TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Container List

Series 1. Interviews 1951

Series 2. Summonses 1951

Series 3. Police Material circa 1950-1951

Series 4. Correspondence circa 1940-1951

Series 5. Hartford Housing Authority circa 1948-1951

Series 6. Financial Records circa 1940-1951

Series 7. Newspaper Clippings circa 1940-1951


RG 003, Hartford Housing Authority Investigation, Hartford Superior Court, One-man Grand Jury, Judge William Maltbie

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Henry A. Arneth. Revised by Mark H. Jones.

Copyright © 2007 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Superior Court (Hartford County)
Title: Hartford Housing Authority investigation records
Dates: circa 1940-1951
Quantity: 3.5 cubic feet
Abstract: In the summer of 1951, State Supreme Justice William Mills Maltbie conducted a one-man grand jury investigation of the Hartford Housing Authority.
Identification: RG003_HHA
Accession: 1987-064
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The one man grand jury was the final stage of an investigation of the Hartford Housing Authority that began in 1950. In February, the Hartford Courant began publishing articles by reporter Gerald L. Demeusy about the Hartford Housing Authority and the conditions of the housing projects. Demeusy documented that trouble that large families had in getting a place in the housing projects. He learned that purchasing furniture from a certain store would constitute enough criteria to approve an application for housing. These exposes led the Hartford City Council to request that City Manager Carleton Sharpe conduct an investigation into the allegations against the HHA. Sharpe appointed a seven person Housing Board of Inquiry in April 1951. In late May, the Board began public hearings at which officials and employees of the HHA were questioned. It learned that individual members of the commission determined whose application for housing in the projects was approved, that its financial housekeeping was unprofessional and that contracts were given to only one architectural firm. In June 1951, before the Board ended its investigation, the Hartford Housing Authority Commission resigned en masse. This resulted in the termination of the investigation by the Housing Board of Inquiry. The Board submitted its report to the City Manager, citing the need for a "competent executive director" and a "trained staff" at the Hartford Housing Authority. Sharpe appointed four members of the Board of Inquiry to the Authority's commission.

However, serious questions about possible criminal behavior remained unanswered. For a couple weeks, Chief State's Attorney Albert S. Bill conducted an investigation with the assistance of the State Police. Governor John Davis Lodge recommended to Bill that he ask Hartford Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Molloy for the appointment of a one man grand jury to investigate the issues raised by the City of Hartford's inquiry. Molloy appointed the newly retired former Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court, William H. Maltbie, as a one man grand jury to "determine whether or not there is probable cause to believe that a crime or crimes have been committed within the county in connection with the affairs of the Housing Authority of the City of Hartford." In an editorial, the Hartford Courant praised the choice of Judge Maltbie, whom, it emphasized, "can be depended on for an impartial, judicial, and searching examination of the facts." "It is good that the matter has now reached this determinative stage," the Courant continued, "after all the previous detours, circumlocutions, and circumambulations." ("The Significant Phase of the Housing Inquiry," HC, July 12, 1951.)

Maltbie started his investigation on July 11 and examined documents and witnesses about the Authority's operations stretching back eight years. In his final report, the judge stated that he had "confined" his investigation to the period starting in September 1947 to June 1951. He had the power of subpoena and heard testimony in private with State's Attorney Bill participating in the questioning. At the same time State Auditors examined the Authority's business records, and their findings made the daily headlines. On October 18, Maltbie ended the taking of testimony from witnesses and on January 3, 1952, he issued a 16 page report of his findings. He found "no reasonable grounds for a prosecution for a crime," he did find "a lack of competence on the part of the commission and certain of its officers and employees" and "a lack of appreciation" by them of "their obligations to act fairly and disinterestedly in carrying on the large public service entrusted to them." ("Old HHA 'Controlled By Outside Influences' Says Maltbie; No Grounds For Prosecution," HC, January 4, 1952.) As the Courant concluded, "All is now past. But here it stands in the record as a warning, in the city and indeed in the State, that public office is still a public trust." ("The Verdict on the H.H.A.," HC, January 5, 1952.)

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Scope and Content

The records consist of interviews; summonses; police material including reports and notebooks; correspondence; Hartford Housing Authority material; financial records including bank statements and cancelled checks, incorporation papers and tax returns; and newspaper clippings.

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Arrangement

Series 1. Interviews, 1951. Arranged chronologically.

Series 2. Summonses, 1951. Arranged chronologically.

Series 3. Police Material, circa 1950-1951.

Series 4. Correspondence, circa 1940-1951. Arranged alphabetically

Series 5. Hartford Housing Authority, circa 1948-1951.

Series 6. Financial Records, circa 1940-1951.

Series 7. Newspaper Clippings, circa 1940-1951.

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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

RG005:032 John Davis Lodge Gubernatorial Records, box 577, Folder: Hartford Housing Authority.

Newspaper Clipping Files, 1932-1992, for the years 1950-1951.

Daniel Radcliffe, Charter Oak Terrace: Life, Death and Rebirth of a Housing Project”, 1998.

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut. Superior Court (Hartford County)
Hartford Housing Authority

Persons:

Beach, Goodwin Batterson
Dunn, Jacob
Gilligan, Edward
Kaminsky, E. Edward
Maltbie, William Mills, 1880-
Remer, George H.
Weiner, Abraham (Jack)

Places:

Hartford (Conn.)

Subjects:

Connecticut. Superior Court (Hartford County) -- Records and correspondence
Grand jury -- Connecticut -- Hartford County
Housing -- Connecticut -- Hartford
Investigations

Document Types:

Articles of incorporation
Bank statements
Checks (bank checks)
Clippings
Contracts
Correspondence
Judicial Records
Minutes
Notebooks
Purchase orders
Receipts (financial records)
Reports
Summonses
Tax returns
Transcripts

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Container List

Series 1. Interviews, 1951
Box Folder
Summaries and index, 1951 1 1
O'Neil, John J, 1951 July 3 2
Stavol, James D., 1951 July 5 3
Rosenthal, Ernest, 1951 July 5 4
Weiner, Abraham J. (Jack), 1951 July 6 5
Doyle, John F., 1951 July 6 6
Metropoils, Thomas, 1951 July 9 7
Galic, Harold E., 1951 July 9 8
Ames Construction Company (Defazio, Pasqualle and Ferizzi, Frank), 1951 July 9 9
Roog, Joseph, 1951 July 9 10
Johnson, Mary, 1951 July 10 11
Murray, Mary, 1951 July 10 12
Giardini, Angelo, 1951 July 11 13
Williams, Antone M., 1951 July 11 14
Demers, Albert, 1951 July 12 15
Scott, William A., 1951 July 12 16
Gillespie, Rufus, 1951 July 12 17
Hart, Edmond (Edward), 1951 July 13 18
Pearson, John, 1951 July 16 19
Donohue, Michael, 1951 July 18 20
Putnam, Rosalind Lawson, 1951 July 18 21
French, Lawrence, 1951 July 18 22
Fletcher, Daniel, 1951 July 19 23
McManus, Barbara F., 1951 July 19 24
Lee, Ann M., 1951 July 19 25
Cardo, Joseph Anthony, 1951 July 20 26
Camillieri, Joseph, 1951 July 20 27
Spitzer, Henry, 1951 July 23 28
Ludorf, Henry F., 1951 July 23 29
Vercelli, Joseph T., 1951 July 24 30
Scheide, Lester Beach, 1951 July 25 31
Marshall, Harold B., 1951 July 25 32
Gosselin, U. D., 1951 July 26 33
Anderson, Joseph F., 1951 July 26 34
Bidwell, Harold Frederick, 1951 July 26 35
Erff, Frederick, 1951 July 27 36
McQuade, Thomas J., 1951 August 2 37
O'Neil, Thomas J., 1951 August 2, 6 38
Turley, Vincent E., 1951 August 7 39
Gilligan, Edward W., 1951 August 8 40
Gregory, George, 1951 August 14 41
Hills, Russell, 1951 August 21 42
Goulet, Gerard C., 1951 August 21 43
Weinburg, Leo G., 1951 August 22 44
Tramonte, Emil, 1951 August 22 45
Cohen, Sally B., 1951 August 28 46
Beidelman, Elanor, 1951 August 28 47
Manaker, Aaron, 1951 August 28 48
Gilbertson, Mary S., 1951 August 29 49
Hyman, George M., circa 1951 2 1
Beach, Goodwin B., circa 1951 2
Kane, Joseph E., circa 1951 3
Dunn, Jacob, circa 1951 4
Loshbough, Bernard E., circa 1951 5
Kaminski, E. Edward, circa 1951 6
Simons, Rubin, circa 1951 7
Barry, John T., circa 1951 8
McDonough, Charles, circa 1951 9
McCue, William D., circa 1951 10
Fairchild, Henry, circa 1951 11
Kelly, John P., circa 1951 12
Roth Hardware (Harry Rosenthal), circa 1951 13
Kane, John (Boston), circa 1951 14
Index to testamony, circa 1951 15
Series 2. Summonses, 1951
Box Folder
Doyle, John F, 1951 July 16 2 16
O'Neil, John J., 1951 July 16 16
Remer, Lt. George H., 1951 July 16 16
Stavol, James D., 1951 July 16 16
Defazio, Pasqualle, 1951 July 18 16
Feriuzzi, Frank, 1951 July 18 16
Gallic, Harold E., 1951 July 18 16
Metropoils, Thomas, 1951 July 18 16
Pearson, John B., 1951 July 18 16
Rosenthal, Ernest, 1951 July 20 17
Weiner, Abraham J. (Jack), 1951 July 20 17
Spitzer, Henry, 1951 July 23 17
Demers, Albert C., 1951 July 24 17
McCook, Anson T., 1951 July 24 17
Scott, William A., 1951 July 24 17
Williams, Antone M., 1951 July 24 17
Cardo, Joseph Anthony, 1951 July 25 18
Giardini, Angelo, 1951 July 25 18
Hart, Edward J., 1951 July 25 18
Roog, Joseph, 1951 July 25 18
The Hartford Metal Products Company, Inc., 1951 July 30 18
The Hartford Roofing and Sheet Metal Company, Inc., 1951 July 30 18
Hyman, George M., 1951 July 30 18
Fairchild, Henry, 1951 July 30 18
Kane, Joseph E., 1951 July 30 18
Kane and Fairchild, Architechts (a partnership), 1951 July 30 18
The White Company, Inc., 1951 July 30 18
Fletcher, Daniel, 1951 August 22 19
French, Lawrence Theron, 1951 August 22 19
Gillespie, Rufus Charles, 1951 August 22 19
Putnam, Rosalind Lawson, 1951 August 22 19
Loshbough, Bernard E., 1951 August 22, 23 19
McDonough, Charles H., 1951 August 22, 23 19
Anderson, Joseph F., 1951 August 24, 28 20
Bidwell, Harold Frederick, 1951 August 24, 28 20
Camillieri, Joseph F., 1951 August 24 20
Donohue, Michael, 1951 August 24 20
Gosselin, U. D., 1951 August 24 20
Ludorf, Henry F., 1951 August 24 20
Marshall, Harold W., 1951 August 24 20
Scheide, Lester Beach, 1951 August 24 20
Vercelli, Joseph T., 1951 August 24 20
Purrington, Wilbur, 1951 August 28 20
Cohen, Sally B., 1951 August 30 21
Goulet, Gerard C., 1951 August 30 21
Gregory, George M., 1951 August 30 21
Lee, Ann M., 1951 August 30 21
McManus, Barbara F., 1951 August 30 21
McQuade, Thomas J., 1951 August 30 21
O'Neil, Thomas J., 1951 August 30 21
Tramonte, Emil, 1951 August 30 21
Turley, Vincent E., 1951 August 30 21
Weinburg, Leo G., 1951 August 30 21
Michel, Sam, 1951 September 4 22
Kane, Joseph E., 1951 September 6 22
Barry, John T., 1951 September 7 22
Beach, Goodwin B., 1951 September 7 22
Carr, George E., 1951 September 7 22
Kaminski, E. Edward, 1951 September 7 22
Manaker, Aaron, 1951 September 7 22
Barry, John T., 1951 September 12 23
Hart, Owen, 1951 September 12 23
Brown, Warren M., 1951 September 21 23
Gilligan, Edward W., 1951 September 21 23
Hills, Russell, 1951 September 21 23
McCue, William D., 1951 September 21 23
Simon, Philip, 1951 September 21 23
Rosenthal, Harry, 1951 September 25 23
Kane, John, 1951 September 28 23
Bailey, John M., 1951 October 5 24
Dunn, Jacob, 1951 October 5 24
Kelly, John P., 1951 October 5 24
Murphy, Thomas E., 1951 October 9 24
Galleraini, Margurite, 1951 October 17 24
Series 3. Police Material, circa 1950-1951
Box Folder
Reports 2 24
Officer Miller, Lois F., 1951 July 25
Lt. Remer, George H., circa 1951 26
Notebooks 26
Officer Doyle, John J., circa 1951 27
Officer Leonard, Thomas, circa 1951 28
Lt. Remer, George H., 1951 June 29
Detective Rome, Samuel 30
1951 June 25-July 3 30
1951 July 23-August 8 31
Unidentified police books and loose pages, circa 1951 32
Unidentified steno books, circa 1951 33
Lt. George H. Remer material, circa 1951
This material appears to be from the desk of Lt. George H. Remer.
Correspondance, Number 1 of 3 34
Indexes, Number 2 of 3 35
Notes, Number 3 of 3 36
Court documents, circa 1950-1951 37
Notes, circa 1950-1951 38
Series 4. Correspondence, circa 1940-1951
Box Folder
Annonymous information, circa 1950-1951 2 39
Architect's materials, circa 1950-1951 40
Barry, John T., circa 1940-1951 41
Gallic, Harold E., circa 1940-1951 42
Fleige, Harold, 1948 43
Goulet material, circa 1940-1951 44
Kane and Fairchild miscellaneous papers, circa 1940-1951 45
McCook, Anson T., circa 1948 3 1
O'Neil, John J. miscellaneous papers, circa 1940-1951 2
Roofing quote, 1950 April 3
Stavol, James D. material, circa 1950-1951 4
J. S. Thorn, Co., 1950 May 5 5
Tramonte, Emil, circa 1940-1951 6
Turley, Vincent E. suspension and reinstatement letter, 1951 May 7
Series 5. Hartford Housing Authority, circa 1948-1951
Box Folder
Part 1 of 4: Court papers, circa 1951 3 8
Part 2 of 4: Correspondance, circa 1951 9
Part 3 of 4: Sharpe inquiry, circa 1951 10
Part 4 of 4: Notes, circa 1950-1951 11
List of personnel, circa 1950-1951 12
Reports, circa 1950-1951 13
Attorney and architect's contracts, circa 1948-1951 14
Extracts of minutes SHA, 1949, May 23 15
Series 6. Financial Records, circa 1940-1951
Box Folder
Bond list for Charles McDonough, Inc, circa 1948-1951 3 16
Bank statements, Joseph and Lillian Kane, 1948-1951 17
Cancelled checks 17
Hartford Roofing, 1951 18
Joseph and Lillian Kane
1947 December-1948 April 19
1948 May-September 20
1948 October-December 21
1950 November-1951 March 22
1951 April-June 23
1948-1951 24
C. H. McDonough, Inc, circa 1940-1951 25
Jack Weiner, circa 1945 26
Incorporation papers 26
Barry Square Real Estate and Insurance, Inc, 1949 27
Charles McDonough, Inc, 1949 28
General Freight System, 1948 29
Norwood Development, 1949 30
Seven Thirty Four Corp., 1950 31
The White Company, 1949 32
Pickup truck owned by Hartford Housing Authority, circa 1950-1951 4 1
Rent receipts, Hartford Housing Authority, 1948, 1950 2
Tax returns 3
General Freight System, 1948-1950 3
Charles McDonough, Inc, 1949-1950 4
Norwood Development, 1949-1950 5
The White Company, 1949-1950 6
Purchase orders, Hartford Housing Authority, 1946-1947 7
Unidentified ledger sheets, 1951 May-June 8
Series 7. Newspaper Clippings, circa 1940-1951
Box Folder
Newspaper clippings, circa 1940-1951 4 9