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Library Closed for Christmas Holiday Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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The Library will be closed for the Christmas Holiday on Saturday, December 24 and Monday December 26.


Twenty-one New Towns Added to the WPA Architectural Survey Collection Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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Connecticut Hall, Yale University, New Haven

The Connecticut State Library has just added twenty-one new towns to our online collection of historic homes from the WPA Architectural Survey, they are Naugatuck, New Britain, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Hartford, New Haven, New London, New Milford, Newington, Newtown, Norfolk, North Branford, North Canaan, North Haven, North Stonington, Norwalk, Norwich, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Orange and Oxford.

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.

The famous 1936 Thanksgiving proclamation of Connecticut Governor Wilbur L. Cross Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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Thumbnail of the Thanksgiving proclamation, linking to larger image

Just in time for the holiday, our digitization crew has scanned in the famous 1936 Thanksgiving proclamation of Connecticut Governor Wilbur L. Cross. Both the text of the proclamation & the scanned in material are available at http://www.cslib.org/thanksproc.htm.

Bradley Field World War II Activities, 1942-1945, Photographs Now Available in Digital Collections Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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The Connecticut State Library has recently completed the digitization of the entire collection, of Bradley Field World War II Activities, 1942-1945 (PG 048) photographs, which is now available in its Digital Collections.

On January 23, 1941, Governor Robert A. Hurley sent a proposal to the Connecticut General Assembly requesting the state buy land to lease to the United States Army for an air base.  In response, the state acquired 1,700 acres most of which was then a tobacco plantation. The tract was purchased and then leased to the federal government for $1.00 a year for twenty-five years.  The field, which at the time was named the Windsor Locks Army Air Base, became ready for airmen and troops early in the summer of 1941.

The air base was later officially renamed “Army Air Base, Bradley Field, Connecticut,” on January 20, 1942, but more familiarly called Bradley Field in honor of Army Air Corps Second Lieutenant Eugene M. Bradley.  Lt. Bradley’s P-40 fighter plane crashed after he went into a routine dive during training and failed to come out on August 21, 1941.  He was the first of many pilots to die in training accidents at the field.  The air base post-World War II was turned over to the State of Connecticut which developed it over time into what we know today as Bradley International Airport.

The Bradley Field World War II Activities, 1942-1945 (PG 048) digital collection presents 217 scanned black-and-white photographs.  Activities represented in the collection include, among others, the Sixth War Loan drive, an open house for the public, redeployment, multiple training exercises, the training of Chinese fighter pilots, day-to-day life, and medal presentations to servicemen or the families of those missing in action.

Thanksgiving Day Closing – November 24th Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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All State Library facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 24, 2011 for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

The “Crowbar” Governor: Life and Times of Morgan Gardner Bulkeley at the Connecticut State Library Monday, November 7, 2011

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Morgan Bulkeley, who served as mayor of Harford, governor of Connecticut, and first president of the National Baseball League, will be the subject of a presentation by historian Kevin Murphy starting at noon, Thursday, November 17 at the Connecticut State Library. Murphy, author of Crowbar Governor: The Life and Times of Morgan Gardner Bulkeley will tell the story of one of Connecticut’s most colorful and notorious statesmen and provide a glimpse into Connecticut politics during the Gilded Age. While president of Aetna Life from 1879 to 1922, Bulkeley served four terms as mayor of Hartford, two terms as Connecticut’s governor, and one term as a United States senator. His friends and business and political acquaintances were a who’s who of the Gilded Age: Samuel Clemens, J. P. Morgan, Samuel and Elizabeth Colt, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, Albert Spalding, General Sherman, Oliver Wendell Holmes, as well as every president from Ulysses Grant to Warren Harding. In 1874, Bulkeley formed the Hartford Dark Blues who soon joined the unruly National Association, antecedent of the National League. He served as the league’s first president for a year, and was later elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. It was during Bulkeley’s controversial “holdover” term as governor that he earned the nickname “Crowbar Governor.” He used a crowbar to remove a lock that had been placed on his office door after refusing to vacate the governor’s chambers on a technicality.

Thursday, November 17,  2011
Noon – 12:45
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall

About the Speaker:
Kevin Murphy is an independent historian who lives in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. He is the author of Water for Hartford: The Story of the Hartford Water Works and the Metropolitan District Commission and Crowbar Governor: The Life and Times of Morgan Gardner BulkeleyFly Fishing in Connecticut: A Guide for Beginners is scheduled to be released by Wesleyan University Press April 1, 2012.

Kevin Murphy’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.