TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1. Legislation 1975-1985

Series 2. Speeches 1974-1985

Series 3. Correspondence 1975-1985

Series 4. Press Releases 1974-1984

Series 5. Governor's Building Construction Advisory Committee 1970-1988

Series 6. Tax Commission 1981-1983, 1991

Series 7. Campaigns 1981-1987

Series 8. News Clippings 1971-1983

Series 9. Scrapbooks 1974-1996

Series 10. Political Cartoons 1979-1983

Series 11. Published Material 1824-1933

RG 069:135, Richard F. Schneller Collection

Inventory

Finding aid prepared by Chad H. Watkins.

Copyright © 2007 by the Connecticut State Library



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Schneller, Richard F.
Title: Richard F. Schneller collection
Dates: 1824-1996
Dates: bulk 1974-1988
Quantity: 16 cubic feet
Abstract: Richard F. Schneller was a State Senator for the 20th District from 1975-1984. He worked on the 1986 O'Neill gubernatorial campaign as well as the 1984 Mondale presidential campaign and was the chairperson of the Governor's Building Construction Advisory Committee from 1987-1988.
Identification: RG069_135
Accession: 2007-003
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Senator Richard F. Schneller, Democrat from Essex, Connecticut served in the State Senate representing the 20th District from 1975-1984. He was Senate Majority Leader from 1981-1984. Schneller was born in Essex on March 21, 1922. He attended Mount Hermon School and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University in 1943. Schneller then served in the Navy during World War II as a Lieutenant and was President of the Verplex Company from 1952-1972, which specialized in residential lighting manufacturing.

While in the State Senate, Schneller served on many committees including the State Urban and Development Committee as chairman (1975-1976), the Education Committee (1977-1978) and the Appropriations Committee (1979-1980). At the local level, Schneller served on the Essex Democratic Town Committee as chairman (1971-1978), the Essex Board of Finance, and the Regional District #4 Board of Education. He also served as trustee of the University of Connecticut (1958-1965), the Connecticut Conservation Association, Middlesex Memorial Hospital, the University of Connecticut Foundation, the Goodspeed Opera House, and the Mount Saint John School for Boys.

In 1984, Presidential candidate Walter Mondale called on Schneller to aid in his campaign in Connecticut. When Governor William O'Neill ran again for governor in 1986 he made a similar request to his good friend, after Schneller had retired from the Senate. Schneller was asked to chair the Governor's Building Construction Advisory Committee in 1987 whose primary focus was to evaluate building codes in Connecticut as a result of the L'Amibiance Plaza disaster in April of that year.

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Scope and Content

The collection includes legislation material, speeches, correspondence, press releases, information pertaining to the Governor's Building Construction Advisory Committee, campaign material, news clippings, scrapbooks, and political cartoons.

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Arrangement

Series 1. Legislation (1975-1985) contains both major state and personal legislation. This includes actual bills as well as background material.

Series 2. Speeches (1974-1985) contains speeches given by Schneller as well as a few speeches by others.

Series 3. Correspondence (1975-1985) contains both professional and personal correspondence including letters to and from other state legislators, governors and U.S. Congressmen.

Series 4. Press Releases (1974-1984) contains press material from Schneller's office detailing his professional life.

Series 5. Governor's Building Construction Advisory Committee (1970-1988) contains information on building and construction in Connecticut. A majority of the material relates to the L'Ambiance Plaza disaster of 1987. This includes news clippings, reports, Public Acts, notes, meeting material, correspondence and published material.

Series 6. Tax Commission (1981-1983, 1991) contains a small amount of material related to the commission of which Schneller was chairman.

Series 7. Campaigns (1981-1987) contains material related to both the 1984 Mondale presidential campaign and the 1986 O'Neill gubernatorial campaign including press releases, election results, issues, correspondence and financial material.

Series 8. News Clippings (1971-1983) contains 18 volumes of news clippings arranged in photo albums.

Series 9. Scrapbooks (1974-1996) is a collection of 9 scrapbooks arranged by Schneller's late wife Nancy which include photographs, news clippings, correspondence and ephemera.

Series 10. Political Cartoons (1979-1983) contains framed cartoons by Edmund S. Valtman (1914-2005) in which Schneller is featured.

Series 11. Published Material (1824-1933) contains material related to the General Assembly and Connecticut in general.

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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

RG002:025, Accession: 1999-013, Governor's Building Construction Advisory Committee.
RG005:036 Gov. Ella Grasso.
RG005:037 Gov. William A. O'Neill.
RG010, Accession: 2002-002, Insurance Department.Legal Division Files and Reports.L'Ambiance Plaza Settlements.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Construction industry--Safety regulations--United States--States
L'Ambiance Plaza (Bridgeport, Conn.)
Legislators--Connecticut--Records and correspondence
Political campaigns

Persons:

Mondale, Walter F., 1928-
O'Neill, William A. (William Atchison), 1930-
Schneller, Richard F.

Places:

Essex (Conn.)

Occupations:

Legislators
Politicians

Document Types:

Bills (legislative records)
Books
Broadsides
Clippings
Correspondence
Election returns
Notes
Pamphlets
Political cartoons
Press releases
Reports
Scrapbooks
Speeches

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Richard F. Schneller assembled this collection himself with the help of his late wife Nance, who died in 2002. The Connecticut State Library acquired it from him on July 18, 2006.

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Container List

Series 1. Legislation, 1975-1985
Box
Major State Legislation, 1975-1985
City and Town Development Act, 1975-1977, undated, 2 folders 1
Coastal Area Management Program, 1983-1985, undated, 3 folders
Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, 1976-1984, 2 folders
Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, 1983-1985
Connecticut Development Authority, undated
Connecticut Education Association, undated
Connecticut River Diversion, 1975-1978, undated 2
Conservation and Development, Plan for, 1976-1979, undated, 2 folders
Eagleton Institute of Politics, 1981-1985, undated, 4 folders
Episcopal Camp and Conference Center, 1983 April
Route 11, 1975-1984, 2 folders
Satellite Vocational School, 1975-1984, 2 folders 3
Southeastern Connecticut Tourism District, 1982 December 10
Southwestern Area Commerce and Industry Association of Connecticut, 1983-1984
State Colleges, 1979-1986
State Senate, 1984 January-August
Personal Bills, 1975-1984
Legislative Summary, 1975-1984
1975-1977, 3 folders
1978-1981, 7 folders 4
1982-1984, 5 folders 5
Series 2. Speeches, 1974-1985
Box
Index, 1976-1984 5
1974-1976, 5 folders
1977-1982, 11 folders 6
1983-1985, 5 folders 7
Speeches by others, 1985 November-December
Series 3. Correspondence, 1975-1985
Box
Legislative Correspondence, 1975-1985
Dodd, Christopher, 1981-1985 7
Gejdenson, Sam, 1980-1985
Grasso, Ella, 1978-1980, 3 folders
O'Neill, William
1981-1982, 2 folders
1983-1985, 3 folders 8
Polinsky, Janet, 1976-1984
Republican Party, 1984 February 2
Secretary of the State, 1983-1984
State Representatives, 1981-1984
State Senators, 1981-1984, 2 folders
Summer jobs, 1979 May 8, undated
United States Representatives, 1975-1984
University of Connecticut Foundation, 1982 March 11
Weicker, Lowell, 1975-1985
Personal Correspondence, 1982-1984
1982-1984, 2 folders
Series 4. Press Releases, 1974-1984
Box
1974-1978 June, 15 folders 9
1978 July-1980, 10 folders 10
1981-1984, 10 folders 11
Radio and television, 1975-1980, undated
Series 5. Governor's Building Construction Advisory Committee, 1970-1988
Box
Bill and receipts, 1987 May-December 12
Correspondence, 1987 April-July
Correspondence, 1987 August-1988
Meetings, 1987 May-December
News clippings, 1978-1988
Notes, 1987-1988, undated
Organizational material, 1980-1988, undated
Press releases, 1987 May, undated
Promotional material, undated
Public Acts, 1988
Public hearings, 1987 November-December
Reports, 1970-1988, 5 folders 13
Series 6. Tax Commission, 1981-1983, 1991
Box
General, 1981-1983 13
Newsclippings, 1982-1983, 1991
Series 7. Campaigns, 1981-1987
Box
Walter Mondale Presidential Campaign, 1983-1985 14
General, 1984 August-October, undated
Ace Printing, 1984 August-October
"America for Mondale", 1983-1984, undated
Connecticut Democrats '84
General, 1984 August-November, undated
Audio Recording, undated
Letterhead and Envelopes, undated
Contact list, undated
Correspondence, 1984 August-October, undated
Dodd, Christopher, 1984 August 10
Election results, undated
Ferraro, Geraldine A., 1984 August-October
Financial, 1984-1985, 2 folders
Issues, 1984 January 15
Issues, 1984 February-September, undated
Position papers, 1983 February-December, undated
Press releases, 1984 October 15
Selwyn and Associates, 1984 August-October, undated
Speeches, 1984 September 25
State campaign, 1984 August-November, undated
Super Tuesday, 1984 March 13
Willaim O'Neill 1986 Gubernatorial Campaign, 1981-1987
General, 1981-1986, undated, 2 folders
General, 1986 March-November, undated, 4 folders 16
Debate material, 1986 September-October
Delegates, 1986 June-July, undated
Democratic State Convention, 1986 July 2-18, undated
Financial, 1986 September 2
Minority and "Get Out the Vote" material, 1985-1987, undated
Series 8. News Clippings, 1971-1983
Box
1971 August, 1973 June-1974 September, 1 volume 17
1974 May-July, 1 volume
1974 June-October, 1 volume
1974 September-December, 1 volume
1975 January-April, 1 volume
1975 April-November, 1 volume
1975 November-1976 March, 1 volume
1976 March-August, 1 volume 18
1976 August-December, 1 volume
1976 December-1977 May, 1 volume
1977 May- 1978 April, 1 volume
1978 April-November, 1 volume
1978 October-1979 February, 1 volume
1979 February-June, 1 volume
1979 July-1980 January, 1 volume 19
1980 February-June, 1 volume
1980 June-December, 1 volume
1980 November-1981 June, 1 volume
1981 April-November, 1 volume
1981 October-1982 August, 1 volume
1982 March-1983 September, 1 volume
Series 9. Scrapbooks, 1974-1996
Box
1974-1975, 1 volume 20
1976-1977, 1 volume
1978-1979, 1 volume
1979-1980, 1 volume 21
1980-1982, 1 volume
1982, 1 volume
1983-1984, 1 volume 22
1984-1987, 1 volume
1988-1996, 1 volume
Series 10. Political Cartoons, 1979-1983
These framed cartoons are by Edmund S. Valtman (1914-2005).
Box
"This Is My Formula for Equalized School Funding", 1979 23
General Assembly leaders, including Schneller, playing musical chairs, 1980 24
Schneller sharpening hatchets being given to General Assembly members entering a budget hearing, 1980
Schneller and another man both on the Senate Majority Leader chair as Joseph Lieberman, outgoing Senate Majority Leader, looks out window with telescope toward the U.S. Capitol, 1980
Schneller and Murphy trying to control Senate Democratic Caucus as represented by a donkey, 1981 25
"We Have To Do Something Before We All Get Drowned", 1981
Concerns the volume of legislative bills.
"Can It Be Remodeled or Should It Be Razed and Built Anew?" , 1982
Concerns the tax structure. Schneller was chariman of the Tax Commission.
"The Great Juggling and Balancing Act," , 1983
Concerns the budget.
Series 11. Published Material, 1824-1933
Box
Connecticut Register (Hartford: F.A. Brown, 1858). 26
Barber, John Warner.Connecticut Historical Collections (New Haven, Conn.: Durrie & Peck and J.W. Barber, 1838).
Legislative Roll and Lodgings, 1824 May, framed broadside
Pocket Manual: Roll, Committees and Rules of the General Assembly of Connecticut, 1933
Report of the Comptroller of Public Accounts, to the General Assembly, May Session, 1866 (Hartford: Case, Lockwood and Company, 1866).