J. Howard Catlin papers
The J. Howard Catlin papers (1961-40-0) consist of: Glass negatives of the Northfield area. Prints are filed with the negatives as Series 2. Currently housed in 5B section 1. Photographs donated at the same tiime as the glass negatives. Currently housed in 5B section 1. Six pocket diaries kept by J. Howard Caltin in 1867, 1868, 1873, 1874, 1880, and 1892. Catlin's entries are brief and generally chronicle his daily activities. He regularly notes the weather, and in several of the diaries keeps a cash account of his personal spending. Currently housed in 3A Box 1A.
- Other: Date acquired: 01/11/1961
- Catlin, J. Howard, 1847-1933 (Person)
Biographical or Historical Information
J. Howard Catlin was born in March of 1847 to John and Laura Humaston Catlin of Northfield, Connecticut. As a young man he became involved with the Northfield Knife Company with his brother Franklin and he also became active in his community of Northfield; acting as a notary public during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1871 he married Josephine (Josie) Wooster of Connecticut, and the couple had two children. He passed away on March 30, 1933.
The Northfield Knife Company was established in 1858 and soon became prosperous, producing the first cast iron handled knives in 1862. In 1865 ownership control of the company passed to Franklin H. and J. Howard Catlin of Northfield. The success of the company led the Catlin brothers to expand through the purchase of several of the area's smaller knife companies. The American Knife Company of Plymouth Hollow was purchased in 1865 and the Excelsior Knife Company of Torrington was purchased in 1884. The company's sucess was evident at the 1901 Pan American Exposition where their exhibit displayed over one thousand different knife styles. In 1919 the Northfield Knife Company was sold to Clark Brothers Cutlery of St. Louis, Missouri, and the company was declared bankrupt in 1929.
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Physical Access Requirements
Original glass negatives are not available due to fragility. Use printed photographs.
Source of Acquisition
Mrs. Albert M. Turner
Method of Acquisition
Accruals and Additions
January 1962 - 17 plates and 1 transparency. Gift of Mrs. Albert M. Turner April 2011 - Diaries found in collection.
Existence and Location of Originals
- J. Howard Catlin papers
- Lee S. Cook
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Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository
7 South Street
P.O. Box 385
Litchfield CT 06759