TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Records 1947-1948

RG 059, Advisory Committee on Fuel

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. Advisory Committee on Fuel
Title: Advisory Committee on Fuel records
Dates: 1947-1948
Quantity: 1 cubic foot
Abstract: The Advisory Committee on Fuel was formed by Governor McConaughy in 1947, to come up with solutions for the possible severe fuel oil shortage during the coming winter.
Identification: RG059
Accession: T002727
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

In November 1947, members of the petroleum industry in Connecticut believed there was a danger of a severe fuel oil shortage during the coming winter. Per their request, Governor McConaughy appointed ten industry representatives to an Advisory Committee on Fuel. The Committee met on December 3, 1947, under the chairmanship of C.N. Mitchell, and Leo A. Hibson shortly became the paid Executive Secretary. The Committee met frequently, with headquarters at three successive locations in Hartford, and worked to establish cooperative agreements between members to facilitate supply and transportation of oil into the state, assist small and unequipped dealers whose supply was threatened, organize local committees to deal with emergency situations, set aside standing supplies for emergency distribution under the Governor's control, borrow oil from the United States Navy, and allocate for distribution the supplies that were received. In the spring, the crisis appeared to be over and the Committee concluded its work in March 1948.

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Scope and Content

Records include the Committee’s report to the Governor, correspondence, workbooks, and subject files.

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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 005:030, James L. McConaughy and James C. Shannon gubernatorial records.

The following folders are in Box 502:
Fuel Advisory committee - Minutes of Meetings
Fuel - Correspondence with: Mayors, First Selectmen Re: Fuel Committees' Conservation
Fuel - Correspondence with Newspapers Re: Governor's speech on Fuel, 1/5/1948. Also copy of speech.
Fuel - Correspondence with Oil Companies Re: Fuel Supplies & Reservation of Heating Fuels
Fuel - Correspondence with President, Secretary of Commerce, Navy Department, Department of Interior, Maritime Commission, and Congressional delegates

The following folders are in Box 503:
Fuel - General File
Fuel - Reports from State Department Re: Conservation Of Fuel
Fuel - Texas Oil Strike Correspondence with President, Congressional Delegates, American Oil Company, And Governor Robert Bradford [MA]

RG 050, War Council, 1940-1945, (see especially the Fuel Section file, which includes papers of the Fuel Adminstrator).

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut. Advisory Committee on Fuel

Persons:

Hibson, Leo A.
Mitchell, C.N.

Subjects:

Connecticut. Advisory Committee on Fuel -- Records and correspondence
Fuel -- Conservation -- Connecticut

Document Types:

Correspondence
Reports
Worksheets

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

The following records were destroyed after being deemed as having no further value: form requests for permission to purchase fuel, form authorizations to suppliers to release fuel, and a handwritten register of requests handled.

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Container List

Records, 1947-1948
Box
1. Report to Governor, 1947-1948, 1 folder 1
Mimeographed report with exhibits (incomplete).
2. General file, 1947-1948
Correspondence, reports, memoranda, etc.
Arranged by subject or correspondent.
Advisory Committee
Contributions
District Chairmen
District #1 (J.G. Gleason, Chairman)
District #2 (M.J. Hoffman, Chairman)
District #3 (E.W. Van Deventer, Chairman)
District #4 (W.E. Wesson, Chairman)
District #5 (C.A. Patterson, Chairman)
District #6 (E. L. Lord [or O.L. Lord], Chairman)
District #7 (B.H. Van Mater, Chairman)
District #8 (Charles Bedient, Chairman)
District #9 (C.E. Small, Chairman)
District #10 (G.H. Stetson, Chairman)
District #11 (W.D. Roth, Chairman)
Lists
Local Committee Members
Special Navy Diesel Fuel, Special
Navy Oil
Navy Oil-Releases
Shipments of Anthracite to Connecticut
State Police Reports
3. Correspondence file, 1947-1948
Incoming and outgoing letters.
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
4. Workbooks, 1947-1948, 2 looseleaf binders
Contains notes, lists and worksheets of various kinds - evidently records of fuel on hand, received, transferred, etc. by oil companies in Connecticut.