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Evelyn P. Ferris Papers Edit


Finding Aid Author
Victoria Ambrose, Ashley Aberg
Finding Aid Date
November 1, 2023
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Edition Statement
Collection originally processed by Victoria Ambrose, reproduced with additions 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


  • 1769-1996 (Creation)


  • 6 Linear Feet (Whole)
    9 legal size document boxes, 1 vinyl record storage box, 1 flat object box



  • Arrangement

    The collection has been arranged into seven series. Series 1: Ferris Family and Early Greenwich History. Series 2: The Nursery School and Summer Camp. Series 3: The Shorelands Neighborhood of Old Greenwich. Series 4: The Greenwich Choral Society. Series 5: The Greenwich Public Schools. Series 6: Memorabilia Regarding Other Organizations. Series 7: Histories of Greenwich and Old Greenwich.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Evelyn Pike Ferris was an educator of young children, an avid collector of history, and a woman who became deeply involved in many community organizations during the nearly 60 years that she lived in Greenwich. She moved to Old Greenwich in 1936 shortly after graduating from The Emma Willard School and Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. She took a job as the teacher for a small nursery school located in Mrs. Binney's chauffeur's cottage on her estate on Binney Lane. The close knit, shorefront community around Binney Lane likely appealed to Evelyn given that she hand grown up spending her summers on Nantucket Island with her family. Evelyn settled into the chauffeur's cottage for her residence and work but shortly moved with the school to West End Avenue, and then again in 1938 to a cottage on Grimes Road in the Shorelands neighborhood once again. By then the school was called The Cottage School and Evelyn was appointed its director, and post shen then held for nearly 40 years. After settling into Shorelands, Evelyn began attending the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich where she met, and in 1941 married, Edgar Ferris, whose family was among the early settlers of Greenwich. After their marriage, Ed left his family farm on the Post Road and joined Evelyn in the cottage on Grimes Road, which they together made their home for over 50 years. Throughout her life, Evelyn devoted much of her time to several community organizations including the Greenwich Choral Society, Greenwich public schools, and the Greenwich Historical Society.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collections contains the papers and photographs collected by Evelyn Pike Ferris during the nearly 60 years that she lived in Greenwich. They reflect Evelyn's keen interest in maintaining the history of her family and community and primarily related to her husband's branch of the Ferris family in early Greenwich history, and to the several community organizations in Greenwhich that she was deeply involved in.

    The family records relate to several ancestors of Edgar Ferris, Evelyn's husband, who had lived in Greenwich. These include Samuel Ferris and his sons Samuel Jr., Joseph, and Jeduthan, landowners along the Mianus river and beyond in the 1700s; Stephen Waring, a trading ship captain operating out of Cos Cob harbor, and his brother James Waring who served as a Justice of the Peace and tax assessor in the 1800s; and May Munson Ferris, Edgar's mother who, at the age of 17, traveled to the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago to demonstrate a typewriter manufactured by her employer and who documented the experience in extensive letters to her family.

    The papers relating to community organizations include records, newsletters, and photographs of the Community Cooperative Nursery school, also known as the Cottage School where Evelyn was the director for nearly 40 years; the Shorelands neighborhood of Old Greenwich where she lived; the Greenwich Choral Society where she was a member for nearly 50 years; the Greenwich Public School System during the ten year planning phase for building the high school on Hillside Road; the Greenwich Historical Society where she was a docent, Vice-President, and Secretary; and the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich, which she attended for most of her adult life.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no conditions governing access to this material.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Evelyn P. Ferris Papers, Greenwich Historical Society

  • Related Materials

    Related collections include the Ferris Family Papers, containing genealogical information on the Ferris family and more letters and documents from the early Ferris family including deeds dating back to 1712, and some information on Ed's mother May Munson Ferris. Also see the Ledger Collection which includes some of James Waring's ledgers from his time as tax assessor. Also see the Col. Raynal C. Bolling Papers, as his wife Anna Bolling was the president of Greenwich Choral Society for 26 years.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    The Vinyl Recordings of performances of the Greenwich Choral Society require a record player in order to be heard, as they have not been digitized at the moment of publication.