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1938 Thanksgiving Proclamation Friday, November 22, 2013

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Governor Wilbur L. Cross

In 1936 Governor Wilbur L. Cross penned what is widely regarded as one of the most lyrical Thanksgiving Proclamations ever written. A former English Professor and Dean of Graduate Studies at Yale, Cross was elected as Connecticut’s 71st Governor in 1931. He served four terms and was defeated by Raymond E. Baldwin in 1938.

While the 1936 Thanksgiving Proclamation is a familiar piece today, in years past some of the other Thanksgiving Proclamations were equally well known. A Hartford Courant editor wrote in 1968 that “…the late Wilbur Lucius Cross in 1935 issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation that remains one of the classics of American prose.” His 1931 proclamation was noted for being one sentence of 176 words. He was quoted in a November 6, 1936 Hartford Courant article as having said “I wrote the proclamation in one sentence so that it would have to be quoted in full, if at all.”

It was his 1938 proclamation however that is a real treasure, as he was filmed reading it on December 9, 1938. It was the first time a Connecticut Governor had ever appeared in a sound film.

The Connecticut State Library is proud to bring you that historic film and all eight of Governor Cross’s official Thanksgiving Proclamations. The film can be viewed on our YouTube channel and the proclamations can be viewed in our Flickr collection.

On behalf of the staff and board of the Connecticut State Library, Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Connecticut State Library Receives Grant for Newspaper Digitization Friday, July 26, 2013

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NewspaperThe Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce that it has received an award of $274,034 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a two-year National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grant to digitize historically significant Connecticut newspapers. The digital images will be included in the Library of Congress’ newspaper site: Chronicling America.

Following the NDNP guidelines, the $274,034 grant will allow Connecticut to add 100,000 pages, digitized from microfilm of newspapers published in the state between 1836 and 1922. An advisory committee consisting of an historian, journalist, educator, librarian, and archivist will select the newspapers to be scanned.

“This is a great honor for Connecticut – a state where newspapers have always been important,” said State Librarian Kendall Wiggin.  Wiggin noted that while Connecticut boasts the nation’s oldest continuously published newspaper, the Courant, by 1875, there were 78 newspapers being published in the state, including 17 dailies and 51 weeklies.

This project builds upon the earlier Connecticut Newspaper Project (1991-2002) which inventoried the state’s newspaper repositories, cataloged the newspapers and preserved over 1,000,000 pages of 437 newspapers on microfilm. The State Library has already worked with digitizing newspapers through its Newspapers of Connecticut project.  This has short runs of 86 titles from 1821-1929, for a total of 3,243 issues from 31 towns.

John N. Barry, Chair of the State Library Board noted that “This grant will allow the State Library to continue its work in providing easier access to the significant issues and events of our history.  Connecticut’s newspapers are irreplaceable sources of obtaining knowledge, and this digitization grant will continue the modernization of preserving Connecticut’s rich history.”

Herbert Randall Survey of New Haven and Environs, 1880-1920 Now Available in State Library Digital Collections Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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The Connecticut State Library has recently completed the digitization of a portion of the photographs from the Herbert Randall Survey of New Haven and Environs, 1880-1920 (PG 380), which is now available in its digital collections.  This collection consists of approximately 141 black and white photographs of New Haven and surrounding areas.  Most of the photographs are street scenes from the downtown area.  Herbert Randall (1850-1926) was born in Massachusetts and lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan before opening a studio in New Haven in 1894.  He served as a contributor and later as president of the Connecticut Magazine and sought to promote public awareness of the history of Connecticut.  From time to time the Connecticut State Library hopes to add to this collection.

Hyman's Store

Hyman’s Store

Hurricane Sandy: Record, Remember, Rebuild Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Connecticut State Library is proudHurricne Sany: Record, Remember, Rebuild to announce our participation is the newest Historypin project, Hurricane Sandy: Record, Remember, Rebuild. Together with Google, the Metropolitan New York Library Council, the Society of American Archivists, and the American Association of State and Local History, the project is a shared online collection of local history as captured by individuals and cultural heritage institutions alike. Connecticut State Library has pinned our oblique aerial photos showing the damage from the Hurricane of 1938. These images give a great sense of what the shoreline and river communities looked like almost 75 years before Sandy.

You can read more about the project on the Historypin blog. If you want to get involved you can share your own stories, find out how to set up a school or community event, or add an institutional collection to the Hurricane Sandy project.

To see the rest of Connecticut State Library’s content visit our Historypin Channel. If you have questions about our Historypin channel or content please contact Christine Pittsley at christine.pittsley@ct.gov

 

Portraits Collection Now Available in State Library Digital Collections Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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Connecticut Senate Session of 1925

Connecticut Senate Session of 1925

The Connecticut State Library has recently completed the digitization of a portion of the photographs from the Connecticut General Assembly Portraits (PG 540) which is now available in the Portraits collection in its digital collections.  The collection consists of 192 historical portraits of Connecticut state officials including governors (circa 1862, 1865, 1901-1905, 1925, 1957), constitutionally elected officers (circa 1844-1866, 1901-1912, 1919-1924), executive branch officials (1889-1957), General Assembly members (circa 1844-1957), and General Assembly committees (1889-1935).  From time to time the Connecticut State Library hopes to add to this collection.

Chauncey Hosford War of 1812 Papers Now Available in Digital Collections Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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Attention deserters from the 25th Regiment U.S. Infantry

Attention deserters from the 25th Regiment U.S. Infantry

The Connecticut State Library has recently completed the digitization of the Chauncey Hosford War of 1812 papers, which is now available in its digital collections.  During the War of 1812, Chauncey Hosford (1784-1855) enlisted as a first lieutenant in Capt. Elizur Warner’s Company of the United States Infantry Thirty-seventh Regiment on April 30, 1813.  His prior military service included a commission as ensign in the Third Company of the Fourteenth Regiment of Connecticut Militia as of April 28, 1810.  The Thirty-seventh Regiment was stationed at Fort Griswold in New London.

Hosford was assigned to the recruiting service and spent much of the time in his home town of Canaan in Litchfield County recruiting men from the area.  Most of this collection of 101 items reflects his recruiting activities. Included is correspondence, orders, weekly recruiting returns that list the names and towns of recruits, and receipts for recruiting expenses.  Also included is a muster roll for Capt. Elizur Warner’s Company.

The Chauncey Hosford War of 1812 Papers was donated to the Connecticut State Library by David A. Gibbs and researched by Rosemary Pereira in 2012 and is part of the David Arthur Gibbs Collection of Hosford and Gibbs Family Papers.

Connecticut Made Holiday Gift Ideas…circa 1895-1955 Monday, December 10, 2012

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"I'm taking no chances with his Christmas gift!"Need some ideas for Holiday Gifts this year? Try the Museum of Connecticut History’s guide to gifts manufactured right here in Connecticut! From American Flyer Trains to Royal Portable Typewriter, there’s a gift for everyone on your list.

The catch – the gifts featured in this advertisement collection might be hard to find – the advertisements date from 1895 to 1956. They hark back to an era in which gift-giving was more gender-specific and in which men were led to believe that women truly wanted and appreciated the gift of an electrical appliance.

Did you ever give or receive any of these gifts? Tell us your stories of your own “Made in Connecticut” Christmas!

 

 

 

Final Twenty-two Towns Added to the WPA Architectural Survey Collection Friday, July 27, 2012

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The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce the completion of the WPA Architectural Survey digitization project. We have just added the final twenty-two towns to our online collection of historic homes and buildings. The newly added towns are Wallingford, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Waterford, Watertown, Westbrook, West Hartford, West Haven, Weston, Westport, Wethersfield, Willington, Wilton, Winchester, Windham, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Wolcott, Woodbridge, Woodbury, and Woodstock.

John Barker house, Wallingford

John Barker house, Wallingford

Digitized materials include survey forms and photos from the Census of Old Buildings in Connecticut. Also known as “The WPA House Survey”, the project took place from 1934 through 1937 under the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.). The survey forms provide descriptions of nearly 5,000 buildings. Photographs were taken of most buildings and clipped to the survey forms. Some forms also include sketches of interior and/or exterior architectural details and a brief history of the building.

Thirty-nine New Towns Added to the WPA Architectural Survey Collection Monday, May 21, 2012

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The Connecticut State Library has just added twenty-one new towns to our online collection of historic homes from the WPA Architectural Survey. The newly added towns are Plainfield, Plainville, Plymouth, Pomfret, Portland, Preston, Prospect, Putnam, Redding, Ridgefield, Rocky Hill, Roxbury, Salem, Salisbury, Scotland, Seymour, Sharon, Shelton, Sherman, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southbury, Southington, Sprague, Stafford, Stamford, Sterling, Stonington, Stratford, Suffield, Thomaston, Thompson, Tolland, Torrington, Trumbull, Union, Vernon, and Voluntown.

Gurdon Marchant house, Redding

Gurdon Marchant house, Redding

Digitized materials include survey forms and photos from the Census of Old Buildings in Connecticut. Also known as “The WPA House Survey”, the project took place from 1934 through 1937 under the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.). The survey forms provide descriptions of nearly 5,000 buildings. Photographs were taken of most buildings and clipped to the survey forms. Some forms also include sketches of interior and/or exterior architectural details and a brief history of the building.

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