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Six New Towns Added To The WPA Architectural Survey Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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The Connecticut State Library has just added six new towns to our online collection of historic homes from the WPA Architectural Survey, they are Greenwich, Griswold, Groton, Guilford, Haddam and Hamden.

Governor John Winthrop house in Groton

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.


Memorial Day Closing Friday, May 21, 2010

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All State Library facilities will be closed on Saturday, May 29th and Monday, May 31st for the Memorial Day Holiday.

Truman Smith Papers Finding Aid Now Available Online Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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Lawyer, state politician, and United States Senator Truman Smith (1791-1884) was born in Roxbury, Connecticut and graduated from Yale University in 1815.  He was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives (1831-1832, 1834), the United States House of Representatives (1838-1843, 1845-1849), and the United States Senate (1849-1854) as a member of the Whig Party.

Smith organized and was the unofficial leader of Zachary Taylor’s national committee for president in 1847.  At the June 1848 Whig nominating convention he played a pivotal role in guaranteeing the nomination of Zachary Taylor as the party’s candidate for president.  He later declined to serve in Taylor’s administration as the first Secretary of the Interior.

In 1854 Smith resigned from the Senate in disgust over the passage of the Nebraska-Kansas Act which created the two territories, repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820, and granted settlers the power to decide if slavery would be allowed in their territory.  He returned to his private law practice.  In July 1862, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Smith to the Court of Arbitration in New York.  The court, established by a treaty with Great Britain, was tasked with bringing to trial suspected American and British vessels engaged in the slave trade.  The court was dissolved in 1870 and he again returned to practicing law.  In 1873 he was the successful counsel for the defense in the US Supreme Court case New York Central Railroad v. Charles C. Lockwood in which the railroad argued it was not negligent for injuries sustained to Lockwood during the transport of cattle from Buffalo to Albany, New York.  Truman Smith died in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut on May 3, 1884.

The Truman Smith papers (RG 069:150) were processed, arranged, and described in March and April 2010.

In addition, the finding aids for the Connecticut Stadium Committee records (RG 002:025), Insurance and Real Estate Committee records (RG 002:025), Henry Whitfield House records (RG 024:001), Orville H. Platt papers (RG 069:011), Joseph S. Longo papers (RG 069:151), McLean Family papers (RG 069:153) are now available.

Symposium on Collection Care Funding Opportunities Set for May 26, 2010 Thursday, May 13, 2010

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The Connecticut State Library and Conservation ConneCTion are pleased to present a symposium, Collection Care Funding Opportunities: A Symposium for Museum and Libraries on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Connecticut.  This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of the Connecting to Collections grant initiative.  As a result, there is no charge to attend this program, although registration is required.

Finding funding in these difficult economic times is a challenge all museums and libraries face.  It can be especially difficult to secure funding for collection assessments, training, supplies and conservation.  This symposium will feature representatives from federal grant organizations which provide funding for collection care and assessments, including Heritage Preservation’s Conservation Assessment Program, the American Association of Museum’s Museum Assessment Program, and the Conservation Project Support Grant program from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  In addition, the following state agencies and organizations in Connecticut that provide funding for collection care and historic preservation will be among the presenters, including the Connecticut Humanities Council, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, the Peer Advisory Network, and the Historic Preservation Division of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.  Museum professionals and private foundation administrators will also share their stories and insight on finding funding for collection care.

Participants will also have an opportunity to attend a “Meet the Funders” session following lunch, where they can discuss prospective projects at their institution with the speakers and representatives from the various federal and state agencies and receive information on the different grant programs.

To register or for any questions please email Kathy Craughwell-Varda, Project Manager for Conservation ConneCTion at conservation-connection@cslib.org .

Preservation Librarian’s Picnic Basket Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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Connecticut State Library Preservation Librarian Jane Cullinane will speak about preserving family treasures on May 20, 2010 12:00-12:45 pm in the Museum of Connecticut History at the State Library, 231 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT. In her talk, aimed at a general audience, Ms. Cullinane will provide an overview of the importance of proper storage and handling for the books, photographs and other treasures left to us by our grandparents.

What does a picnic basket have to do with it? Bring your lunch and see. This presentation is timed to coincide (almost) with Preservation Week.Preservation Librarian's Picnic Basket

Ms. Cullinane began work at the State Library in 1991 as Lead Cataloger for the Connecticut Newspaper Project, became Preservation Librarian in 1999 and gradually became Digital Projects Librarian as well. She received her Masters degree in Library Science from Simmons College and previously worked as a cataloger and a children’s librarian in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Ireland, Ohio and New York.

Ms. Cullinane’s current responsibilities include overseeing the activities of the Preservation Office, which sends serials and books out for binding, does basic book repair and, when feasible, sends newspapers out for microfilming. Since 1996, this work has increasingly included digitization projects. She now oversees the scanning and processing to add items to the State Library’s Digital Collections.

Signatures of “Little Discussed” Presidents Now on Display Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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The State Archives has rotated Presidential signatures on display in Memorial Hall of the Museum of Connecticut History. Now featured are signatures of “little discussed” Presidents. They are Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, and Benjamin Harrison. Documents include President Fillmore’s commission to Nathaniel Lyon as a Captain. Lyon went on to become a Brigadier General and was the first Union General to fall in the Civil War. The signatures of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln remain on display.

Old House Research Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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Research on old houses was the topic of an article in the Hartford Courant, Sunday May, 2, 2010,  which included pictures and information from the Connecticut State Library.

The Erastus Watrous house  was built about 1885-1890 and is located in East Haddam. The house on the corner of South Street and Pleasant Street in Cromwell was built about 1800. It was photographed and described as part of the WPA Architectural Survey (CROM019) in the 1930s. At that time it was owned by the Waters family and had a porch that was “modern.”

See more of our digital collections . Learn about the WPA Architectural Survey and our effort to put the information online.   And check out the Research Guide to Old House Resources at the Connecticut State Library.

iCONN Times – April 2010 Monday, May 3, 2010

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The April 2010 issue of the iCONN Times is now available in pdf format
at http://www.iconn.org/iConnTimes.aspx.  Topics include:

–  iCONN Statewide Downloadable Audiobook Collection to Launch May 1
–  Interstate ILL Pilot Project—A Success!
–  reQuest Serials Catalog Updated
–  New Pricing For reQuest to Benefit School Districts and Multi-Branch
–  New reQuest Results Display
–  New iCONN Brochure
–  iCONN Remote Access Usage Stats
–  Upcoming Training

Bill Sullivan

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