TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Records 1935-1937


RG 028:002, Commission on the Reorganization of State Departments, 1935-1937

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2007 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Commission on the Reogranization of State Departments
Title: Commission on the Reorganization of State Departments records
Dates: 1935-1937
Quantity: 11 cubic feet
Abstract: The Commission made recommendations and proposed legislation to streamline State government that at the time consisted of 160 agencies among the three branches.
Identification: RG028_002
Accession: Multiple
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The Commission on the Reorganization of State Departments was established pursuant to Special Act No. 242 of 1935, which provided for appointment by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the General Assembly, of a five-member commission to make studies and prepare recommendations and proposed legislation. Governor Wilbur Cross called the first meeting in his office on June 21, 1935, at which Col. Thomas Hewes was elected chairman. Benjamin P. Whitaker was appointed Research Director on July 1, 1935 and he was assisted by a small staff and by a number of expert consultants (as listed in the Report). The report was submitted to the Governor dated January 25, 1937, but a new Act extended the life of the Commission to March 30, 1937. The last meeting minutes bear that date, but the members and the Research Director continued for some months to provide advice and assistance to the Governor and the General Assembly.

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Scope and Content

This subgroup consists of the commission's agendas and minutes, reports and study files for each agency, consultants special reports, draft chapters for its report to the General Assembly as outlined in its authorizing legislation, press releases, correspondence, records relating to proposed legislation, and subject files consisting of working papers including correspondence and reference materials.

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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 028:001, Commission to Investigate the Advisability of COnsolidating Certain State Boards and Commission and to Investigate the Public Health Laws, 1915.

RG 028:003, Commission to study the Integration of the State Judicial System, 1943-1945.

RG 028:004, Commission on State Government Organization, 1949-1950.

RG 028:005, Commission on Services and Expenditures (Etherington Commission), 1971.

RG 028:006, Committee on the Structure of State Government (Filer Committee), 1975-1977.

RG 028:007, Human Servuces Reorganization Commission, 1977-1979.

RG 028:008, Governor's Study Group on Limitation on Expenditures, 1978-1979.

RG 028:009, Commission to Study the Management of State Government (Thomas Commission), 1989-1991.

RG 028:010, Commission to Effect Government Reorganisation (Hull-Harper Commission), 1991-1992.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Hewes, Thomas
Whitaker, Benjamin P

Organizations:

Connecticut. Commission on the Reogranization of State Departments

Subjects:

Administrative agencies -- Connecticut
Connecticut -- Politics and government
Connecticut. Commission on the Reogranization of State Departments -- Records and correspondence
Executive departments -- Connecticut
State governments -- Connecticut

Document Types:

Agendas (administrative records)
Correspondence
Memorandums
Minutes
Pamphlets
Press releases
Reports
Statutes

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The records of the Commission were e vidently kept in the Budget Division of which Mr. Whitaker was Director for a time, and were transferred to the State Library on August 1, 1944. Earlier, on October 23, 1939, the library received a set of the memoranda and an incomplete set of minuts, minutes from the Hon. Kenneth F. Cramer, a member of the commission. These were bound and catalogued into the "D" collection

Processing Information

State Archivist Robert Claus processed the records into RG 43. In 1994, State Archives staff consolidated the collection with other records of similar commissions in a new RG 28.

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Container List

Records, 1935-1937, Accession: 1940-003 (boxes 4-7); 1945-003 (boxes 1-3, 8-22)
Box
1. Meeting minutes, 1935-1937, 3 inches 1
Arranged chronologically.
A complete bound set is available in Government Documents: D q St 293 Mi.
2. Suggested meeting agendas, 1935-1937, 1.5 inches
Annotated to indicate action taken. Possibly prepared by the Research Director
Arranged chronologically.
3. Memoranda, 1935-1937, 4.5 cubic feet
Includes reports and studies file, containing the initial organization study including powers and duties, personnel and expenditures for each agency as well as consultant's special reports and chapter drafts for the final report. Includes a numerical title list and subkect index in first box.
Arranged numerically.
A complete bound set is available in Government Documents: D q St 293 m.
A hard copy numerical list and "functional index" is available at the History & Genealogy reference desk.
1-26 2
27-56 3
41-87 4
88-110 5
111-125 6
125A-139 7
139A-160 8
160A-164, 166-168, 170-173 9
174, 176-177. 179-181 10
4. Press releases, 1937 January-February, 1 inch
Mimeographed copies of public release of various parts of the Commission's recommendations.
Arranged chronologically
5. Correspondence, 1935 June-1937 October, 1.25 cubic feet 2
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent; one folder for each letter of the alphabet with additional folders for principal correspondents (members of the Commission, Governor Cross, consultants).
A-C 11
D-C 12
M-S 13
T-Z 14
6. Proposed legislation, 1937, 8 inches 14-15
Drafts, bills, compila6tions, notes and other papers pertaining to legislation proposed by the Commission or growing out of its recommendations.
Grouped by subject but somewhat disarranged.
7. Subject file, 1935-1937, 2.5 cubic feet
Working papers and reference materials, including correspondence, memoranda, notes, drafts, pamphlets, reports, etc. pertaining to the functions and organization of state government and the administration of the Commission.
Arranged alphabetically by subject although some folders are not clearly identified.
Advisory committees 16
Aeronatics
Agriculture
Banking
Budge (of Commission)
Business regulation
Compensation Commission
Consultant service
Corrections in memoranda
Education 17
Executive
Finance
Industrial relations
Judiciary
Law enforcement
Legislative council
Liquor control
Military
Payrolls (expenditure vouchers) 18
Penology
Personnel
Personnel (continued) 19
Public health
Public utilities
Public welfare
Public works 20
Purchasing 21
Social Security
Social trends
State hospitals 22
Unemployment
Water agencies
8. Price study worksheets, 1935, 4 inches
9. Examination of status on bonds of State officials, 1936 December 3, .5 inches
Carbon copy of 72-page report prepared by D.P. O'Connor and submitted to Edward J. Daly, Attorney General.