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Woodstock Society for Detecting Thefts records

Identifier: RG169_008

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the original and subsequent constitutions, one volumes of meeting minutes, lists of members, and accounts which are records of fines levied on members for not attending meetings.


  • 1793-1865

Language of Materials

The records are in English.

Historical Note

The 39 men who met May 20, 1793, agreed to form themselves “into a Society for the purpose of Detecting those who may steal horses or other Property. . .” The name of the organization was the Woodstock Society for Detecting Thefts and although the stated purpose has changed, the Society exists in the 21st century.

Among the members, eight “Suitable Persons [were] chosen annually or oftener if necessary, who shall furnish themselves with Able Horses and shall engage to pursue on the shortest Notice any Theft that may be Committed upon any Member of the Society.” Members were fined for not attending meetings.


3 Volumes


Minutes of meetings, accounts and member records of a local law enforcement society.

RG 169:008, Woodstock Theft Detecting Society
Inventory of Records
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
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Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository