TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1. Patient Files 1927-1962

Series 2. Deceased Veterans Discharge Files 1882-1936

Series 3. Administrative Files 1886-1990

Series 4. Death records (Necrological Book) 1884-1942

Series 5. Historical Subject Files 1866-1990

Series 6. Miscellaneous Records 1878-1951

RG 073, Department of Veterans' Affairs

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2008 by the Connecticut State Library



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Dept. of Veterans' Affairs
Title: Department of Veterans' Affairs records
Dates: 1866-1990
Quantity: 256.5 cubic feet
Abstract: The Department of Veterans' Affairs assists the State's veterans in obtaining benefits or privileges entitled to them under state and federal law. This record group includes records of the Fitch's Home for Soldiers and the Veterans Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill.
Identification: RG073
Accession: Multiple
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The General Assembly created the Department of Veterans' Affairs in 1987 to assist the State's nearly 400,000 veterans in obtaining benefits or privileges entitled to them under state and federal law. In its first year, the Department of Veterans' Affairs had only one division, the Office of Advocacy and Assistance. In July 1988, the Veterans Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill merged with the Department, making the department's new mission to provide comprehensive health, social and rehabilitative services to all resident veterans in Connecticut. Today the agency consists of the Office of the Commission, the Office of Advocacy and Assistance, and the Veterans Home and Hospital (VHH).

While the Department of Veterans' Affairs conducts a wide variety of services, the State Archives only has those records relating to the Veterans' Home and Hospital (VHH) and its predecessor, Fitch's Home for Soldiers. While the majority of records in the State Archives were created before the establishment of the Department of Veterans' Affairs, it seemed logical to keep of the Veterans' Home materials together in this record group.

Fitch's Home for Soldiers and Orphans (1863 - 1940), also known as the Noroton Home, located in Darien, Connecticut, was first erected by private means for Soldiers and the children of Soldiers and was dedicated July 4, 1864. It was incorporated by an Act of Connecticut Legislation in 1874 and until 1883 receiving limited aid from the State of Connecticut. In 1887 the State assumed control and it was thereafter known as the Fitch's Home for Soldiers, deriving its name from the original founder Benjamin Fitch.

At the Fitch's Home, many of the State's Civil War Veterans were cared for as well as the Veterans of the Spanish American War and the World War I. Due to its limited facilities and the increase of returning veterans, the Veterans Home and Hospital Commission sought to relocate the Home. The new Veterans Home and Hospital was opened in Rocky Hill on August 28, 1940.

The Veterans Home and Hospital (1940 - present) was established for treatment and rehabilitation of Connecticut Veterans who served in or with the Armed Forces of the United States of America in time of war. The Hospital, which is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, has a capacity of 350 beds. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is available with Physical Therapy, Recreational Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Audiology. Clinics include, but are not limited to, Cardiac, Dental, Diabetic, Orthopedic, Podiatry, Psychiatry, and Respiratory. A separate building, Fellowship House, is a long-term residence for recovering alcoholics. A 14 day program for substance abusers was opened in 1988.

Eligible veterans must have served during one of the following: Spanish American War; Philippine Insurrection; Moro Province; Boxer Rebellion; Cuban Pacification; Nicaraguan Campaign; Haitian Campaign; Mexican Border Service; World War I; World War II; Korean Campaign; Vietnam; Lebanon; Grenada; Operation Ernest Will; Panama Invasion; Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

See also the Department of Veterans' Affairs Agency History.

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Scope and Content

Records generated by both Fitch's Home for Soldiers and the Veterans Home and Hospital are organized in six separate series.

Series 1. Patient Files (1930-1962) contain two types of records, traditional patient files that contain medical information and correspondence relating to the individual patient, and administrative files that contain application forms and death notices.

Series 2. Deceased Veterans Discharge Files (1882-1936) consist of approximately 2300 files of veterans who died while cared for at Fitch's Home for Soldiers. Although the veterans listed served primarily in the Civil War, a few Spanish American veterans may be included. The files are arranged by file number. The folders contain the veteran's name, unit, and town of residence, date of admission and pension certificate number. Other information, if known, include death date, burial information, and pension payments to the Home. A majority of the folders contain an admission permit and a signed receipt for personal effects. A limited number of files also include correspondence, personal history information, discharge papers, application forms, and other records concerning the veteran. Veteran name access is available by using the Fitch's Home for Soldiers database, a listing of which is available at the History and Genealogy reference desk.

Series 3. Administrative Files (1886-1990) contain records generated by the hospitals in the course of providing medical services to Connecticut veterans. They include records of the Veterans Home and Hospital Commission, the Hospital Commandant, financial records, personnel files, and maintenance reports.

Series 4. Death Records (1884-1971) are record books, maintained by both Fitch's and the Veterans Home, listing the name of the person who died and the date. No volumes exist between 1928 and 1950.

Series 5. Historical Subject Files (1866-1990) were created by the staff of the Veterans Home and Hospital to assist them with research into the institutions past and to document present day events. All original order was lost. The materials, grouped loosely by subject, include newspaper clippings, photographs, publications and subject files on a variety of topics.

Series 6. Miscellaneous Records (1878-1951), despite being limited in number, contain interesting and invaluable information. Although mostly related to Fitch's Home, there are also records here pertaining to New Haven Hospital, Hartford Hospital, and the Connecticut State Soldiers' Home. Included are records of invalid soldiers, necrological records, and historical rosters, as well as a superb collection of photos of Fitch's Home. The dates of these records span from 1878 to 1951, exhibiting a large and varied epoch in the history of Connecticut soldiers. These materials were removed from a larger accession due to their historic value.

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Arrangement

Arranged in six series: Series 1. Patient Files, 1930-1962; Series 2. Deceased Veterans Discharge Files, 1882-1936; Series 3. Administrative Files, 1886-1990; Series 4. Death Records, 1884-1971; Series 5. Historical Subject Files, 1866-1990; and Series 6. Miscellaneous Records, 1878-1951.

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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.

Patient records are protected under Connecticut General Statute 17a-548 and 19a-550. Only the patient or his/her immediate family can access the records. Please contact the State Archives staff to discuss access procedures. Some materials may be partially restricted (i.e. medical records mixed with general correspondence). In these cases, a member of the State Archives staff will remove all protected material before the researcher can access it. As a result, the material will 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

Researchers interested in either the Veterans' Home and Hospital (Rocky Hill) or its predecessor Fitch's Home for Soldiers should also check:
RG 002, General Assembly
RG 013, Military Department

Researchers interest in tracing individual veterans should consult:
RG 012, Connecticut State Library, War Records Department
RG 013, Military Department

Other sources of information include:
RG 049, Veterans Advisory Commission, 1943-1949
RG 052, Civil War Centennial Commission, 1959-1965
RG 081, Department of Connecticut United Spanish War Veterans, 1898-1972
RG 109, Military Order of Foreign Wars, 1901-1921
RG 113, Grand Army of the Republic, Connecticut Department, 1866-1956
RG 114, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1909-1915
RG 118, Hartford City Guard Veteran Association, 1861-1917
RG 119, Army-Navy Club of Connecticut, 1892-1936
RG 122, Owen Machine Gun Veterans Association, 1920-1970
RG 124, Hartford City Guard, 1861-1917
RG 173, Military Service Veterans Organizations, 1885-1948. An artificial record group, the records are composed of those of Company K, Veterans Corps, First Infantry, Connecticut National Guard, and the Veterans Soldiers Association.
The Classified Archives card catalog also contains information on Connecticut's veterans.

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut. Dept. of Veterans' Affairs
Fitch's Home for the Soldiers
Veterans' Home and Hospital (Rocky Hill, Conn.)

Subjects:

Connecticut. Dept. of Veterans' Affairs -- Records and correspondence
Fitch's Home for the Soldiers -- Records and correspondence
Long-term care facilities -- Connecticut
Soldiers' homes -- Connecticut
Veterans' Home and Hospital (Rocky Hill, Conn.) -- Records and correspondence
Veterans' hospitals -- Connecticut

Document Types:

Clippings
Correspondence
Minutes
Pamphlets
Photographs
Reports

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Administrative Information

Provenance

When the Veterans' Home and Hospital (VHH) opened its doors, many records created and maintained by its predecessor, Fitch's Home for Soldiers, were transferred to VHH. Eventually, VHH transferred their records, and materials they received from Fitch's, to the State Archives. Since the records were created, or maintained, by the Veterans' Home and Hospital, the State Archives has not divided the material into separate record groups or series. Researchers, however, must remember two important dates. The first, Veterans Home and Hospital opened and Fitch's closed in August 1940. Fitch's Home created any records created prior to that date; Veterans Home and Hospital, Rocky Hill created anything after. Second, VHH merged with the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1988. At that time, the Commissioner of Veterans' Affairs assumed the statutory powers and duties formerly vested in the Veterans Home and Hospital Commission. An appointed six member Board of Trustees advises the commissioner on policy and operation matters at VHH.

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Container List

Series 1. Patient Files, 1927-1962
All patient files are restricted.
Fitch's Home for Soldiers
Case files, 1927-1931, Accession: 1987-041B, 1 cubic foot
Arranged alphabetically by patient name.
Deceased Soldiers Cards, 1932-1935, Accession: 1992-067, 1 cubic foot
Arranged chronologically by year.
Veterans' Home and Hospital
1935-1956, Accession: 1989-007, 107 cubic feet
Arranged by patient file number.
1930-1939, Accession: 1992-116, 11 cubic feet
Arranged alphabetically by patient name.
Discharges, 1940-1941, Accession: 1996-066, 1 cubic foot
Arranged chronologically by year.
1936-1939, Accession: 2000-009, 2 cubic feet
Arranged alphabetically by patient name.
Adjutant's Department, 1942-1962, Accession: 2000-021, 39 cubic feet
Arranged alphabetically by patient name.
Series 2. Deceased Veterans Discharge Files, 1882-1936, Accession: 1993-032
Veteran name access is available by using the Fitch's Home for Soldiers database, a listing of which is available at the History and Genealogy reference desk.
Box
File number 4 - 413 1
File number 414 - 777 2
File number 778 - 1052 3
File number 1053 - 1309 4
File number 1310 - 1515 5
File number 1516 - 1712 6
File number 1714 - 1929 7
File number 1933 - 2195 8
File number 2196 - 2401 9
File number 2422 - 2620 10
File number 2623 - 2840 11
File number 2842 - 3089 12
File number 3090 - 3335 13
File number 3339 - 3523 14
File number 3524 - 3700 15
Series 3. Administrative Files, 1886-1990
Accession: 1992-021 (part)
Fitch's Home for Soldiers and Veterans Home and Hospital (Rocky Hill), 1927-1990
Items in Box 26 were incorporated into Box 25.
Box
Accreditation, 1949-1986 F-1
Activation of Ward 2C Hospital
Administration, Correspondence, 1942-1976
Admissions, Policy, General Correspondence, 1968-1969
Addresses, Veterans Home and Hospital Commission, 1960-1987 F-2
Commissioners
Frances T. Bower, M.D.
Robert R. Cherlin
Joseph Cermak
Francis J. Drag
Leonard Goodie
William Johnston
Joseph Leonard
Frank Mongillo, M.D.
Veterans Home and Hospital Commission, Commissioners
Sally Ann McDuffie
Terence McNulty, M.D.
Serge G. Miholy
Louis E. Molinary
H. Richard Newell, Jr.
William J. Pomfret, Chairman
Dominic J. Romano
Michael D. Santonrasso
Quinn
Veterans Home and Hospital Commission Chairman, 1927
Commissioners Data
Subcommittee Audit Reports, 1987
Finance Subcommittee Meetings, 1986
Commissioner, John L. Levitow
Admission Policy, General Correspondence, 1974-1976 F-3
Admission Approvals, 1979-1986
Admission Disapproval, 1986-1988
Admission Policy, General Correspondence, 1959-1967
Affirmative Action, Officer, 1980-1983
Affirmative Action, Correspondence, 1976-1982
Affirmative Action, Correspondence, 1983-1985 F-4
Affirmative Action, General Correspondence, 1986-1987
Affirmative Action, Guidelines (Proposed), 1984
Affirmative Action, Status, 1980
Affirmative Action, Monthly Reports, 1984
Affirmative Action, Recruitment, 1981-1982
Agency Police, 1981-1983
Agency Police, M. Seiler Incident
Alcoholism Committee Meetings, 1971-1973
American Federation of Labor, CIO
American Legion Auxiliary, 1966-1985
Agendas F-5
Finance Subcommittee, 1986
Audit Reports, 1987
Veterans Home and Hospital Commission, 1960-1979
ByLaws, 1955-1981
Commission Correspondence, 1966-1968
General Orders, 1953-1992
ByLaws, Veterans Home and Hospital Commission, 1982-1987
Special Orders, 1978-1986
Anesthetist, 1949-1983 F-6
Anesthetic Services, 1955-1975
Annex, 1950-1958
Assistant Hospital, Executive Officer
Attorney General, Correspondence, 1940-1982
Audits, 1953-1964
Auditors of Public Accounts
Barracks, 1959-1978
Auditors, 1965-1972
Budget, 1933-1951 F-7
Ledger, Fitch’s Home, 1932-1943
Hospital Activities, 1936-1938
Budget, 1985-1986 F-8
Building Services, 1953-1987
Burial and Headstones, 1959-1985
Burial Park Foundation, 1984
Cemetery, Evergreen, New Haven
Census, 1980-1985
Chaplain, Catholic, 1977-1979
Chapel and Services Catholic, 1940, 1957-1960
Chaplain Protestant, 1959, 1971-1978
Chaplain Jewish, 1947-1987
Chief of Medicine, 1969-1973
Civil Defense Bulletins, Transportation, Warden, Welfare F-9
Civil Defense, 1954
Filing, Administration Building
Civil Defense Bulletins, Education, Emergency Finance, Fire Service, General, Ground Observer Corps, Policy
Civil Defense Press Releases
Civil Defense, Allocation of Space, National Emergency
Civil Defense Bulletins
Civil Defense, 1951
Civil Defense, General Correspondence, 1941
Civil Defense, All local directories, Bomb reconnaissance
Civil Defense Pamphlets
Civil Defense Training
Civil Defense Statewide Civil Defense Test
Chief of Medicine, 1974-1976 F-10
Chief of Medicine, Correspondence, 1954-1961
Chief of Medicine, Professional Services
Chief of Staff, 1955-1979
Christmas Menus, 1977-1983
CIAI General, Historical
CHRO, 1967-1980
CIAI Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine
Cigarettes, 1968-1980
Civil Defense, Veterans Home and Hospital, 1957-1969
Commandant, Institution Award, 1985-1987
Chotkowski, Ludmil A., M.D. Personnel F-11
Work resume, 1973-1974
Travel Request, 1989-1990
Tuberculosis
Projects, Emergency Repair Pumps, Elevator Repairs, Nurses Stations, Nurses Call Station, Aluminum Siding Building 19, Install Water Mains, Window Replacement Administration Building, Repaint Building, Aluminum Siding
Commissary, Misc. F-12
Commissary, Hospital and Health Care, 1969-1985
Community Service Restitution Program
Commitment, 1957-1977
Connecticut Hospital Association, 1988-1989
Conservators Accounts, 1979-1983
Contracts, 1985-1987
Cooks, Ernest Jr. Colonel
Cost per capita, Veterans Home and Hospital, Finance Officer
Cottages Tally Sheets, 1973-1976
Court, Disciplinary Regulations
Data Processing, 1986-1988
Deeds and Insurance Policies F-13
Deputy Commandant
Directives, 1966-1976
Disabled American Veterans, 1985-1986
Disaster Plans, 1977-1982
Discharge Commission Policies, 1972-1979
Education Committee
Energy Action
Emergency Conservation
Etherington Commission, 1973-1979
Executive Community Meeting, 1970-1979
Professional Staff, 1958-1969
Executive Office Home Position
Farm
Feasibility Study, Niantic F-14
Filler Report
Estate Collections, 1989-1990
Estate Collections, 1988-1989 F-15
Fund, Veterans Gifts, 1971-1972
Estates, General Correspondence, 1960-1975
Estate Collections, 1985-1987 F-16
Estate Collections, 1986-1987 F-17
Estate Collections, Closed out, 1987-1988
Estate Collections, 1983-1989 F-18
Estate Collections, 1982-1984 F-19
Estate Collections, 1980-1982 F-20
Estates, General Correspondence, 1981
Estates, General Correspondence and Medical Payments, 1982
Estate Collections, 1976-1981 F-21
Estates, General Correspondence, 1976-1977
Estates Collections, 1969-1976 F-22
Fall Carnival F-23
SUS Correspondence, Monthly Reports, 1982-1989
War Dates, 1948-1977
Weekly Bulletin, 1974-1978
Women’s Relief Corps
Weights and Measures
Patient Care, Meeting Minutes, 1953-1958
Commandants Report, 1964-1971
Federal Grants F-24
Federal Inspections, 1935
Finance Correspondence
Finance and Control, 1958-1978
Finance Officer, Correspondence, 1953-1973
Fire Prevention, Fire Safety and Inspection
Fire Reports, 1974-1983
Fire Prevention, 1965-1979
Fire Alarm System, 1940-1976
Food Services, 1955-1985
Foxhole, 1978-1985 F-25
Fund, Activity Expenditures, 1957-1987
Fund, Activity Monthly Reports, 1984-1989
Fund, IGW (SCV 4-96 and SCV 4-57)
Fund, IGWF, 1980-1985
Fund Contributors, 1989 F-27
Fund, IGWF, Monthly Reports, 1981-1989
Fund, Individual Residents Deposits, 1953-1958
Fund, IGWF Contributors, 1981-1982 F-28
Fund Contributors, 1983-1988
Fund, IGW, Accounts, Purchases, 1962-1982 F-29
Fund, Purchases, 1983 F-30
Fund, IGWF Purchases, 1983-1989
Fund, Fitch and Post Humous
Fund, IGWF Accounts, 1953-1983
Fund, Service Contact
Fusco, Colonel, Asst. Commandant F-31
Geraci, Lucian A., M.D. Senior Physician
Governor Dempsey Correspondence, 1971-1979
Greenhouse, Removal of
Hartford Electric Light Co
Headstones, 1951, 1960, 1972
Health Department, 1976-1982
Health Services, Veterans Home employees, 1959-1979
Hospital Abbreviated Reports, 1975
Hospital Activities Reports, 1978-1983
Hospital Consulting Staff, Former Members (A-H)
Hospital Consulting Staff, Former Members (I-Z) F-31A
Hospital, General Correspondence, 1936-1979
Howley, Robert Colonel, Commandant
Housing, on grounds, 1966-1983
Housing, on grounds, 1984-1987 F-32
Housing, waiting list, 1980-1987
Householders, VHH Regulations, 1957-1979
Infection Control, 1959-1984
Internships, 1932-1972
July 4th Celebrations, 1980-1981
Laboratory, 1945-1979
Laundry Services, 1960-1979 F-33
Laws affecting Veterans and their Dependents, 1965-1977
Legislation, Federal, 1961-1974
Proposed Legislation, School Site
Legislation, 1945-1980
Legislation, 1933 F-34
Minutes, Veterans Home and Hospital Commission, 1947-1958
Includes reports, notes on legislation, and photographs.
Legislation, 1975-1976 F-35
Legislation, Staff, 1973-1987
Library, Veterans Home and Hospital, 1966-1975
Loyalty Day
Maintenance, State, 1959-1986 F-36
Includes reports on maintenance concerns including security.
Meal tickets F-37
Medicare, 1966-1980
Mess operations
Memos
Medical, School Approved, 1972
Medical Staff, Conference Academic
Medical Staff, General, 1939-1989
Meetings, Veterans Home and Hospital Commission, 1959-1973 F-38
Meetings, Veterans Home and Hospital Commission, 1985-1987 F-39
Minutes, Patient Care and Rehabilitation, 1961-1962 F-40
Patient Care Index, 1953-1958
Veterans Home and Hospital Commission, Correspondence, 1932-1936
Planning Extended Care Unit Project, 1967-1972
Contracts, 1980-1984
National Association of State Veterans Homes, 1977-1978 F-41
National Association, State Director, 1981-1988
Mohammed Ali’s Visit
Medical Survey, Governors Commission, 1946
Miner L.E. (Doctors Round Robin)
Motion Pictures
Monitoring Area Committee Meeting, 1987
Motor Vehicles, State, 1964-1979
National Association of State Veterans Homes, 1974-1989 F-42
New York, New Haven, Hartford Railroad Company, Lease
Newspaper Clippings, 1971-1978 F-43
News Releases, 1977-1978
Nursing Home Alterations
Nursing Recruitment, 1984-1988
Nursing Staff, 1949-1979
Officer of the Day
Organizational/Functional Etc. Charts, 1960-1979
Pathologist, 1948-1978
Patients Accounts
Patient Transfers, 1986-1987
Patient information is restricted.
Notebook, General Orders, 1974 F-44
Notebook, Medicare, 1982-1984
Notebook, Affirmative Action, 1986
Patients Care Minutes, Index F-45
Patients Care Committee, 1954-1965
Patients, Transfer
Personnel, Correspondence, 1965-1986
Personnel, Grievances, 1981-1983
Patient and Personnel materials are restricted.
Personnel, 1970-1984 F-46
Includes reports and pay sheets.
Personnel Retirements, 1960-1982
Pharmacy, 1940-1978
Pharmacy Community, 1950-1976
Projects List
Public Works Projects Completed
Public Act 77-192
Publicity, 1973-1979
Policy and Management, Office of, 1977-1978
Personnel information restricted.
Press Releases F-47
P.M.&R. Research
Projects, 1979-1984
Publicity, 1954-1974
Purchasing, 1947-1985
Rations, Distribution, Cottages, 1964-1972
Recapitulations
Rehabilitation, 1956-1961
The Regan Report, 1973-1974
Reports, 1960-1967
Reports of Collections, 1960-1992 F-48
Reports of Estates, 1948-1969
Reports of Commander, Annual, 1955-1979 F-49
Reports, Veterans Home and Hospital Commission, 1948-1959 F-50
Reports, Civil Defense
Sewer System Projects, 1973-1979 F-51
Soldiers, Sailors and Marine Fund, 1968-1978 F-52
Staff Organization
State Dinosaur Park
Memorial Day
Statistics
Stockman, Roger E., Executive Officer
Surgery, 1953-1978
Surveying Officers, Survey and Disposition
Support of Dependents
Stanber, James, M.D., Personnel Appeals Board
Target, 1968-1988
Telephone, 1980-1986
Tissue and Transfusion Committee, 1974-1984
Television
Dept. of Transportation, 1963-1979
Tumor Clinic
Uniforms VHH Employees
United Spanish War Veterans, 1960-1964
Special Orders, 1967-1977 F-53
Staff Development
Physicians Meetings
Surgery, 1955
Fund, Contributions etc., 1970-1979
Veterans Home and Hospital Commission Meetings, 1984
Target, 1948-1987 F-54
United Spanish War Veterans (Maine Day Exercises) F-55
Utilization Review Committee, 1968-1972
Venereal Diseases
Verification of Service Forms
Veterans Administration, 1977-1989
Veterans Administration, 1963-1983 F-56
Veterans Aid, 1972-1988
Veterans Benefits, 1973-1986 F-57
Veterans Bonus
Veterans Day, 1966-1984
Veterans Death, 1965-1980
Veterans Deaths and Claims, 1981
Veterans Death, 1982-1989
Veterans Donations and Gifts, 1973-1984 F-58
VFW, 1985-1986
Veterans Home and Hospital, Outdoor Pavilion
Veterans Home and Hospital, Closing
Veterans Legislation
Veterans Mustering Out, Pay
Veterans Pension
Veterans Performance
Veterans, Tax Exemption
Veterans, Life Membership
Veterans of Mexican Border Service
Veterans Nursing Home, 1975
Veterans Organization, 1970-1982
Veterans Statistics, 1965-1988
Veterans Bonus, (Korean), 1967-1974
Veterans, Support of Independence
Vietnam Veterans
Veterans Home and Hospital Commission F-59
Instruction Folder and Votes by Mail.
Estate of Oscar Secor
Colonel Raymond E. Gates, Commandant, 1935-1953
Commandants, Military Titles
VH&HC Complaints
Filings
Financial Status
Fund, Fitch's, 1979
Hospital Committee Meetings, 1966
Injunctions
Registration, 1935
Veterans Home and Hospital Commission
Includes agendas, minutes, memorandums on votes, and other meeting material.
See also accession 2010-001.
Meeting Minutes, 1935-1959 F-60
Meeting Minutes, 1973-1977 F-61
Meeting Minutes, 1978-1980 F-62
Meeting Minutes, 1980-1981 F-63
Meeting Minutes, 1981-1983 F-64
Meeting Minutes, 1983 F-65
Meeting Minutes, 1984-1985 F-66
Meeting Minutes, 1978-1989 F-67
Meeting Minutes, 1987-1988 F-68
Vietnam Veterans, 1982-1985 F-69
Volunteer Services, 1958-1979
Volunteer Services, Monthly Reports
Accession: 1932-001 (part)
This box was formerly part of RG 013, Military Department. The original box number was retained.
Clothing requisitions, 1886-1887 174
Supply vouchers, 1891
Discharges, 1891-1895
Disapproved applications, 1891
Record of deaths, 1897-1923
Accession: 2010-001
Veterans' Home and Hospital Commission minutes, 1980 December 17 - 1988 June 22, 4 volumes 1
See also accession 1992-021, boxes F-60 through F-68.
1980 December 17 - 1983 May 25, 1 volume
1983 June 22 - 1985 March 27, 1 volume
1985 April 24 - 1987 January 28, 1 volume
1987 February 22 - 1988 June 22, 1 volume
Board of Trustees for Department of Veterans' Affairs minutes, 1989 September 7 - 1995 April 19, 1 volume
Known as Board of Trustees for the Veterans' Home and Hospital through the August 14, 1991 meeting. New name started with the September 18, 1991 meeting.
The April 19, 1995 minutes are undated loose sheets.
General orders, 1954 November 15 - 1981 October 8, 1 volume
Series 4. Death records (Necrological Book), 1884-1942, Accession: 1932-001 (part)
See also Series 5, Accession 1992-021, Box 75 and Series 6, Accession 1992-031, Item 11.
Vol. 1, 1884-1927 Item 1
Vol. 2, 1927-1934 Item 2
1884-1942 Item 3
Includes list.
1884-1897 Item 4
Series 5. Historical Subject Files, 1866-1990, Accession: 1992-021 (part)
Fitch's Soldiers Home and Veterans Home and Hospital
There are no boxes 76, 77, 79, 80, 83, 85
Box
Veterans Home and Hospital Commission minutes, 1927-1938 73
Volume 1, 1927 July 13 - 1931 May 26
Volume 2, 1931 July 14 - 1933 May 2
Volume 3, 1933 July 25 - 1935 February 6
Volume 4, 1935 May 3 - 1937 April 27
Volume 5, 1937 July 1 - 1938 October 25, 2 copies
Veterans' Home Commission Fitch's Home for Soldiers minutes, 1931 July 14 - 1933 May 2, 1 volume
Commandant’s Record, 1949-1959 74
Death Records (Necrological Records), 1951-1971 75
1951-1961, 1 volume
The cover is labeled 1950-1961.
1961-1971, 1 volume
Veterans' Home Building Commission verbatim records, 1931-1937 78
See also Veterans' Home Building Commission minutes in Box 91.
Meetings I to IX, 1931 July - 1932 January 29, 1 volume
Spine states: Vol. I.
Meetings X to XVIII, 1932 March 18 - 1932 November 25, 1 volume
Spine states: Vol. II.
Meetings XIX to XXVIII, 1932 December 8 - 1935 April 15, 1 volume
Spine states: Vol. III.
Veterans' Home Building Commission verbatim records, 1931-1937
Meetings I to XII, 1931 July 1 - 1932 June 3, 1 volume
Front cover states: Benedict M. Holden, Chairman.
Meetings XIII to XXVIII, 1932 June 21 - 1935 February 2, 1 volume
Added to end of volume: Meeting XXIX, 1937 January 5; Meeting XXX, 1937 March 1; Termination, 1937 June 23-25.
Front cover states: Benedict M. Holden, Chairman.
Veterans' Home Commission verbatim records, 1927-1935
Meetings I to XXIV, 1927 July 13 - 1931 March 10, 1 volume
Front cover states: Benedict M. Holden, Chairman.
Meetings XXVI to XLII, 1933 July 25 - 1935 February 6, 1 volume
Front cover states: Benedict M. Holden, Chairman.
Meetings XLIV to LVII, 1935 June 15 - 1937 April 27, 1 volume
Spine states: Vol. IV.
Report of Commandant, Fitch's Home for the Soldiers, 1927-1934, 1 volume
Spine states: Veterans Home and Hospital, Rocky Hill.
Photographs and audiocassettes, circa 1950-1990 81
Includes magnetic reel to reel tape on the 105th Anniversary, September 13, 1970.
Photos of Fitch's Home and aerial view of Rocky Hill Veterans' Home and Hospital, undated
"The American Soldier" Set no. 1, undated
Dewitt, J. Doyle. Lincoln in Hartford. undated. 82
Privately printed in support of the activities of the Connecticut Civil War Centennial Commission.
Weld, Stanley B. Connecticut Physicians in the Civil War. Connecticut Civil War Centennial Commission., undated
Peters, Joseph P. "How Civil War Changed Hospital Care," in The Modern Hospital. 1962 May.
Wren, Jack. The Great Battles of World War I. New York: Madison Square Press, 1971.
Original lock found in Cornerstone of Fitch's Home, 1 envelope
Newspaper clippings, 1940-1990
Photographs of staff members Vincent W. Hedges, Supervisor of Maintenance; James J. McKinnon, Jr., Director of Food Services; and Eleanor Cleary, 1940, 1 envelope
Photographs of anniversary celebration, 1 envelope
100th Anniversary guest book
Photographs of opening of 125th anniversary exhibit, 1989 November 11, 1 envelope
Copies of photographs from the Veterans' Home and Hospital, 1 envelope
Copies of Photographs from Fitch Home, 1 envelope
1940 dedication of Veterans' Home and Hospital, 1 envelope
Papers of the 40th Anniversary of the Veterans' Home and Hospital, 1 envelope
Report of the Soldiers Hospital Board to the Comptroller, 1888 June 30, 1 envelope
Restored in 1989.
Correspondence of Colonel Raymond Gates regarding the properties and the transfer from Fitch's Home to the Veterans' Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill, 1940-1950
Photographs of Colonel Raymond Gates, Commandant May 1935-January 1953, undated
Contains two photographs.
Study of Vocational Objective Programs Approved for the Enrollment of Veterans; A Report prepared by the Veterans' Administration. Washington, D.C.: U. S. Government Printing Office, 1978 July 22
The Fifth Infantry Division in the ETO. Prepared by The Fifth Division Historical Section, Headquarters Fifth Infantry Division, 1945.
Civil War coloring book, 1977
Executive Committee minutes, 1908
Hedden, James Spencer. "Colonial Wars of America: A Synopsis of the Military and Civil Records of Some of the New Haven Men Originally Buried on New Haven Green whose Grave Stones were Later Either Installed in the Crypt of Center Church or Removed to Grove Street Cemetery." 1944 January.
Mess Room Menu, 1892 84
Mess Room Menu, 1893-1895, 1 volume
Patient Records, 1882-1893, 1 volume
Patient Records, 1887-1893, 1 volume
Patient Register, 1902-1910, 1 volume
Surgeon's Monthly Report, 1927 October 1, 1 volume
Report of the Commandant Veterans Home and Hospital, 1935-1946, 1 volume
Connecticut Volunteers who served in the Spanish American War, 1898-1899. Published by the Adjutant General. Hartford, Conn: Hartford Press, The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1899, 2 copies 86
Veterans' Home Building Commission minutes, 1932
Hartford Courant re: Old Vet at Rocky Hill, 1970, 8 copies
Discharge paper of John Connelly from Fitch's Home for Soldiers, 1888 May 31, original and copy
Executive Committee of the Soldier's Hospital Board minutes, 1908-1915, 1 envelope
Case No. 37134, W. Herbert Frost, et al. v. Benedict M. Holden, et al., Superior Court, New Haven County, 1931 December 31, original and copy
Hearing by Veterans Home Commission on charges against Captain Bennett and Sergeant Lyons, 1930 April, original and copy
Joint meeting, Veterans' Home Commission and Veterans' Home Building Commission, Lawn Club, New Haven, 1932 November 25
Meeting of Sub Committee of the Veterans' Home Commission and the Veterans' Home Building Commission, 1932 December 2, original, 2 copies
Soldiers' Hospital Board minutes, 1902 - 1915
"The American Soldier", undated
125th Anniversary letter from President George H.W. Bush, 1990 June 29
Executive Committee, Soldiers' Hospital Board minutes, 1906-1907 87
Providing for Additional accommodations for Disabled and indigent Soldiers and Sailors at Fitch's Home, House Joint Resolution No. 117, 1886, copies
History and current situation at Noroton, 1888, copies
Copies of President George Bush message, 1990 June 4
Act Concerning Aid for Widows of Veterans of Civil and Spanish-American Wars, 1921, copies
Act Concerning Aid for Widows of Veterans of Civil and Spanish-American Wars, 1887, copies
Act Authorizing Trustees of Fitch's Home for Soldiers to Transfer Property, 1887, copies
Historical Register, Connecticut State Soldiers' Home, Vol. I, 1886-1893, transcript
Report of the Soldiers Hospital Board to the Comptroller for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1888, copy
Soldiers' Hospital Board minutes, 1906-1909, 1915, copies, 9 folders
Duplicates 88
Interdepartmental memos, 1965-1970
Clipping of transfer of patients from Noroton to Rocky Hill, 1950, copy
Clipping, Veteran and volunteer Adam Raczkowski; article on Flag Day, 1983 May - June
Exhibit
Newspaper articles; Copy of appeal by Mrs. Fitch, copies and originals
Media, 1970, 1984
Harper's Weekly, 1866 March 17
Multiple copies of originals and reproductions.
Leslie's Illustrated, 1866 March 17
Multiple copies of originals and reprodctions of page 404.
Patient Care and Rehabilitation Committee meeting, 1959-1963
Construction, 1959 December
Selling property in Darien (Fitch's Home), 1940-1968
Act Providing for the Establishment of a Soldiers' Home, H.B. 14, 1963
Pictures of the Veterans' Home and Hospital, 1940, photocopies
History of Fitch's Home, 1940
Map showing property of the Fitch Home and Hospital for Soldiers, undated
Letter to Raymond Gates, 1930
Incorporation papers - statutes re appropriations, etc.
Act Concerning Payment of Funeral Expenses, 1923
Act Concerning Aid for Widows of Veterans of Civil and Spanish-American Wars, 1921
History and current situation at Noroton, 1888
Form for patient information, 1896, original and copy
Act Concerning Soldiers' Hospital Board, 1887
Act Authorizing Trustees of Fitch's Home for Soldiers to Transfer Property, 1887
Act Providing for Additional Accommodations - Fitch's Home, 1886
Fitch's Home for Soldiers Memorial dedication, 1984 May 27
Program dedication Veterans' Cemetery, 1985
Information for Visitors booklet, 1979
Report of the Committee to Study Medical and Hospital Service at the Connecticut Veterans' Home and Hospital, 1946
Community Advisory Service Center for Connecticut Veterans pamphlet, 1946
Insurance report, Fitch's Home for Soldiers, 1926
Special Laws Vol. V incorporating Fitch's Home, 1932
Senate meeting / Report legislative - sunset review, 1981
Veterans' Insurance Act; Fact sheet Rocky Hill, 1974
Articles on Benjamin Fitch, 1949
New York Herald article on Veterans Home and Hospital, 1948
Dedication Veterans' Home, 1940 September 14
Veterans' Home and Hospital, Rocky Hill, 1932, 1940-1950
List of employees before 1940, copies
Extracts from Connecticut Health Bulletin, 100 Anniversary, 1965 September
History, 1965
Report Veterans' Home and Hospital, 1961
105th Anniversary program article with programs, 1970
105th Anniversary, also 30th Anniversary, 1970
1948
1949
1950
Addition to the hospital, 1948, copies
Letters on funds and Fitch plan, 1945-1946
Bill 999, 1943, copies
Construction/building/repairs, 1942-1944
Transfer of Home to Rocky Hill, 1940
History of Fitch's Home, 1940, copies
Naval Reserve Radio School - vault combination, 1940
Act Concerning Making an Appropriation for the Construction and Equipment of a Soldiers' Home at Rocky Hill, 1933
Letter to Raymond Gates and lot information for Fitch property, 1930, 1938
Program entertainment - Fitch's Home for Solders, 1893, original and copy
Act Concerning Payment of Funeral Expenses, 1923, copies
Photograph of Gov. John Dempsey, photocopy
American Legion Post 45 and V.A. Cemetery photographs, photocopies
See also accession 1992-031, box 12.
Shorthand letter
Post card notice of the closing of Fitch's Home for the Soldiers, 1940
Veterans' Home Commission regulations and laws affecting Veterans, 1930-1932
Includes By-Laws.
Maps of Fitch's Home for the Soldiers and the city of Darien, 1949, undated
Blueprint General Assembly Act: Appropriations to build Veterans Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill, 1933, photostat
Dedication of Gates Cemetery, 1957
1864 Incorporating Fitch's Home for the Soldiers
An Appeal to the Patriotic Citizens of this Republic
Soldiers Hospital Board, Report of Hearing on Complaints, held at Fitch's Home for the Soldiers, 1915 November 23
Unlabeled folder
Framed photograph, Ella Grasso and Michael Owens 89
Framed photograph, Alvin Smith
Framed photograph, William Wholean
Framed photograph, Arthur O’Connell
Framed photograph, Charles Sprague
F. Leslie, The Soldier in Our Civil War: A Pictorial History of the War (1861-1865), (New York: Stanley Bradley Publishing Company, 1890), volume I. 90
F. Leslie, The Soldier in Our Civil War: A Pictorial History of the War (1861-1865), (New York: Stanley Bradley Publishing Company, 1890), volume II.
Bill and receipt to transport inmates on railroad, 1891 June 30 91
G.W. Adams, Doctors in Blue: The Medical History of the Union Army in the Civil War, (Dayton, Ohio.: Press of Morningside, 1985).
Medal of Honor Recipients, 1863-1973, (Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1973 October 22).
Veterans' Home Building Commission minutes, 1931 July 1 - 1937 June 25
Meetings I to XXX. Includes a copy of the law creating the Commission; Termination.
See also Veterans' Home Building Commission verbatim records in Box 78.
Federal Laws Pertaining to Veterans, 1914-1950, (Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1951 June 11).
Also contains a booklet titled: Laws Relating to Veterans and Their Dependents Enacted On and After June 27, 1950 and Through November 1, 1951, (Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1951 November 8).
J. Blakeney, Heroes: U.S. Marine Corps, 1861-1955, (Washington, D.C.: Gulthrie Lithograph Co., Inc., 1957).
Life's Picture History of World War II, (New York: Time Incorporated, 1950).
Series 6. Miscellaneous Records, 1878-1951, Accession: 1992-031
Historical roster of Connecticut State Soldiers’ Home, circa 1880-1889
1 - 499, 1 volume Item 1
500 - 999, 1 volume Item 2
1000 - 1499, 1 volume Item 3
1500 - 1999, 1 volume Item 4
2000 - 2499, 1 volume Item 5
2500 - 2999, 1 volume Item 6
3000 - 3499, 1 volume Item 7
3500 - 4000, 1 volume Item 8
The spine states 3500 - 3999.
4001 - 4500, 1 volume Item 9
Record of “invalid soldiers” admitted to Fitch’s Home, New Haven Hospital, and Hartford Hospital, 1878-1891, 1 volume Item 10
Necrological record from Fitch’s Home for Soldiers, 1884-1951, 1 volume Item 11
American Legion photos of Fitch’s Home for Soldiers, 1929, originals + photocopies Box 12
See also box 88 for additional photocopies.
Leslie's Illustrated, 1866 March 17, original Item 13
Restored in 1989.
Benjamin Fitch letter to the Trustees, 1865 October 3, original + typed copy on foam board. Item 14
Letter taken from cornerstone of the administrative building at Fitch's Home on February 11, 1937.
Restored in 1989