TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Container List

Records 1933-1937

RG 032, Emergency Relief Commission

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. Emergency Relief Commission
Title: Emergency Relief Commission records
Dates: 1933-1937
Quantity: 63.5 cubic feet
Abstract: The General Assembly created the Emergency Relief commission in 1933 as a sucessor to the Connecticut State Emergency Committee on Employment and the Connecticut Unemployment Commission. It had two functions: approval of local municipal bonds for relief purposes and supervision of emergency unemployment relief projects.
Identification: RG032
Accession: T001431
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The Commission was created by an Act of the General Assembly (1933, Public Acts, Ch. 276), effective June 7, 1933. Although its functions were somewhat broader, it was clearly the successor to the Connecticut Unemployment Commission (RG 31) and its predecessor, the Connecticut State Emergency Committee on Employment. James W. Hook, Chairman of the two earlier agencies, was appointed a member of the new Commission, and Eleanor H. Little, former Research Secretary of Unemployment Commission, became the Executive Secretary and later Relief Administrator.

The Emergency Relief Commission had two main functions: To supervise emergency municipal finance and t supervise emergency unemployment relief. The first responsibility was in effect limited to the approval of local bond issues for relief purposes, which it did for Norwalk, Danbury, Westport and Waterbury. Its unemployment relief work was much more extensive, involving preparing requests for and administering Federal grants under the Federal Emergency Relief Act (May 1933), the Civil Works Administration (November 1933), the Commodity Relief Distribution program under the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (September 1933), the Civilian Conservation Corps program (April 1933) and several other smaller programs. Accounts of the activities in some detail may be found in the two published reports listed below under "Related Records". In the later pat of 1935 the work relief projects, which had been administered first under C.W.A. and then under E.R.A., were gradually turned over to the new Works Progress Administration. The Emergency Relief Commission itself continued until it terminated by limitation of statute on February 1, 1937.

See also the Emergency Relief Commission Agency History.

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Scope and Content

The record listed below are principally those of the Engineering Department (sometimes known as the Work Division), pertaining to work relief projects in the localities or in State Division), pertaining to work relief projects in the localities or in State Government agencies. The records were carefully prepared for preservation the Connecticut State Library as described in Experience of the Emergency Relief Commission, pp. 71-75. Local administrative records were apparently turned over to the town clerks (Ibid., p. 67), while substantial quantities of other materials appear to have been destroyed. Others may have been turned over to the Welfare Department (now Department of Social Services).

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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 031, Connecticut Unemployment Commission, 1931-1933.

RG 033, Work Projects Administration for Connecticut.

Report of the Emergency Relief Commission to the Governor, January, 1933-December, 1934. Wallingford: Peiper Press, 1935. 142 pp.

Experience of the Emergency Relief Commission with relief administration in Connecticut, period of the commission created by Public Acts 1933, chapter 32A, July 1, 1933 to February 1, 1935, continued by Public Acts 1935, chapter 1, to February 1, 1937. Hartford: Emergency Relief Commission, 1937. 173 pp.

Some of the records described here, as well as related material in other Connecticut repositories, are listed in Inventory of Federal Archives in the States. Series XIII, Civil Works Administration, No. 7, Connecticut. U.S. National Archives Project, W.P.A., 1939.

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut. Emergency Relief Commission

Subjects:

Connecticut. Emergency Relief Commission -- Records and correspondence
Depressions -- 1929 -- Connecticut
Public service employment -- Connecticut
Unemployed -- Connecticut

Document Types:

Card files
Correspondence
Drawings
Maps
Minutes
Photographs

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Container List

Records, 1933-1937
Box
1. Administrative instructions on C.W.A. work, 1933 August-1934 August, 1 looseleaf binder 1
Mimeographed "General Letters" to local C.W.A. boards transmitting information or instructions from the State Director of Administrator, and typed instructions to inspection engineers from the Chief Inspection Engineer.
1A. Minutes of meetings, 1933 June 21-1937 January 26, 2 volumes 1A
Typed copies, usually ribbon copies, of the minutes, signed by the Secretary. They include monthly statements of expenditures from July 1933 to date, as well as other charts, statsitics and reports prepared for hte Commission.
2. Statement of auditied costs for C.W.A. work relief projects, 1933-1934 1
Summary statement indicating name and number of project, labor cost, other cost and disposition of project if transferred to E.R.A. or otherwise, with total costs for each State Government agency and each town.
3. C.W.A. work relief project files, 1933-1934
Engineering Department (Work Division) files consisting, for each town, of three folders with: project applications and reports, with related drawings, purchase orders and correspondence; inspection reports; and correspondence with local officials.
Town projects
Andover-Chester 1
Clinton-Granby 2
Greenwich-Middletown 3
Milford-New Haven 4
Newington-Stafford 5
Stamford-Waterbury 6
Waterford-Woodstock 7
State Government projects
Arranged alphabetically by name of agency.
Federal projects
Arranged numerically.
111-663
681-1058, 698 8
4. C.W.A. "special program" service and women's project materials, 1933-1934
Correspondence, rpeorts, memoranda, applications for project funds, etc. pertaining to the Transient Bureau, women's projects, service projects, nurses and teachers.
Arranged by subject.
5. Engineering Department general and administrative papers on C.W.A. work, 1933-1934
Correspondence and memoranda pertaining to general and administrative matters, airport projects, disapproved projects, accident summaries and projects recommended to Washington for continuation.
6. Administrative papers, 1933-1936, 5 folders 9
This is a fragment of what appears to be the main office files of the Emergency Relief Commission. It includes material on personnel and salary changes, Connecticut applications for Federal relief grants, town reports on expenditures for relief, and 1933 reports on investigation of towns' accounting for relief expenditures.
7. Administrative instructions on E.R.A. work, 1934-1937
General letters ERA Nos. 1-188, 1934 March-1937 January, 2 looseleaf binders
Instructions to regional engineers, 1934 April-1936 February, 2 looseleaf binders
Safety letters, 1933 December-1935 July, 1 looseleaf binder
Manual of Work Division ProcedureWashington: F.E.R.A., 1934 November. 2 vols. in 1, 57 pp., 40 pp.
8. Report of Work Relief under the Emergency Relief Commission of Connecticut, 1935 November 15, 1 vol., 246 pp.
Illustrated typescript report by the Engineering Department
9. Federal Transient Bureau. Report of Activities, 1934 January-1935
Mimeographed. 11 pp., and charts and tables.
10. Maps of Regional Engineers districts, 1934 April-1935 October
Six marked Connecticut maps.
11. Report on locally supervised A 1 and F 2 type projects, 1936 March 18
Typed report on engineering and research and planning projects that were locally supervised, with a listing of the plans, maps, etc. produced.
12. Summaries of W.P.A. project applications, 1935 July-December
Forms listing projects for which allocation of Federal funds was requested.
13. Worksheets for report to the General Assembly, undated
Manuscript notes, charts, lsits and other data on engineering aspects of E.R.A. work relief projects.
14. E.R.A. work relief administrative correspondence, 1934 April-1936 September
Copies of outgoing letters.
Statewide, 1935 October 1-1936 September 1
Safety, 1934 April 1-1935 October 1
Statewide 10
Washington reports
Frequency summaries
Bridgeport District 11
Hartford District
New Haven District
15. E.R.A. work relief project files, 1933-1937
Correspondence, reports, notes, memoranda and other materials pertaining to individual projects and to program administration on the local or State agency level.
Projects sponsored by State Government agencies
Department of Aeronautics 12
Civilian Conservation Corps
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Department of Labor
Connecticut Institute for Blind
Connecticut Prison Associatiion
Connecticut School for Boys
Connecticut State College
Connecticut State Employment Service
State Police Department
Connecticut Reformatory
Connecticut Tercentenary Commission
Welfare Commission
Fairfield State Hospital 13
State Board of Fisheries and Game
Legislative Commission on Jails
Military Department
Department of Motor Vehicles
National Emergency Council
Newington Home for Crippled Children
Commissioners of Rivers, Harbors, and Bridges
Shell Fish Commission
State Board of Education
Dairy and Food Commission
Department of Agriculture
Department of Health
E.R.A. 13-15
Connecticut State Farm for Women 15
Connecticut State Library
Strate NRA Compliance Board
State Board and Forest Commission
State Planning Board
Supreme Court of Errors
State Tuberculosis Commission
United States Department of Agriculture
United States Army
Veterans' Administration Facility 16
State Water Commission
State Works Progress Administration
Special programs
e.g. "Closing out C.W.A., statewide programs, Federal research programs, etc.
Local work projects
Arranged alphabetically by town, thereunder numerically by project, with often a summary for each town.
Ansonia-Bozrah 17
Branford-Bridgeport 18
Bridgeport-Bridgewater 19
Bristol-Cromwell 20
Danbury-East Haddam 21
East Hampton-Essex 22
Essex-Greenwich 23
Hartford 25
Hartford-Lyme 26
Madison-Meriden 27
Meriden-Milford 28
Milford-New Britain 29
New Britain-New Haven 30
New Haven 31
Newington-Norwalk 32
Nrowalk-Plainfield 33
Plainfield-Sharon 34
Shelton-Stamford 35
Stamford-stratford 36
Statford-Wallingford 37
Wallingford-West Hartford 38
West Hartford-Wethersfield 39
Willington-Windsor Locks 40
Windsor Locks-Woodstock 41
16. Plan file, 1933-1937
Plans and drawings submitted with project applications.
Alphabetical by town and thereunder numerical by plan number. Statewide and Federal projects filed at the end. Item 19 below is a guide to plan numbers.
Ansonia-Bridgeport
Bridgeport-Greenwich 42
Griswold-Middletown 43
Middletown-New Haven 44
New Haven-Norwalk 45
Norwich-Thompson 46
Torrington-Waterbury 47
Waterbury-Woodbridge 48
Statewide projects
Federal projects
Maps 49
17. Photograph file, 1933-1937
Photos of work relief projects in progress and complete.
Alphabetical by town and thereunder by project number. Statewide and CWA project photos are at the end, as are pictures of works of the Connecticut Art Project.
Town projects
Index Ansonia to Windsor Locks 49
Ansonia
Beacon Falls
Bloomfield
Bridgeport
Bristol
Canaan
Clinton
Canton
Danbury
Derby
East Hampton
East Hartford
Enfield
Essex
Fairfield
Glastonbury
Greenwich
Griswold
Groton
Hartford 50
Manchester
Mansfield
Middletown
Montville
Naugatuck
New Britain
Neew Haven
New London
New Milford
Norwich
Plainville
Plymouth
Putnam
Ridgefield
Salisbury
Saybrook
Seymour
Shelton
Simsbury
Southington
South Windsor
Sprague
Stafford
Stamford
Stonington
Stratford
Thomaston
Thompson
Torrington
Trumbull
Vernon
Waterbury
Watertown
Westbrook
West Hartford
West Haven
Westport
Wethersfield 51
Winchester
Windham
Windsor
Windsor Locks
Statewide projects
Aeronautic
Connecticut Agrucltural Experiment Station
Department of Public Welfare
Fairfield State Hospital
Fish & Game Commission,
Rivers, Harbors, Bridge Commission
State Park & Forest Commission
State Planning Board
Unidentified Prints & Negatives
CWA projects
Bridgeport
Fairfield
Farmington
Manchester
Naugatuck
New Britain
New Canaan
New Haven
New London
Norwalk
Stratford
Trumbull
Watertown
Miscellaneous
Unidentified
Connecticut Art Project
New Haven 51A
Norwalk
Stamford & Darien
Westport
Oversize
State Parks & Forest Commission 51B
S-Be-23, Rocky Neck State Park
CWA Project: Adder Brook Reservoir,
Project number & town unknown
18. Report file, 1933-1937
Reports resulting from survey and research studies. These are listed in Experience of the Emergency Relief Commission, p. 73, where they are described as "Statistical Reports" (the list is not entirely accurate).
Bridgeport-Hartford 52
Hartford (Personal Pension Survey) 53
Hartford (Traffic)-Meriden 54
Meriden-New Britain 55
New Britain-West Hartford 56
State Government projects 57-58
Federal Transient Bureau 58
Student Aid Program
Loose papers, FERA and CWA, 1934-1936, undated 58B
19. "Card Index Control", 1933-1937
Card file (5 x 8 in.) containing summary data for each project, with number and description, estimates of costs, and references to final report and to plan file.
Arranged alphabetically by town, thereunder by project number.
Ansonia-Greenwich 59
Griswold-New Hartford 60
New Haven-Stamford 61
Stonington-Woodbridge 62
State Government projects 63
Student aid projects
C.W.A. projects
20. Federal Transient Bureau files, 1934 January-1935 October 64-65
Correspondence, reports, memoranda, minutes, purchase orders, and other materials dealing with the administration of the Transient Bureau and its shelters. These are evidently papers collected from the various district offices and camps or shelters.
Grouped roughly by office of origin and filed more or less by subject.
21. Connecticut Guide files, 1933-1935
This guide originated as a CWA project under the State Planning Board and was completed with FERA funds. A field "survey of places of scenic and historic interrest" was conducted and the collected material, compliled by Edgar L. Heermance, was published as The Connecticut Guide, What to See and Where to Find It. (Hartford: Emergency Relief Commission, 1935). 320pp. These papers were also used by the WPA Writers Project as reference materials for its own Connecticut Guide.
Form survey reports, maps, photos, notes, memoranda and correspondence.
"How to use this file" 66
Subject files
Town files
A-F
G-N 67
O-W 68