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Charlotte Clement Ripley correspondence, 1870-1963.
Ripley, Charlotte Clement, 1864-1923.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 519  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Ripley, Charlotte Clement, 1864-1923.
Title : Charlotte Clement Ripley correspondence, 1870-1963.
Physical Description : 1 linear ft.
Summary :

This collection gives insight to the life of a wealthy Vermont family in the late nineteenth century as they go about educating a family, finding suitable mates, and leading a very active social life, both at home and abroad. Business enterprises of various members of the family spanned the continent between Vermont and the state of Washington, involving banking, the Rutland Railroad, real estate, farming, and the plywood industry. Family members remained in close contact with each other, even as they moved physically apart. Correspondence from friends and acquaintances from England and France during World War I includes details about war atrocities and the difficulties that affected residents if those countries.

The collection also contains correspondence with Mary Cochran, known as Mary Cork, the family's longtime domestic servant. The family had a warm and close relationship with Mary Cork, who was at the bedside of Wallace Clement when he died in 1923 at the age of eighty-six.

Biographical or historical data :

Charlotte Clement, whose correspondence forms the largest part of the collection, was one of five children born to Sarah Salome Fish (1832-1906) and Wallace Clement (1835-1921). Her siblings were Florence Anna (1860-1870), Charles Fish (b. 1862), Charlotte's twin brother Frederick Percival (1864-1918), and Henry Wood (1866-1958).

Charlotte attended finishing school in Philadelphia and then traveled in Europe for extended periods, maintaining a busy social schedule and correspondence with people in Italy, Holland, France, and other European countries. After living abroad, mostly in Leghorn, Italy, Charlotte married Thomas Emerson Ripley (1865-1956), also a Rutland native, in Paris in 1891. The couple took up married life in Tacoma, Washington, where her husband established himself in the plywood business. Charlotte and Thomas had two children: Clements (1892-1954) and Cornelia Emerson (1896-2000). Clements married Katherine Ball (1898-1955) and Cornelia married Frederick Barreda Sherman (1892-1989). Charlotte Clement Ripley died in Rutland on August 12, 1923.

Related Collections : The Vermont Historical Society collections include the Clement Family Papers, 1798-1968 (Doc 187-194), which focuses on Charles and Elizabeth Clement who were the grandparents of Charlotte; and the Percival Wood Clement Papers, 1914-1919 (MSA 8), which contain the records of Charlotte's uncle who was governor of Vermont 1919-1921.
There are also Clement family items in the VHS museum collection.
Personal Subject : Clement family.
Clement, Charlotte, 1864-1923.
Subject Term : Youth Correspondence.
Women Travel.
Women Social conditions.
World War, 1914-1918 Atrocities.
Household employees Correspondence.
Geographic Term : Rutland (Vt.) Archival resources.
Vermont Social life and customs.
Tacoma (Wash.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Correspondence.
Added Author : Clement, Charlotte, 1864-1923.
Clement, Sarah Salome.
Clement, Wallace, 1835-1921.
Clement, Charles Fish, b. 1862.
Clement, Frederic Percival, 1864-1918.
Dorr, Julia C. R. (Julia Caroline Ripley), 1825-1913.
Ripley, Thomas E., 1865-1956.
Ripley, Clements, 1892-1954.
Cork, Mary.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.