TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Container List

Subgroup 1. Henry Whitfield House 1768-1957

Series 2. The Connecticut American Revolution Bicentennial Commission 1973-1978

Series 3. Resolutions 1982-1986

Series 4-9. Not used.

Series 10. Statewide Historic Resource Directory circa 1974-1987


RG 024, Historical Commission

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2010 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut Historical Commission
Title: Connecticut Historical Commission records
Dates: 1768-1987
Quantity: 13.75 cubic feet
Abstract: The Connecticut Historical Commission performed a variety of functions having to do with the preservation of historic sites and structures and other historical resources.
Identification: RG024
Accession: Multiple
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The State Historical Commission was established by statute in 1955 to perform a variety of functions having to do with the preservation of historic sites and structures and other historical resources. It administered several historic properties including the Henry Whitfield House in Guilford. This building is said to be the oldest stone house in Connecticut, built in 1639. From 1900, when it was purchased by the State, it was administered (and known as the "State Historical Museum") by an appointed Board of Trustees. In 1973, the General Assembly acted to place it under the jurisdiction of the Historical Commission. The Commission also served as the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Connecticut. The Commission also oversaw the State Historic Resources Inventory which begun in Connecticut in 1974. In 2003, the Historical Commission merged into the new Commission on Arts, Tourism, Culture, History and Film.

See also the Historical Commission Agency History.

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Scope and Content

The records of the Connecticut Historical Commission are divided into one subgroup and three series. Subgroup one contains correspondence, reports, and other documentation on the restoration of the Henry Whitfield House, a State Historical Museum in Guilford, together with deeds and other papers on Guilford families. The second series relates to the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Connecticut, which lasted from 1974-1978, and documentation includes subject files, clippings, and scrapbooks. The third series contain a small volume of resolutions expressing gratitude, sorrow and respect, or other form of acknowledgement for members and citizens. Finally, there are six boxes of microfiche on the Connecticut Historical Commission’s Statewide Historic Resources Inventory.

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Arrangement

Subgroup 1. Henry Whitfield House, 1768-1957, Accession: 1958-002, 2 cubic feet.

Series 2. The Connecticut American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, 1973-1978, 10.5 cubic feet
Accession: T000562, 3 cubic feet
Accession: T000549, 7.5 cubic feet

Series 3. Resolutions, 1982-1986, Accession: T000549, 1 large envelope.

Series 4-9. Not used.

Series 10. Statewide Historic Resource Directory, circa 1974-1987, Accession: T000547, 1.25 cubic feet (6 microfiche clamshell boxes).

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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 033, Works Progress Administration, HABS Survey

RG 143, Old Houses of Connecticut, collected and compiled by the Connecticut Society of Colonial Dames of America.

PG 600, Additional Bicentennial posters.

Donohue, Mary M. and David A. Poirier. "The Connecticut Historic Preservation Collection: An Introduction to the State's Archaeological and Architectural Reocrds." Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut 48 (1985): 13-30.

Poirier, David A. Historic preservation : A User's Guide to the Connecticut Historic Preservation Collection. Hartford, Conn.: Connecticut Historical Commission, 1991. [H65 hpre].

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Index Terms

Organizations:

American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Connecticut
Connecticut Historical Commission
Trustees of the Henry Whitfield House

Subjects:

American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Connecticut -- Records and correspondence
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976 -- Connecticut
Connecticut Historical Commission -- Records and correspondence
Henry Whitfield House (Guilford, Conn.)
Henry Whitfield State Museum (Conn.)
Historic buildings -- Connecticut
Historic preservation -- Connecticut
Historic sites -- Connecticut
National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Connecticut
United States -- Centennial celebrations, etc. -- Connecticut

Document Types:

Blueprints
Broadsides
Clippings
Correspondence
Deeds
Drawings
Lists
Memorabilia
Microfiche
Pamphlets
Photographs
Reports

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Container List

Subgroup 1. Henry Whitfield House, 1768-1957
Inventory of Henry Whitfield House Records
Series 2. The Connecticut American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, 1973-1978, 10.5 cubic feet
Bicentennial Commission papers, 1973-1978
Correspondence, memoranda and related materials pertaining to the administration and the work of the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Connecticut.
Accession: T000562, 3 cubic feet
Annual report, statutes, etc., 1 binder and 1 folder (1 inch) 1
Office calendars, 1974 September - 1978 April, 1 folder (1 inch)
Showing appointments and festivities.
Press releases, 1974-1976, 2 folders (1 inch)
Draft "Bicentennial History of Connecticut's Role in the American Revolution together with the Actions of the General Assembly," by Robert S. Orcutt, 1 folder (1 1/2 inches)
"Bicentennial Gazette" printing file, 1976-1977, 1 folder (1/2 inch)
Subject file, 1974-1978, 23 folders (5 inches) 2
Correspondence with manufacturers and vendors of promotional items.
Aphabetical by subject.
Balloon, 2 folders
Belt buckles
Benhaven buttons
Billboard
Bumper stickers and decals
Displays
Filmstrip
The Flag Store
Lapel pins
Map, 2 folders
Medalic Art
Miscellaneous
Pewter Plate
Place mats
Plaques (INEMCO)
St. Eustatius, N.A.
Shoulder patches
Connecticut Historic Houses (sketchbook)
Soldier prints
T-Shirts
Typesetting bid
Schools program material, 1975-1976, 1 folder (1 inch) 3
American Association for State and Local History award applications, 13 folders (4 inches)
"A program for the Connecticut Museum," by Daniel R. Porter, 1 binder (1 inch) 4
Miscellaneous and unfiled materials, 4 inches
Including correspondence, unanswered letters, press releases, clipings, list of towns applying for grants, checklist of town committees (1977 October), list of promotional items, etc.
Drawings and sketches of bicentennial activities in Mansfield, the Oldfield School (Fairfield), Damascus Elementary School (Branford) and Bullard-Havens Technical School, 1 folder (3 inches) 5 + oversize loose items
Clippings and scrapbooks pertaining to bicentennial activities, 1973-1977 5
Accession: T000549, 7.5 cubic feet
Clippings and scrapbooks pertaining to bicentennial activities., 1973-1977, 4 large binders Item 6-9
Layouts, sketches, drawings, paste-ups and other preliminary materials for publications, 1 oversize flat box 10 + oversize loose items
Bicentennial Commission broadsides, pamphlets, publications, and other memorabilla, 1974-1977, Accession: T000549, 1 oversize flat box 11
Calendar of Connecticut Bicentennial Events, 23 items in large envelope
1976 March, 2 copies
1976 April, 2 copies
May
1976 June
1976 July
1976 August
1976 November, 2 copies
1976 December
April 16-26
June 1-30
July 1-31
November 1-30
December 1-31
July
A State of Courage, 1 broadside
A State of Heroism - Colonel Thomas Knowlton, 1 broadside
A State of Heroism - Nathan Hale, 1 broadside
A State of Liberation - Ella Grasso, 1 broadside
A State of Style: Fashions and Accessories of the Revolutionary Era, 1 broadside
Connecticut Courant, 1764 October 29
Connecticut the Provision State, 1 small broadside
East Hartford Bicentennial Commission
Invitation to attend Connecticut premiere of motion picture, "These States", 1975 April, 16
Description of film, broadside - 2 copies; 1 autographed
Fales, Edward, Jr., ed. Arsenal of the Revolution: The First History of "The 14th Colony." A pulbication of the Lakeville Journal and the News
The Hartford Courant, sponsor. The United States Armed Forces Bicentennial Band, 1975 April 17, 1 broadside
Concert.
Old Lyme Bicentennial Commission
Nathan Hale Fifes & Drums and Knowlton's rangers coming to Old Lyme High School Field, July 12, August 30, 2 broadsides
"The Pursuit of Happiness." Old Lyme High School, July 4, 5-11, 12, 1 broadside
Revolutionary War play.
"Adventures along the Connecticut Coast." Vocal by Re Circo. (On other side "Morning after Dreamer." Vocal by Re Circo), 1 record
The Symbol of the Bicentennial Council of the Thirteen Original States, 1 broadside
Voluntown Historical Society: Map of Voluntown (Bicentennial project), 1975
Includes directory of businesses, farms, historical places, etc.
Miscellaneous printed pamphlets and publications
Arranged by title.
Bicentennial celebration ye citizens of East Hartford. American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of East Hartford, Connecticut
The Bicentennial Commemoration of the Battle of Compo. Presented by the Bicentennial Committee of Westport, Connecticut, 1977 May 7
The Bicentennial in Connecticut. American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Connecticut
Connectiuct Bicentennial Events, 2 items
Summer 1976
1976 August-December
A Connecticut Historical Tour. Mystic Seaport
Connecticut So Much So Near. Points of Interest. Bicentennial Edition
Connecticut the Provision State. Teacher's Guide
The East Haven Bicentennial Commission
List of items placed in capsule December 19, 1976. Capsule buried in front lawn of East Haven Town Hall.
If I were a Girl Scout in 1776
1776 Badge Handbook.
Let Freedom Ring
Commemorating the Bicentennial of American Independence.
Nathan Hale
Postcard issued by Antiquarian & Landmarks Society, Inc. of Connecticut.
New Haven Newsletter
New Haven Newsletter. American Revolution Bicentennial Commission., 2 items
Volume 1, No. 4, Fall 1974
Volume 2, No. 1, Winter 1975
Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine, East Granby, Connecticut
Preparing for '76: Connecticut Libraries and the Bicentennial Celebration, 1975 January 15, 1975 January 30
The Connecticut Library Association Mid-Winter Regional Meetings.
Town Meeting '76
What You Can Do: A Bicentennial Idea Book
Yesterday is alive and well and living in Old Wethersfield, Connecticut at Silas Dean's House, Webb House and the Isaac Stevens House
Commemorative broadsides, 4 folders
Towns, 1 folder
Connecticut, 1 folder
States, 1 folder
National, 1 folder
Series 3. Resolutions, 1982-1986, Accession: T000549, 1 large envelope
Resolutions expressing gratitude, sorrow and respect, or other form of acknowledgement for members and citizens.
Resolutions, 1982-1986 11
Series 4-9. Not used.
Series 10. Statewide Historic Resource Directory, circa 1974-1987, Accession: T000547, 1.25 cubic feet (6 microfiche clamshell boxes)
Microfiche of State Historic Resource Inventory.
Organized alphabetically by town.
Andover, 3 sheets 12
Ansonia, 3 sheets
Ashford, 3 sheets
Barkhamsted, 3 sheets
Bolton, 2 sheets
Branford, 11 sheets
Bridgeport, 16 sheets
Bridgeport (East Main St.), 2 sheets
Bridgeport (Stratfield), 11 sheets
Bridgeport (Washington Park), 3 sheets
Bristol, 18 sheets
Brooklyn, 5 sheets
Canterbury, 5 sheets
Canton, 7 sheets (2 sets)
Chaplin, 3 sheets
Chester, 11 sheets
Clinton, 11 sheets
Columbia, 3 sheets
Coventry, 8 sheets
Cromwell, 2 sheets
Danbury, 21 sheets
Darien, 14 sheets 13
Deep River, 5 sheets
Derby, 6 sheets
Eastford, 8 sheets
Eastford, 8 sheets (2 sets)
East Haddam, 15 sheets
East Hampton, 6 sheets
East Hartford, 8 sheets
East Hartford, 12 sheets
East Hartford (Phase 3), 13 sheets
Essex, 19 sheets
Farmington, 18 sheets
Goshen, 1 sheet (2 sets)
Greenwich (Central), 5 sheets
Guilford, 13 sheets
Haddam, 12 sheets
Hampton, 4 sheets
Hartford, 4 sheets
Harwinton, 1 sheet
Hebron, 6 sheets
Killingly, 10 sheets 14
Killingworth, 7 sheets
Lebanon, 11 sheets
Litchfield (Milton area), 3 sheets
Lyme, 5 sheets
Madison, 9 sheets
Manchester (Expansion Area), 1981, 19 sheets
Manchester (Reconnaissance-level), 14 sheets
Mansfield (University of Connecticut residences), 2 sheets
Marlborough, 3 sheets
Meriden, 11 sheets
Middlefield, 3 sheets
Milford, 8 sheets
Morris, 3 sheets
New Britain, 4 sheets
New Britain (Central Business District), 5 sheets
New Hartford, 3 sheets
New Haven (Central), 33 sheets
New London (Completion Survey), 21 sheets 15
New London (Downtown), 33 sheets
New London (Green Harbor), 11 sheets
New London (Pequot Colony), 11 sheets
New London (Reconnaissance), 11 sheets
New Milford, 5 sheets
Norfolk, 3 sheets
North Branford, 8 sheets
North Haven, 6 sheets
Norwalk, 19 sheets
Norwich (Jail Hill), 10 sheets
Norwich (Preservation Plan-facade design), 3 sheets
Norwich (Reconnaissance), 15 sheets
Plainfield, 5 sheets
Plainville, 11 sheets
Portland, 6 sheets 16
Putnam, 8 sheets
Simsbury, 13 sheets
Stamford, 84 sheets
Stamford (Main Street, "Gateway" Project), 1 sheet
Suffield, 14 sheets
Thomaston, 6 sheets
Torrington (Central City Neighborhoods), 8 sheets 17
Vernon (Includes Rockville), 21 sheets
Wallingford, 14 sheets
Waterbury (Downtown), 4 sheets
Westbrook, 7 sheets
West Haven, 8 sheets
Westport, 5 sheets
Westport (Saugatuck), 4 sheets
Winchester, 2 sheets
Windham (Downtown Willimantic), 3 sheets
Windham (Willimantic Residential Areas), 15 sheets
Windsor, 9 sheets
Woodbury , 6 sheets
United States Post Offices in Connecticut, 6 sheets