Nichols, Finette Benson Collection
Ms B31

Summary Information

Repository
Fairfield Museum and History Center
Creator
Nichols, Emma S. (Emma Starr), 1874-1947
Creator
Nichols, Finette Benson, 1864-1948
Creator
Peden, Charles
Title
Nichols, Finette Benson Collection
ID
Ms B31
Date [inclusive]
1890-1969
Extent
6.0 Linear feet (15 boxes, 2,000 items, 3 oversize items)
Language
English

Preferred Citation note

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

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Biographical/Historical note

Abraham Benson married Finette Edwards. They had one child, Finette Edwards Benson, who married John Nichols. Their children were: Anna Trowbridge Nichols (d. 14 Feb 1993), Emma Starr Nichols (1874-18 Feb 1947), and Finette Benson Nichols (1864-1948). Finette Benson Nichols was a Republican member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1931-1947. Gertrude Johnson of Cornwall Bridge, CT was married to Charles Peden, a film maker for MGM. They moved to the "Benson House", 131 South Benson Rd., which Gertrude inherited in 1949 from her cousin Finette Benson Nichols. Their daughter Marcia (Peden) Miner inherited the house in 1988.

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Scope and Contents note

There are 15 boxes and 3 oversize items in this collection. The bulk of the material concerns Finette B. Nichols' legislative papers.

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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.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Martha Rockwell in May 1991 then by Marcia Miner in 1989 and 1997.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution .
  • Connecticut State Hospital .
  • Connecticut. General Assembly..
  • Fairfield County Republican Women's Association (Fairfield County, Conn.) .

Personal Name(s)

  • Jennings, Annie Burr, 1855-1939

Subject(s)

  • Child welfare--Connecticut--Fairfield.
  • Connecticut Tercentenary Celebration (1935)
  • Correspondence.
  • Education--Connecticut--Fairfield.
  • Psychiatric hospitals--Connecticut.
  • Public welfare--Connecticut
  • Real property--Connecticut--Fairfield County.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Women in politics--Connecticut.
  • Women--Connecticut--Fairfield--Societies and clubs.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Connecticut.

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Collection Inventory

 Box I Papers of Emma Starr Nichols and Finette Nichols 1920's and 1940's   130 items

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 Box II Letters and a Scrapbook of Finette Nichols 1920's and 1940's   50 items

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 Box III Real Estate Papers of Emma and Finette Nichols 1920's and 1930's   175 items

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 Box IV Finette Nichols Papers 1920's and 1940's   150 items

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 Box V Finette Nichols Papers and Photographs 1890's-1940's   50 items

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 Box VI Finette Nichols Political Papers, Fairfield County Republican Women's Association, Child Welfare and Education Papers 1930's and 1940's   125 items

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 Box VII Fairfield County Republican Women's Association Bulletins 1920's and 1930's   100 items

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 Box VIII Finette Nichols Political Papers 1920's-1940's   150 items

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 Box IX Finette Nichols Legislative Material 1930's-1940's   250 items

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 Box X Connecticut Hospital for the Insane Papers 1910's-1940's   200 items

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 Box XI Scrapbook and Miscellaneous Legislative Bills 1939   300 items

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 Box XII Pamphlets and Broadsides 1920's-1940's   30 items

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 Box XIII Tercentenary Papers 1935   30 items

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 Box XIV Charles Peden's manuscripts, Johnson (Kent, CT) Papers and Miscellaneous 1950's and 1960's   200 items

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 Box XV Political, Fairfield Welfare, World War II and Miscellaneous Papers   200 items

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Oversize Item A 

State Legislature seating plan n.d.   2 items

Oversize

Scrapbook n.d. 

Manuscript Box 2

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Oversize Item B 

Oversize

Photographs of A. B. Jennings and political groups 

Manuscript Box 2

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Oversize Item C 

Voting instructions 1935, voting list 1939, broadside DAR Garden Party, news clippings re: A. B. Jennings' interest in Anastasia 


    Oversize Oversize
Mixed materials   Manuscript Box 2 Manuscript Drawer

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