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Laura Brooks Troth, 1882-1964, grew up in Germantown, Philadelphia and moved to Poughkeepsie NY in 1909 when she married Woodbridge Riley, who was head of the Philosophy department at Vassar College. Laura returned to Chestnut Hill with her five children after her husband's death in 1934 and lived on Wheelpump Lane, near the Morris Arboretum. Laura died in 1964 at The Anglecott on E. Evergreen Ave., then a nursing home but formerly the family home of her friend, Dorothy Potter.
Annette Riley Fry, a family descendant, is the author of The Orphan Trains, 1994.
This collection includes diaries, photo albums, autograph album, photographs, clippings, other printed items, and many letters. Most of the letters were written by friends and relatives to Laura Brooks Troth (Riley) and some to her mother, Linda Brooks Troth, 1854-1938. A few were written by Laura to: her mother, her brother Edward (Ted), and some to her cousins and friends. Items relate to the Brooks, Troth, Townsend, Snow, Steel, Dodd, Bradley, Riley, Brown, Bell families and others, 1870s-1930s.
Gift of Annette Riley Fry, 2004.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR), using data provided by the Chestnut Hill Historical Society. The HCI-PSAR project was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was done in the HCI-PSAR project.
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- Finding aid prepared by staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories using data provided by the Chestnut Hill Historical Society.
- This preliminary finding aid was created by staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) using data provided by the Chestnut Hill Historical Society. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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