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Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Container List

Records 1931-1933

RG 031, Connecticut Unemployment Commission

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 Unemployment Commission
Title: Connecticut Unemployment Commission records
Creation Dates: 1931-1933
Quantity: 11.5 cubic feet
Abstract: The Commission worked with other state and federal agencies to investigate and mitigate the effects of the existing serious unemployment and to encourage employers to gather statistics and information with a view to finding a solution to the problem.
Identification: RG031
Accession: T001427
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The Commission originated in December 1930 with the appointment, jointly by Governor Trumbull and Governor-elect Cross, or a committee to cooperate with other state and national agencies in investigating and mitigating the effects of the existing serious unemployment and to encourage employers to gather statistics and information with a view toward finding a solution to the problem. This group, named the Connecticut State Emergency Committee on Employment, was headed by James W. Hook, with Richard I. Neithercut as Executive Secretary. It held a number of meetings, conducted surveys of town and city activities, and reported its recommendations to the Governor on February 19, 1931.

In July 1931 the Committee was succeeded by the Connecticut Unemployment Commission, with almost identical membership and responsibilities, authorized by the General Assembly under Special Acts, 191, Ch. 468. It also held meetings, conducted surveys and educational programs, and reported its findings in Measures to Alleviate Unemployment in Connecticut (December 1932_). It maintained its office in Hartford Under Mr. Neithercut and an office in New Haven under Eleanor H. Little, Research Secretary. Like the earlier Committee, it attempted to stimulate and coordinate the work of local groups working in employment and relief problems and it served as the State point of contact for United states Government activities such as the Army distribution of salvaged clothing, the Farm Board sale of wheat and cotton, and the C.C.C. Employment program. In May 1933 the Federal Emergency Relief Act signaled the beginning of the major relief program, and the Connecticut General Assembly created the Connecticut Emergency Relief Commission on June 7, 1933, to handle federal relief funds and to supervise the issue of bonds by towns. The new agency therefore replaced the Unemployment Commission, which went out of existence at the end of June 1933.

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Scope and Content

This record group includes the remaining archives of both the Connecticut State Emergency Committee on Employment and the Connecticut Unemployment Commission.

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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 005:025, John Trumbull gubernatorial records.

RG 005:026, Wilbur Cross gubernatorial records.

RG 032, Emergency Relief Commission. Includes files of Civil Works Administration (CWA) and Federal Relief Administration (FERA) projects.

Published reports:
Report of the Connecticut State Emergency Committee on Employment…February 19, 1931. 11pp.
Measures to Alleviate Unemployment in Connecticut. A Report… from the Connecticut Unemployment Commission…December 1932. 205 pp. and tables.

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut Unemployment Commission

Subjects:

Connecticut Unemployment Commission -- Records and correspondence
Depressions -- 1929 -- Connecticut
Unemployed -- Connecticut

Document Types:

Account books
Clippings
Correspondence
Minutes
Questionnaires

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Container List

Records, 1931-1933
Box
1. Minutes of meetings, 1931 January 10-1933 June 27, 2 volumes 1
Arranged chronologically.
2. Expense books, 1931 January 22-1933 June 30
Includes two volumes of Committee and Commission administrative accounts, one volume of C.C.C. administration accounts, a group of voucher or check stubs and a group of Comptroller's statements. Also includes a journal (item 1a), October 1932-June 1933.
3. General file, 1931 January-June
Correspondence and owrking papers of the Emergency Committee on Employment, from the office of the Executive Secretary.
Correspondence with Governor Cross and with each Committee member 2
Free employment bureaus
Survey reports and corresopndence.
Alphabetical by town.
Hartford
Correspondence with organizations in Hartford.
New Haven
Correspondence with Institute of Human Relations, Yale University.
Payrolls and manhours
Survey material.
Alphabetical by town.
State Capitol 3
Correspondence with State Government agencies.
Washington, D.C.
Correspondence with United States Government agencies.
Miscellaneous 3-4
Arranged alphabetically by subject or correspondent.
4. Survey file, 1930 December-1931 June
Correspondence, questionnaires and working papers concerning surveys of unemployment organization and activities in the towns, and construction projects started or porjected in the towns.
Alphabetical by town.
Andover-Greenwich 5
Groton-Norwich 6
Old Lyme-Woodbury 7
5. General file, 1931 July-1933 June
Correspondence and working papers of the Unemployment Commission, mostly from the Hartford offices of the Executive Secretary.
Correspondence with Governor Cross, members of the Commission, Miss Little and Mr,. Neithercut, 8-9
Free employment bureaus 9
Payroll and manhours 10
Survey material.
Tabulations, followed by papers alphabetical by town or company.
State Capitol
Correspondence with State Government agencies.
General correspondence and working papers
A-B 11
C-Ga 12
Go-Na 13
Ne-Q 14
R-W 15
6. Survey file, 1931 July-1933 June
Correspondence, questionnaires and working papers concerning surveys of employment and relief work in the towns.
Alphabetical by town.
Andover-Cromwell 16
Danbury-Hartford 17
Hartland-New Haven 18
New London-Stafford 19
Stramford-Woodstock 20
7. New Haven office papers, 1931 March-1933 July 21
This is evidently a part of a classified file accumuilated in the New Haven ofifce, where both Mr. Hook, Chairman, and Miss Little, Research Secretary, were located. It includes correspndence and other materials on office administration and personnel, as well as minutes of meetings and reports of the Executive Secretary and the Research Secretary.
Arranged by subject.
8. Clippings, 1930 December-1932, 1 volume
Mounted newspaper clippings pertaining to the work of the Commission and related matters.
Chronological.
Scrapbook, 1930 December - 1932, 1 volume Item 22