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Josephine Chapman Collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
A.91.98

Dates

  • 1905-1991 (Creation)

Extents

  • 5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    10 document boxes

Subjects

Notes

  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no restrictions governing access.

  • Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into 7 series: Biographical Resources Wolcott P. Chapman Correspondence Non Greenwich Mail Work Greenwich Town, and Town and State Government Greenwich Clubs and Organizations Greenwich Mail

  • Biographical / Historical

    Josephine “Jo” Chapman (1918-1991) was born in New York to Wolcott P. and Etta L. Chapman. With the death of her mother, Jo became very close to her father, including hiring and contracting him for work at her newspaper until his death. Jo entered the workforce at sixteen, working as a copy editor for the Bridgeport Time-Star, and by 1968 founded her own weekly local paper, Greenwich Mail, which ran until 1980. Between 1934 and 1968 she worked several reporting jobs and founded her own Public Relations firm in Greenwich.

    Jo was also known to be civically inclined. Beginning in 1941 with World War II, Jo wanted to work with the War Department, potentially as a reporter on the homefront, although she wound up doing work with the Red Cross, an organization she participated in for the rest of her life including as a first aid instructor. She also worked with the Girl Scouts of America, was a long time member of the Repubilcan Town Committee, served essentially continuously on the Representative Town Meeting board since 1945, was elected to the Board of Tax Review in 1989, had been the president of the local Soroptimists International chapter, was the past chapter director of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and was a past director of the Crispus Attucks Association.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Josephine Chapman Collection, Greenwich Historical Society

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection is a combination of personal records and correspondence, and photographs, records, and correspondence related to Greenwich Mail. Items of note include personal correspondence with the War Department and the Red Cross from 1941-1943 discussing possible women’s jobs supporting the war effort, a manuscript on the history of the Borough of Greenwich from 1900-1931, Including a map of the Mianus River Dam planning from 1953 and a report from the state of Connecticut Public Utilities Commission on the contract between Greenwich Water Co. and Port Chester Water Works, 4 reproductions of 1921-22 cartoons by L.F. Van Zelm from his series known as “The Villagers” depicting businesses and people of Greenwich Ave, and a Mead family photo album with images of the family from 1906-circa 1912.

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