W. Eben Burr Oral History Project
Ms B112
Ms B112

Summary Information

Repository
Fairfield Museum and History Center
Creator
various
Title
W. Eben Burr Oral History Project
ID
Ms B112
Date [inclusive]
1958-2005
Extent
5.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
(11 boxes, 71 tapes)
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains taped interviews with residents of Fairfield, CT spanning 1958-2005.

Preferred Citation note

Item, Collection Title, Collection number (Box #, Folder #). Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield, Connecticut.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of 71 taped interviews with Fairfield residents from 1958-2005. The interviewees discuss their family background as well as their childhood memories of Fairfield. Also discussed are occupations, membership in clubs (Grange, Boy Scouts, Fairfield Sportsman and the Southport Garden Club),and leisure activities.

Other key topics consist of stories related to the section of town in which the interviewees lived (Southport, the Beach area, Mill Plain, Samp Mortar, Black Rock, Grasmere, Barlow Plain, Sasco Hill, Post Road, Stratfield, the Fairfield University area and Greenfield Hill) as well as personal or family experiences there.

Some subjects explored more in depth include real estate and development (Nicholas Fingelly) and small business (Angelina Mercurio, co-owner of Mercurio's Grocery). Other major topics: boating and sailing, banking and finance, farming and gardening, the Fire and Police departments, historical sites, manufacturing, medicine, politics and town government, religion and churches, and Fairfield public and private education.

Each tape has a signed release form and a transcript for each interview through tape number 45. The finding aid is arranged alphabetically by last name.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Fairfield Museum and History Center

370 Beach Rd.
Fairfield, CT
203-259-1598

Conditions Governing Access note

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Conditions Governing Use note

Use of the material requires compliance with the Fairfield Museum and History Center regulations.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was donated by Eben Burr.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Burr, William E. (William Eben), 1901-1996

Subject(s)

  • Fairfield (Conn.)--History
  • Oral history--United States.

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Collection Inventory

 Tape 43 Agonis, Edward 2/3/1994 

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 Tape 14 Banks, W. Elmore 4/1/1990 

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 Tape 79 Banks, Elizabeth n.d. 

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 Tape 57 Barate, John 9/10/1997 

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 Tape 27 Barrett, Roswell 4/25/1990 

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 Tape 39 Beach, William 7/30/1991 

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 Tape 56 Berthelson, Bob n.d. 

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 Tape 11 Bullard, Florence (Mrs. Harold) 4/29/1960 

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 Tape 22 Burr, Eben 3/5/1991 

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 Tape 13 Burr, Lottie 4/19/1958 

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 Tape 38 Burr, Howard 9/26/1990 

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 Tape 68 Butkus, Anna n.d. 

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 Tape 59 Caco, Sophia Zachreski n.d. 

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 Tape 81 Cahill, Robert n.d. 

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 Tape 28 Carroll, Patrick 1/16/1990 

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 Tape 54 Clark, Cameron 7/3/1997 

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 Tape 34 Croford (Crofutt), Frank n.d. 

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 Tape 66 Daly, Michael n.d. 

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 Tape 60 Daniels, Frank (town engineer) n.d. 

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 Tape 51 Decker, Margaret 5/27/1997 

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 Tape 65 Durrell, Jacquelyn 12/11/1997 

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 Tape 12 Fanton, John 4/11/1954 

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 Tape unknown Figlar, Helen 4/20/2005 

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 Tape 5 Fingelly, Nicholas H. 2/10/1990 

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 Tape 74 Ford, John n.d. 

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 Tape 73 Fraezak, Bruce n.d. 

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 Tape 7 Friedman, Muriel Smirnoff 7/3/1991 

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 Tape 47 Gardner, Mildred n.d. 

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 Tape 45 Glover, Sam n.d. 

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 Tape 18 Hansson, Frances Mason 5/12/1990 

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 Tapes 49 and 50 Hayes, Virginia 1/14/1996, 4/1/1997 

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 Tape 32 Healy, Eugene 4/11/1991 

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 Tape 17 Hertzel, John 4/9/1990 

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 Tape 41 Holman, Leroy n.d. 

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 Tape 30 Hull, Fred 5/1/1991 

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 Tape 52 Instone, Bertha n.d. 

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 Tape 80 Jackson, Theodosia Hawley n.d. 

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 Tape 19 Kinsman, Russ 6/13/1990 

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 Tape 70 Kish, Dorothy 11/13/1997 

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 Tape 8 Kish, George 9/15/1989 

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 Tape 25 Kranyik, Margaret 11/8/1990 

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 Tape 26 Krewson, Helen Mary 10/23/1990 

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 Tape 76 Kunin, Leonard n.d. 

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 Tape 42 Lindsay, Charles 10/11/1993 

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 Tape 86 Lobdell, Eleann 7/14/2003 

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 Tape 58 Longstreth, Alice 4/5/1987 

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 Tape 83 MacKenzie, Roderick n.d. 

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 Tape 84 MacKenzie, Laura B. n.d. 

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 Tape 1 Mercurio, Angelina 3/21/1990 

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 Tape 31 Merwin, Rodney 5/1/1991 

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 Tape 63 Morgan, Pat n.d. 

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 Tape 33 Neale, Edward H. 4/11/1991 

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 Tape 62 Papageorge, Angelus n.d. 

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 Tape 35 Park, Janice 6/1/1991 

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 Tape 7 Parsons, Mattie Etta Rand 2/27/1990 

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 Tape 72 Pekar, John 1/22/1999 

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 Tape 29 Penczer, Rudolph 4/5/1990 

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 Tape 9 Perry, Fred 4/13/1958 

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 Tape 36 Perry, Eliza 7/31/1991 

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 Tape 82 Police, Fairfield n.d. 

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 Tape 77 Politi, Raymond n.d. 

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 Tape 78 Quinn, Carol A. 

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 Tapes 20 and 21 Reed, Marion 8/7/1990 

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 Tape 55 Reeves, Libby n.d. 

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 Tape 3 Roche, Louis Curtis 3/15/1990 

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 Tape 24 Selleck, Arthur 10/28/1990 

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 Tape 10 Sherwood, Mr. and Mrs. Harold 3/13/1958 

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 Tape 71 Skog, Nils 12/2/1992 

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 Tape 75 Smith, Vita Seward n.d. 

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 Tape 61 Smith, Pat n.d. 

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 Tape 6 Sturges, John A. 1/18/1990 

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 Tape 40 Sullivan, John 11/16/1998 

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 Tape 85 Sutherland, John n.d. 

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 Tape unknown Szepessy, Jack 1/25/1994 

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 Tape 44 Szepessy, John 10/26/1993 

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 Tape 23 Treadwell, Nelis 11/28/1990 

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 Tape 4 Trotter, Elizabeth 1/29/1990 

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 Tape 53 Tucker, Ike (Irwin) 7/8/1997 

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 Tape 16 Wakeman, Joseph 3/25/1990 

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 Tape 2 Walsh, Charles 2/6/1990 

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 Tape 69 Wilbur, Elinor 5/25/1999 

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 Tape 67 Yaw, Frank 1/28/1997 

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