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Mary Ann Lewis papers


Identifier: 1913-30-0

Scope and Contents

The Luke Lewis family moved to Litchfield, Conn. in 1811 and lived in a house at #7 East Street in the center of town. Mr. Luke Lewis operated a store on the property and his four daughters all attended the Litchfield Female Academy at various times from 1812-1821. The majority of the collection consists of invitations and replies from members of Litchfield families, Litchfield Female Academy students, and Litchfield Law School students.


  • Created: 1811-1895


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


0.83 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged in two series: Series 1: Invitations Series 2: Miscellaneous

Method of Acquisition

It is presumed that these papers were donated by Mary Lewis Phelps, niece of Mary Ann Lewis. Mary Lewis Phelps was Secretary and Curator of the Litchfield Historical Society from 1905-1909. She lived in the Lewis/Phelps house all her life.

Existence and Location of Originals

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Related Materials

In the Litchfield Female Academy Collection: Louisa (Lewis) Phelps' Autograph album (1817); Jane R. Lewis' Journal for the summer of 1820 and Autograph album circa 1820.

Other Descriptive Information

This collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Processing Information

These papers were arranged in numbered folders in no particular order. A finding aid had been created by listing the folders in numerical order. A generic c1800 was given for all items that were not dated. For the most part, this did not correlate to the dates of Lewis family members. The current finding aid puts the folders in alphabetical order by correspondent. As the majority of the items are invitations sent to Lewis family members or replies received by the Lewises from invitees to their invitations, some dates may be established. For example, notes sent to "the Misses Lewis" are presumed to be before 1830 because Amelia Lewis died in 1820, Jane Lewis died in 1830, and Louisa Lewis married in 1829, leaving only Mary Ann as a remaining Miss Lewis.

Mary Ann Lewis papers
Lee S. Cook
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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

7 South Street
P.O. Box 385
Litchfield CT 06759
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