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Colvocoresses family papers


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Colvocoresses, George Musalas, 1816-1872

Colvocoresses, George Partridge, 1847-1932

Colvocoresses, Harold, 1880-1965

Colvocoresses, Harold Lee, 1913-1979

Colvocoresses, Harold Lee, 1950-

Colvocoresses family collection

Champlin family

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Colvocoresses family papers, 1861-1996 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Leith Johnson

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Title: Colvocoresses family papers, 1861-1996Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Colvocoresses, Harold L.

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 08/01/1996. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Banks and banking, Champlin family, Colvocoresses, Alden P., 1918-, Colvocoresses, George P. (George Partridge), 1847-1932, Colvocoresses family, Litchfield (Conn.), Litchfield Light Horse, Merchants - Connecticut - Litchfield

Forms of Material: Billheads, Correspondence, Ephemera, Financial records, Invitations, Photographs, Receipts, Speeches

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of the Colvocoresses family, consisting of correspondence; genealogical materials; clippings; advertisements and other materials related to local businesses; memoirs of Alden P. Colvocoresses; records relating to the Connecticut Home Guard (1917) and Litchfield Light Horse (1957); speeches of Adm. George P. Colvocoresses (1916-1925); cutout letters that spell "Colvocoresses"; Christmas cards;  and news clippings, notes, photographs relating to the Champlin family; notes on Alexander C. Liggett by Harold L. Colvocoresses in Nov 2013; a bill from W.J. Bissell to George Colcocoresses for paint, glass and labor dated 30 June 1879; letters to Minnie D. Colvocoresses; 1914 Litchfield Cemetery Company letter to Mrs. George P. Colvocoresses about corner stones and Theodore E. Baldwin lot.

Subject/Index Terms

Banks and banking
Champlin family
Colvocoresses, Alden P., 1918-
Colvocoresses, George P. (George Partridge), 1847-1932
Colvocoresses family
Litchfield (Conn.)
Litchfield Light Horse
Merchants - Connecticut - Litchfield

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: This collection includes the following gifts from Harold Colvocoresses: 1996-16-0, 1998-21-0, 1999-16-0, 2001-07-0, 2002-76-0, 2006-02-0, 2006-45-0; 2009-116-0; 2010-103-0; 2010-368-0; 2013-105-0; 2013-138-0; 2014-34-0; 2015-06-0; 2015-15-0; 2015-47-0; 2015-57-0; 2015-68-0; 2015-81-0.  Gift of George P. Colvocoresses in 1917 - 1917-24-0 consists of 2 Mexican currency notes.

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: Harold L. Colvocoresses

Acquisition Method: Gift

Separated Materials:

Book - The Story of Engineering by James Kip Finch. Published by Anchor books, 1960. Inscribed to The Colvocoresses, Sep 7, 1960 and signed Kip. Shelved in Library collection - REFERENCE TA15/F57/1960.

Photographs of Marjorie Champlin and her son John D. Champlin are shelved in aisle18B: Oversize Box 2.

Original/Copies Note: For more information please see http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Related Materials: Research file - Colvocoresses.      Jones and Kilbourn families papers including Series 2: Photographs. An album inscribed "Eva F. Colvocoresses, Dec. 25, 1872"  currently housed in Aisle 3A: Box 5.          Litchfield Historical Society Photograph collection Series 2: Photographic portraits - Folders 66, 67 & 126.

Related Publications: Library collection - REFERENCE Q115.C65 - "Four years in the government exploring expedition commanded by Captain Charles Wilkes" by George M. Colvocoresses.

Preferred Citation: Colvocoresses family papers (1996-16-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised in November 2015.

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: Colvocoresses, George Musalas, 1816-1872],
[Series 2: Colvocoresses, George Partridge, 1847-1932],
[Series 3: Colvocoresses, Harold, 1880-1965],
[Series 4: Colvocoresses, Harold Lee, 1913-1979],
[Series 5: Colvocoresses, Harold Lee, 1950-],
[Series 6: Colvocoresses family collection],
[Series 7: Champlin family],

Series 1: Colvocoresses, George Musalas, 1816-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Commander George Musalas Colvocoresses, USN, 1862Add to your cart.
Photographic copy of Commander Colvocoresses taken while commanding USS Saratoga in 1862.
Folder 2: Shepaug Valley Railroad Company, 1870-1871Add to your cart.
Receipts for installment payment for stock in the Company. Signed by Henry R. Coit, treasurer.
Folder 3: Reward poster, 1872 JunAdd to your cart.
A poster for a $5,000 reward for information about the person who murdered George M. Colvocoresses in Bridgeport on June 3, 1872.
Series 2: Colvocoresses, George Partridge, 1847-1932Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Speeches, 1899-1925Add to your cart.
Speeches given by George P. Colvocoresses, arranged chronologically.
Folder 1: Thomas Rutherford Trowbridge, 1899 Jan 26Add to your cart.
Folder 2: The Old Carronade, 1899 Nov 10Add to your cart.
Speech given at presentation of carronade to Litchfield Historical Society.
Folder 3: Address at the ceremonies at the unveiling of the memorial window to Admiral David D. Porter, U.S. Navy, 1908 Feb1Add to your cart.
A section in the  printed program for ceremonies in the new chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.
Folder 4: Preparation for national defense, 1916 Oct 13Add to your cart.
Paper read before the Men's Forum.
Folder 5: Fourth of July, 1917 Jul 4Add to your cart.
Independence Day address, Litchfield.
Folder 6: Warren Gamaliel Harding, 1923 Aug 10Add to your cart.
Remarks delivered at Litchfield and Torrington on the death of President Harding,
Folder 7: The strangers within out gates, 1924 Aug 13Add to your cart.
Read before the  Daughters of the American Revolution at the house of Mr. Fredk. Deming.
Folder 8: [Memorial Day speech], 1924 MayAdd to your cart.
Includes a letter from The Torrington Register thanking Admiral Colvocoresses for permitting the paper to reprint the text of his speech.
Folder 9: Camp Dutton, 1925 July 5Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Speech delivered at the 60th Reunion of the 2nd Conn. Heavy Artillery, 1925 Sep 11Add to your cart.
Sixtieth reunion of the regiment at Litchfield, Connecticut.
Sub-Series 2: Invoices and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Biographies and family historyAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: A sketch of the Colvocoresses Family, 1902Add to your cart.
Published by Harold L. Colvocoresses in November 1999, his cover note indicates that it was probably typed by Katrine Colvocoresses Laban. Includes some handwritten notes by John Denison Champlin. The title page states that it was by George Partridge Colvocoresses, written on board the U.S.." Lancaster" at Port Royal, South Carolina, A.D. 1902.
Folder 2: Colvocoresses Day list of subscribers, 1899 Nov 10Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Rear-Admiral George Partridge Colvocoresses, 1938Add to your cart.
Biography published in Waterbury Republican/Waterbury American with a note by his son Harold in 1949.
Sub-Series 4: Printed materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Mexican currency, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Sweet peasAdd to your cart.
"Sweet Peas: an idyl of memory, love, and hope" is a poem with photographs by L.H.M. On the title page is written "G.P. Colvocoresses from Mrs. C.W. Hinsdale".
Folder 3: Proceedings of the 55th annual reunion of the 2nd Conn. Volunteers Heavy Artillery, 1920 Sep 11Add to your cart.
Photocopy of a printed booklet.
Sub-Series 5: Colvocoresses, Mary DwightAdd to your cart.
Papers of Mary (Minnie) Dwight Baldwin Colvocoresses (Mrs. George P.).
Folder 1: Letters to Mary Dwight Baldwin Colvocoresses, 1903-1914Add to your cart.
Two letters from friend E. A. Whiting; also a letter from Edgar B. Van Winkle for the Litchfield Cemetery Company regarding the Theodore E. Baldwin lot in the Litchfield Cemetery with description of the markers and lot layout.
Folder 2: Reports and newspaper clippings, 1914-1926Add to your cart.
Report on 1914 Red Cross meeting; newspapers clippings of letters and reports written to newspapers by Mary D. Colvocoresses.
Series 3: Colvocoresses, Harold, 1880-1965Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Correspondence, 1924-1960Add to your cart.
Includes a photograph postcard of the Litchfield east hill toboggan run, written by Harry in Litchfield to his father Admiral G.P. Colvocoresses in Washington, D.C. and postmarked April 14, 1924.
Sub-Series 2: Invoices and receipts, 1925-1930Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: First National Bank accounts, 1930Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Accruals, 1949-1950Add to your cart.
Documents received after the finding aid was created. Included are a receipt from the Litchfield Historical Society, dated Oct. 22, 1949, signed by Jane Chester Vanderpoel, sent to Mr. Harold Colvocoresses for the loan of a Marine Corps Full Dress uniform with epaulettes, sword belt and helmet worn by Lieutenant Harold Colvocoresses in 1900. Also a receipt from Litchfield Historical Society, dated June 28, 1950 and signed by Charlotte Wiggin, addressed to Major Harold Colvocoresses for the loan of the sword in its case which was presented to his father on Colvocoresses Day in 1899.
Series 4: Colvocoresses, Harold Lee, 1913-1979Add to your cart.
Includes 2 booklets about the Connecticut Home Guard (1917-1918); and notes by George Guion about World War I in Connecticut, particularly along the coast. Also a paperback book "Historic Litchfied 1721-1907" by Alice T. Bulkeley, with notes updating the home owners in 1938  by Harold Colvocoresses.
Series 5: Colvocoresses, Harold Lee, 1950-Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Litchfield road races, 1989-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Litchfield Hills Road Race, 1989-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Litchfield Hills Road Race, 1993-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Other Litchfield road racesAdd to your cart.
Jingle Bell Run and White Memorial X-country challenge.
Sub-Series 2: Invoices and receiptsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Litchfield biographies and obituariesAdd to your cart.
Series 6: Colvocoresses family collectionAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Colvocoresses, Alden PAdd to your cart.
Printed booklet "A full life: memoirs of Alden P. Colvocoresses, 1918-20??; part I: background thru WWII (1945)." Printed December 2000.
Sub-Series 2: Family photographsAdd to your cart.
Colvocoresses family photographs; also Guion family, Mrs. Wallbridge, and Aunt Francis.
Sub-Series 3: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Photograph envelopes from 3 Litchfield photo shops; cut-out letters spelling Colvocoresses; progressive bridge tally cards; advertisements for Litchfield businesses; and "The Greek architekton" by J.K.. Finch.
Sub-Series 4: Eva Freelon Colvocoresses JonesAdd to your cart.
Eva F. Colvocoresses married George E. Jones.  She died on November 18, 1875. Their daughter Eva was born October 1875
Folder 1: Jones, George E. letter to Colvocoresses, George P., 1876 Jan 10Add to your cart.
Letter from George E. Jones to his brother-in-law George P. Colvocoresses after the death of Eva Colvocoresses Jones in which he enclosed a note dated Oct. 6, 1875 written by Eva concerning the disposition of her possessions in the case of her death. A note is written gy G.P. Colvocoresses that her bequest was never carried out.
Folder 2: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Three photographs - on the back of one is Eva F. C. Jones;one is identified as Eva C. Jones; the third is a tintype with a note -  Eva Colvocoresses as a young girl in 1860s, sister of Admiral George.
Folder 3: Hair remembrancesAdd to your cart.
A mourning envelope with notation by George P. Colvocorreses that it contains hair from his sister Eva [F.C. Jones] (1853-1875)  and his daughter Edith (1876-1877). Also a typed note by Harry Colvocoresses dated October 2015, explaining the custom of keeping hair snippets and the family relationships of Eva and Edith.
Series 7: Champlin familyAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Correspondence and notesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Family photographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Champlin, John Denison, 1834-1915Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Champlin, John Denison, 1875-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Champlin, John Denison, 1925-1986Add to your cart.
Photographs taken between 1925 and 1935.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Colvocoresses, George Musalas, 1816-1872],
[Series 2: Colvocoresses, George Partridge, 1847-1932],
[Series 3: Colvocoresses, Harold, 1880-1965],
[Series 4: Colvocoresses, Harold Lee, 1913-1979],
[Series 5: Colvocoresses, Harold Lee, 1950-],
[Series 6: Colvocoresses family collection],
[Series 7: Champlin family],

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