TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Records 1943-1949

RG 049, Veterans' Advisory 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. Veterans' Advisory Commission
Title: Veterans' Advisory Commission records
Dates: 1943-1949
Quantity: 20.25 cubic feet
Abstract: The Commission planned for the orderly readjustment and reemployment of returning veterans and displaced war workers and coordinated the efforts of all State, local and private agencies working toward that end.
Identification: RG049
Accession: 1971-003
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

In the summer of 1943 Governor Raymond E. Baldwin, Jr. appointed the Connecticut Reemployment Commission to make plans for the orderly readjustment and reemployment of returning veterans and displaced war workers and to coordinate the efforts of all State, local and private agencies working toward that end. Carl A. Gray became chairperson, and he and most of the twenty-five or so unpaid members continued to serve until 1949, even though changes in title and function took place. A small full-time staff and director (James M. Quinn during most of the period) performed support functions.

In 1945 the General Assembly made the Commission a statutory agency, dropping its responsibility for displaced war workers and changing its name to the Veterans Reemployment and Advisory Commission. The agency operated principally by stimulating and assisting in the creation and operation of local disseminating information about employment and training opportunities and services available to veterans, and by publishing various bulletins, guides and a monthly, Reemploymnet.

The agency's name changed after the fiscal year 1947 to Veterans Advisory Commission. The Commission went out of existence on June 30, 1949.

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Scope and Content

This record group contains minutes of meetings, special memoranda, lists of committee members, "town planning survey" material, a general file, a subkect file, field representatives' file, training files, public relations file, personnel and financial records.

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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 005:029, Raymond E. Baldwin gubernatorial records, 1943-1945. See under headings such as "Apprenticeship Council", "Gray Committee" and others.

RG 040, Post-War Planning Board, 1943-1945

RG 050, War Council, 1940-1945

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut. Reemployment Commission
Connecticut. Veterans Reemployment and Advisory Commission
Connecticut. Veterans' Advisory Commission

Persons:

Gray, Carl A. (Carl Albert), 1900-
Quinn, James M.

Subjects:

Connecticut. Reemployment Commission -- Records and correspondence
Connecticut. Veterans Reemployment and Advisory Commission -- Records and correspondence
Connecticut. Veterans' Advisory Commission -- Records and correspondence
Labor supply -- Connecticut
Reconstruction (1939-1941) -- Connecticut
Unemployed -- Connecticut
Veterans -- Connecticut
Veterans -- Education -- Connecticut
Veterans -- Employment -- Connecticut
Veterans -- Employment -- Connecticut

Document Types:

Correspondence
Financial records
Membership lists
Memorandums
Minutes
Notes
Personnel records
Press releases
Radio scripts
Reports
Serials

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Found in the State Library’s Oak Street building in 1971, this record group was badly disarranged and some records appear to have been lost. After study and appraisal, some records were weeded out and staff put the remainder into something approaching their original order.

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Container List

Records, 1943-1949
Box
1. Minutes of meetings, 1943 August-1949 January, 5 binders 1
Mimeographed minutes of the meetings of the Reemployment Commission and its successor and subordinate committees.
Arranged chronologically.
There is substantial duplication.
1A. Miscellaneous 1A
Lists of special memoranda and radio broadcasts , 1 binder
Connecticut Laws Affecting Veterans and Their DependentsConnecticut Veterans Reemployment and Advisory Commission, November 1945
Convention of the Veterans' Advisory Commission, Hotel Bond, Hartford, 1946 February 27, 1 photograph
2. Special memoranda, 1945 August-1949 April, 6 binders 1-2
Mimeographed memoranda transmitting information or instructions to local offices and others.
Arranged numerically (1-351) and chronologically.
Each binder includes a table of contents.
3. Lists of committee members, 1943-1949, 4 binders 2
Lists of members of the Commission and of various affiliated and subordinate bodies. Three of the binders contain lists, on standard forms, of local committee members.
Local lists arranged alphabetically by town.
There is some duplication in the three sets.
4. "Town Planning Survey" material, 1944 June-November, 2 binders
The Survey, conducted by three members of the War Council staff, was carried out "to explore conditions having bearing upon State and local post-war planning." Interviews with local officials were held in order to complete detailed questionnaire reports for each town.
Loose in the first bionder is a draft report analyzing the data and summarizing the project (apparently written by Ralph Pendleton.
Arranged alphabetically by town.
5. General file, 1943-1949
Correspondence, reports, memoranda, notes and reference materials pertaining to the wokr of the Commission, veterans' affairs generally, employment and training matters, and similar programs in other states.
Arranged alphabetically by subkject. Somewhat disarranged and lacking the first part A-Cl.
College Training - D 3
E-Education 4
Employees-H 5
I-Natural 6
Naturalization-R 7
S-T 8
U-Z 9
6. Subject file, 1943-1946
Correspondence, drafts of reports, notes nad memoranda. This may have been the office file of the Director or his Deputy. It contains (under "Governor") copies of the annual reports of the Commission.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
A-P 10
R-Z 11
7. Field representatives' file, 1944-1949
Correspondence, memoranda and reports of Major R.B. Cate, Chief Field Representative, and his associates, principally pertaining to their interviews with local officials about local reemployment and training programs.
Arranged by subject, with a file of copies of reports in reverse chronological order.
Subject files 12
Report files 13
8. Training files, 1946-1949
Correspondence and other mateirals pertaining to the "on-the-job" training and apprentice training programs carried on in cooperation with the Department of Education and other agencies. Most of the materials consist of ntoices and lists of approvals and withdrawals of approval for specific employers.
Arranged by subject or chronologically.
On-the-job training files 14-16
Apprentice files 17
9. Public relations file, 1944-1948 18
Correspondence, drafts and copies of publications, press releases, radio scripts and other public relations and informational material disseminated my trhe Commission. Included is a complete file of the monthly Reemployment Bulletin, September 1944-July 1947, a file of press releases, a series of radio scripts, and copies of other printed nad mimeographed publications.
10. Personnel and financial records, 1945-1948 19
Personnel files for individual staff memebers, service ratings, payrolls, budget materials, commitment lists, and related records.
Arranged by subject.
11. Miscellaneous, 1945-1948 20
These papers, including some significant material, may perhaps have come from the desk of a senior official. They include drafts and owking notes for a report to the Governor, a compilation of laws relating to veterans, etc.; miinutes of conventions (1946 and 1948) of state directors of veterans' affairs; a history of the War Manpower COmmission in Connecticut (by J. Frank Daly); and other materials.