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Caroline M. Hewins Holiday Card Collection

Identifier: MS-Hewins

Scope and Content

This collection contains 102 gift tags, post cards, and greetings cards. The cards were collected by Miss Hewins and the young patrons of the Boy's and Girl's room at Hartford Public Library. The collected cards were then posted into a scrapbook.


  • ca. 1912-1915


Access Restrictions

The records are stored in a restricted area and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

Use Restrictions

See Hartford History Center’s Collection Use policy. Permission to publish from the collection must be obtained in writing from curator of the Hartford History Center, and a copy of the published work may be requested by the Hartford History Center. The Hartford History Center reserves the right to refuse permission to publish, etc. to those who have not complied with its policies. Use of the collections will normally not be permitted for the purpose of promotion of commercial products and services or political campaigns. Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library reserves the right to limit the number of photographic prints/captures and to restrict the use or reproduction of rare, fragile, or valuable objects.

Biographical Note

Caroline M. Hewins was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, in 1846. She moved to Hartford in 1875 to begin her post as the librarian for the Young Men's Institute, later to be known as the Hartford Public Library. During her time in Hartford, Miss Hewins was a champion for children's library services. Her passion led to the founding of the children's department at the Hartford Public Library, the establishment of a children's division of the American Library Association, and the creation of the first publication of a children's bibliography. While on her vacations abroad, Miss Hewins wrote letters home to her young patrons and often purchased souvenirs to be displayed in the library. She served at the Library until her death in 1926.


1 scrapbook.

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Holiday card collection created by Hartford Public Library's Caroline M. Hewins.

Physical Location

Ground Floor


The collection is closed. Additional accruals are not expected.

Processing Details

Collection was processed by Jennifer Chretien and Jennifer Sharp in 2013.

EAD Finding Aid created February 2013.

Caroline M. Hewins Holiday Card Collection
A Guide to the collection at the Hartford History Center
February 2013
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Finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Hartford History Center Repository

Hartford History Center
Hartford Public Library
500 Main St
Hartford CT 06103 USA