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Elizabeth Cone Kilbourne scrapbook


Identifier: 1996-24-0

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook labeled "Mrs. Elizabeth Kilbourn" on the cover containing news clippings chiefly concerning her husband Payne Kenyon Kilbourne and numerous members of the Kilbourn family. Some of the clippings are Payne's articles and poetry. Hand-written poems by Payne are loose in the scrapbook, as are family photographs, their daughter Julia's writing book, drawings, engravings, correspondence, and advertising cards and other ephemera. There is also a draft of articles and a list of members relating to formation the Litchfield Historical and Antiquarian Society. Currently stored in 3A box 3.


  • created: circa 1840s-1894
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/07/1996

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical or Historical Information

Payne Kenyon Kilbourne (1815-1859), author, was born in Litchfield, Conn. He learned the printer's trade, assisted in publishing a literary paper in Hartford and was owner and editor of The Litchfield Enquirer from 1845 until 1853. In 1857 he was private secretary to Gov. Alexander H. Holley. Kilbourne was an enthusiastic student of local history, and wrote both in prose and verse. He published The Skeptic and Other Poems (1843), History of the Kilbourne Family, from 1635 to the Present Time (Hartford, 1845), Biographical History of the County of Litchfield (New York, 1851), The History and Antiquities of the Name and Family of Kilbourn (New Haven, 1856), and Sketches and Chronicles of the Town of Litchfield (Hartford, 1859). He also compiled and arranged the appendices to Gideon Hollister's History of Connecticut (2 vols., New Haven, 1855), and prepared most of the notes for that work. In 1842, he married Elizabeth C. Cone (1816-1900). They had two daughters, Julia Elizabeth Kilbourne Braman (1843-1892) and Lelia Kenyon Kilbourne (1850-1861).

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0.30 Linear Feet

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Source of Acquisition

Mary Lou Wiggins

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This collection was processed with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Elizabeth Cone Kilbourne scrapbook
Leith Johnson
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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

7 South Street
P.O. Box 385
Litchfield CT 06759
860-567-3565 (Fax)