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Title: Litchfield Village Improvement Society records, 1875-1941Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Litchfield Village Improvement Society

Extent: 0.0

Date Acquired: 00/00/1943. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: By-Laws, Colonial revival (Architecture) - Connecticut - Litchfield, Courthouses - Connecticut - Litchfield, Litchfield (Conn.), Litchfield Village Improvement Society

Forms of Material: Financial records, Posters

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Litchfield Village Improvement Society records (1943-09-0) are comprised of eight bound volumes of records, a manuscript box of papers, and oversize posters. The records cover the years 1875 through 1941. Represented in the volumes are the "Articles of Association" and By-laws, meeting minutes, financial records, member lists, and annual reports.  Documents in the manuscript box include activities of the Society and plans for colonial changes to the Litchfield County Courthouse, business buildings, and renovation of Armory Hall. The posters are advertising events sponsored by the Society.

The bound volumes are currently housed in 3A Box 10. Posters are in Oversize Boxes 1A and 19.

Collection Historical Note

The Litchfield Village Improvement Company was incorporated April 24, 1875. The purpose for which the Company was formed was to make improvements in the Village of Litchfield, its streets, parks, public grounds and public buildings. The organization could also purchase, erect and maintain new buildings as well. The name of the organization was later changed to the Litchfield Village Improvement Society. The Society was dissolved on November 24, 1941.

Subject/Index Terms

Colonial revival (Architecture) - Connecticut - Litchfield
Courthouses - Connecticut - Litchfield
Litchfield (Conn.)
Litchfield Village Improvement Society

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: Gift of Wiliam L. Warren in Oct. 1952 [6208]; gift of Mrs. Ludlow Bull in Aug. 1961 [5654]; gift of Mary B. Brewster in April 1964 [8357].

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: Rev. Wm. J. Brewster

Acquisition Method: Gift

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

Preferred Citation: Litchfield Village Improvement Society records (1943-09-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised in May 2014.

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: Records, 1875-1941],
[Series 2: Litchfield Architectural Improvement Committee, 1913-1914],
[Series 3: Posters, 1875-1886],

Series 1: Records, 1875-1941Add to your cart.
Assortment of records of the Village Improvement Society.
Folder 1: Brochure, 1879 JuneAdd to your cart.
Brochure published by the Litchfield Enquirer press, listing officers, articles of association, by-laws, and accomplishments.
Folder 2: Brochure, 1914Add to your cart.
Brochure printed by Karl Brothers of Litchfield, Conn., with lists of past presidents, and 1914 officers and members; articles of association and by-laws; and a historical sketch.
Folder 3: Center Park sundial, 1916Add to your cart.
Notes on the Center Park sundial given by Alain C. White to the V.I.S., including directions for use and a note from Alain C. White.
Folder 4: East Burying Ground/Cemetery, 1921-1942Add to your cart.
Printed letter of May 11, 1921 from the Litchfield Cemetery Company when the Burying Ground was turned over to the Cemetery Association; and a letter from the Litchfield Cemetery Association dated September 10, 1942. signed by Donald K, Peck, Secretary, to the Litchfield Improvement Society expressing thanks for the Society turning over its assets to the Cemetery Association.
Folder 5: Elm trees, 1936Add to your cart.
Two letters and a bill concerning the spraying of elm trees on state highways in Litchfield.
Folder 6: Entertainment events - Catalogue of the art gallery, 1876 Aug 2Add to your cart.
Catalogue of the Art Gallery connected with the fair of the Village Improvement Society on August 2, 1876:  a 4 page list of art work loaned by their owners.
Folder 7: Entertainment events - Coming of age, 1895 Jul 10Add to your cart.
Poster - The Village Improvement Society will commemorate its coming of age at the Town Hall, Litchfield, on Wednesday, July 10, 1895. Celebrating  that V.I.S has raised $15,253.70 . Also a clipping from the Litchfield Enquirer describing the event
Folder 8: Entertainment events - Garden party handbills, 1878-1880Add to your cart.
Three handbills for the V.I.S. Garden parties to be held on the grounds of Mrs. Harrriet Belden "Spruce Lawn" on South Street, to aid the Society. Activities included croquet, archery, and lawn games with refreshments provided, all  for 50 cents.
Folder 9: Litchfield Enquirer "The Improvement Co.", 1891Add to your cart.
Article from the Litchfield Enquirer titled "The Improvement Co.: its origin, its career and its present condition". Includes an account of money spent on sidewalks, town clock, lamps, and parks.
Folder 10: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Documents found with V.I.S. papers. Include printed flyer - Borough Park trees: a report to Litchfield Garden Club by H.S. Munroe dated June 12, 1930; typed copy of Litchfield Land records vol 49 page 97 concernng a vote in relation to Center Park at the annual town meeting on Oct. 4, 1858 ; typed list of subscribers to fund the purchase of ornamental trees for the Litchfield Parks, 1837; and a typed copy of a Litchfield Enquirer article "Old Litchfield houses".
Folder 11: Officers, 1875-1941Add to your cart.
Two lists of V.I.S. officers - a list of presidents from 1875-1921 [copied from Alain C. White's History of Litchfield]; and an undated list [between 1921-1941] of officers and Executive Committee.
Folder 12: Olmsted Brothers, 1913-1928Add to your cart.
Correspondence with the Olmsted Brothers, landscape architects, in regard to the Litchfield Green (1913); Litchfield Country Club (1924); and Litchfield High School [now Center School] (1926-1928). Most of the documents are copies from the Library of Congress' Olmsted Assocates Records.
Folder 13: Olmsted, John CAdd to your cart.
Extemporaneous remarks about the Litchfield Green.
Folder 14: Sprinkling the streets, 1899-1903Add to your cart.
Solicitations from the V.I.S. to the Town of Litchfield and J.P. Woodruff as persons owning or occupying property along  village streets that are sprinkled. Voluntary contributions based on frontage on the streets are requested.
Folder 15: Woodruff, George M. resignation, 1882 Oct 16Add to your cart.
George M. Woodruff's letter of resignation as President of the Village Improvement Company; with a resolution of deep regret.
Item 1: Minute book, 1875-1909Add to your cart.

Bound book of Articles of Association, By-laws, membership list to 1897, meeting minutes, and treasurer's reports.

Currently housed in 3A Box 10.

Item 2: Minute book, 1875-1903Add to your cart.

Executive committee meeting minutes.

Currently housed in 3A Box 10.

Item 3: Minute book, 1913-1930Add to your cart.

Minutes from April 1913 to September 1930 of  the Executive Committee meetings and Annual meetings.

Currently housed in 3A Box 10.

Item 4: Minute book, 1931-1935Add to your cart.

Minute book for meetings from June 1931 to October 1935.

Currently housed in 3A Box 10.

Item 5: Minute book, 1936-1941Add to your cart.

Minute book for meeting from May 1936 to December 1941.

Currently housed in 3A Box 10.

Item 6: Account book, 1886-1916Add to your cart.

Account book from December 1886 to September 1916. Includes names of members.

Currently housed in 3A Box 10.

Item 7: Account book, 1916-1942Add to your cart.

Account book from October 1916 to May 1942.

Currently housed in 3A Box 10.

Item 8: Membership list, 1913-1941Add to your cart.

List of members of the Village Improvement Society.

Currently housed in 3A Box 10.

Series 2: Litchfield Architectural Improvement Committee, 1913-1914Add to your cart.
Records of the Architectural Improvement Committee of the Village Improvement Society which developed plans, solicited subscribers, and oversaw "colonial changes" to the West Street business buildings, County Courthouse, and Armory Hall.
Folder 1: Colonial changes to business buildings committee, 1912 Dec - 1914 JanAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Colonial changes to business buildings - Exhibit, 1913 Jan 25-28Add to your cart.
Invitation and list of guests at the exhibit to inspect the drawings of the proposed architectural changes in the business buildngs of Litchfield, prepared by Mr. A.P.F. Adenaw, an architect of New York.
Folder 3: Colonial plans for Litchfield Connecticut brochure, 1913 Jan 25 & 28Add to your cart.
Printed brochure with the outline of the Colonial remodeling project by the Commttee of the Village Improvement Society together with a catalogue of exhibits.
Folder 4: Colonial changes to business buildings subscribers, 1913-1914Add to your cart.
List of subscribers, pledges, and letters concerning the colonial remodeling project.
Folder 5: Subscribers to the fund for remodeling business buildings and restoration of Armory Hall, 1913Add to your cart.
Notebook of subscribers with amounts pledged and donated to the project.
Folder 6: Armory Hall restoration, 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Litchfield Architectural Improvement Committee accounts, 1913 Jan 5 - 1914 Aug 18Add to your cart.
Checkbook and ledger of donations and expenditures.
Folder 8: Litchfield Architectural Improvement Committee accounts, 1913-1914Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous accounts of expenses and receipts.
Folder 9: Adenaw, A.P.F. accounts, 1913-1917Add to your cart.
Accounts of A.P.F. Adenaw, architect with the Litchfield Architectural Improvement Society.
Folder 10: Litchfield County Courthouse, 1913-1914Add to your cart.
Accounts and correspondence concerning the remodeling of the County Courthouse, including expenses of the architect, A.P.F. Adenaw.
Folder 11: Litchfield County Courthouse clock, 1913-1914Add to your cart.
Seth Thomas Clock Co. accounts for dismantling and repairing the Courthouse clock; also accounts to Edward Devins of Litchfield for painting the clock face and clock tower.
Folder 12: Litchfield County Courthouse renovations, 1913-1914Add to your cart.
Estimates and bills from Tracy Brothers building contractors of Waterbury, Conn. for work on the Courthouse.
Series 3: Posters, 1875-1886Add to your cart.

Posters for events including archery tournaments, strawberry festivals, dramatic entertaiment, music, lectures and pantomimes  sponsored by the Village Inprovement Society.

Currently housed in Aisle 18B, Oversize Boxes 1A and 17.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Records, 1875-1941],
[Series 2: Litchfield Architectural Improvement Committee, 1913-1914],
[Series 3: Posters, 1875-1886],

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