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Object ID number R1993.24.001B
Title Personal Papers & Miscellaneous Series, Box 2
Date 1880-1990
Scope & Content This item is box 2 of 2 in the Personal papers & miscellaneous series within the Hildred Raymond Collection.

Folders 9-25 (all in alphabetical order)

9. Pamphlet: "Ellington, Glimpses of Earlier Days" by Nellie E. McKnight, publ. by The Ellington Historical Society. No date. Also 4-page flyer entitled The Ellington Historical Society with short write ups by Nellie E. McKnight and Dorothy P. Hartmann.

10. Two Estate Auction Catalogues entitled "Outstanding Estate Auction from the Estate of the late Vincent Thornburg in Wethersfield, CT dated Aug. 6-7, 1982. Signed by Lucille K. LeClair.

11. Souvenir book of songs from "The Stephen Foster Story of Bardstown Kentucky". No date.

12. "Hartford's Romance" by Wolcott Haynes, copyright 1927, produced by the AAA Automobile Club of Hartford. Includes a map.

13. Letter from Gertrude Kibbe Hollings to Hildred Raymond dated Sept. 23, 1980 identifying Theron and Carlos Kibbe in a photograph which was enclosed. Folder contains a copy of the photograph (see R1993.24.216 in Photo catalog) showing men in tobacco field.

14. Invitation to the Hartford Bridge dedication for Edna Jennings 1908

15. The New York Times Rotogravue dated August 20, 1922 (with picture of Miss Hildred Sperry)

16. Asahel Olcott House pencil drawing

17. Photograph, early Woodland Pottery by George E. Meyers

18. Post Card addressed to Mrs. Ellsworth (Edna) Sperry from Mary Sperry Farnham showing a house and two women in New South Wales. Postcard mentions a baby dress sent for her child (Hildred?). Date uncertain.

19. Pamphlet: "Tax List of Dr Jonas C. Maine" - 1850

20. Trolley tickets used in 1900 and 1910 -- Good for passage between Hartford and South Windsor -- either direction.

21. Pamphlet: "Two Towns - Concord and Wethersfield" - A Comparative Exhibition of Regional Culture 1635 - 1850 Vol. I/Catalogue of the Exhibition by Peter Benes.

22. Pamphlet: "Daniel Wadsworth, Patron of the Arts" by Richard Saunders with Helen Raye - Copyright 1981

23. Excerpts of letters from Serena Watson to her brother Cornelius including information on the sale of the Watson House to Theodore Bancroft and a summary of tenants and neighbors April 10, 1852, to sister Harriet including descriptions of the Watson House rooms, news of tenants and neighbors, May 23, 1852 -- Sent to Mrs. Raymond from Franklin Rockwell (also copied and filed under "Watson") April 15, 1961.

24. NOTE: The following items were not found in folder 24, and must have been taken out for an exhibit at some time from 2002 to 2005: Miscellaneous items depicting Hildred Raymond's interests -- book plates, article on Old State House (Boston), minutes of Biennial Meeting 1970 of the John Bissell 1628 Association, an article on Folk Art in Poland, etc.

25. Copy of picture of Catherine Hildred Sperry's pony cart circa 1920, taken by Barney Daley. Original can be found under R1993.24.678 in the Photo Catalog.
Orgnaizational or Biographical History Hildred Sperry Raymond was born in New Britain, CT, March 6, 1907, and died in 1992. Her father, an early electrical engineer, was Ellsworth Sperry, a nephew of William Wood, who built Wood Memorial Library and Museum in South Windsor, CT, as a tribute to his parents. She had lived in the Wood home at 1837 Main Street off and on as a child. The Wood family had a strong interest in local history.

As a young woman, Raymond learned to fly and was involved in airshows along with the slightly older Amelia Earhart. Both were among a handful of women to engage in the new activity. At those airshows, she also befriended Robert F. Raymond, a pilot who had been shot down and imprisoned by Germans during World War I. One of his flying partners was Jimmie Doolittle, who continued his air exploits in World War II. Between the two wars, the two men were involved in southwestern oil exploration.

Sperry and Raymond married in May 1929 and lived in Boston, where the World War I veteran helped in the beginnings of Logan airport. He then joined the Federal Housing Administrationas a real estate appraisor, becoming a division chief in Hartford just before the Depression.

The couple began farming in the Hartford area and soon had two children -- Carol, born in 1930, and Robert, born in 1933. By 1946, the family took up permanent residence in the Wood family home in South Windsor.

Raymond's interest in the Wood Library grew and she served for many years as a trustee. She was also a leading member of the South Windsor Historical Society.

Raymond diligently collected and sorted local historical materials. Writers and researchers frequently called upon her expertise in Tobacco Valley lore. When she died at the age of 85 in 1992, the collection went to her daughter, Carol Birden, also of Soth Windsor's Main Street, and her son Robert, who splits his time between Florida and Vermont. In 1993, they donated the bulk of the material to the Wood Library's archive collection. Included were more than 600 photographs and almost 200 books.

Among the books is "A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections in Three Parts", a 1787 book by the leading 18th century theologian Jonathan Edwards, also a South Windsor native. Others are Cothren's "History of Ancient Woodbury", "Maritime Connecticut During the American Revolution", and "Indian Tribes of the United States".

Most of the photographs are South Windsor scenes between 1850 and 1940 and depict Main Street sites, townspeople, tobacco farm operations, the Bissell Ferry and other Connecticut River activities.

(Biographical Notes written by Michael Salvatore, reporter for the Journal Inquirer).
Collection Hildred Raymond Collection
Search Terms 1091 Main Street
Asahel Olcott House
Year Range from 1880
Year Range to 1990
Parent ObjectID 1993.24.001