Collection ID: M.94

Collection context


Wade White, Elizabeth, 1906-1994, Wade White, Henry, 1909-1995, and Morton Chase, Edith, 1891-1972
This collection is centered around Elizabeth Wade White, but it also includes documents relating to other members of the Wade, White, and Griggs families. The collection is largely photographs and genealogical records, though there is a small portion of correspondence, newspaper clippings, travel diaries, and school records. The collection spans from 1870-1999.
4 Linear Feet and 1 records center carton, 2 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize flat boxes, and 1 shared box.
English .


Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

The Wade White and Griggs Family Papers documents the lives of several family members including Elizabeth Wade White, Henry Wade White, and Carol Griggs. The collection spans from 1870-1999.

The collection is arranged into 4 series which were influenced by original order. The first, Genealogical Files contains notes and charts of the family genealogy conducted by several different generations. The second, General family records encompasses the small quantity of various family members. This series includes the Carol and Julia Griggs, Henry Lawton Wade, William H. White, and Martha Starkweather Wade. There is also a small amount of Chase family papers. The third series contains documents relating to and by Elizabeth Wade White. And the fourth series, Henry Wade White Papers contains documents by and about him.

The collection is largely composed of photographs and genealogical records. Additionally there are newspaper clippings, correspondence, diaries, and school records.

Biographical / Historical:

Henry Lawton Wade was born in Harrisville, RI on May 34, 1842. In 1866 Wade became a bookkeeper in Waterbury National Bank. In 1871 he was elected Secretary of the Waterbury Clock Company, and was in charge of the manufacturing division. After marrying Martha Starkweather in 1877, they two children Lucy Starkweather and Mary Elizabeth.

Martha Starkweather Wade was born in 1854 in Waterville, Ohio. In 1868, after the death of her mother, Martha's father brought her to Waterbury to visit her Aunt and Uncle Martha and Augustus Sabin Chase. Martha Starkweather stayed with her Aunt and Uncle until she was married in 1877. She attended the Young Ladies Collegiate Institute, later called St. Margaret's School where she studied French and Latin among other areas of study. Later in her life, with Elsie Rowland Chase they founded the Alliance Francaise which was an exclusive club for French enthusiasists and speakers.

Elizabeth Wade White was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1906 to William White and Mary Wade White. She was educated at Westover School in Middlebury, CT. Elizabeth became recognized for her work as an author, but she also participated in politics, charity, and volunteer work. She lived in Dorset, England for a brief time in the late 1930s to study Anne Bradstreet whom she eventually wrote a book about. While in England she lived with some friends and eventually developed a relationship with one of them named Valentine Ackland. She also became involved in relief work in Spain. After going back and forth from England and Spain, she eventually settled in her home "The Patch" in Middlebury, Connecticut with her partner Evelyn Holahan. She lived out the rest of her days there until she died in 1994.

Henry Wade White was born in 1909 and was Elizabeth Wade White's brother. He was an artist who devoted himself to drawing and oil painting. In 1989 one of his paintings was discovered by Janet Marqusee who was a New York art dealer and collector. Because of his artistic capabilities, Henry also was very active in the Waterbury arts community. He served as the Curator of Fine Arts at the Mattatuck Museum from 1947 to 1953. He was a very charitable person and gave most of his money to organizations who aided the blind and the otherwise handicapped.


The collection is arranged in 4 series.

Indexed Terms

Waterbury, Connecticut


63 Prospect St
Waterbury, CT, USA
(203) 753-0381