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Gladys Bragdon Suffrage Interviews Notebook Available in Flickr Monday, April 18, 2011

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The Connecticut State Library has just completed digitizing the Gladys Bragdon Suffrage Interviews Notebook, 1918, (RG 106) is now available online at our Flickr site. The notebook contains handwritten entries of interviews conducted with approximately 129 prominent men both in and outside local and state government about their position and views on giving women the right to vote. Bragdon recorded in the small black notebook the men’s names, job title or position in government, party affiliation, if they signed a petition,Gladys Bragdon Notebook, Section B, Page 01 interests, changed views, and if they supported the federal amendment. The interviews helped the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association (CWSA) and the New Haven Equal Franchise League (NHEFL) gather information about who and who did not support voting rights for women.

On June 19, 1919 the 66th United States Congress passed the suffrage amendment, also known as the Susan B. Anthony amendment, and sent it to state legislatures for ratification. Tennessee became the necessary 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution on August 18, 1920. The Connecticut General Assembly, in a special session, ratified the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution on September 14, 1920. The passage of the amendment by three-fourths of the states guaranteed women the right to vote.

The (Mrs. R.) Gladys Bragdon Record of Suffrage Interviews notebook submitted on July 1, 1918 documents Connecticut women’s push for the right to vote. Some of the more prominent men’s names in the notebook include: former Governor Simeon E. Baldwin, Walter Camp, Robert O. Eaton, former New Haven Mayor Frederick Farnsworth, former New Haven Mayor David E. Fitzgerald, John Fitzgerald, former Congressman James P. Pigott, J. Henry Roraback, Isaac M. Ullman, and former Governor Rollin S. Woodruff.


It’s a Hit! Bridgeport Baseball: A Dynamic History Thursday, April 7, 2011

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Historian Michael J. Bielawa will present an historical look at baseball in Connecticut’s largest city,  Thursday,  April  21, 2011 from Noon to 12:45 at the Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Bielawa, author of Bridgeport Baseball, provides a dynamic look at the rich heritage of baseball in Bridgeport. The spectrum of personalities and events that Michael will discuss include Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first African American to play in the majors, James O’Rourke, the Hall of Famer who got the very first hit in National League history, local Industrial Leagues and the Immigrant experience. The expansive story of Bridgeport baseball illustrates just how the National Pastime has impacted the entire Nutmeg State.

About the Speaker
: Historian Michael J. Bielawa has written extensively about baseball. Author of several regional histories, his essays also addressed topics such as baseball symbolism in James Joyce’s, Ulysses. His award winning poetry is part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s permanent literature collection and he is moderator for the Connecticut Humanities Council’s various baseball discussion series. Bielawa is also proud to be the driving force behind the installation of the James O’Rourke statue swinging for a base hit at Bridgeport’s Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

Bielawa’s talk is part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday Brown Bag Lunchtime speaker series which features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public.

Building Closed on Saturday, April 9th Friday, April 1, 2011

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The State Library and Supreme Court Building (including the Museum of Connecticut History) will be closed on Saturday, April 9 so that repairs to the water main to the building can be repaired. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

1918 Suffrage Interview Notebook, Records of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s administration among State Archives accessions for third quarter of FY2011 Friday, April 1, 2011

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The State Archives took in 32 accessions during the period covering January 1 – March 31, 2011.

On March 23, 2011, the League of Women Voters of Connecticut donated a notebook containing a record of suffrage interviews to the Connecticut State Library at a ceremony held in Memorial Hall of the Museum of Connecticut History. The notebook, kept by Gladys Bragdon, contains handwritten entries of approximately 129 men recording their views on suffrage and support for a federal amendment in 1918. CSL will be digitizing the notebook and making it available online. The ceremony can be viewed at http://ct-n.com/ondemand.asp?ID=6388

Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s term as Governor came to an end on January 5, 2011. A total of 786 cubic feet of records from her administration were transferred to the State Archives.

The State Archives continues to acquire records of the probate courts and accessioned a total of 406 record books and 31 cubic feet of files from 18 probate courts:  Barkhamsted, Cheshire, Colchester, East Granby, East Haddam, East Hampton, Groton, Hartland, Marlborough,  Montville, New Hartford, North Stonington, Portland, Southington, Suffield, Watertown, Winchester, Woodbury.

For the complete list, see http://www.cslib.org/archives/acc2011Q3.htm