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Department of Public Works records

Identifier: RG181

Scope and Content

Series 1. Drawings and Specifications, 1938-1973, bulk 1952-1973 pertain to projects at the State Capitol.

Series 2. Photographs, 1972-2011 depict completed construction projects, groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, and Dept. of Public Works events.

Series 3. Home Ownership Program, 1951-1962 contains mortgage loan files related to the program.

Series 4. Groundbreaking and Dedication Programs, 1991-2011 document the order of exercises for the groundbreaking for and the dedication of completed construction projects.

Series 5. Videos, 1985-2004 include videos of Gampel Pavillion at the University of Connecticut and the dedication of the University of Connecticut Law School Library.

Series 6. News Clippings, 1931 consists solely of a copy of the Hartford Times, Second Section (November 28, 1931), concerning the opening of the State Office Buillding.


  • Creation: 1931-2011, bulk 1951-2011

Language of Materials

The records are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Some of 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

1951, January 3, Public Act 50-4, Public Works Department established

1977, October 1, Public Act 77-614, Public Works Department becomes the Bureau of Public Works within the Department of Administrative Services

1987, July 1, Public Act 87-496, An independent Department of Public Works is reestablished

2011, July 1, Public Act 11-51, Department of Public Works eliminated; construction responsibilities transferred to the new Department of Construction Services; all other functions transferred to Department of Administrative Services

See also the brief description of the Department of Public Works.


77.25 cubic feet


Materials in the collection include architectural plans and specifications for for State Captiol maintenance and repair projects, photographs of various Public Works projects, groundbreaking and dedication programs, and files documenting the Home Ownership Program.


Series 1. Drawings and Specifications, 1952-1973

Series 2. Photographs, 1972-2011

Series 3. Home Ownership Program, 1951-1962

Series 4. Groundbreaking and Dedication Programs, 1991-2011

Series 5. Videos, 1985-2004

Series 6. News Clippings, 1931


Accessions were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates:

1984-110: 1984 (exact date not known)

1989-001: 1989 (exact date not known)

1992-076: June 4, 1992

2011-120: April 6, 2011

2013-022: December 18, 2012

2013-043: April 16, 2013

Related Material

RG 181, Department of Public Works
Inventory of Records
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository