New York, NY
Catherine Smith was the daughter of Dr. Gilbert Smith of New York City and his wife Helena Dewitt Smith. In 1818 Catherine attended the Litchfield Female Academy.
Years at LFA:
Immediate Family (Why only immediate family?)
- Caroline Smith Garretson
- Helena Dewitt Smith
- Gilbert Smith
Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger: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.
CITATION OF ATTENDANCE:
Catherine Smith is mentioned as a fellow student at the Litchfield Female Academy in Adaline St. John and Juliana Shepard's letter to Eliza A. Ogden on Septemer 11, 1818 (Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield Female Academy Collection).
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