Collection ID: sf

Collection context


The collection covers a prominent farm, civic, and political family of Lyme. The documents in this collection provide information about family history, town politics, government, community service; farm life and tools; the roles of children and women, Lyme Impressionist artists, women's service in World War I and II, and the life of Jennie Stark, an early twentieth century teachers and local folk-artist (rug hooking).
2 Linear Feet
English .


Acquisition information:
Accessions to the Stark Family papers were donated by Stark family members, community donors, and generated by archive staff (oral histories and some photographs).
Scope and Content:

Among the sources included in this collection, the "Autobiography of J. Warren Stark" (1862-1951) and "Growing Up in the Early 20th Century", the memoir of his daughter, Jennie Stark (1901-2001), are both important sources. The oral histories done with Jennie are available in transcribed form. Copies of 20th century Stark family reunion programs are available, as are records and ephemera from J. Warren Stark's membership in the Knights of Pythias. Also included is an essay written by Bruce P. Stark.

Biographical / Historical:

Lifelong Lyme residents J. Warren Stark (1862-1951) and his daughter Jennie Stark (1901-2001) are the focal points of this collection. J. Warren Stark was a farmer who lived on Beaver Brook Road. He was a member of the Pleasant Valley Church and of the Masonic order of the Knights of Pythias. Jennie Stark served in the United States Army during both World Wars, worked as a school teacher, and was a prominent local folk artist producing hooked rugs.


Lyme Public Library
Local History Archives
482 Hamburg Road
Lyme, CT 06371, USA
(860) 598-9760