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Emerette Colt Strong diary


Identifier: 00-1972-127-0

Scope and Contents

The Emerette Colt Strong diary (1972-127-0) contains entries from March 8, 1874 through May 9, 1874. Emerette provides detailed daily accounts as she travelled across the country from New York to California by train. She provides descriptions of the cities that they stopped at along the way, as well as written sketches of the landscape, economy, and architecture of the country as she travelled west. Also represented in the diary are occassional histories of select cities or historic individuals. Of particular interest are her entries about Salt Lake City, Brigham Young, and Mormonism. The item is currently housed in 3A Box 3.


  • created: 1874
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/06/1972


Conditions Governing Access

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

Emerette Lois Colt Strong was born November 21, 1841. Her parents, Henry Colt and Chloe Catlin Colt, resided in Torrington, Connecticut where they owned a local farm. In 1860 and 1861 Emerette attended the Connecticut State Normal School in New Britain. On June 7, 1866 she married David Strong (1825-1914), businessman and widower of her sister Chloe Maria Colt Strong. David had been a 1st Lieut. in the 24th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers during the Civil War, and established himself as a successful businessman and manufacturer in Winsted, Connecticut after the war's end. He established and served as President of the Strong Manufacturing Company, was President of the Winsted Hosiery Company, the First National Bank and served as Director of the New England Knitting Company. The couple resided in Winsted following their marriage, and Emerette was actively involved in the local community and held a membership with the Congregational Church.

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1 bound volume. other_unmapped

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Source of Acquisition

Mr. and Mrs. David E. Strong

Method of Acquisition


Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

Emerette Colt Strong autograph album, 1860-1912

Other Descriptive Information

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

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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

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