TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Records 1949-1950

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

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 State Government Organization
Title: Commission on State Government Organization records
Dates: circa 1940-1950
Quantity: 12 cubic feet
Abstract: The Commission used nineteen survey units to study various aspects of state government and make organizational recommendations.
Identification: RG028_004
Accession: T002705
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The Commission was established under Special Act No. 28, approved March 31, 1949, for the purpose of studying, “all the functions of the state government” in order to prepare findings and recommendations, including proposed legislation, for the General Assembly and the Governor. The five appointed members were led by Carter W. Atkins, Chairman, and Ralph P. Sollott served as Staff Director. A technical staff numbering more than a hundred in all carried on the research and investigatory work for the Commission, which met frequently to discuss preliminary and interim reports and make the nevessary policy decisions. Nineteen “survey units” worked on various aspects of the state government and prepared detailed reports and recommendations. After reviewing these, the Commission submitted its own report on February 27, 1950.

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Scope and Contents

Includes meeting material such as agenda and reference material, a general file arranged by unit that includes correspondence, working papers, studies and reports, Material on government organization, Staff Director's files, Questionnaires for legislators, press clippings and recordings of radio interviews.

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

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

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.

RG 005:031 Gov. Chester Bowles, Box 532, "State Government Organization Commission."

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Index Terms

Persons:

Atkins, Carter W
Sollott, Ralph P

Organizations:

Connecticut. Commission on State Government Organization

Subjects:

Administrative agencies -- Connecticut
Connecticut -- Politics and government
Connecticut. Commission on State Government Organization -- Records and correspondence
Executive departments -- Connecticut
State governments -- Connecticut

Document Types:

Agendas (administrative records)
Clippings
Correspondence
Press releases
Questionnaires
Reports

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

It is not clear how the records were tranferred into the Connecticut State Library. The minutes of meetings of the Commission, which appear to have been with the records at some point, have evidently been lost. The final report, The Report, was published in February 1950 and is available in the Library.

Processing Information

These records were formerly RG 44. 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, 1949-1950
Box
1. Agenda for meetings and related documents, 1949 May-1950 June 1-2
Type agenda, togehter with documents, reference materials, drafts for discussion and other papers submitted to or prepared for the Commission.
In three looseleaf binders, each arranged more or less chronologically and with some duplication of items in the three.
2. General File, 1949
Includes correspondence, working papers, studies, interim, preliminary and special reports, final reports and other materials related to the work of the survey units.
Arranged by survey unit.
1. Executive 3
Covers Governor; Secretary of the State; Attorney General.
2. Fiscal 3-4
Covers Department of Finance & Control with Office of the Commissioner, Budget Division, Puchasing Division, Personnel Division; Governor's Contingent Fund; Adviosory Personnel Committee; Finance Advisory Committee; Comptroller; Treasurer; Investment Commisttee; Tax Department; Tax Department; Employees Retirement (Comptroller); Teachers' Retirement Board; Personnel Study Committee.
3. Education 5
Covers State Bopard of Education with Board & Control Administrative Div., Rural Supervisory Service, State Aid Grants, Pub;ic School Building Commission; Hisgher Education with University of Connecticut & Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station, State Teachers' Colleges (State Board); Special Education with Vocational Education, Vocational Rahabilitation (State Board), Mystic Oral School, American School for the Deaf, Board of Education for the Blind; Libraries, Museums & Memorials with State Library, United Spanish War Veterans, Henry Whitfield House Trustees, Israel Putnam Campground Commission, Ford Griswold Groton Monument Associatin, Connecticut Historical Society, Office of the State Editor; Education Study Committee.
4. Health 6
Covers Department of Health; Mosquito Control Board; Interstate Sanitation Commission; Commisioner of Food & Drugs.
5. Highways, docks abd bridges 7
Covers Highway department; Highway Safety Commission; Merritt Parkway Commission; Groton-New London Bridge Commission; East Hartford-Hartford Bridge Commission; Old Lyme-Old Saybrook Bridge Commission; Commissioners of Steamship Terminals.
6. Public works 7-8
Covers Department of Public Works (Comptroller-Real Assets); Humane & Welfare Institutions Building Program Commission; State Housing Department.
7. Industrial relations 8
Covers Commissioner of Labor & Factory Inspection; Workmen's Compensation Commission; Unemployment Commissioners; Labor Wage Board - State Buildings, Labor Wage Board - Roads & Bridges, Inter-Racial Commission.
8. Agriculture 9
Covers Agriculture with Commissioner of Farms & Markets, Agricultural Experiment Station, Regional Marketing Authority; Conservation with Board of Fisheris and Game, Park and Forest Commission, Commission on Forests and Wild Life, Board of Shell Fisheries, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Water Commission, Geological & Natural History Survey Commission; Development with Connecticut Development Commission.
9. Regulative agencies 9-10
Covers Department of Motor Vehicles; Department of Aeronautics; Insurance Department; Banking Department; Public Utilities Commission; Liquor Control Commission; Milk Administrator.
10. Licensing and examining boards 10
Covers Board of Accountancy; Architectural Examining Board; Athletic Commission; Board of Examiners of Barbers; Board of Examiners in Chiropody; Dental Commissioners; Board of Examiners of Embalmers; Board of Healing Arts; Homeopathic Medical Examining Board; Medical Examining Board; Board of Examiners in Midwifery; Board of NNatureopathic Examiners; Board of Examiners for Nursing; Commission of Opticians; Board of Examiners in Optometry; Osteopathic Examining Board; Commisioners of Pharmacy; Board of Examiners for Physiotherapy Technicians; Board of Registration Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors; Board of Examiners of Psychologists; Tree Protection Examining Board; Board of Registration and Examination Veterinary.
11a. Police and Fire
Covers Department of State Police; State Police Association; State Firemen's Association.
11b. Military 11
Covers Military Department (Including National Guard, Naval Militia).
12. Welfare 11-12
Covers Office of the Commissioner; Division of Public Assistance; Division of Child Welfare; Public Welfare Council; Soldiers, Sailors and Marines' Fund Board of Trustees.
13. Hospitals 12-13
Covers Tuberculosis Commission with Administration, Surgical Unit, Seaside Sanatorium, Uncas-on-Thames Sanatorium, Undercliff Sanatorium, Cedarcrest Sanatorium, Laurel Heights Sanatorium; Veterans' Home & Hospital Commission ; Commission on Alcoholism; Commission on Care of Chronically Ill, Aged & Infirm; Mental Health with Fairfield State Hospital, Connecticut State Hospital, Norwich State Hospital, Southbury Training School, Mansfield Training School & Hospital, Mansfield-Southbury Social Service Division; General Hospitals; Capital Improvements with agencies not specified in recommendations of the Humane & Welfare Building Program Commission.
14. Corrections 13-14
Covers Connecticut State Prison; Connecticut Reformatory; State Farm for Women; Long Lane School; Connecitcut School for Boys; Connecticut Prison Association; Board of Pardons.
15a. Purchasing and procurement 14
15b. Land, records management, communications 14-15
16. Research and statistics 15-16
17. Legislative 16
Covers General Assembly; Legislative Grants; Legislative Council; Legislative Research Department; Commission to Revise General Statutes; Commission on Uniform Legislatin; Commission on Intergovernmental Coorperation; Auditors of Public Accounts.
18. Judicial 16-17
Covers Courts with Supreme Court of Errors, Superior Court, Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Court, Traffic Court of Danbury; Assemblies and Rewards with Municpal Court Assembly, Trial Justice Assembly, Judicial Council, Rewards for the Apprehension of Criminals.
19. Constitution 17-18
3. Material on government organization elsewhere, circa 1940-1950 19-20
Correspondence, documents, bills, laws and other reference materials pertaining to government organization studies in other states and in the Federal Government (Hoover Commission).
Arranged by subject in four looseleaf binders.
4. Staff Directors' Files, 1949-1950 21
These appear to be seleected files from among the administrative and office files of the Commission and of Mr. Sollott.
Summary of allotments and expenditures of the Commission
Drafts and reprint of article "All the Functions of State Government", 1950 April
File on the Citizens Committee organized to explain and support the work of the Commission
Draft materials for the Commission's final report
Examples and Comment file
Copies of articles on management principles and techniques
Draft organization charts
List of survey uunits and principal staff
5. Questionnaires for legislators, 1949 October-December 22
Questionnaires asking the opinions of members of the General Assembly on various aspects of the state budget, revenue and government organization, program and review process, together with analyses of their replies. There is also an undated list of House members and their committee assignments.
6. Press clippings, 1949-1950 23-24
Clippings, mostly mounted, of items from Connecticut newspapers pertaining to the work of the Commission. The mounted material is in chronological order.