TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Container List

Series 1. Correspondence

Series 2. Subject Files

Series 3. State Agency Files 1951-1955

RG 005:032, Office of the Governor: John Davis Lodge (1951-1955)

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2007 by the Connecticut State Library



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Governor (1951-1955 : Lodge)
Title: John Davis Lodge records
Dates: 1951-1955
Quantity: 58 cubic feet
Abstract: Gov. Lodge's correspondence, subject files, and state agency files.
Identification: RG005_032
Accession: T001290
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Born: October 20, 1903, Washington, D.C.
College: Harvard, 1925; Harvard Law School, 1929.
Political Party: Republican.
Offices: U.S. Congress, 1947-1951; Governor of Connecticut, 1951-1955; U.S. Ambassador Spain, 1955-1961; Argentina, 1969-1974; Switzerland, 1981-1985.
Died: October 29, 1985, New York City.

The Republican's control of the governor's office in Connecticut ended with the term of John Lodge. He was the first governor to serve a four-year term, but when he left office in 1955 the Republicans would only hold it in four of the next thirty-six years. Lodge came from a long line of political leaders, including his grandfather, Henry Cabot Lodge, and his brother, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Lodge received his law degree from Harvard in 1929, but spent several years as a movie actor in Europe where he made fourteen films. In World War II he was a Naval officer. Married to Francesca Braggiotti of Italy in 1929, they had two children.

Lodge entered Connecticut politics in 1947 when he was elected to the U.S. Congress. In 1950 he defeated Governor Bowles in the first election of a Connecticut governor for a four years term. Much of his time in office was impacted by the Korean War (1950-53) as the state received numerous military contracts. Lodge had legislation passed to increase benefits for the unemployed and for injured workers. Bonding was secured to help in the construction of new state facilities.

At the end of his term Lodge sought reelection, but was defeated and left office in January of 1955. He later served as U.S. Ambassador to several countries. He attempted to become a U.S. Senator in 1964, but lost to Thomas Dodd. Lodge died in 1985. His house in Westport still stands and is privately owned. The Connecticut Turnpike (Route 95) is named in his honor.

Bibliography

Congressional Quarterly's Guide to United States Elections. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1994 [CSL call number GIS Ref JK 1967 .C662 1994.

Glashan, Roy R. American Governors and Gubernatorial Elections, 1775-1975. Stillwater, Minn.: Croixside Press, 1975 [CSL call number JK 2447 .G53 1975].

Janick, Herbert F. A Diverse People: Connecticut, 1914 to the Present. Chester, Conn.: Pequot Press, c1975 [CSL call number HistRef Conn Doc St22eacs v. 5].

Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Westport, Conn.: Meckler Books, 1978 [CSL call number GIS Ref E 176 .B573].

Van Dusen, Albert E. Connecticut. New York: Random House, 1961 [CSL call number HistRef F 94 .V3].

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Scope and Content

Gov. Lodge's correspondence and subject files related to state agencies, commissions, legislative bills, and appointments among other topics. Also included are state agency files.

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Arrangement

Series 1. Correspondence.

Series 2. Subject Files.

Series 3. State Agency Files.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Related Material

None.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Lodge, John Davis, 1903-1985

Subjects:

Connecticut -- History -- Sources
Connecticut -- Politics and government -- 1951- -- Sources
Connecticut. Office of the Governor -- Archives
Governors -- Connecticut -- Archives
Lodge, John Davis, 1903-1985 -- Archives

Document Types:

Records

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Container List

Series 1. Correspondence
Box
A-B (1953) 533
B (1954) - C (1952) 534
C (1953 – 1954) 535
C (1954) – F (1952) 536
F (1953) – H (1951) 537
H (1952) – J (1954) 538
K (1952) – M (1953) 539
M (1954) – N (1954) 540
N (1954) – R (1954) 541
S (1952) – T (1954) 542
U (1953) – Z (1954) 543
Series 2. Subject Files
Box
Accomplishments (Legislative and Administrative) Gov. Lodge 544
Adult Probation
Aging Commission Appointed by Gov. Lodge
Aging, Commission On: Folder 2, Correspondence
Aging (Committee On) Material
[Aging, Problems of]
American Prison Association
American Woolen Company: Committee Appointed by Gov. Lodge
ADA (Americans for Democratic Action)
Americans for Hungary
Anderson, Elizabeth
Annual Reports of State Agencies [Disarranged], 1951-1953 545
Annual Reports ending June 1954 [Disarranged] 546
Appointments to Boards, Commissions, 1951
Appointments to Boards, Commissions, 1952
Appointments By Gov. Lodge Various Boards, Commissions, 1953, 3 folders 547
Appointments By Gov. Lodge to Various Boards, Commissions, 1954
Appropriations Committee
Architectural & Engineering Fees
Arkay Building Files ([Ralph] Kolodny) [Proposed Sale of Building on Capitol Ave. to State]
Army, Dep[artmen]t, 1952
[Atkins, Carter, Connecticut Public Expenditure Council, Gov. Lodge’s letter to, Sept. 2, 1954, re High Education Study to be made]
Atomic Energy Committee, New England Regional
Beach Erosion
Birth Control 548
Birth Control Internal File
Blind, Conn[ecticut] Institute of
Bohara, Michael J. [Procuring a license to practice optometry]
Bradley Field
Bridgeport Armory
Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce
Bridgeport–Stratford Tour of Governor John Lodge, 1953 December
Budget Data [From state agencies]
Budget Economy Speech, Letters Received by Gov. Lodge Re:
Budgeted Agencies, Gov. Lodge’s Letter to and Their Replies
Cancer Fund Drive
Connecticut Chamber of Commerce (George M. Williams, Pres[ident])
Charter Oak Bridge Tolls
Chief Justice [Appointment of]
Cigar Festival, 1952
Citizenship Committee Conference 549
Civil Defense: Development of Civil Defense for Colleges
Civil Rights [Commission on] [2 folders; half the box]
Clarke, Urana
Cocco, Domenick, Grand Lodge of Connecticut Order Sons of Italy in America
Columbus, Christopher [Proposed Washington, D. C. Memorial]
Commissioners, Agency Heads: Dinner at Residence Material
Committee on Foreign Affairs [Congressional Resolution to John Davis Lodge]
Condemnation: (Rights of Tenants on Property Taken)
Connecticut Committee
Connecticut Company (Fare Increase)
Connecticut Education Association
Connecticut General (New Office Building)
Connecticut Hospital Service
Connecticut River Flood Control Pact
Connecticut State Hospital Trip of Gov. Lodge – Oct. 21, 1953 550
Council of State Governments [2 folders]
County Jails, Report on: (Letters to Sheriffs and County Commissioners)
Cove Island (Conn. Light and Power)
Crusade for Freedom
Danbury By–Pass
Defense Mobilization, [Federal] Office of (Charles E. Wilson [Director])
Defense Transport Admin[istration] (James Knudson) [Administrator]
Dental Assoc[iation], Conn[ecticut] State (Dr. Ira Dow Beebe)
Dental Labs
Dispersal of Industry [Federal Security Plan]
Displaced Persons
Driver Education Award
Dual Job Material
Dunn Survey [Voting trends]
Earl, Elliot [Technical Education]
Election Laws [2 folders]
Employees Merit Awards: Hon. Charles B. Keats, [CT] Secretary of the State, Chairman
Endorsements and Statements [Disarranged]
Endorsements and Statements [Disarranged; half of the box] 551
Epifani, Luigi [Resident of Rome; Concern about growth of Communist Party in Italy]
Expressway Bond Committee
Fair Trade 552
Fairfield, Town of
Federal Power Commission 1952
Fireworks
Flood Control & Water Policy Commission
Fore River Shipyard (Quincy, Mass[achusetts]) Re: Forrestal class aircraft carrier
Franco–American War Veterans
Freedom Day Ceremonies
Freight Transportation on the Connecticut River, Commission, Appointed by Governor John Lodge, 1953 July 13
Frouse Construction Co[mpany], Inc., Thomas Progue, President
Fuel Committee
Full Employment
Gambling [2 folders]
Garden and Home Food Preservation Committee
Gasoline SB 606 [CT General Assembly]
Geological & Natural History Survey
Gilbert, Roger [See “The Connecticut Committee.”]
Gill Nets, Traps and Pounds (License Fees) Lyle N. Thorpe, Sup[erintenden]t State Board of Fisheries and Game
Godfrey [Mrs.] Pensions
Governor’s Cabinet
Governor’s Office [Plans for new enclosures]
Greenwich Chamber of Commerce 553
Greenwich–Killingly Expressway
Gypsy Moth – Correspondence
Hamden Vocational Technical School
Harbor Commissioners
Harkness Estate
Hartford, U. S. S. 554
Hartford Pension Bills
Henry Whitefield House
Hill, Carlton, Re: Lewisboro, New York [Editor, New Canaan Advertiser]
Hospital Grants
Hospitality Committee
Housatonic Dyeing & Printing Co[mpany], Inc. (Mr. Gary D. Iozia, Pres[ident])
Housatonic River
Housatonic Valley Clean Water League
Housatonic Valley Planning Association
Housing and Home Finance Agency, Raymond A. Foley, Administrator [Federal Agency] [Correspondence with Field Director John P. Kane]
H. R. 5892 (A Bill to increase the amount of Federal Aid to State and Territorial Homes for the support of disabled soldiers, sailors, and airmen of the United States)
Hungarian Material [Re: Soviet Incursion into Hungary]
Hurricane [Result in Massachusetts]
Hypertrichology, Senate Bill 48
I Am An American Day
Indian Material [Schathticoke Claims]
Institutional Building Program Commission
Intergovernmental Cooperation
Intergovernmental Relations, Committee on, Washington, D. C.
Iron Curtain Refugee Campaign, Carl Spaatz, Chairman 555
Italian Medical Schools
Izaak Walton League of America
Jewish Holiday Voting
Job Reclassification [State jobs; 2 folders] Includes Report: “Reclassification and Salary Plan State of Connecticut” (New York: Barrington Associates, Inc., March 31, 195
John, Sarah F.
Judges [2 folders]
Judges, Local
Juvenile Delinquents
Korea
Korean Relief Campaign: Connecticut Committee 556
Korean Veterans’ Committee
Laurel Club
League of Women Voters of Conn[ecticut], Inc.
League of Women Voters: Gov. Lodge – Abe Ribicoff
Lee, Richard, Mayor of New Haven
Legislative Leaders 1953 General Assembly
Leipner, Benjamin ([State] Senator)
Libraries [In Massachusetts]
Lojzim, Mr. & Mrs. William (Sally)
MacArthur, Douglas [General] [Governor’s Invitation to speak before Connecticut General Assembly and reply declining]
Manufacturers Assoc[iation], 2 folders
Maltbie, Judge [William]
McWilliams, John D., Mrs. (Norwich, Connecticut)
Medical and Dental School
Memberships 557
Memorandums, 1954
Mental Health
Mental Health Authorities, Northeast Conference State – Myrs, Robert C. (Dr.)
Mental Health Conference, Detroit, 1954 February 8-9
Mental Health, De[partmen]t of
Mental Health Program of Conn[ecticut] (Gov.’s Informal Committee Report)
Mental Hospitals, Relief of
Metropolitan District
Middletown State Welfare Depart[ment] Removal from Middletown to Meriden
Milk Pasteurization Letters
Minimum Wage [Law] 558
Mississippi, Removal of Connecticut Industry to
Monday Meeting
Moody–Dingell Bill
Morency, Paul W. (First Day Stamp Issue)
Morse, Harry F. (Conn[ecticut] Circle)
Mount Riga Property
Murphy, Francis S. (Hartford Times)
Murtaugh, Hon. John M. Chief City Magistrate, New York
Narcotics
National Guard
National Production Authority (Manny Fleischmann)
Natural Gas: Algonquin & Northeastern
Natureopathic B[oar]d
New Britain Hospital
New England Council
New England N. Y. Interagency Committee
New York Herald Tribune, N[orth] E[ast] Section
Northeastern Gas Transmission Company Correspondence
Northeastern Gas Transmission Material
Norwalk Lock Company
O’Brien, Edmund W. (Personal)
O'Donnell Assoc[iates] Gen[eral] Ag[en]t Aetna Life Insurance Company Re: Group life Insurance – State of Conn[ecticut] Policy No. 1474R
Off–the–Job–Sickness and Disability Insurance Bill (Gov.’s Committee)
Office Bills
Office of Price Stabilization
Oil Imports H. R. 5895 559
Oil Imports Correspondence
Paradise Playground
Pardons, Board of: Dockets for December 6, 1954 Meeting
Pardons and Parole: “Abel” to “Curtis”
Pardons and Parole: “Davis” to “Dwyer”
Pardons and Parole: “Erway” to “Loraine”
Pardons and Parole: “Macchio” to “Zowine”
Pardons and Parole
Pen Stabling Code (Gov. Dewey of New York State)
Phoenix Insurance Co[mpany] Building
Physically Handicapped Week Correspondence
Physicians’ Residences
Physiotherapy Technicians, Conn[ecticut] State Board of Examiners for
Pinella's Fair – Remarks
Pipelines and Natural Gas, 3 folders
Poetry Day Statement Corresp[ondence] (Gov. John Lodge) 560
Poland Material (Governor’s Statement to the Polish American Congress, Chicopee, Massachusetts, In Connection with “Justice for Poland” Radio Broadcast)
Portrait (Gov. Lodge)
Powdrell and Alexander Factory, Danielson, Conn[ecticut]
Powered Flight (50th Anniversary), Connecticut Committee
Program Budgeting (Performance Budget)
Property Owners Assoc[iation] of Connecticut (Mrs. Amy Kotseroplos, President)
Public Schools, State program for assistance to communities for the building and operation of (Gov. Lodge’s directive to Herb[ert] MacDonald)
Public School B[ui]ld[in]g Commission
Red Cross
Re–Districting State Senate
Refugee Relief Act: Gov. Lodge’s Conn[ecticut] Committee
Rehabilitation Material 561
Rehousing Committee Appointed by Governor Lodge
Rent Control [5 folders; half the box]
Reorganization Material [Of State Government]
Republican National Committee Material
Republican National Convention
Republican State Central Committee, 2 folders
Resignations, Recommendations, Congratulations, Letters of Introduction 562
Resources for the Future, Mid – Century Conference on; Norvell W. Page, Conference Director
Retirement Material
Rivers and Harbors Congress; Washington, D. C., 1954 May 25-26
(Rockland Project New Britain Teachers’ College), Conn. V–6237
St. Lawrence Seaway
Sardinia: Dr. Ge[orge] Mofino
School Children, Transportation of, Re: Reimbursement to Towns for
Schlossback, B. M. [Dispute re: admission to the bar]
Seely – Brown, Horace [Connecticut member of U. S. House]
Shelton Arms Apartments, Bridgeport
Sloate Chevrolet Company, Inc.
Small Business Administration
Small Business Committee
Smith, Francis C. 563
Smith, Grady Lee (Extradition Letters)
Special Session [General Assembly]
Sportsmen’s Clubs, Connecticut State League of
Stamford Lighthouse
Standardization Committee
State and Municipal Bonds (Tax on Certain of These Bonds)
State and Sub–divisions, Committee Appointed By Gov. Lodge
State Bar Assoc[iation] of Conn[ecticut] (Meade Alcorn, Jr.] [Re: Probate Court Referendum]
State Owned Cars, Auto Regulations
Steamship Terminal, Commissioners of (State Pier)
Steel Governors
Steel Mill [Possible Construction in Connecticut], 3 folders
Stratford Toll Station
Subversives, Statutes [of]: Attorneys General Council of State Gov[ernmen]ts [one third of box] 564
Suggestion Systems
Suggestion Systems for State Employees, 1952
Supreme Court of Errors (Conn[ecticut]) [Correspondence with Chief Justice Allyn L. Brown]
Surplus Property (Donable Surplus Property Program)
Taft, Robert A. (Connecticut Committee) (Robert A. Hall)
Tax Claims, Compromise
Teachers’ Colleges
Teachers’ Retirement Assessments SSB 754
Teachers’ Retirement Fund
Television Educational Correspondence
Television, Educational Use of Channels
Television, Educational 565
Television Series – Gov. Lodge
Textile Committee, [The New England]
Textile Committee (Permanent)
Textile Industry (Re: Movement to the South)
Tidelands (Submerged Lands)
Toll Collectors
Toll Collectors: Irregularities in Connection with Toll Collections
Tolland County Tour By Gov. Lodge
Torrington Vocational Technical School
Training Schools and Juvenile Agencies, Nation[al] Assoc[iation] of
Treasury Dept. U. S. Savings Bond Div[ision]
Treasury, Secretary of (John W. Snyder)
Tuberculosis Sanatoria: (Transfer of Patients from Mental Hospitals to Tuberculosis Sanatoria)
Turner, J. L. [Suffield man held in jail in Springfield, MA]
Unemployment Compensation 566
United Nations Defense Fund, Inc. [Governor Lodge, Honorary Chair, Connecticut Committee]
United Nations Day Committee Connecticut Chairman for 1954 – Dr. James Halsey of the University of Bridgeport
United Service Organizations U. S. O.
United World Gov[ernmen]t
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Vergnano, Joseph, [Opposition to Virginia Extradition Warrant For]
Veterans, 1952
Veterans’ Pamphlet
Veterinary School
Washington Crossing Park Ceremonies
Washington Pilgrimage, 1954 May 1-2
Watertown Charter Bill
Waugh Report [Final Report, January 3, 1951, Humane & Welfare Institutions Building Program Commission, Albert E. Waugh, Chair]
Weight Distance Tax 567
White House Conference on Highway Safety,, 1954 February 17-19
Willimantic, Town of, Public Health Survey
Wooden Church Crusade, Inc. (Fulton Lewis, Jr. [National Chair]) [Churches for West Germany]
Workmen’s Compensation Commission
World Veterans Fund, Inc.
Wright Acres Housing Development [Investigation of]
Yale Corporation
Young American Medals Committee
Zoning Law Material
Series 3. State Agency Files, 1951-1955
Box
Adjutant General, 4 folders 568
Aeronautics Dep[artmen]t
Agricultural Experiment Station
Agriculture, Dep[artmen]t of, Comm[issione]r John Christensen
Alcoholism Commission
American School for the Deaf, 3 folders
Architectural Examining Board
Athletic Commission Francis D. Cerlanek [Commissioner]
Attorney General, 2 folders
Auditor
Banking Department, 1951
Banking Dep[artmen]t, 1952
Barbers, Board of Examiners [Civil Rights in Public Accommodations]
Blind, State Board of, Education of [Executive Secretary] 569
Budget (Robert Weir [Director])
Cedarcrest Sanatorium, 1952
Children and Youth, Commission on
Child Study & Treatment Home, Conn[ecticut], 2 folders
Chronically Ill, Aged & Infirm
Chronically Ill, Aged and Infirm, Comm[ission] on the Care and Treatment of
Civil Defense, 5 folders 570
Civil Defense Advisory Council
Civil Defense (Committee set up by Gov. Lodge), 1953 October 22
Civil Defense Meeting Called By Gov. Lodge, 1953 November 23
Comptroller
Conn[ecticut] Reformatory
Connecticut Safety Commission, 4 folders, half the box
Conn[ecticut] Safety Commission, 2 folders 571
Conn[ecticut] School for Boys
Conn[ecticut] State Farm for Women (Niantic)
Conn[ecticut] State Hospital [Middletown]
Connecticut State Library, 2 folders
Conn[ecticut] St[ate] Medical Examining Board
Development Commission [Connecticut], 3 folders
Education, 3 folders 572
Education, Conference on: (State and White House Conferences)
Education, Dep[artmen]t of
Education, Dep[artmen]t of, 1952
Education, Governor’s Fact Finding Commission on
Fairfield State Hospital 573
Farms and Markets
Finance and Control, 6 folders; more than half box
Fisheries and Game 574
Fisheries and Game Dep[artmen]t, 2 folders
Food and Drug Commission, 2 folders
Geological and Natural History Survey, Connecticut
Healing Arts, State Board of
Health Department, 2 folders
Highway Department: The files of this agency are disarranged. Summaries of these boxes appear in the next three citations.
Highway Department 575
Highway Material (Comm[issione]r G. Albert Hill), 3 folders
Highway Department
Highway Correspondence, 1951
Highway Finance Committee Appointed by Gov. Lodge, 2 folders
Autotypist Letters Acknowledged “Highway”
Highway Program of Federal Gov[ernmen]t (Proposals for President Eisenhower and Recommendations of Governors’ Conference and Council of State Governments)
Highway Department 576
Highway Dep[artmen]t (Comm[issione]r G. Albert Hill)
Highway Favorable [Letters favorable to the State’s Position Re: the situation in the Town of Fairfield]
Highway, 1952, 3 folders; half the box
Highway Department 577
Most files pertain to the proposed Greenwich – Killingly
Expressway. Includes a binder of photographs entitled,
“Directly in the Path of the Thruway in Stamford,” Thruway
Relocation Council, Another binder pertains to the Connecticut Safety Commission, 1952 April
Housing (State Housing Authority): Includes Memorandum to Governor–Elect Lodge from Albert C. Demers marked, “Confidential,” pertaining to the abolition of the State Housing Authority by the March 1950 Special Session. In 1951, the Authority became the H
Housing Expeditor, James McI. Henderson, Director
Insurance Commissioner 578
Insurance Dep[artmen]t
Joint Committee on State Mental Hospitals
Labor Dep[artmen]t, 5 folders
Laurel Heights [Sanatorium]
Legislative Council (Harry H. Lugg, Director) Legislative Commissioner (Robert Wall)
Liquor Control Commission, 2 folders
Long Lane School 579
Mansfield State Training School, 2 folders
Marketing Authority (Conn[ecticut)
Mental Health
Merritt Parkway Commission, 2 folders
Milk Administration (Hammerberg)
Motor Vehicles Dep[artmen]t
Motor Vehicles Dep[artmen]t (Charles F. Kelley)
Mystic Oral School for the Deaf, 2 folders
Norwich State Hospital, 4 folders
Park and Forest, 2 folders 580
Personnel Department, 3 folders
Public Utilities Commission, 3 folders
Public Works Dep[artmen]t, 1952
Public Works Dep[artmen]t, 1953
Public Works Dep[artmen]t, 1954
Public Works Dep[artmen]t, 2 folders and unfiled reports 581
Purchasing Dep[artmen]t
Rocky Neck State Park
Seaside Sanatorium
Secretary of [the] State, 4 folders
Selective Service
Soldiers’, Sailors’, and Marines’ Fund
Southbury Training School, 2 folders
State Employees
State Employees Association, 2 folders 582
State Employees, Conn[ecticut] Association, 2 folders
State Employees 40 H[ou]r Work Week, 2 folders
State Employees’ Loyalty Oath
State Police, Conn[ecticut], 4 folders
Tax Department
Tax Department (William F. Connelly) [Commissioner], 3 folders
Treasurer, 4 folders; half the box 583
Tuberculosis Commission, 2 folders
Uncas–on–Thames Sanatorium
Undercliff Sanatorium
University of Conn[ecticut], 4 folders
University of Connecticut, 3 folders 584
University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Agenda, 1954 August 25
Veterans Home & Hospital, Rocky Hill
Water Commission, 5 folders
Welfare Commissioner, 3 folders 585
Welfare Department
Welfare Department Investigation