Guide to the Colvocoresses Family Collection, 1872-2012
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Summary Title Colvocoresses Family Collection Dates 1872-2012 Extent 1 Box (.50 linear feet)
About the Collection
The collection consists primarily of biographical papers and records compiled by Norwich University on the lives of George Musalas Colvocoresses (1816-1872) and George Partridge Colvocoresses (1847-1932) and their families. Additional information on the life (and mysterious death) of George Musalas Colvocoresses is included in the collection with a file of information on his wife, Adeline Swasey (see the Alden Partridge Records for more information on the Swasey family).
In addition, there is a file of correspondence between Harold Colvocoresses, son of George P. Colvocoresses, and others in his attempt to vindicate the reputation of Alden Partridge, whom he felt had been slighted in past histories of West Point. The correspondence dates from 1956 to 1958.
There is also a small file of biographical information on Alden Partridge Colvocoresses (b. ca.1919), grandson of George Partridge Colvocoresses.
About the Colvocoresses Family
The Colvocoresses Family maintained a multi-generational relationship with Norwich University and Alden Partridge beginning with George Musalas Colvocoresses in the 1820s. George M. Colvocoresses was born on the island of Scio in Greece but came to the United States as a refugee during his childhood. William Arba Ellis’s records young George’s circumstances in his History of Norwich University: “At the massacre of the inhabitants of the islands by the Turks, in 1822, he [George] was ransomed by his father and, with nine other Greek boys, was placed on board the brig Margareta, of Baltimore, then at Smyrna, and sent to seek asylum in the United States.” (v.2, pp.84-84)
George Colvocoresses was taken under the wing of Alden Partridge and educated at his academy in Norwich, VT, completing his studies in 1831. Following his time at Norwich, he served a long and illustrious career in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 1867. He lived in Litchfield, CT, until his mysterious death in Bridgeport, CT, in 1872. He married first Eliza Halsey and the couple had three sons and a daughter. He married second Adeline Swasey, a sister of Mrs. Alden Partridge. No children were born to this couple.
George Partridge Colvocoresses (1847-1932) was the son of George M, Colvocoresses. He attended Norwich University as a member of the class of 1866 but did not graduate and left after his freshman year, deciding instead to pursue a naval career. George P. Colvocoresses graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1869 and served a long and distinguished career in the Navy through both the Civil War and the Spanish American War. He retired after 45 years of service. He married Mary Baldwin of New York and the couple had two sons and a daughter, making their home in Litchfield, CT.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Colvocoresses, George M. (George Musalas), 1816-1872
Colvocoresses, George P. (George Partridge), 1847-1932
Colvocoresses, Alden P., b. 1918
Partridge, Alden, 1785-1854
The collection is open.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Colvocoresses Family Collection, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Unpublished biography of George M. Colvocoresses by Katrine Colvocoresses, “The Life and Times of George M. Colvocoresses.” Colvocoresses Family Collection, George M. Colvocoresses biographical file, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 1 Box (.50 linear feet) Collection Location: Archives 501 Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, firstname.lastname@example.org
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