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Object ID number R1993.24.001A
Title Personal Papers & Miscellaneous Series, Box 1
Date 1880-1990
Scope & Content This item is box 1 of 2 in the Personal papers & miscellaneous series within the Hildred Raymond Collection.

Folders 3-9 are arranged alphabetically.

1. Biographical Notes on Hildred Raymond by Michael Salvatore (1992?). See Multimedia links. Also, copy of an article on Raymond by Salvatore from the Journal Inquirer dated Sept. 28, 1995.

2. Eulogy to Hildred Raymond written by William Hosley and given at her funeral on May 9, 1992.

3. Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut 1980, Iroquois Culture. Also included are brochures on Iroquois history and culture from New York museums and historical organizations.

4. Auction Catalogue "The American Heritage AUCTION OF AMERICANA, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 16, 17, 18, 1978" by Sotheby Parke Bernet INC. Included are an Eli Terry clock and an Eliphalet Chapin highboy.

5. Connecticut Magazine for Feb and Mar 1903, Vol VII, Number V.

6. The Courant Illustrated Almanac for 1881 with Connecticut State Government information, illustrations, calendars and Hartford area business advertisements.

7. The Delineator Magazine April 1900

8. Diary, 1919 (maybe Mrs. William N. Jennings) with weather observations, supper guests, family deaths, Hildred Raymond joining the church (1920?), daily expenses. References two Ednas, Marion, Esther, Annie, Ellsworth et al.

9. Handbook: Standards and criteria for establishing an historical commission (1958, rev. 1977); Almanack: Tercentenary celebration (1935)

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
Year Range from 1880
Year Range to 1990
Parent ObjectID 1993.24.001