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Frances Geraghty Collection Edit


Finding Aid Author
Leslie Albamonte
Finding Aid Date
July 20, 2021
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Edition Statement
Edited November 17, 2022 by Ashley Aberg Edited October 11, 2023 by Ashley Aberg
Finding Aid Note
Part of the Manuscript Collections, Greenwich Historical Society Contact: Christopher Shields, Curator of Library and Archives 47 Strickland Road Cos Cob, CT 06807 United Stated


  • 1814-2000 (Creation)


  • 4 Linear Feet (Whole)
    6 Document Boxes, 1 Half-Document Box, and 1 Flat Storage Box

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  • Biographical Information

    Frances Chmielowiec Geraghty is the daughter of John and Catherine Kuziara Chmielowiec, both of whom came from Poland to Glenville at about the turn of the century. They met here, and were married in 1903. Mrs. Geraghty, born in 1907, is the third of their ten children. Her sisters were Mary, Eleanor, Anita, Ceclia, Theodora; and brothers Edmund, Edward Chalmers, Stanley, and George. She attended Greenwich public schools and worked at Electrolux Corp. during World War II. For many years, she worked for the Greenwich Probate Court and the Greenwich Tax Collector's offices. Geraghty often gave interviews and shared photographs and memorabilia with local citizens and newspapers about life in Glenville during the early 20th century. Her oral history is on file at the Greenwich Library and there is a copy available in the Greenwich Historical Society's library. Mrs. Geraghty was married in 1930 to William Geraghty of Greenwich, who died in 1974. Frances Geraghty died in 2005 at the age of 97.

  • Arrangement

    Arranged into 5 Series: Electrolux Factory Newsletters; Personal Records, with subseries of Diaries and Journals, and Personal Materials; Correspondences; Family and Historical Materials; Postcards, Greeting Cards, Letters

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Access to this collection is unrestricted.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by L. Albamonte, July 2021 Materials added by Ashley Aberg, November 2022

  • Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Frances Geraghty Collection, Greenwich Historical Society

  • Related Items

    More Electrolux materials in the Greenwich Historical Society. Additional Newsletters in the Ephemera collection. The Glenville Bicentennial Quilt is held in the Greenwich Historical Society's museum collection.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of the personal papers of Frances Chmielowiec Geraghty along with historical materials that she maintained. The Electrolux Factory Newsletters Series include newsletters collected by Mrs. Geraghty while employed with the corporation during World War II and beyond, 1946-1962. Missing months are noted in finding aid. Geraghty’s Personal Materials include her diaries and journals along with her personal artifacts. The Correspondences series is organized by sender and includes important letters from Frances Geraghty’s family and close friends. Many of these letters were sent during World War II and after (1935-2000). Family and Historical Materials include Chielowiec genealogy records, as well as historical records of Greenwich (including tax information), Glenville, and the American Felt Company (1814-1988). The Greeting Cards, Postcards, and Letters Series include correspondences from miscellaneous acquaintances that were bundled together in bulk, and in no particular order (approx. 1939-2000).