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Robert Doyle collection


Identifier: 2003-48-0

Scope and Contents

The Robert Doyle collection contains papers regarding Crutch & MacDonald, a Litchfield, Conn., drug store; other Litchfield businesses; and activities of the Borough of Litchfield government. The papers include druggists catalogues and literature, late 1800s; a letter written by Robert Doyle regarding the sale of Crutch & MacDonald, 1994; bills and receipts, early twentieth century; documents relating to the sale and lease of Crutch & MacDonald and its antecedent iterations, including Wessells & Gates and Crutch & Marley, 1896, 1910s; a promissory note executed by Aaron Crutch, 1898-1908; pharmacist certificates, 1888-1887; a permit from the Borough to the Village Improvement Society to improve Center Park, 1912; monthly police reports, 1905-1908; a grand opening ball invitation to the Clarke House in Winsted, Conn., 1870; agreements between the Litchfield Gas Light Co. and the Borough and the Litchfield Electric Light & Power Co. and the Borough, 1901-1907; schedules of expenses, burgessess' reports, treasurers' reports, annual reports and other records of the Borough, circa 1880-circa1911; election-related records, 1909-1914; lease from 1918; agreement from 1918; articles of co-partnership from 1917; and miscellaneous papers. A container list is located in the box.


  • created: 1870-1994
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/07/2005


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical or Historical Information

In 1888, following two devastating fires that destroyed much of Litchfield's business district, Henry Wessells & William Gates opened a drugstore at the corner of South and West Streets. By 1899, Wessells & Gates had been replaced by Aaron Crutch's drugstore. In 1919, Crutch took on William Marley as a partner, and the business became known as Crutch & Marley. In 1942, one of Crutch's relations, Archie MacDonald, established Crutch & MacDonald. Robert Doyle bought the business in 1961. Crutch & MacDonald closed in 1994 after Doyle reached a business agreement with Rite-Aid.

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Source of Acquisition

Robert Doyle

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Accruals and Additions

The collection also includes items donated in 1997 (1997-12-77/80), another donation made later in 2003 (2003-74-0), and one in 2013 (2013-50-0).

Existence and Location of Originals

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Other Descriptive Information

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

Robert Doyle collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

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P.O. Box 385
Litchfield CT 06759
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