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RG 036, Temporary State Housing Rent Commission
Inventory of Records
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
Copyright © 2007 by the Connecticut State Library
Like other prices during World War II, housing rents were limited and policed through Federal Government agencies, the Office of Price Administration and its predecessors. Rent controls began in Connecticut in June and July 1942 under the Office of Price Administration-directed area offices, and these offices continued after the war ended, as local arms of new Federal agencies - the Office of the Housing Expediter, the Office of Rent Stabilization, etc. Even at the end of 1952, Federal control extended over 48 "critical area" towns and 39 other towns which requested it.
In anticipation of the expiration of United States authority, the General Assembly enacted a series of standby rent control laws beginning in 1947. Under one of these, Chapter 356 of the 1951 Supplement to the General Statutes, the Governor set up Temporary State Housing Rent Commission. Beginning on October 1, 1952, it was to work at first primarily in the 82 towns where Federal controls no longer existed. The first commissioner, James T. Sullivan, and his successor in 1953, James L. Delucia, had both been officials (and Director) of the Area Rent Control Office in Hartford. The Temporary Commission appears to have ended its work on April 1, 1956.
The record group contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, instructions, hand written notes, minutes of meetings and agendas, rent surveys, subject files, rent case docket registers, and statistical analyses and working papers concerning demographics and housing and rental units in Connecticut. It also includes federal manuals, bulletins, circulars, files of the Hartford Area Rent Office (1942-1953), and papers of an attorney who handled questions of compliance with U. S. regulations giving preference in housing to veterans.
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RG 005, Office of the Governor, records of various governors under relevant headings ("housing", "rent control", "Temporary Rent Commission", etc.)
RG 035, Office of Price Administration, Connecticut, 1942-1949
Connecticut. Temporary State Housing Rent Commission
Connecticut. Temporary State Housing Rent Commission -- Records and correspondence
Rent -- Connecticut
Rent control -- Connecticut
Rental housing -- Connecticut
After the Temporary Commission ended its work on April 1, 1956, the records were presumably turned over to the State Library soon thereafter, but substantial parts may have been lost or destroyed.