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Kent family photographs : Helen Kent collection, 1850-1947.

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Vermont Historical Society Library  FB-76.1 (cont'd in FB-76.2)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 


Title : Kent family photographs : Helen Kent collection, 1850-1947.
Physical Description : .75 linear ft.
Summary :

This collection consists of photographs of the Kent family, mostly of the Herbert Allen Kent branch of the family, including photographs of his wife's family, the McKnight family. There are also photographs of Atwater Kent and his estates. The collection also contains photographs of Calais and Montpelier school groups. There are also photographs of the section of Calais, Vermont, known as Kents Corner and some scenes of other Vermont towns.

Biographical or historical data :

The Kents were a prominent family in Calais, Vermont, in the nineteenth century. Remember Kent (1775-1855) settled in Calais in 1798. He had six sons, one of whom was Abdiel Kent (1805-1887). Abdiel was a successful businessman, operating a shoe factory, store, sawmill, brick making business, and other enterprises. Abdiel had two wives: first, Fanny H. Curtis (1822-1854) and second, Lucy A. Bliss (1830-1907). With his second wife Abdiel had three children, two of whom were Herbert Allen Kent (1864-1916) and Oliver Howard Kent (1872-?). O. H. remained unmarried when he moved to Boston in 1911. In 1902, Herbert married Helen Holmes McKnight (1881-1966). Helen Kent collected most of the photographs in this collection. It is this branch of the family that this collection principally documents, although there are photographs of other branches of the Kent family in this collection as well.

Herbert and Helen had four children, Josephine Mary Kent (1903), Edwin Abdiel Kent (1904), Laura McKnight Kent (1906), and Howard Kent (1911).

Atwater Kent (1873-1949) was a prominent member of another branch of the Kent family represented in this collection. He was descended from Remember Kent through his son Remember (1799-1881) and his son Prentiss (1834-1919). Atwater Kent was born in Burlington, Vermont, in 1873 and died in Los Angeles, California, in 1949. He was an electrical and mechanical engineer who held 97 U.S. patents including what became a standard type of automobile ignition. In addition to his automobile electronics business he developed radios. The Atwater Kent Manufacturing Company became the world's largest producer of radios. He closed the factory and retired in 1936. In Bel Air, California, he built a palatial 32-room Italian style mansion, "Cappo di Monti."

Related Collections : Manuscripts that were received with this collection have been treated as a separate collection and are stored in MSA 334. The VHS has other extensive collections of Kent family papers.
Personal Subject : Kent family Photographs.
Kent, Herbert Allen, 1864-1916 Photographs.
Kent, Atwater, 1873-1949 Photographs.
McKnight family Photographs.
Subject Term : School children Vermont Calais Photographs.
School children Vermont Montpelier Photographs.
Geographic Term : Calais (Vt.) Photographs.
Genre/Form : Photographs.
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