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Babbitt family papers, 1895-1972 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson/Kathy Craughwell-Varda

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Babbitt, Thomas

Extent: 1.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in six series:

1. Eleanor Babbitt papers

2. Col. Samuel H. Fisher papers

3. Sheldon Tavern

4. Publications

5. Miscellaneous

6. Oversize

Date Acquired: 01/01/1994. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: American National Red Cross, Babbitt, Eleanor, Fisher, Margaret Sargent, Fisher, Samuel H. (Samuel Herbert), b. 1867, Litchfield (Conn.), Pierce, Sarah, 1767-1852, World War, 1939-1945

Forms of Material: Certificates, Drawings, Invitations, Legal documents, Marriage certificates, Photographs, Speeches, Tax returns

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Papers relating to the Babbit family, including Eleanor Babbitt (1898-1994) and Col. Samuel H. Fisher (1867-1957). Col. Fisher's daughter Margaret Crossette Fisher married Eleanor Babbitt's brother Theodore Babbitt on June 17, 1922, in Litchfield. The papers include photographs and documents pertaining to Sheldon Tavern; drawings, invitations, etc. from Lilac Hedges; legal documents; birth and marriage certificates; family photographs; papers pertaining to Eleanor Babbitt and the Aircraft Warning Service in Litchfield during World War II; tax returns for Samuel H. Fisher and Margaret Sargent Fisher (his wife); pamphlets and newspaper clippings; and other materials.

Eleanor Babbitt was born in Colorado Springs, Colo. and moved to New York as a youth. She later owned and operated a book store there. She obtained a private pilot's license in the late 1920s which she used in the 1930s. In 1938, she moved to Litchfield. She was an active volunteer, first serving as a plane spotter for the aircraft warning system in Northfield during World War II and later with the Litchfield Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. She also was a trustee of the Gilbert Library in Northfield and served on the board of the Litchfield Historical Society. She died in 1994.

Col. Samuel H. Fisher was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating from Yale University in 1889 and Yale Law School 1892. He practiced law in Washington, D.C., and New Haven. In 1916, he became the personal counsel for Mrs. Stephen V. Harkness and her son Edward S. Harkness, a position he held until Fisher retired in 1931. He was a member of the Yale Corporation from 1910-1925 and a member of boards of corporate and charitable institutions. After he retired, he helped organize the Connecticut Highway Safety Commission in 1936, was the Connecticut Defense Administrator from 1940-1943, and performed other public service for the state and federal government. He married Margaret Sargent Fisher of New Haven in 1895. They moved to Litchfield in 1920. He died in 1957.

Series 1-2 are housed in Box 1.  Series 3-5 are housed in Box 2.  Series 6 is housed in Oversize Box 9A; and account books (1953-1957) are housed in 3B Box 90.

Collection Historical Note

Eleanor Babbitt was born in Colorado Springs, Colo. and moved to New York as a youth. She later owned and operated a book store there. She obtained a private pilot's license in the late 1920s which she used in the 1930s. In 1938, she moved to Litchfield. She was an active volunteer, first serving as a plane spotter for the aircraft warning system in Northfield during World War II and later with the Litchfield Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. She also was a trustee of the Gilbert Library in Northfield and served on the board of the Litchfield Historical Society. She died in 1994.

Col. Samuel H. Fisher was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating from Yale University in 1889 and Yale Law School 1892. He practiced law in Washington, D.C., and New Haven. In 1916, he became the personal counsel for Mrs. Stephen V. Harkness and her son Edward S. Harkness, a position he held until Fisher retired in 1931. He was a member of the Yale Corporation from 1910-1925 and a member of boards of corporate and charitable institutions. After he retired, he helped organize the Connecticut Highway Safety Commission in 1936, was the Connecticut Defense Administrator from 1940-1943, and performed other public service for the state and federal government. He married Margaret Sargent Fisher of New Haven in 1895. They moved to Litchfield in 1920. He died in 1957.

Subject/Index Terms

American National Red Cross
Babbitt, Eleanor
Fisher, Margaret Sargent
Fisher, Samuel H. (Samuel Herbert), b. 1867
Litchfield (Conn.)
Pierce, Sarah, 1767-1852
World War, 1939-1945

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: Also includes 2004-14-0 and 2013-42-0.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. 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: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Babbitt

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials: See also the Samuel H. Fisher Collection, 1961-25-0 and museum objects, 2013-42-1-17.

Preferred Citation: Babbitt Family Papers (1994-15-0), 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).


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Series 1: Eleanor Babbitt Papers, 1929-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 1: World War II Ration Books and Defence SuppliesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: American Red CrossAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Speech, 1934 Sep 8Add to your cart.
Speech read at the unveiling of the boulder in memory of Sarah Pierce, Litchfield, Sept. 8, 1934
Folder 4: Aircraft Warning Corps HistoryAdd to your cart.
Series 2: Samuel H. and Margaret S. Fisher Papers, 1913-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Birth and Marriage RecordsAdd to your cart.
Copy of the birth certificate of Margaret Sargent; marriage certificates of Samuel Fisher and Margaret Sargent Fisher and The Marriage Service of the Book of Common Prayer (1895).
Folder 2: State Defense Council Appreciation CertificateAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Litigation, Torrant vs. Jack, 1948-50Add to your cart.
Documents related to E. Morris Jack, et al. vs. Francis L. Torrant et ux (1948-1950) (Margaret Sargent Fisher was a plaintiff in a suit to be prevent a funeral home from operating on North Street).
Folder 4: Samuel H. Fisher, New York State Income Tax Returns, 1919-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Samuel H. Fisher, Federal Income Tax Returns, 1913-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Samuel H. Fisher, Federal Income Tax Returns, 1921-1925Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Samuel H. Fisher, Federal Income Tax Returns, 1926-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Samuel H. Fisher, Federal Income Tax Returns, 1929-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Margaret Sargent Fisher, New York State Income Tax Returns, 1919-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Margaret Sargent Fisher, Federal Income Tax Returns, 1914-1921Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Margaret Sargent Fisher, Federal Income Tax Returns, 1922-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 12: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Framed, unidentified family photographs.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Series 3: Sheldon TavernAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Guest Book, 1921-1939Add to your cart.
Includes postcard, poem "The Perfect Guest," and blotter.
Folder 2: Album, 1860-1947Add to your cart.
Interior views of Sheldon Tavern.
Folder 3: Album, 1927Add to your cart.
Photographs of exterior of Sheldon Tavern and gardens.
Folder 4: Photographs, 1900-1940Add to your cart.
Various views of Sheldon Tavern, postcards, studio portrait of Samuel H. Fisher in uniform, three 8 x 10 photographs of the Re-enactment of the bullet melting at Wolcott house.
Folder 5: Garden and TreesAdd to your cart.
Sketch of landscape plan by Thomas Collier Babbitt.  1989 survey of trees in Litchfield, CT that were described in 1934 "Trees of Note in Connecticut."
Folder 6: School ReportAdd to your cart.
Handwritten and graded typescript with illustrations by Thomas Collier Babbitt titled, "A History of Sheldon Tavern."
Series 4: PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Pamphlets and BookletsAdd to your cart.
Includes, "The Devil's Picture Book," "Old Litchfield," "Trees of Note in Connecticut," "I Was There! - with the Yanks in France."
Folder 2: Pamphlets and BookletsAdd to your cart.
Includes, a form for ordering "The Connecticut Guide," "Preliminary Program, The Tercentenary Committee," " The Connecticut Tercentenary," "Boundaries of Connecticut, the Tercentenary Committee."
Folder 3: Newspapers and ClippingsAdd to your cart.
First Open House Day in Litchfield and Thomas Collier Babbitt's published drawing of Litchfield Air Raid Warning Post.
Series 5: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Holiday card and Expense BookAdd to your cart.
Holiday card from H. Allen Brooks (2000) with note regarding donation of Woodruff and Brooks family papers, includes two George Catlin Woodruff bookplates.  Also, includes a farm expense book.
Folder 2: Invitations and IllustrationsAdd to your cart.
Includes invitations and illustrations of houses in Litchfield by Lilac Hedges, and in particulary Ralph Hinchman.  Includes invitations to seasonal dinner dances.
Folder 3: Notecards and PostcardsAdd to your cart.
Includes illustrations of Tapping Reeve House, Law School, siginificant buildings and street views in Litchfield, and color postcards of Arethusa Farm.
Series 6: Oversize DocumentsAdd to your cart.

Includes papers of Samuel H. Fisher, appointment as Government Appeal Agent (1940), appointment as Assistant Government Appeal Agent (1943), Certificate of Appreciation from President Franklin D. Roosevelt for work with Selective Service System, appointment to Connecticut War Council by Gov. Raymond E. Baldwin (1943), Selective Service Medal from President Harry Truman, appointment as Chair of National Advisory Committee for State of Connecticut to  New York World's Fair (1939).

Stored in oversized box 9A.


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