Mother's Clothing, etc. by Eugene Carroll

 

Inventory list, handwritten
Inventory list

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Eugene Carroll died on May 19, 2016 in Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY, immediately following a stay at the Renaissance Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center in Hyde Park, NY. He was 85 years old.  He taught Renaissance Art History at Vassar College from 1965 until he retired in 1999. Eugene grew up in St. Louis with his parents Elsie (Aufmuth) Carroll, Henry Carroll and twin sister Eugenia Carroll (Bender).

Peter Charlap and myself were the executives of Eugene’s Estate.  He bequeathed a large sum of money to the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis to conduct studies of the shifting groups of immigrant populations in St. Louis.  Eugene’s neighborhood when he was growing up was predominantly German and in recent times became Vietnamese.

During the late part of Eugene’s life his mother came to Poughkeepsie to live with him.  In addition to the monetary bequest Eugene also bequeathed his mother’s belongings to the historical society.  These consisted of all of her clothing, the inventory of the clothing, her bedroom and study furniture, family papers and photographs and the manuscript of a biography that he was working on.  Eugene thought that Elsie’s belongings and documents could constitute an exhibition, an exhibition about an ordinary person who lived in St. Louis at a certain time.  Among other tasks I had to do for the estate was to discuss this bequest of Elsie’s belongings with the historical society.  I spoke with them a number of times and in the end I was told that they did not want any of the objects in this part of the bequest or any of Elsie Carroll’s things. 

Presented here is the inventory Eugene Carroll made of Elsie Carroll’s Clothing, etc.

Harry Roseman
May 16, 2018