TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Records 1926-1927

RG 051, Philadelphia Sesquicentennial Committee

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. Governor's Sesqui-Centennial Committee
Title: Governor's Sesqui-Centennial Committee records
Dates: 1926-1927
Quantity: 7 cubic feet
Abstract: The Committee built, furnished, and operated a Connecticut building for the Philadelphia Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition. The building was modeled after the old state capitol, and equipped it with exhibits of Connecticut life and industry.
Identification: RG051
Accession: T002710
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

On April 1, 1926, Governor John Trumbull and the State Board of Control authorized Connecticut’s participation in the “Philadelphia Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition” celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Thirty-five thousand dollars was allocated, and a committee consisting of George S. Godard, State Librarian and Chairman, former Governor Frank B. Weeks, and State Treasurer Ernest E. Rogers were appointed. The Committee built, furnished, and operated a Connecticut building, modeled after the old state capitol, and equipped it with exhibits of Connecticut life and industry. At the end of the Exposition, the Committee sold the building, and held its last meeting on July 28, 1927.

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Scope and Content

This record group contains minutes of meetings, an account book, pay receipts, registers of visitors, official town seals, blueprints of construction drawings and the contract for construction, ceremony programs and dinner menus, speeches and press releases, correspondence, and photographs of ceremonies, construction of the Connecticut building, and other sites at the Exposition.

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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 H. Trumbull gubernatorial records, Box 319, Philadelphia Sequi-Centennial Celebration

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut. Governor's Sesqui-Centennial Committee

Persons:

Godard, George S. (George Seymour), 1865-1936
Rogers, Ernest E. (Ernest Elias), 1866-1945
Trumbull, John Harper, 1873-1961
Weeks, Frank B.

Subjects:

Connecticut. Governor's Sesqui-Centennial Committee -- Records and correspondence
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Exhibitions
Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition (1926 : Philadelphia, Pa.)

Document Types:

Correspondence
Minutes
Photographs
Receipts (financial records)
Registers (lists)

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The records were kept by George Godard as Chairman of the Committee and transferred to the State Library.

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Container List

Records, 1926-1927
Box
1. Minutes, 1926 April 12-1927 July 28 1
Two complete sets.
2. Account book, 1926-1927
Shows expenditures for construction, furnishing and operation of the building and for Committee expenses.
3. Pay receipts, 1926-1927
Contains receipts in duplicate for wage payments of staff at the building.
4. Official town seals, 1926
Contains letters from officials of most Connecticut towns bearing their official seals, as requested by the Committee.
5. Miscellaneous items 2
List of "Data Relative to Connecticut Building"
Contract for construction, first payment voucher, etc.
Blueprints of construction drawings, C.H. Dresser and Son
Nathan Hale Day proclamation by Governor John Trumbull, 1926 September 22
Ceremony programs and dinner menus, etc.
Certificates of award conferred by the Exposition on the State of Connecticut and the Committee members
Texts of speeches and press releases
Correspondence, 1926, 2 folders
Found in Vault 11, December 10, 1973 and Picture Room, April 1976.
6. Photographs, 1926
Photographs of the Connecticut Building and the opening ceremonies, 1 bound volume
Loose copies of glossy prints, most with no captions, of photos with the building, the groundbreaking and opening ceremonies and other Exposition scenes. 3
7. Registers of visitors, 1926, 6 bound volumes + 4 leaflets
Contains registers of visitors to the Connecticut Building.
1926 June 14-August 16 Unnumbered volume
1926 August 17-September 7 Volume 2
Includes envelope containing loose signature sheets that are dated September 7-8, 1926.
1926 September 9-October 1 Volume 4
Includes envelope containing photographs. Includes also loose signature sheets dated September 9, 1926.
1926 October 1-21 Volume 3
1926 October 21-24, 4 leaflets
1926 October 24-November 13 Volume 5
1926 November 13-30 Volume 6