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Frances Perkins

Home Town:
Norwich, CT
Later Residences:
Norwich, CT
Biographical Notes:
Frances Perkins is believed to have attended the Litchfield Female Academy in 1800. A silk embroidery picture attributed to her survives in a private collection however she does not appear in any existing Female Academy records. Her brother Charles Perkins attended the Litchfield Law School but her sister Harriet attended an academy in Norwich, CT.

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In the Ledger:
help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
A silk embroidery suvives in a private collection made by Frances Perkins. The embroidery displays stylistic similarities to other embroidery pictures completed by known Female Academy students.

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