  F.U. Newcomb, coal; Newcomb & Barber, building supplies and coal; E.F. Potter, house painter & paper hanger; Frank H. Provost, wood; Ryan & Drury, contractors; George J. Switzer, building materials; R.V. Tobin, plumbing & heating; Charles H. Turkington, M.D.; Dr. C.N. Warner. Also automobile repair and sales bills; receipts for Litchfield town and borough taxes; 1931 invoice from Washington Supply; 1917 statement from The Beacon Falls Rubber Shoe Co.; and a bill from George C. Ives Boots, Shoes, Rubber for a pair of men shoes (Jan 31, 1911).
Folder 2: Ives, George C., Martha, and Frances EleanorAdd to your cart.
Sympathy cards from Mrs. Harlan Mendenhall and Alain White to Mrs. Ives at the death of George Ives in 1933; note from George C. Ives to his daughter Frances, dated July 14, 1897; advertising brochure and letter from The Trumbull-Vanderpoel Electric Mfg. Co., Bantam; appointment of George C. Ives as military census agent for Litchfield from Conn. Governor Marcus H. Holcomb, date Feb. 12, 1917.
Sub-Folder 1: Ives, Frances EleanorAdd to your cart.
F.E. Ives' dance card for Litchfield High School senior class grand promenade at Grange Hall, April 23, 1909; tintype of Frances E. Ives; Program of Commencement Events from Drexel Institute, 1907; wedding announcement of Frances Eleanor Ives to Thomas Lynn Barber on Oct. 15, 1916 in Litchfield.

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[Series 1: Litchfield (Conn.) collection],
[Series 2: Beach, Dickinson, and Webster families],
[Series 3: Fuessenich family],
[Series 4: Barber and Ives families],
[Series 5: Miscellaneous],

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