TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Container List

Series 1. Meeting Minutes 1913-1965

Series 2. Correspondence 1908-1940

Series 3. Reports 1913-1967

RG 079:017, State Park and Forest Commission

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. State Park and Forest Commission
Title: State Park and Forest Commission records
Dates: 1908-1967
Quantity: 11 cubic feet
Abstract: In 1913 the Assembly created a permanent State Park Commission charged with "supervision of all lands acquired by the state, as public reservations, for the purpose of public recreation or the preservation of natural beauty or historic association. In 1921 the name changed to the State Park and Forest Commission. The Commission now had oversight of state forests as well as parks with the authority to appoint the State Forester.
Identification: RG079_017
Accession: Multiple
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

In 1911 the General Assembly create a temporary, special State Park Commission per Public Acts chpt. 224 consisting of three members to consider the advisability of the State securing open spaces for the use of the public and to report to the next General Assembly a plan for organizing, acquiring and maintaining these open spaces. This Commission reported to the 1913 General Assembly of both the need and the possibilities of the acquisition of recreational areas.1 In 1913 the Assembly created a permanent State Park Commission per Public Acts chpt. 230 consisting of six members with the State Forester as ex-officio. The Commission was charged with "supervision of all lands acquired by the state, as public reservations, for the purpose of public recreation or the preservation of natural beauty or historic association, except such lands as may be palced by law in the charge and under the supervision of other commissions or officials. The commission also had the power to "acquire, maintain, and make available to the public open spaces for recreation, adn to act with local authorities."2

The Commission's first concern was the establishment of policies to determine the proper type of area to be included in the Connecticut State Park System. In 1914 the Commission hired its first employee, Albert M. Turner, who served as its Field Secretary. That same year the first purchase of land to provide open space for public was made consisting of five acres of salt marsh in Westport that became known as Sherwood Island State Park. Gifts played an important part of land acquisitions made by the Commission. In 1919 the Commission hired the first State Park Superintendent, Arthur V. Parker, whose responsibility was to develop and maintain the park system.3

In 1921 the name was changed to the State Park and Forest Commission per Public Acts chpt. 193. The new Commission now had the authority to appoint the State Forester.4 In 1971 the Commission was absorbed into the new Department of Environmental Protection.

See also the State Park and Forest Commission Agency History.

Endnotes
1Report of the State Park Commission, Hartford, Conn., 1913.
2Report of the State Park Commission, Hartford, Conn., 1914.
350th Anniversary, Connecticut State Park & Forest Commission, Hartford, Conn., 1963, 3-4
4Report of the State Park and Forest Commission to the Governor, For the Fiscal Term Ended June 30, 1922, Hartford, Conn., 1922.

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Scope and Content

Includes Minutes, 1913-1947; Correspondence from E. H. Wilkins, Treasurer, 1908-1916, Albert M. Turner, Field Secretary, 1916-1941, Austin F. Hawes, State Forester, 1923-1939, and Harley F. Roberts, President of the Black Rock Forest, Inc., 1920-1928; and Reports, 1913-1967, including Biennial Reports, 1913-1934.

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Arrangement

Series 1. Meeting Minutes, 1913-1965
Accession: 1996-024, 1913-1965 Accession: 1995-071, 1921-1947

Series 2. Correspondence, 1908-1940, Accession: 1995-071

Series 3. Reports, 1913-1967, Accession: 1995-071

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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 079:016, Deptartment of Environmental Protection: Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut. State Park and Forest Commission

Persons:

Hawes, Austin F. (Austin Foster), 1879-1962
Roberts, Harley F
Turner, Albert M
Wilkins, Edward H

Subjects:

Connecticut. State Park and Forest Commission -- Records and correspondence
Forests and forestry -- Connecticut
Parks -- Connecticut

Document Types:

Correspondence
Minutes
Reports

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Container List

Series 1. Meeting Minutes, 1913-1965
There is duplication among the two accessions listed below.
Box
Accession: 1996-024
1913-1942 1
1943-1958 2
1959-1965 3
Accession: 1995-071
1921-1943 8
1944-1947 9
Series 2. Correspondence, 1908-1940, Accession: 1995-071
Box
E. H. Wilkins, Treasurer, 1908-1916
Incoming correspondence, 1908-1916, 3 folders 1
Miscellaneous documents, 1909-1915
Letters to the Legislature, 1915
Lists of names, 1915
Clippings about Hurd Park, 1916
Albert M. Turner, Field Secretary, 1916-1941
Mr. Turner was the Commission's first employee.
Incoming and outgoing corresondence
1916-1918, 5 folders
1918-1921, 9 folders 2
1921-1926, 11 folders 3
1926-1941, 10 folders 4
Miscellaneous documents related to the State Parks, 1918-1920
Miscellaneous documents related to the State Parks, 1920-1940, 9 folders 5
Biographical information
Austin F. Hawes, State Forester, 1923-1939
Personal correspondence, 1923-1934, 6 folders 6
Miscellaneous documents related to State Forests, 1932-1938, 4 folders
Miscellaneous documents related to State Forests, 1938-1941, 7 folders 7
Harley F. Roberts, President of the Black Rock Forest, Inc., 1920-1928
Mr. Roberts was also headmaster of Taft Academy in Watertown, Conn.
Correspondence about the Black Rock State Park and Forest, 1920-1926, 3 folders 7
Correspondence about the Black Rock State Park and Forest, 1926-1928, 3 folders 8
Series 3. Reports, 1913-1967, Accession: 1995-071
Box
W. Thayer Chase Collection
"All State Park Receipts and Expenditures, 1914-1942", 1943 December 31 9
Park, Parkway and Recreational Study (WPA Project $3376), 2 folders
"Fire Warden Directory", 1967
"50th Anniversary Connecticut State Park & Forest Commission", 1963
Annual report, 1914, 1 folder
Connecticut State Park and Forest Commission; Biennial Reports 1914-1924
Report of the Connecticut State Parks and Forests; For the Fiscal Years July 1 1926 to June 30, 1928
Report of the Connecticut State Parks and Forests; For the Fiscal Years July 1 1928 to June 30, 1930
Tenth Biennial Report of the Connecticut State Parks and Forests; For the Fiscal Years July 1 1930 to June 30, 1932
Eleventh Biennial Report of the Connecticut State Parks and Forests; For the Fiscal Years July 1 1932 to June 30, 1934
Sixteenth Biennial Report of the State Park and Forest Commission to the Governor; For the Fiscal Term Ended June 30, 1940