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Department of Social Services records

Identifier: RG019

Scope and Content

Series 1. Pauper Accounts, 1809-1917, contains 8 volumes.

Series 2. State Board of Charities Letterbooks, 1883, 1895-1909, contains 10 volumes.

Series 3. Minutes, 1893-1951, contains minutes of the State Board of Charities, Department of Welfare, Public Welfare Council, and Supervisor meeting.

Series 4. Secretary's Diary, 1903-1922, contains 5 folders.

Series 5. Reports and Reference Material, 1923-1959, contains several reports including child welfare, legislation, and organizational. Also contains services to Indians, 1936-1953, undated.

Series 6. Temporary Homes, 1889-1916, contains records from Litchfield County Temporary Home, 1908-1915; and New Haven County Temporary Home, 1889-1916.


  • 1775-1959

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 Department of Social Services provides assistance to families and individuals through programs such as child-care block grants, energy assistance, vocational rehabilitation, refugee assistance, programs for the elderly, temporary assistance for needy families, food stamps, Section 8 housing vouchers, and the state child support enforcement plan. The Department has evolved through several titles that reflect the changes in public policy toward those citizens in need: State Board of Charities was established in 1873; name changed to Commission on Public Welfare in 1919; in 1921 name changed to Department of Public Welfare; 1935, name changed to Public Welfare Council; Office of the Commissioner of Public Welfare was established in 1935; 1953, name changed to State Welfare Department and the Welfare Commissioner; 1975, name changed to Department of Social Services; in 1979 Social Services split in two. The direct successor agency is the Department of Income Maintenance, which retains the same Commissioner and Statutory authority as Social Services. The other is the Department of Human Resources. In 1993 the Department of Social Services reformed by merger of: Department of Income Maintenance, Department of Human Resources, and Department on Aging.

See also the Department of Social Services Agency History.


9.5 cubic feet


The Department of Social Services provides a broad range of services to the elderly, persons with disabilities, families, and individuals who need assistance in maintaining or achieving their full potential for self-direction, self-reliance and independent living.


Arranged into six series:

Series 1. Pauper Accounts, 1809-1917

Series 2. State Board of Charities Letterbooks, 1883, 1895-1909

Series 3. Minutes, 1893-1951

Series 4. Secretary's Diary, 1903-1922

Series 5. Reports and Reference Material, 1923-1959

Series 6. Temporary Homes, 1889-1916

RG 019, Department of Social Services
Inventory of Records
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
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Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository