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APRIL 2000Volume 2 Number 2

In Memoriam

Warren Buchanan 1929-2000
Goodbye to
Warren Buchanan

On March 13, the State Library and Connecticut genealogical research community learned that Warren Buchanan passed away. Most who knew about his medical problems were thankful that the pain that he endured was over, but we went through our tasks knowing that we had lost a friend. On the surface, he could appear to be a supremely, unshakable skeptic and outraged member of the public. Often he stated that he could not believe that the State of Connecticut did not spend more money to preserve and make available its treasures of historical records and genealogical resources. He had the strength of conviction to stare incredulously and ask "Why not?!"

Warren channeled his energies into legislative action. He was one of the most indefatigable lobbyists on behalf of the State Library. Concerned about the condition of historical records at the State Library and in town halls, he conducted research on programs in other states supporting the preservation of archival records by creating a fund from recording fees on land recordings. He sincerely believed that Connecticut should have such a program and simply could not believe that a State as rich as Connecticut would not enact enabling legislation. Yes, his pride was hurt. Years ago, he was instrumental in persuading a State Senator to introduce a bill setting up such a fund. To him, the outcome of this legislative initiative was crucial for researchers of Connecticut family and local history. This is the third session in which a version of the original bill is under consideration. Warren Buchanan did not waste his efforts. The General Assembly has not yet approved the legislation, but many observers agree that it has its best chance of passage.

Regrettably Warren will not be around to witness the decision of the legislature or to celebrate if the bill passes. However, those who knew him will not soon forget this kind man who loved Connecticut and believed that its libraries and historical repositories were the best in the nation. He was a friend, indeed!

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