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Collection Summary
Administrative Information
Publication Rights:
Biographical note
Scope and Content
Separated Materials
Container List
Series I. Fairbanks/Paddock/Stone family papers, 1849-1915
Series II. Arthur and Helen Stone papers, 1863-1984 (bulk 1890-1944)
Series IV. Photographs, 1866-1998, n.d.
Series V. Publications, 1891-1955

Stone family papers

Collection Inventory

Series I. Fairbanks/Paddock/Stone family papers, 1849-1915     .15 linear ft. (20 folders)

Scope and Content


Arranged alphabetically.

Includes correspondence, wills, genealogy and other materials authored by the parents of Arthur Fairbanks Stone and earlier generations of family members. Wills exist for C.M. Stone, Sarah Stone, and Erastus Fairbanks. There are memorial tracts for Erastus Fairbanks and Sarah Fairbanks Stone. Included are several letters from 1848-1849, written by Lois and Erastus Fairbanks to sons Charles and Horace, who were traveling in Europe at the time. There are also letters to and amongst the Stone family. These include letters on the death of C.M. Stone, letters from C.M. to his father, and a transcript of a letter to Sarah from C.M. giving an account of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration. Correspondence to and from Charles Fairbanks describes his settlement in London, and are addressed to parents, siblings, and friends.

Box Folder

Fairbanks, Charles - Correspondence   1849-1856 

Box 1 Folder 1

Fairbanks, Charles - Letter to Sarah Stone on the birth of Mary Stone   3/24/1859 

Box 1 Folder 2

Fairbanks, Charles and Horace - Correspondence from parents   1848 

Box 1 Folder 3

Fairbanks, Charles and Horace - Correspondence from parents   1849 

Box 1 Folder 4

Fairbanks, Erastus - Correspondence, clippings, and transcripts   1852-1865, n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 5

Fairbanks, Erastus - Funeral tribute   1865 

Box 1 Folder 6

Fairbanks, Erastus - Last words   11/29/1864 

Box 1 Folder 7

Fairbanks, Erastus - Will   10/28/1864 

Box 1 Folder 8

Fairbanks geneaology by Lois Fairbanks   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 9

Fairbanks, Horace - Correspondence   11/19/1872 

Box 1 Folder 10

Fairbanks, Joseph - Will   10/2/1854 

Box 1 Folder 11

Godell, C. L. - Letter to "My Dear Sister"   Godell, C. L.1871 

Box 1 Folder 12

Paddock - Genealogy and misc. papers   1875 

Box 1 Folder 13

Stone, C. M. - Correspondence at death   3/1890 

Box 1 Folder 14

Stone, C. M. - Personal history   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 15

Stone, C. M. - Will   3/10/1886 

Box 1 Folder 16

Stone family - Correspondence   1864-1889 

Box 1 Folder 17

Stone, Mary E. - Description of funeral service   1915 

Box 1 Folder 18

Stone, Sarah Fairbanks - Memorial tract   3/1909 

Box 1 Folder 19

Stone, Sarah Fairbanks - Correspondence   1849-1865 

Box 1 Folder 20

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Series II. Arthur and Helen Stone papers, 1863-1984 (bulk 1890-1944)     2 linear ft.

Scope and Content


Organized into three subseries: 1. Arthur Stone papers, 1863-1944; 2. Helen Stone papers, 1892-1938; 3. Guest books, 1890-1984 (bulk 1890-1944).

Arthur and Helen Stone’s papers contain materials documenting their personal and professional activities. Formats present are correspondence, writings, biographical materials, research notes, guest books, and clippings.

Subseries 1: Arthur Stone, 1863-1955     1.45 linear ft.


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content

Arthur Stone’s papers are primarily comprised of notes and texts for speeches and writings on a wide array of topics. Also included are correspondence, biographical material, and clippings. These include papers of a more personal nature, such as documents saved to commemorate landmark events (e.g. wedding anniversary congratulations, letters received at birth). The materials provide insight into the positions of the Vermont Republican party, Vermont history (especially the St. Johnsbury area history), and the practice of journalism. Stone appears to have participated in something called “the Vermont Yarn Spinners,” and widely collected anecdotes and jokes, both for use in his public presentations and for general appreciation. Also included is a “friendship calendar,’ a desk calendar for 1908 with different inscriptions, quotations, or images contributed by friends and family members for each day of the year.

Box Folder

Anecdotes   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 21

Birth and obituary   2/18/1863 and 9/2/1944 

Box 1 Folder 22

Book of quotations   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 23

College essays   ca. 1882 

Box 1 Folder 24

Correspondence   1866-1943 

Box 1 Folder 25

Diary of Florida trip, newspaper articles   1921 

Box 1 Folder 26

Friendship calendar   1908 

Box 4 Unfoldered

History: American Board of Mission   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 27

History: North Congregational Church   1942 

Box 1 Folder 28

History of Fairbanks Scales   1931 

Box 1 Folder 29

History: "The First Hundred Years"   ca. 1942 

Box 1 Folder 30

Newspaper clipping: "How the Civil War Began"   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 31

Notes for talks   1929-1936 

Box 1 Folder 32

Personal notebook   1879-1924 

Box 1 Folder 33

Republican Caucus Address   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 34

Scrapbook, "Inspirational pictures"   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 35

Sermon notes   1927-1930 

Box 1 Folder 36

Speeches and notes   1897-1905 

Box 1 Folder 37

Speeches and notes   1898-1928 

Box 1 Folder 38

Speeches and notes   1905, n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 39

Speeches and notes   1911-1924, n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 40

Speeches and notes   1916-1936, n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 41

Speeches and notes   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 42

Speeches and notes   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 43

Speeches and notes: History   1917, n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 44

Speeches and notes: History   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 45

Speeches: Sphinx Club   1925, n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 46

Tenth wedding anniversary   1/1/1900 

Box 1 Folder 47

Town Crier articles   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 48

Tributes and "bouquets"   1936-1944, n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 49

Vermont Yarn Spinners   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 50

Vermont Yarn Spinners: Anecdotes   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 51

Vermont Yarn Spinners: Funny stories and jokes   1926-1927 

Box 1 Folder 52

Vermont Yarn Spinners: Funny stories and jokes   1926-1927 

Box 1 Folder 53

Vermont Yarn Spinners: Poetry and verses   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 54

The Vermonter   1944 

Box 1 Folder 55

Verses   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 56

Subseries 2: Helen Stone, 1892-1938     .05 linear ft.


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content

Includes personal correspondence (1892-1938) and a talk on Vermont women presented to the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1926.

Box Folder

Correspondence   1892-1938 

Box 1 Folder 57

DAR essay on Vermont women   4/19/1926 

Box 1 Folder 58

Subseries 3: Guest books, 1890-1984     .5 linear ft. (3 volumes)


Arranged chronologically

Scope and Content

Guest books showing visitors to the home of Arthur and Laura Stone. The books record a mixture of general visitors and guests at special events. The last guest book contains lists of guests at the couple’s wedding anniversary celebration. The volume was later taken over by their daughter Eleanor Stone and continues into the 1980’s.

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Series III. Laura Stone papers, 1897-1998     .10 linear ft.


Arranged alphabetically

Scope and Content

Consists of correspondence, speeches and writings, collected documents, notes, and clippings authored and maintained by Laura Stone, the donor of the Stone family papers. Amongst these are materials which document Stone’s involvement with a number of local organizations - the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, the St. Johnsbury Academy, and the Goodrich Library in Newport. Also included are genealogies, autobiographical and family histories, and subject and correspondence files on topics of interest to the St. Johnsbury area.

Box Folder

Artifact documentation   1979 

Box 1 Folder 59

Autobiographical article   1997 

Box 1 Folder 60

Calvin Coolidge information   1998, n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 61

D.A.R.   1897, 1960 

Box 1 Folder 62

Genealogy   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 63

Goodrich library, resignation and centennial   1967-1998 

Box 1 Folder 64

Lincoln family stories and autobiographical remembrances   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 65

Letter, introduction to book by Charles Horton   1979 

Box 1 Folder 66

Letters and articles, Wendell Phillips Stafford   1923-1953 

Box 1 Folder 67

Newspaper clippings   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 68

Recipes in North Country Cookbook,   n.d. 

Box 1 Folder 69

St. Johnsbury Academy   1993-1998 

Box 1 Folder 70

St. Johnsbury Academy: Founders' Day program   1967 

Box 1 Folder 71

Winning essay, Horton Bird Contest   1922 

Box 1 Folder 72

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Series IV. Photographs, 1866-1998, n.d.     1 linear ft. (1 box)


Arranged in loose chronological order.

Scope and Content

Consists primarily of photographic prints of several generations of the Fairbanks and Stone families. The majority of the photographs are undated and many are unidentified. There is a daguerreotype of an unidentified Fairbanks child.

Box Folder

Daguerreotype of unidentified Fairbanks child   n.d. 

Box 3 Unfoldered

Fairbanks house, Dedham, MA   n.d. 

Box 3 Folder 1

Sarah Fairbanks Stone, Crossmans   1908-1909, n.d. 

Box 3 Folder 2

Stone and Fairbanks family   1948-1988, n.d. 

Box 3 Folder 3

Edith and Helen Stone   1892-1967, n.d. 

Box 3 Folder 4

Arthur and Helen Stone   1866-1944, n.d. 

Box 3 Folder 5

Postcards and snapshots   n.d. 

Box 3 Folder 6

Laura Stone   1921-1998 

Box 3 Folder 7

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Series V. Publications, 1891-1955     .5 linear ft.

Scope and Content

Consists of two works authored by Arthur Stone (The Life of Henry Clay Ide and St. Johnsbury Illustrated), the North Congregational Church’s cookbook, a children’s book on birds awarded to Laura Stone as a prize in the Horton Bird Contest, and an article on the Fairbanks family by George Crosby. Additional volumes have been removed to the library’s general collection.

Box Folder

Vermont History, Vol XXIII No. 2 (April 1955). Contains article "The Fabulous Fairbanks Family of St. Johnsbury" by George Crosby.   

Box 2 Unfoldered

Leander Keyser. Our Bird Comrades. Awarded to Laura Stone in 1922 for Second Prize bird essay in the Horton Bird Contest. Chicago: Rand McNally Press, 1907.   

Box 2 Unfoldered

North Church Cookbook. Inscribed "Laura, from Mother." St. Johnsbury, VT: Caledonian Company, 1902.   

Box 2 Unfoldered

Arthur Stone. The Life of Henry Clay Ide. 2 copies, both inscribed by Arthur Stone. New York: Vail-Ballou Press, 1935.   

Box 2 Unfoldered

Arthur Stone. St. Johnsbury Illustrated. St. Johnsbury, VT: Caledonian Press, 1891   

Box 2 Unfoldered

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