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RG 083, Committee on Library Improvement
Inventory of Records
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
Copyright © 2007 by the Connecticut State Library
Governor John Dempsey appointed a nine-member committee in December 1963 to recommend action to improve library services to the state. An earlier Governor's Committee on Libraries had recommended this but its bill (Senate 520) failed to pass the legislature "due to a technicality." The committee elected Edwin G. Jackson, Director of the Hartford Public Library, as chairperson. The committee included Justice H. W. Alcorn of the State Supreme Court of Errors, Dr. William J. Sanders, Commissioner of Education, and other distinguished citizens.
The committee hired two outside consultants, Roger H. McDonough and Mildred P. McKay, to complete a study. The committee discussed the consultants' report in August and September 1964, and adopted its recommendations for action. Recommended legislation, which was passed in June 1965 (Public Act 490), provided for reconstituting and expanding the State Library Committee and combining the Bureau of Library Services (then in the Department of Education) with the State Library.
The records include correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, newspaper clippings, and reference materials pertaining to the work of the committee and the preparation of its report.
Restrictions on Access
These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.
Restrictions on Use
See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.
RG 005:034, John Dempsey gubernatorial records.
The following folders are in Box A-269:
RG 012, Connecticut State Library.
Connecticut. Committee on Library Improvement
Jackson, Edwin G
McDonough, Roger H
McKay, Mildred P
Connecticut. Committee on Library Improvement -- Records and correspondence
Libraries -- Connecticut
Edwin G. Jackson donated these records to the State Library in May 1973.