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Public Acts Effective January 1 2010 Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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It’s that time of year again…acts that were passed in CT’s General Assembly during the 2009 session have different effective dates.  They can be effective immediately upon passage or become law based on any date legislators and the Legislative Commissioner’s Office decide.  However, the vast majority are either October 1st or Jan 1st.  For over 10 years, Jean Kincaid Ross here in the CT State Library’s Bill Room compiled a list of these effective dates grouped by month.  These indexes are available on our website back to 2004.

Within the last year, the CT General Assembly has begun compiling these indexes so the State Library now has the luxury of simply linking to their latest index.  However, this being the State Library, we are always looking to ensure that research  sources, both print and digital, are preserved for posterity.  So in addition to linking to these indexes now created by the General Assembly, we will be exploring the prospect of digitally archiving them for permanent public access.

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Five New Towns Added to the WPA Architectural Survey Collection Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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The Connecticut State Library has just added five new towns to our online collection of historic homes from the WPA Architectural Survey, they are Farmington, Franklin, Glastonbury, Goshen and Granby.

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.

Upcoming Holiday Closings – Dec. 24-26, Jan. 1-2 Thursday, December 17, 2009

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All State Library facilities will be closed on:
Thursday, December 24, 2009, for the statewide furlough day
Friday, December 25 & Saturday, December 26, 2009     for the Christmas holiday
Friday, January 1 & Saturday, January 2, 2010     for the New Year’s Day holiday

Regular hours and the full holiday schedule can be found at http://www.cslib.org/hours.htm

Snapshot day Thursday, December 3, 2009

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Are you & your library ready for “Snapshot: One day in the life of Connecticut libraries”? It’s coming up on Thursday, February 18, 2010, which will be here before you know it!

Snapshot: One day in the life of Connecticut libraries is a project of the Connecticut Library Association, the Connecticut State Library and the Connecticut Library Consortium.

Its purpose? To capture the impact that Connecticut libraries have on their communities on a typical day.

You will find all the resources you and your library will need to participate on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at http://snapshotctlib.wordpress.com/

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Images of Colt’s Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company Available Online Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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The Connecticut State Library has just added Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company to our online collection and on our new Flickr site.

This collection includes images of company administrators; employees; visitors to the Armory; interior and exterior factory views, including from the fire of 1864 and floods of 1936 and 1938; other Colt properties; events; and promotional material.

Samuel Colt (1814-1862) received U.S. Patent No. 138 in 1836 for the first revolving cylinder pistol and along with other investors founded the Patent Arms Manufacturing Company of Paterson, New Jersey. Due to small sales, the business closed in September of 1842. In 1847 Colt borrowed money from his banker cousin Elisha Colt and other Hartford businessmen to lease a factory on Pearl Street in Hartford, where he adapted the system of interchangeable parts to the mass production of guns. In 1851 Samuel Colt bought property in Hartford’s South Meadows where he built the Colt’s Armory that was completed in August of 1855. The Armory was topped with an onion-shaped blue dome on which stood a rampant colt cast from bronze.

Samuel Colt died unexpectedly in January of 1862. A fire in February of 1864 destroyed half of the Armory and the office. Samuel Colt’s widow Elizabeth ordered the Armory rebuilt exactly as it was. Construction was completed in 1867. In 1901 Mrs. Colt sold the company to Armstrong & Schirmer, a New York financial house. Control of the company changed hands a several times and eventually became a subsidiary of Penn-Texas. That holding company collapsed in 1958 and what remained became the holding company Fairbanks Whitney. By 1960 manufacturing operations moved from Hartford to West Hartford.

Planned future digitization efforts will add images of firearms, including Gatling guns, machine guns, pistols and revolvers and rifles.