Litchfield Female Academy collection
Scope and Contents
This collection documents the history of The Litchfield Female Academy, Litchfield, Connecticut. Early records refer to the Academy as Miss Pierce's School, Miss Pierce's Academy, and Sarah Pierce's Academy. In the collection are institutional records; correspondence, diaries, journals, school notebooks, and albums of students; papers of Sarah Pierce and the Pierce family; and correspondence of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel regarding her research for her books "Chronicles of a Pioneer School, from 1792 to 1833" , published in 1903 and "More Chronicles of a Pioneer School" published in 1927. Included in the institutional records are works written by Sarah Pierce and her nephew, John Pierce Brace.
- created: 1787-1927
- Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1890
- Pierce, Sarah, 1767-1852 (Person)
- Vanderpoel, Emily Noyes, 1842-1939 (Person)
- Brace, John Pierce, 1793-1872 (Person)
- Litchfield Historical Society (Litchfield, Conn.) (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
11.67 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged in 4 series:
Series 1. Litchfield Female Academy Institutional Records
Series 2. Student Paper, Records, and Documents
Series 3. Pierce Family Papers
Series 4. Emily Noyes Vanderpoel Papers
This collection has been assembled from 3 collections: Litchfield Female Academy, Sarah Pierce, and Emily Noyes Vanderpoel. These collections had been assembled, re-assembled, and intermingled over many years with additions from many donors [see Acquisition Information -Accruals/Additions].
Source of Acquisition
Gray, Jane (Loring), Mrs. Asa
Method of Acquisition
Accruals and Additions
Gifts from Charles Mansfield (1890); Mrs. John A. Vanderpoel (1900); Dwight C. Kilbourn (1900); Miss Lewis (1911); Edgar Van Winkle (1913); Mrs. Morris Seymour (1914); Mrs. Edward Seymour (1916); Dr. John Buel (1916; Cornelia Rankin (1920); Lucy Brace Sadikoff (1920); Gertrude E. Welch (1920); Kate E. Westbrook (1928); Marcus Reynolds (1933); M.T. Reynolds (1935); Mrs. VanWinkle (1943); Jane G. Cooke(1947); Elizabeth M. Hall (1950); Mrs. James Woodruff (1953); Dorothy Johnson (1954); Mrs. Floyd Vanderpoel (1954); D. H. Hill, Jr. Library at North Carolina State University (1964); Eaton Jone estate (1971); William Warren (1973); Mrs. Richard Brickley (1981); Museum purchase (1982); Mr. and Mrs. C. Minor Barringer (1993); Doris Townsend (1998); Chris Sinacola (2000); Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Bramley (2005); Charles Stookey (2006).
Existence and Location of Originals
Transcriptions are available for some documents.
Catalogues for 1824, 1825, 1826 & 1830 are housed in an oversize box. Daguerreotypes and photographs of portraits of Sarah Pierce, Mary Pierce, John Brace Pierce and other Pierce family members are shelved in separate boxes. Framed documents housed in Curatorial Center.
Other Descriptive Information
Material objects related to the Litchfield Female Academy include needlework, watercolors, watchpapers, maps, items belonging to Sarah Pierce, etc. Contact the Museum Curator for further information.
This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).
This collection consisted of three primary collections: The Litchfield Female Academy: Sarah Pierce; and Emily Noyes Vanderpoel. Over the course of time, these collections had been mingled and rearranged so that it was not possible to distinguish the original location or source of many of the materials. Other documents were filed in Miscellaneous Manuscripts.
Genre / Form
- Account books
- Autograph albums
- Exercise books
- Rewards of merit
- Litchfield Female Academy collection
- Lee S. Cook
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description