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Helen Cronkhite Chester Collection Edit


Finding Aid Author
Ashley Aberg
Finding Aid Date
October 7, 2023
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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


  • 1922-1974 (Creation)


  • .5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    One legal size document box


  • Arrangement

    This collection is a single box arranged into a single series of materials donated by Helen Cronkheit Chester.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no conditions governing access to these materials.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Object], the Helen Cronkheit Chester Collection, Greenwich Historical Society.

  • Scope and Contents

    The majority of the materials in this collection are related to Helen's time at Greenwich Academy, including annual publications, two finished assignments, report cards, newspaper clippings, and ephemera related to riding competitions from her childhood. There are also materials relating to WWII; her husband Hawley T Chester Jr's U.S. Navy papers and orders, ration books, gas rations, and pages taken from her scrapbooks and put into file. There is also a short piece of correspondence between Greenwich, CT, and Greenwich, England, programs from the 1933 inauguration of FDR. Photographs reproduced from glass negatives, two copies of Greenwich Review, and a 1967 Civil Defense manual on fallout protection for homes with basements finish the collection.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Helen Cronkheit Chester was born and raised in Greenwich and attended Greenwich Academy. She married Hawley T. Chester Jr. in 1940, who was then deployed in the Navy in voluntary service in 1942. She and Hawley remained married for 62 years until her death in 2003.