TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Records 1928-1959

RG 056, Connecticut Tercentenary 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: Tercentenary Commission of the State of Connecticut
Title: Tercentenary Commission of the State of Connecticut records
Dates: normal="1928/1959">1928-1959
Dates: normal="1929/1936">bulk 1929-1936
Quantity: 14 cubic feet
Abstract: The General Assembly created this commission in 1929 to plan for the commemoration of the 300th anniversary of Connecticut’s settlement.
Identification: RG056
Accession: Multiple
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The General Assembly created this commission in 1929 to plan for the commemoration of the 300th anniversary of Connecticut’s settlement. The Commission expanded from seven members, headed by Dr. G.C.F. Williams, to eleven, supported by an executive secretary, Herbert L. Crapo, and staff. It created several subcommittees to conduct work. Samuel H. Fisher was Chairman after January 4, 1934. Its program included publications, exhibits, public ceremonies, musical events, pageants, parades, school activities, an industrial exhibit, religious observances, and the sale of medals, plates, and auto tags. Twenty-two information bureaus were established, and many localities organized their own related programs. The Henry Whitfield House in Guildford received a donation for its restoration. The final exercises took place on October 11, 1935, and the commission wound up its work on June 30, 1936.

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Scope and Content

The record group contains minutes of meetings of the Commission, its executive committee, and subcommittees, administrative, personnel, and financial records, scrapbooks, photographs, postcards and files about local celebrations, reports of public libraries, music, local history material, much of which was assembled by Connecticut school children, and visitors’ registers.

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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 005:025, John H. Trumbull gubernatorial records, Box 348, Connecticut Tercentenary.

RG 005:026, Wilbur L. Cross gubernatorial records, Box 391, Tercentenary Commission (3 folders). Box 400, Tercentenary Celebration.

RG 012, Records of the Connecticut State Library, Box 73, Tercentenary Commission, 1935 - 1936.

RG 033, Records of the Works Progress Administration, Boxes 212-214, New Haven Tercentenary, 62. Pamphlets and related materials, 1938-39.

RG 064, Picture Group 360, Connecticut Tercentenary Celebration, 1935.

RG 169, Clubs and Private Organizations, Accession 2001-077, Wethersfield Tercentenary Committee, 1929-1934.

The book collections contain various materials published by the Commission or by others in connection with the Tercentenary observance. Included are the Report to the Governor, 1936 June 30, and the sixty "Historical Publications Series" pamphlets.

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Tercentenary Commission of the State of Connecticut

Persons:

Crapo, Herbert L.
Fisher, Samuel H. (Samuel Herbert), b. 1867
Williams, George Clinton Fairchild, 1857-

Subjects:

Connecticut -- Centennial celebrations, etc
Connecticut -- History
Tercentenary Commission of the State of Connecticut -- Records and correspondence

Document Types:

Clippings
Correspondence
Financial records
Minutes
Photographs
Postcards
Registers (lists)
Reports
Scrapbooks

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The records were turned over to the State Library some time after the Commission completed its work on June 30, 1936. Judge William Maltbie held some of the records first. A note in the files stated that a major part of the records - "mostly correspondence" - were discarded in 1959. A motion picture film, "Three Hundred Years of Connecticut Life and Industry," was destroyed by the Archives in July 1973.

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Container List

Records, 1928-1959
Box
Accession: T002716
1. Minutes of meetings, 1929 May-1936 June 1-2
Typed and mimeographed copies of meetings of the Commission and its Executive Committee (3 binders) and many of its subcommittees (2 binders).
2. Lists of files and property, 1936-1959 2
Several lists of files, equipment and property disposed of when the Commission disbanded.
3. Record of local celebrations, 1935-1936
Compiled by Margaret M. Allardyce, Recording Secretary.
4. Memoranda by A.R. Rogers, Director of Celebration, 1935 January-July
"Reports to Mr. Fisher," chair of the Commission, containing suggestions, plans and comments.
5. Reports on library activities, 1935-1936 3
Form reports from public libraries concerning their tercentenary celebration activities.
6. Papers of the Committee on Historic Sites and Markers, 1934-1935
7. Southington Committee papers, 1935
8. Photographs of Tercentenary activities, 1935-1936, Mounted, uncaptioned prints, two albums
9. Postcards of historical buildings and sites 4
10. Stamp and medal designs
Drawings and photographs.
11. Music
12. Certificates
Blank certificates to honor those assisting the tercentenary celebration.
13. Files on sale of motor vehicles plates, 1935
Correspondence and notes of Mr. George Beebe.
14. Payrolls and related materials, 1935 4-6
Form Emergency Relief Administration project payrolls and related reports, correspondence and memoranda.
15. Budget and accounting papers, 1931-1936 6-7
Final statements, budget statements, petty cash book, medal accounts, etc.
16. Local history materials, 1933-1935 8
Reports, essays, worksheets, questionnaires and other papers on Connecticut local history, many compiled by school children, collected through the State Board of Education for the tercentenary.
17. Visitors' registers, 1935, 27 volumes
Signatures of visitors to the information booths and to the State House and State Library.
New London, 1935 July 3-October 14 Volume 1
Danbury, 1935 July 10-October 14 Volume 2
Norwalk, 1935 July 3-October 13 Volume 3
Norwalk, 1935 June 23-October 10 Volume 3B
Granby, 1935 July 18-October 3 Volume 4
Norwich, 1935 July 4-October 12 Volume 5
Danielson, 1935 July 3-October 5 Volume 6
Westport, 1935 July 3-October 12 Volume 7A
Westport, 1935 July 3-September Volume 7B
Fairfield, 1935 June 18-September 25, 1 volume Volume 8
Fairfield, 1935 September 26-October 15, 1 volume
New Haven, 1935 July 2-October 11 Volume 9
Ridgefield, 1935 June 26-October 14 Volume 10
Enfield, 1935 July 2-October 10 Volume 11
Windsor, 1935 July 2-September 27 Volume 12
Stafford Springs, 1935 July 2-October 5 Volume 13
Greenwich, 1935 Volume 14
Simsbury, 1935 July 8-October 15 Volume 15
Saybrook, 1935 July 15-October 14 Volume 16
Putnam, 1935 July 18-October 7 Volume 17
Winsted, 1935 August 1-October 5 Volume 18
Includes one loose paper that notes several items for sale at the celebration.
Canaan, 1935 August 5-October 3 Volume 19
Library booth, 1935 July 2
Litchfield, 1935
Memorial Hall (State Library), 1935 October 11
Old State House, 1935 May 5-October 26
Room 103 (State Library), 1935 July 3-October 24
18. Scrapbooks, 1928-1936, 7 volumes
Contains newspaper and magazine clippings, postcards, programs, and memorabilia.
Commission Scrapbooks, circa 1928-1935, 2 volumes
Activities of the Commission.
1928 December 29-1935 October 13 Volume 1
1934 August-1935 October 13 Volume 2
Local activities, circa 1929-1936, 5 volumes
Organized by town.
Ansonia-Franklin Volume 1
Glastonbury-Litchfield Volume 2
Madison-Scotland Volume 3
Seymour-Windsor Volume 4
Windsor Locks-Woodstock Volume 5
Accession: 1999-049
19. Connecticut Tercentenary pageant, 1635-1935, Stony Creek, (Branford), 1935 April 27 1
Pageant script and photographs.