TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Container List

Series 1. Pauper Accounts 1775-1917

Series 2. State Board of Charities letterbooks 1883-1909

Series 3. Minutes 1893-1951

Series 4. Secretary's Diary 1903-1922

Series 5. Reports and Reference Material 1923-1959

Series 6. Temporary Homes 1889-1916


RG 019, Department of Social Services

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. Dept. of Social Services
Title: Department of Social Services records
Dates: 1775-1959
Quantity: 9.5 cubic feet
Abstract: The Department of Social Services provides a broad range of services to the elderly, persons with disabilities, families, and individuals who need assistance in maintaining or achieving their full potential for self-direction, self-reliance and independent living.
Identification: RG019
Accession: Multiple
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The Department of Social Services provides assistance to families and individuals through programs such as child-care block grants, energy assistance, vocational rehabilitation, refugee assistance, programs for the elderly, temporary assistance for needy families, food stamps, Section 8 housing vouchers, and the state child support enforcement plan. The Department has evolved through several titles that reflect the changes in public policy toward those citizens in need: State Board of Charities was established in 1873; name changed to Commission on Public Welfare in 1919; in 1921 name changed to Department of Public Welfare; 1935, name changed to Public Welfare Council; Office of the Commissioner of Public Welfare was established in 1935; 1953, name changed to State Welfare Department and the Welfare Commissioner; 1975, name changed to Department of Social Services; in 1979 Social Services split in two. The direct successor agency is the Department of Income Maintenance, which retains the same Commissioner and Statutory authority as Social Services. The other is the Department of Human Resources. In 1993 the Department of Social Services reformed by merger of: Department of Income Maintenance, Department of Human Resources, and Department on Aging.

See also the Department of Social Services Agency History.

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Scope and Content

Series 1. State Board of Charities contain letter books, 1883-1901, and registers of state paupers accounts that predate the board, 1809-1824 and ledgers created by the Board and subsequent agencies, 1877-1917. Series 2. Public Welfare Council contains one report to the General Assembly, 1947. Series 3. Welfare Department contains minutes of meetings of the boards through the public welfare council, 1893-1951; a secretary's diary, 1893-1922; several reports and a Master's thesis, and records of the Litchfield County Temporary Home, 1908-1915; and the New Haven County Temporary Home, 1899-1890, 1910-1916.

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Arrangement

Arranged into six series:

Series 1. Pauper Accounts, 1809-1917

Series 2. State Board of Charities Letterbooks, 1883-1909

Series 3. Minutes, 1893-1951

Series 4. Secretary's Diary, 1903-1922

Series 5. Reports and Reference Material, 1923-1959

Series 6. Temporary Homes, 1889-1916

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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

RG 008 Office of the State Comptroller for pauper records.

RG 061 County Governments for temporary home records.

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut. Board of Charities
Connecticut. Dept. of Social Services
Connecticut. Public Welfare Council
Connecticut. State Welfare Dept.

Subjects:

Children -- Institutional care -- Connecticut
Connecticut. Board of Charities -- Records and correspondence
Connecticut. Dept. of Social Services -- Records and correspondence
Connecticut. Public Welfare Council -- Records and correspondence
Connecticut. State Welfare Dept. -- Records and correspondence
Public welfare -- Connecticut

Document Types:

Account books
Correspondence
Minutes
Reports

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Container List

Series 1. Pauper Accounts, 1775-1917, Accession: 1954-001, 8 volumes
1775-1777, 1809-1815, 1 volume Item 1
Book in reverse contains a list of payments by the State of Connecticut to the "Port of New London" and the "Coast Guards" for the support and maintenance of troops and fortifications at New London, Stonington and Groton, Oct. 1775 - Jan. 1777.
1815-1824, 1 volume Item 2
1877-1883, 1 volume Item 3
1883-1887, 1 volume Item 4
1887-1896, 1 volume Item 5
1897-1906, 1 volume Item 6
1906-1910, 1 volume Item 7
1910-1917, 1 volume Item 8
Series 2. State Board of Charities letterbooks, 1883-1909, Accession: 1972-001, 10 volumes
1883 May 18-1883 December 11, 1 volume Unnumbered volume
1885 September 1-1897 April 12, 1 volume Volume 1
1897 April 15-1898 May 9, 1 volume Volume 2
1898 May 13-1899 April 18, 1 volume Volume 3
1899 April 21-1900 April 2, 1 volume Volume 4
1900 April 3-1902 January 24, 1 volume Volume 5
1902 January 24-1903 July 30, 1 volume Volume 6
1903 August 3-1905 May 10, 1 volume Volume 7
1905 May 10-1907 August 8, 1 volume Volume 8
1907 August 10-1909 May 13, 1 volume Volume 9
Series 3. Minutes, 1893-1951, Accession: 1972-002
Box Folder
State Board of Charities minutes, 1893-1921 June 17 1 1-8
Department of Public Welfare minutes, 1921 July 16 - 1937 January 24 9-19
Public Welfare Council minutes, 1937 July 8 - 1951 May 23 2 1-5
Department of Public Welfare special meeting minutes, 1921-1928 6-8
Reverse chronological order
Supervisor meeting minutes, 1903-1910 12
Series 4. Secretary's Diary, 1903-1922, Accession: 1972-002
Secretary's diary, 1903-1922 2 10-14
Series 5. Reports and Reference Material, 1923-1959
Accession: 1972-002 2
Child welfare
Public foster care for dependent and neglected children in Connecticut: a report submitted to the faculty of the School of Social Service Administration in candidacy for the degree of Master of Arts, University of Chicago / by Ruth Catlin Dana, 1946 March, typescript 15
Child welfare reports, 1923-1957 16
Child and the law in Connecticut / Mary Selina Foote, 1923 January 16
History of the development of the program for the supervision of neglected and uncared for children in the state of Connecticut, circa 1954, 3 leaves, typescript 16
Background history of the Connecticut Child Welfare Association, 1957 August, 2 leaves, typescript 16
Corrected report of the Public Welfare Council, 1946 June 30, manuscript 17
Management study of welfare administration in Connecticut, 1935, typescript 18
Organization, structure, and legislation
Legislation, 1937-1939 19
Reorganization bills affecting departments and institutions, 1937 19
Act concerning the Department of Welfare, 1939 19
Act concerning the Department of Welfare, 1939, typescript 19
Legislation reports 20
Report of the Governor's Committee on Welfare Legislation, 1938 December 16 20
Report of the Governor's Committee on Welfare Legislation, 1938 December 16, typescript 20
Report of the legislative council, 1952 December 7 20
Public document 96
Organizational reports, 1938, 1949 21
Organization and administration of the Office of the Commissioner of Public Welfare and the Public Welfare Council State of Connecticut, 1938 / by Carl E. McCombs and L.S. Timmerman, 1938, typescript + photocopy 21
Commission on State Government Reorganization final report, Welfare Survey Unit NO. 12, 1949 December 21
Papers, 1938-1959 22
Report of the Emergency Relief Commission to the Governor, January 1933-June 1934, 1935, typescript 23-24
Resignation letter of George C.F. Williams as member of Dept. of Public Welfare, 1933 25
Services to Indians, 1936-1953, undated 26
Special report on relief and reemployment, circa 1938 27
Accession: 2002-021
Collections for care in state mental institutions in Connecticut, 1947, 1 folder shared box
Report to the 1947 General Assembly by the Public Welfare Council
Series 6. Temporary Homes, 1889-1916, Accession: 1972-002
Litchfield County Temporary Home, Board of Management, record of meetings, 1908 January 7 - 1915 October 8 3 1
New Haven County Temporary Home, 1889-1916
Record book, 1889-1916, 1 volume 2
Labelled "Volume 7"
Contains secretary's diary, notes, correspondence, etc.
Minutes, 1910-1916, 1 volume 3