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Phipard family papers, 1880-2002.
Phipard Family.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 510  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Phipard Family.
Title : Phipard family papers, 1880-2002.
Physical Description : 4.25 linear ft.
General Note : Continued in: Doc 511, 551, MSA 407, 468, 469, and MS Size B
Summary :

The collection consists of letters, diaries, photographs, postcards, newspaper and magazine clippings, pamphlets, Christmas cards, and a scrapbook from three generations of the Phipard family of Royalton, Vermont.

Material from the earliest generations is scant. These include: Leonora Phipard's scrapbook and clippings from the New Idea Woman's Magazine (ca. 1880-1915), a 1913 photograph of Willard Phipard when he graduated from the University of Vermont Medical School, and the orders he received as an officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War I. Most of the papers concern Charles Phipard as a young man with a scattering of material after he moved to Vermont. His earliest letters are those he wrote during the summers of 1929 to 1931 when he attended several camps in New York state.

The focus of the collection is Charles Phipard's World War II letters, postcards, and photographs that he sent to his family. Phipard was a weather observer in the U.S. Army Air Force and spent much of his time in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. His letters to Beebe (his aunt, Elizabeth Lanphear) and his sister, Helen, span the period from his induction in the Air Force in May 1942 until his discharge in September 1945. The letters, in combination with his postcards and photographs, fully depict his World War II experiences.

The entries in Charles Phipard's early diaries, begun in 1926 as a young man, are brief. In later years he describes minutely the mundane details of his day. He continued keeping a diary until his death in 2002.

The papers include a few letters written to Charles Phipard. The earliest were written in 1943 and 1944 by John Tunney, a male nurse who cared for Edgar Lanphear, Charles' uncle. Tunney, a songwriter, included some of his poetry and music with his letters. Between 1951 and 1953, when Charles sought real estate in Vermont, several realtors sent him letters with photographs about available property in the Royalton area.

After he settled in Vermont, Phipard became active in the Calvin Coolidge Council of the Boy Scouts of America serving as a troop leader in South Royalton. He saved the directives he received from the Council between 1961 and 1963. These folders also include information about the Council's Camp Plymouth in Ludlow, Vermont.

Most of Helen Phipard's papers in the collection are from the 1930s. They include her letters and memorabilia from her student days at Ashley Hall in Charleston, S.C. and Mount Holyoke College. During the summers of 1929, 1930 and 1931 Helen Phipard attended Camp Wihakowi in Northfield, Vermont. The collection includes a printed camp catalog, her autograph book, photograph albums, and memorabilia. At the end of camp, the girls wrote so-called "train letters" to their friends to be read on the journey home.

Biographical or historical data :

Willard Phipard was born March 15, 1887, the son of Leonora and Charles Kelsey Phipard. He graduated from the University of Vermont Medical School in 1913. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in September 1918 as a First Lieutenant and was discharged in August 1919. Phipard practiced medicine and lived in New York City. His wife, Hazel Dealing Phipard, ill with tuberculosis, stayed at Terris Cottage on Mt. Philo (two postcard views of this facility are in the collection), and later at Dr. Trudeau's in Lake Placid, New York, where she died in 1927.

Charles Willard Phipard was born Aug. 5, 1916, in New York City, the son of Dr. Willard Phipard and Hazel (Dealing) Phipard. Charles Phipard attended Wesleyan University and Upsala College, graduating with degrees in business and economics. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon national fraternity and served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II; most of his time was spend in Canada as a weather observer. After his discharge he returned home to Long Island and worked in the experimental department of Sperry Gyroscope. In 1956 he moved to Royalton, Vermont, to be near his sister and purchased a farm on Waterman Road where he raised chickens.

Helen Phipard was born in New York City on August 26, 1917, the daughter of Dr. Willard and Hazel Dealing Phipard. She graduated from Ashley Hall in Charleston, S.C. in 1937 and Mount Holyoke college in 1941. She married Robert Dumville (November 4, 1916-January 28, 1998) on August 2, 1947. They made their home at Woodlawn Farm in Royalton, Vermont. Helen died on November 18, 2005. A copy of her obituary is located in Folder 0.

Personal Subject : Phipard, Willard, 1887-1942.
Phipard, Charles W., 1916-2002.
Corporate Subject : United States. Army Air Forces.
Camp Wihakowi Northfield, Vt.
Mount Holyoke College.
Subject Term : World War, 1939-1945.
Youth New York State Diaries.
Camps New York State.
Camps Vermont Northfield.
Geographic Term : Royalton (Vt.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Letters correspondence.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.