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Civil War Centennial Commission records

 Collection
Identifier: RG052

Scope and Content

The record group contains administrative files, minutes of meetings, general correspondence, correspondence with towns and other states, newsletters, drafts of unpublished works, publications and related materials of the Commission, and publications from other state Centennial organizations.

Dates

  • 1959-1965

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

In 1959, the General Assembly created the Civil War Centennial Commission to promote and publicize the history of Connecticut’s participation in the Civil War. The Commission consisted of twenty-five appointed members, with Albert D. Putnam as Chairman, and had an office in the State Library. It held about twenty meetings between November 1959 and March 1965. It encouraged the formation of local groups to organize pageants, celebrations, and commemorative events, provided speakers, promoted publication of pamphlets about Civil War leaders from Connecticut, and distributed publications. John Niven wrote his book, Connecticut for the Union; the Role of the State in the Civil War, for the Commission. By the end of June 1965, the Commission had ended its work, and members' appointments expired on December 15, 1965.

Extent

4 cubic feet

Abstract

In 1959, the General Assembly created the Civil War Centennial Commission to promote and publicize the history of Connecticut’s participation in the Civil War. The Commission consisted of twenty-five appointed members and had an office in the State Library.

Related Material

RG 005:034, Governor John Dempsey records, Box A-237, Civil War Centennial Commission, 1958-1965.

RG 113, Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Connecticut, 1929-1935.

The Manuscript Collections contain many items pertaining to the participation of Connecticut residents in the Civil War.

John Niven, Connecticut for the Union; the Role of the State in the Civil War, (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1965) [CSL call number E499 .N5].

The Newsletter published by the Commission (4 issues, 1961-1962) [CSL call number Conn Doc C489 n]. Available online through the Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA).

Title
RG 052, Civil War Centennial Commission
Subtitle
Inventory of Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
Date
2007
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository

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