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Commission on the Reorganization of State Departments records

Identifier: RG028_002

Scope and Content

This subgroup consists of the commission's agendas and minutes, reports and study files for each agency, consultants special reports, draft chapters for its report to the General Assembly as outlined in its authorizing legislation, press releases, correspondence, records relating to proposed legislation, and subject files consisting of working papers including correspondence and reference materials.


  • Creation: 1935-1937

Language of Materials

The records are in English.

Restrictions on Access

These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Historical Note

The Commission on the Reorganization of State Departments was established pursuant to Special Act No. 242 of 1935, which provided for appointment by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the General Assembly, of a five-member commission to make studies and prepare recommendations and proposed legislation. Governor Wilbur Cross called the first meeting in his office on June 21, 1935, at which Col. Thomas Hewes was elected chairman. Benjamin P. Whitaker was appointed Research Director on July 1, 1935 and he was assisted by a small staff and by a number of expert consultants (as listed in the Report). The report was submitted to the Governor dated January 25, 1937, but a new Act extended the life of the Commission to March 30, 1937. The last meeting minutes bear that date, but the members and the Research Director continued for some months to provide advice and assistance to the Governor and the General Assembly.


11 cubic feet


The Commission made recommendations and proposed legislation to streamline State government that at the time consisted of 160 agencies among the three branches.

Acquisition Information

The records of the Commission were e vidently kept in the Budget Division of which Mr. Whitaker was Director for a time, and were transferred to the State Library on August 1, 1944. Earlier, on October 23, 1939, the library received a set of the memoranda and an incomplete set of minuts, minutes from the Hon. Kenneth F. Cramer, a member of the commission. These were bound and catalogued into the "D" collection

Processing Information

State Archivist Robert Claus processed the records into RG 043. In 1994, State Archives staff consolidated the collection with other records of similar commissions in a new RG 028.

RG 028:002, Commission on the Reorganization of State Departments
Inventory of Records
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
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Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository