TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Records 1943-1945

RG 040, Post-War Planning Board

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. Post-War Planning Board
Title: Post-War Planning Board records
Dates: 1943-1945
Quantity: 5 cubic feet
Abstract: The Post-War Planning Board, authorized by an Act of the General Assembly of June 2, 1943, was established to study problems of post-war readjustment and reconversion in the state and formulate plans to deal with them.
Identification: RG040
Accession: T002693
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Authorized by an act of the General Assembly in June 1943, the Post–War Planning Board’s charge was “to study and formulate plans for the readjustment and reconversion of agriculture, manufacturing, business and mercantile activities within the state from a wartime to a peacetime basis.” An appointed Board of fourteen, headed by President Charles Seymour of Yale, was supplemented by committees of business and community leaders in various fields and by a small executive and research staff headed by Herbert L. Crapo. The Board met twenty times from September 22, 1943 to June 19, 1945. It completed an Interim Report to the Governor in October 1944 and a Final Report was published in 1946, both under the title Post-War Connecticut. The Board legally ceased to exist on July 1, 1945.

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Scope and Content

The record group consists of minutes of meetings, September 22, 1943-June 19, 1945; correspondence, working papers and drafts of reports; newspaper clippings and other reference materials; photographs; completed confidential employment and planning surveys; and subcommittee records.

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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 005:029, Office of the Governor, Raymond E. Baldwin, 1943-1945, files headed "Post-War Planning Board".

RG 049, Records of the Veternans Advisory Commission, 1943-1949.

RG 050 Records of the War Council, 1940-1945.

The Board's "Research Data" files (described in document M-144; see Item 1) were evidently kept by the Development Commission.

The State Library has in its collections copies of the Board's interim report, a printed summary titled Quick Facts, its final report and some research studies.

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut. Post-War Planning Board

Subjects:

City planning -- Connecticut
Connecticut -- Evonomic policy -- 1945-1960
Connecticut. Post-War Planning Board -- Records and correspondence
Industries -- Connecticut
Public works -- Connecticut
Reconstruction (1939-1951) -- Connecticut
Regional planning -- Connecticut
Unemployed -- Connecticut

Document Types:

Clippings
Correspondence
Minutes
Photograhs
Reports

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The Board legally ceased to exist on July 1, 1945, and its files apparently went to the Development Commission, which turned some of them over to the State Library in August 1945.

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Container List

Records, 1943-1945
Box
1. "Records", 1943 June 2-1945 June 30 1
Contains mimeographed records of the Board, including minutes of some meetings, reports to the Board by staff officers and committees, the Act creating the Board (M-1), its Interim Report (printed; M-115), and a report on its records (M-144). Minutes of Board meetings are in Item 2.
Arranged numerically (M-1 to M-144) and approximately chronologically in two binders (M-115 separate). A numerical list is in the first binder.
2. Minutes of meetings, 1943 September 22-1945 June 19
Contains mimeographed copies of minutes of meetings of the Board.
Chronological.
3. Correspondence, 1943-1945
Alphabetical by correspondent or, in a few cases, by subject (e.g. employment, Housatonic Valley Parkway, statistical index (under "index"), mailing list, office staff, etc.).
A-F 2
G-M 3
N-Z 4
4. General file, 1943-1945
Contains correspondence, working papers, minutes, reference materials and other papers pertaining to the work of the Board and the preparation of its recommendations.
Meetings 5
Minutes
Miscellaneous
Personnel
Releases (and clippings)
Reports of the Directors to the Board
Seymour, Charles 6
Waugh, Albert E.
Committees (General)
Drafting
Legislative
Liaison
Personnel
Policy and Programs
Public Information
Committees (Substantive)
Community Development and Housing
Education
Finance 6-7
Industry and Labor 7
Medical Care and Health
Public Utilities and Transportation 8
Public Works 8-9
Recreation 9
Rural Life and Agriculture
5. Employment and planning survey reports, 1944 10
Contains form questionnaire replies from companies concerning estimates of employees required and construction and development plans for the immediate post-war period. Most are marked "NG" (no good?).
Unarranged.
6. Personal history statements of Board and Committee members, 1944
Contains form statements of education and business and public experience. There are some photographs.
7. Miscellaneous
Includes correspondence with State departments on administrative and other matters, and reference materials on post-war planning.