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Advisory Committee on Fuel records

Identifier: RG059

Scope and Content

Records include the Committee’s report to the Governor, correspondence, workbooks, and subject files.


  • Creation: 1947-1948

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 November 1947, members of the petroleum industry in Connecticut believed there was a danger of a severe fuel oil shortage during the coming winter. Per their request, Governor McConaughy appointed ten industry representatives to an Advisory Committee on Fuel. The Committee met on December 3, 1947, under the chairmanship of C.N. Mitchell, and Leo A. Hibson shortly became the paid Executive Secretary. The Committee met frequently, with headquarters at three successive locations in Hartford, and worked to establish cooperative agreements between members to facilitate supply and transportation of oil into the state, assist small and unequipped dealers whose supply was threatened, organize local committees to deal with emergency situations, set aside standing supplies for emergency distribution under the Governor's control, borrow oil from the United States Navy, and allocate for distribution the supplies that were received. In the spring, the crisis appeared to be over and the Committee concluded its work in March 1948.


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The Advisory Committee on Fuel was formed by Governor McConaughy in 1947, to come up with solutions for the possible severe fuel oil shortage during the coming winter.

Related Material

RG 005:030, Governor James L. McConaughy and James C. Shannon records.

The following folders are in Box 502:

Fuel Advisory committee - Minutes of Meetings

Fuel - Correspondence with: Mayors, First Selectmen Re: Fuel Committees' Conservation

Fuel - Correspondence with Newspapers Re: Governor's speech on Fuel, 1/5/1948. Also copy of speech.

Fuel - Correspondence with Oil Companies Re: Fuel Supplies & Reservation of Heating Fuels

Fuel - Correspondence with President, Secretary of Commerce, Navy Department, Department of Interior, Maritime Commission, and Congressional delegates

The following folders are in Box 503:

Fuel - General File

Fuel - Reports from State Department Re: Conservation Of Fuel

Fuel - Texas Oil Strike Correspondence with President, Congressional Delegates, American Oil Company, And Governor Robert Bradford [MA]

RG 050, War Council. See especially the Fuel Section file, which includes papers of the Fuel Adminstrator.

Processing Information

The following records were destroyed after being deemed as having no further value: form requests for permission to purchase fuel, form authorizations to suppliers to release fuel, and a handwritten register of requests handled.

RG 059, Advisory Committee on Fuel
Inventory of Records
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
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Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository