TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Bibliography

Inventory

Records 1643-1667


RG 001:005, Records of the Commissioners of the United Colonies of New England

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2012 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: United Colonies of New England. Commissioners
Title: Records of the Commissioners of the United Colonies of New England
Dates: 1643-1667
Quantity: 3 volumes
Abstract: Minutes, records of acts, letters, etc. of the New England Confederation comprised of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Haven.
Identification: RG001_005
Accession: T002511
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Massachusetts, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Haven established a confederation known as the United Colonies of New England. Also known as the New England Confederation, the alliance served to protect its members from Indian attacks, and its commissioners—two from each colony, with six votes needed to approve any decision—met to resolve disputes over trade, boundaries, and religion. The confederation’s decisions and recommendations were advisory rather than mandatory, however, and its influence proved weak until its dissolution when Massachusetts’ charter was revoked in 1684.

Source: "United Colonies of New England established," The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, accessed May 9, 2012, http://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/thirteen-colonies/timeline-terms/united-colonies-new-england-established.

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Scope and Content

Minutes, records of acts, letters, etc. of the New England Confederation that was comprised of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Haven. Volume 53 also includes records of the Court of Assistants, May 11, 1669 - October 7, 1686 and October 1, 1696 - October 3, 1701.

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Arrangement

Arranged in 2 volumes numbered within the larger collection of Early General Records as volumes 52-53. There are no other volume numbers assigned.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Researchers should first consult use copies when available. See Alternate Form Available Section below.

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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Index Terms

Subjects:

Connecticut -- History -- 17th century -- Sources
Massachusetts -- History -- 17th century -- Sources
New England -- History -- 17th century -- Sources
New England -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Sources

Alternate Creator:

Connecticut. Court of Assistants

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Available on microfilm. EGR volumes 52-53 are on Reel LH 4419/20 (LDS 0003667).

Volume 53, Court of Assistants records has been transcribed in Colony of Connecticut : minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669-1711 [StLib History Reference F97 .C67 2009 1776-].

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Bibliography

Ward, Henry M. The United Colonies of New England, 1643-90. New York: Vantage Press, 1961.

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Inventory

Records, 1643-1667
Previous finding aids listed EGR Volume 54 as part of the Records of the Commissioners of the United Colonies of New England. However, that volume appears to be records of the Council and is now listed in RG 001:008, Records of the Governor and Council. It is not listed here.
EGR Vol
Connecticut Colonial Records, New England, 1643-1670 52
Connecticut Colonial Records, New England, 1659-1667 53
Volume in reverse is records of the Court of Assistants, May 11, 1669-October 7, 1686 and October 1, 1696- October 3, 1701.