TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Records 1940-1975

RG 093, Selective Service System, State Headquarters

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2008 by the Connecticut State Library



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: United States. Selective Service System. Connecticut
Title: Selective Service System State Headquarters records
Dates: 1940-1975
Quantity: 19 cubic feet
Abstract: President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 (Public Law 783), which created the country’s first peacetime draft and formally established the Selective Service System as an independent Federal agency. From 1948 until 1973, during both peacetime and periods of conflict, men were drafted to fill vacancies in the armed forces that could not be filled through voluntary means. In 1973, the draft ended and the United States converted to an all-volunteer military. The registration requirement was suspended in April 1975 but was resumed again in 1980.
Identification: RG093
Accession: T002769
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 (Public Law 783), which created the country’s first peacetime draft and formally established the Selective Service System as an independent Federal agency. On October 7 of that year, the first local Selective Service boards were appointed in Connecticut. From 1948 until 1973, during both peacetime and periods of conflict, men were drafted to fill vacancies in the armed forces that could not be filled through voluntary means. In 1973, the draft ended and the United States converted to an all-volunteer military. The registration requirement was suspended in April 1975. It was resumed again in 1980 by President Carter and continues today.

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Scope and Content

The records of Connecticut’s Headquarters of the Selective Service System documents the various activities of the local boards and such committees as the Youth Advisory Committee, State Medical Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee on Scientific, Engineering, and Specialized Personnel, and the Industry Advisory Committee. Records include manuals, procedural directives, statistical reports, requests for draft deferments, newspaper clippings, publications, meeting minutes, and correspondence.

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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, Raymond E. Baldwin, Jr. gubernatorial records, Box 473.

RG 005:030, McConaughy/Shannon gubernatorial records, Box 518.

RG 005:032, John Davis Lodge gubernatorial records, Box 581.

RG 005:035, Thomas Meskill gubernatorial records, Box A-667.

RG 022, Department of Economic and Community Dvelopment. Scrapbooks pertaining to first peacetime draft, 1940-1941.

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Index Terms

Organizations:

United States. Selective Service System. Connecticut

Subjects:

Draft registration -- United States
United States -- Armed Forces -- Recruiting, enlistment, etc.
United States. Selective Service System. Connecticut -- Records and correspondence

Document Types:

Clippings
Correspondence
Manuals (instructional materials)
Membership lists
Minutes
Reports

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The records were transferred to the State Archives on May 7, 1976.

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Container List

Records, 1940-1975
Box
1. Selective Service System Manuals, 1940-1968, 10 notebooks 1
Included are published form manuals, regulations, and laws.
2. Procedural Directive Issuances, 1940-1973 2-3
Copies of memoranda issued to local draft boards.
Arranged chronologically by year, and thereafter alphabetically by subject.
3. Connecticut Selective Service Statistical Reports, 1948-1970 4-5
Included are monthly records of deliveries (of draftees), Inductions and examinations, medical rejections, reports on the availability of physicians, dentists and veterinarians, and summaries of classifications.
Arranged chronologically.
4. Records of the Youth Advisory Committee, 1969-1971 5
Pursuant to instructions of the federal government, the State Directors of the Selective Service established the Youth Advisory Committee on July 1, 1969. The Committee was directed to provide information and advice to the State Director, concerning the views and attitudes of youthful members of society toward Selective Service laws and their administration.
The records consist of materials pertaining to the formation of the Committee, organization and membership, minutes of meetings, and project reports.
5. Records of the Connecticut State Medical Advisory Committee, 1950-1957
Membership records, correspondence sampling and miscellaneous material.
6. Records of the Advisory Committee on Scientific, Engineering, and Specialized Personnel, 1955-1971 5-6
Minutes of meetings and sampling of correspondence.
Arranged chronologically.
7. Records of the Industry Advisory Committee, 1952-1964 6
Minutes of meetings.
Arranged chronologically.
8. Conscientious Objector Manual, 1952-1962
Treatment of cases involving conscientious objectors.
9. Registered and Unregistered Apprentice Training Program Acceptances Requests, 1952-1971
Requests for draft deferments on the basis of participation in an approved apprenticeship training program.
Arranged numerically by form number.
10. Records relating to emergency evacuations, 1948-1972
Emergency Decentralization Plans, Catastrophe Plans and releated materials, 1948-1972 7-8
Operation Alert Exercises and related mobilization data, 1955-1961 9
11. Training Materials, 1962-1975 10-12
Materials used in training Selective Service personnel. Included are lesson plans, slides, transparencies, and miscellaneous materials.
Unarranged.
12. Miscellaneous Material, 1943-1974 13
13 Publications, 1947-1975 14-15
14. Newspaper Clippings, 1940-1975
1940 October-1941 March, 1 volume Item 16
1948 March-1950 January, 1 volume Item 17
1950 July-1950 December, 1 volume Item 18
1950 December-1956 December, 1 volume Item 19
1956 October-1963 January, 1 volume Item 20
1963 February-1967 March, 1 volume Item 21
1966 March-1970 April, 1 volume Item 22
Also includes envelope of clippings dated July 1970-November 1970.
1970 December-1975, 4 separate envelopes tied together Item 23