Warner Family Papers, 1884-1921
Ms 48

Summary Information

Fairfield Museum and History Center
Warner family
Warner, Lucien C. (Lucien Calvin), 1841-1925
Warner Family Papers, 1884-1921
Ms 48
Date [inclusive]
0.33 Linear feet (1 box; 3 folders)

Preferred Citation note

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

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Biographical/Historical note

Doctors Ira DeVer Warner (1840-1913) and Lucien Calvin Warner (1841-1925) were brothers from Chenango County, New York. They took their medical training in New York State and eventually started a corset factory in Bridgeport, CT in 1876 called Warner Brothers.

Lucien C. Warner lived in New York City and was president of Warner Chemical Co. He financed the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College in 1884 and was heavily involved with the YMCA. Other family members in this collection were associated with the Warner Corset Co. For more detail, see the genealogical chart in the collection.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection is housed in one box and primarily consists of letters to Lucien C. Warner. Many of them are from prominent people including Rutherford B. Hayes, Grover Cleveland and Andrew Carnegie. Folder C holds a scrapbook of newspaper clippings (1887-1917) about the Warner family.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Fairfield Museum and History Center

370 Beach Rd.
Fairfield, CT

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 October 1985.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Oberlin College. Conservatory of Music.
  • Warner Brother's Company.
  • Warner Chemical Co. .

Personal Name(s)

  • Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919
  • Cleveland, Frances Folsom, 1864-1947
  • Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908
  • Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893
  • Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1839-1937
  • Warner, Ira DeVer, 1840-1913


  • Correspondence.
  • Scrapbooks.

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Collection Inventory

 Folder A Letters 1886-1910   38 items

Letters from: 

Lucieh Thompson Warner (Golden, CO) 1888   2 items

Noah H. Osborne (McGrawville, NY) 1886   11 items

Letters to Dr. Lucien C. Warner 

Letters re: Oberlin College's Conservatory of Music 1882-1889   9 items

S. Smith & Son (jewelers) 1886-1887   2 items

Rutherford B. Hayes 1888 

unknown, Governor's Island, NY 1890 

Grover Cleveland 1891, 1905   2 items

Andrew Carnegie 1893 

Helen Miller Gould 1899, 1902, n.d.   3 items

International Committee of Young Men's Christian Association 1898 

John D. Rockefeller 1905, 1910   2 items

Louis C. Tiffany 1908 

Mary (Mrs. L. T. Warner) n.d. 

To Noah Osborne from Benjamin Harrison 1888 

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 Folder B Letters and Miscellaneous 1880-1921   21 items

Letters to Mrs. Lucien Warner 

Frances F. Cleveland n.d. 

Helen Miller Gould 1904 

Letters to Mr. and Mrs. Warner 

John D. Rockefeller 1918 

Lucien Warner 1918 

"Nellie" Converse Seeley 1918 

G. Frederick Wright 1918 

Cards to Dr. and Mrs. Lucien C. Warner n.d.   4 items

Letters to Mrs. Philip B. Warner 

Joseph Hopkins with card 1921   2 items

Nellie M. L. Jenkins 1921 

Letters from Lucien C. Warner 

John D. Rockefeller 1910 

Brother 1910 

Children 1913 

Letters unidentified 1882 

Program of dedication of Warner Hall, Oberlin College 1884 

School certificate to Eva Follett 1880 

Miscellaneous n.d.   2 items

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 Folder C Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings 1887-1917 

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