TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Container List

Records 1879-1949

Edward W. Bush Photographs 1899-1900, 1930-1933

RG 046, Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District

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 River Bridge and Highway District
Title: Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District records
Dates: 1879-1949
Quantity: 5 cubic feet
Abstract: The General Assembly created the Commission in 1895 (Special Act 343) to be responsible for the construction of a new bridge over the Connecticut River to replace the wooden bridge that had burned in that year. The Commission maintained the bridge until the 1930s, when it turned its duties and title to the properties to the State and adjoining localities.
Identification: RG046
Accession: Multiple
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The General Assembly created the Commission in 1895 (Special Act 343) to be responsible for the construction of a new bridge over the Connecticut River to replace the wooden bridge that had burned in that year. The first chair was Morgan G. Bulkeley, under whose direction the bridge was built and dedicated in October 1908. In May 1927 a second ceremony took place naming the bridge the Bulkeley Bridge. The Commission maintained the bridge until the 1930s, when it turned its duties and title to the properties to the State and adjoining localities. Final liquidation of its accounts took place on July 13, 1949, and the State Library received its remaining papers. Ella Fairchild Burr was the Commission's secretary and the architect gave her a silver punch bowl set as a token of his gratitude.

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Scope and Content

Includes minutes, dedication materials, builders' bid, treasurer's reports and finanical statements, a journal, deeds and legal documents and plans, drawings and maps.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Some of 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

Classified Archives, 124.2 C76d, Design, drawings, and mpas of location of Connecticut River Bridge with letter of approval, 1902-1903.

RG 006, Secretary of the State, East Hartford Bridge material, 1893-1895, Box 12. Hearing records, briefs, newspaper clippings, etc. pertaining to legislation transferring maintenance responsibility from the town to the State.

PG 475, Construction of Bulkely Bridge, East Haddam Bridge and Connecticut state Bridge, 1903-1913.

PG 480, Hartford Bridge Week Celebration, 1908.

See the online catalogue for materials on the earlier Hartford Bridge, on the legislative background of the Bulkeley Bridge (Senate Bill 27, 1895, reports) and the annual report on bridge maintenance, 1911.

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District

Persons:

Bulkeley, Morgan G. (Morgan Gardner), 1837-1922

Places:

Hartford (Conn.)

Subjects:

Bridges -- Connecticut
Bridges -- Connecticut River
Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District -- Records and correspondence

Document Types:

Account books
Agreements
Blueprints (Reprographic copies)
Correspondence
Deeds
Drawings
Ledgers (Account books)
Maps
Minutes
Questionnaires

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Container List

Records, 1879-1949, Accession: 1949-002
Box
1. Minutes, 1905 April-1934 October, 1936 September-1949 March, 2 looseleaf binders 1
Also included are treasurer's and auditors' reports and other related papers.
2. Dedication materials, 1909-1927
Papers pertaining to the dedication ceremonies in October 1909 and the naming ceremonies (for Morgan Bulkeley).
3. Builder's bid and payment papers, 1903-1907
Detailed bod of the successful bidder, together with payment authorizations and related papers.
4. Treasurer's reports and financial statements, 1895-1949
Not a complete series; others are in items 1 and 5. This group also includes papers on notes issued to Aetna Life Insurance Co.
5. Journal, 1911-1949, 1 volume Item 2
Treasurer's account book, including his annual reports, auditors reports, and other materials.
5a. Ledger, 1911-1948, 1 volume Item 2a
6. Deeds and other legal documents, 1879-1949 3
Deeds, leases, abstracts, agreements, court orders and related papers having to do with the acquisition or disposal of title or right to property, and other matters.
7. Plans, drawing and maps, 1903-1949 4 (tin) and Oversize
Original tracings of construction drawings and blueprints of maps, plats and other materials.
One oversize folder is with the box & specifications, 1 oversize folder is in the flat filing drawers.
Compromise - Plan : West Approach to River Bridge Via State Street., 1901 December, Drawing number: n/a, 30 x 95 in.
Edwin D. Graves
1 inch = 40 feet
Approved Date: 1902 February 27
Number of work drawings: 0
Longitudinal Section - Stone Bridge over Connecticut River, 1903 June 19, Drawing number: 3, 30 x 80 in.in.
Edwin D. Graves
1/16 inch = 1 foot
Number of work drawings: 0
Profiles and Test Borings at the Location of the Proposed River Bridge, 1902 October, Drawing number: 2, 30 x 48in.
Edwin D. Graves
Horiziontal: 1inch = 40 feet, Vertical: 1 inch = 10 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
General Plan - Stone Bridge over the Connecticut River, 1903 June 6, Drawing number: 1, 30 x 87 in.
Edwin D. Graves
1/16 inch = 1 foot
Number of work drawings: 0
Cross Sections at Pier and Crown - Stone Bridge over Connecticut River, 1903 June 9, Drawing number: 4, 23.5 x 30 in.
Edwin D. Graves
1 inch = 4 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
Details of West Abutment, 1903 June 9, Drawing number: 5, 23.5 x 30 in.
Edwin D. Graves
1 inch = 8 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
Details of Pier 1, 1903 June 9, Drawing number: 6, 23.5 x 30 in.
Edwin D. Graves
1 inch = 8 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
Details of Pier 2, 1903 June 9, Drawing number: 7, 23.5 x 30 in.
Edwin D. Graves
1 inch = 8 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
Details of Pier 3, 1903 June 9, Drawing number: 8, 23.5 x 30 in.
Edwin D. Graves
1 inch = 8 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
Details of Pier 4, 1903 June 9, Drawing number: 9, 23.5 x 30 in.
Edwin D. Graves
1 inch = 8 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
Details of Pier 5, 1903 June 9, Drawing number: 10, 23.5 x 30 in.
Edwin D. Graves
1 inch = 8 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
Details of Pier 6, 1903 June 9, Drawing number: 11, 23.5 x 30 in.
Edwin D. Graves
1 inch = 8 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
Details of Pier 7, 1903 June 9, Drawing number: 12, 23.5 x 30 in.
Edwin D. Graves
1 inch = 8 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
Details of Pier 8, 1903 June 9, Drawing number: 13, 23.5 x 30 in.
Edwin D. Graves
1 inch = 8 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
Details of East Abutment, 1903 June 9, Drawing number: 14, 23.5 x 30 in.
Edwin D. Graves
1 inch = 8 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
A - West Approach to Stone Bridge and Valley Branch NYNH & H RR, 1904 October 12, Drawing number: 03 A, 30 x 143 in.
Edwin D. Graves
1 inch = 40 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
C- Plan Showing Areas Affected By Proposed Exchange of Land between the Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District and NYNH & H RR Company, 1904 February 29, Drawing number: 05 C, 30 x 96 in.
Edwin D. Grave
1 inch = 40 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
B - Connection of New Yard with Highland Division and Windsor Street Yard., 1904 February 29, Drawing number: 048 B, 30 x 44 in.
Edwin D. Grave
1 inch = 100 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
E - Preliminary Survey for changing the Direction of Meadow Creek North of Highland Division of NYNH & H RR, 1904 June 1, Drawing number: 050 E, 30 x 47 in.
Edwin D. Grave
1 inch = 100 feet
Number of work drawings: 0
East Hartford - Property on East Bank of River, 1936 September 17, 24 x 30 in.
John T. Henderson
1 inch = 40 feet
Number of work drawings: 1
Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District Property North of Boulevard on River, East Hartford, 1935 June 5, 22/26 in.
John T. Henderson
1 inch = 20 feet
Number of work drawings: 1
Plan Showing Land to be Acquired from Connecticut River and Highway District by East Hartford Frozen Lockers, Prospect St., 1945 November, 16 x17 in.
1 inch = 20 feet
Number of work drawings: 1
Map Showing Division Line Between Land of the Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District and land of Clarence B. & Harry F. Wooldridge on North side of Connecticut Boulevard, East Hartford, 1942 January 29, 10 x24 in.
C. Henry Olmstead
1 inch = 50 feet
Number of work drawings: 1
Proposed location for East Hartford Frozen Food Lockers Prospect St., 1944 February, 16 x 16 in.
1 inch = 20 feet
Number of work drawings: 1
Property of the Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District, East Hartford, 1946 November, 18 x 24 in.
1 inch = 40 feet
Number of work drawings: 1
Connecticut River Bridge & Highway District - Plan Showing Real Estate Owned in East Hartford, 1922 December, 12 x 25 in.
John T Henderson
1 inch = 200 feet
Number of work drawings: 4
Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District Property Bounds, East Hartford, 1937 February 9, 10 x 19 in.
John T. Hendersson
1 inch = 80 feet
Number of work drawings: 1
Diagram Showing Triangular Panel of Land Adjoining property of H.E. Bidwell on the North and Running Westerly from Prospect St. at 90 degree there from, 1944 February, 16x16 in.
Charles F. Gifford
1 inch = 20 feet
Number of work drawings: 1
Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District # 1, undated, 14 x 21 in.
Number of work drawings: 1
Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District # 2, undated, 14 x 21 in.
Number of work drawings: 1
Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District # 3 Property owners when J.P. Sic was laid out in 1801, undated, 14 x 21 in.
Number of work drawings: 1
Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District # 4 Property owners when Bridge Road was laid out., undated, 14 x 21 in.
Number of work drawings: 1
Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District # 5, undated, 14 x 21 in.
Number of work drawings: 1
Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District # 6, undated, n/a in.
Number of work drawings: 1
Land of the Connecticut River Bridge and Highway District Conveyed to Martin J. O’Meara, 1942 February 7, 9 x 11 in.
C. Henry Olmstead
1 inch = 50 feet
Number of work drawings: 1
Property of the Connecticut River Bridge & Highway District, Connecticut Blvd., East Hartford, 1946 November, 9 x 11 in.
1 inch = 40 feet
Number of work drawings: 1
[Unidentified sketch], undated, 11 x 21 in.
Edward W. Bush Photographs, 1899-1900, 1930-1933, Accession: 1949-001
Box
Construction photographs, 1899-1900, 1 album (75 photographs) 1
Construction photographs, circa1930, 1 album (120 photographs)
Construction photographs, 1932-1933, 1 album (145 photographs)