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Kent T. Healy papers

 Collection
Identifier: RG069_016

Scope and Content

These papers are arranged into four series: Savings Banks' Railroad Investment Committee, Highway Advisory Committee, Commission on the Reorganization of State Departments, and State Planning Board: Advisory Committee on Transportation.

Series 1. Savings Banks' Railroad Investment Committee, 1945-1963, undated, The General Assembly created a six member committee to certify railroad company bonds as eligible for investment by savings banks for the banking commissioner. The governor appointed members to three year terms from nominations given him by the Executive Committee of the Savings Banks' Association of Connecticut, the Banking Commissioner, the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bankers Association, and the Executive Committee of the Savings Banks' Deposit Guaranty Fund of Connecticut. A nominee had to be either a bank officer or director or trustee of one of the above organizations or its members. The statute allowed reimbursement of travel expenses only to be paid by the Savings Banks' Association. In 1961, the General Assembly changed the committee's name to the Railroad Legal Investment Commission. In 1963, it disbanded the committee and placed its responsibilities solely with the banking commissioner. It includes correspondence, meeting minutes, agendas, newspaper clippings, annual reports, financial reports, statistical reports, articles, speeches, pamphlets, and press releases.

Series 2. Highway Advisory Committee, 1937-1956, undated, Special Act 456 of 1943 directed the governor to appoint a five member committee to study and advise the highway commissioner concerning post-World War II highway improvements, the problem of just and equitable distribution of highway funds for cities and towns, problems with the system, the departments procedures and practices and existing laws to determine what is desirable for an efficient highway program. William J. Cox, Highway Commissioner, first mentioned such a committee in his biennial report to the governor for 1939-1940. He again recommended the committee to Governor Baldwin in December 1942. Baldwin put the recommendations into his inaugural speech and saw it through the General Assembly. After hearing testimony from the Highway, Motor Vehicle and State Police departments and inspecting the new Fairfield County route (I-95) to replace Route 1, the committee submitted its report to the governor in December 1944. It includes correspondence, financial and legislative reports, highway safety and use reports, newspaper clippings, maps, and the final report created by the committee.

Series 3. Commission on the Reorganization of State Departments, 1935-1937, undated, Special Act No. 242 of 1935 established a five member commission appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the General Assembly to study the "organization, powers and duties, personnel and expenditures" of each agency and prepare recommendations and propose legislation. The commission held its first meeting in Governor Wilber Cross' office on June 21, 1935. Col. Thomas Hewes served as chairman. The commission appointed Benjamin P. Whitaker, Research Director, on July 1, 1935. A small staff and a number of expert consultants prepared the report, approved by the commission, for submittal to the governor on January 25, 1937. The General Assembly extended the commission authorization to March 30, 1937. Even after that date, the commission members and the Research Director provided advice and assistance to the governor and the General Assembly. It includes correspondence, legislative acts, memorandums, and newspaper clippings.

Series 4. State Planning Board: Advisory Committee on Transportation, 1935-1936, undated, The State Planning Board adopted a policy of appointing advisory committees to assist the board and its staff in developing research studies. The Transportation Committee consisted of the Highway Commissioner, the Motor Vehicle Commissioner, and a member of the Public Utilities Commission. The committee was to make the state's transportation program more definite and practical, review past accomplishments, draw up plans for further work and prepare and interpret a report for the State Planning Board. On April 10, 1935, the committee issued "Transportation in Connecticut. Part I: Passenger Transportation." There is no evidence that it issued any other parts. It includes correspondence and transportation studies.

Dates

  • 1935-1963

Language of Materials

The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Kent Tenney Healy was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 2, 1902, the son of William and Mary Sylvia (Tenney) Healy. He received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1921 and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1923. From 1923 to 1924, he was a student at the Harvard Law School.

On November 3, 1928, he married Ruth Emily Allen. His four children were Ruth Tenney, William Kent, Kent Allen and Sylvia Kent.

Associated with transportation and economics all his life, he began as a switchboard operator on the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad in 1922. From 1924 to 1925, he was an inspector and from 1925 to 1926, a cost engineer.

After studying transportation in Europe during the years of 1926 and 1927, he became an assistant professor of transportation at Yale University. From 1934 to 1940, he was an assistant professor of economics, becoming an associate professor in 1940. In 1945, he received an M.A., and was appointed as the T. Dewitt Cuyler Professor of transportation, a position he held until 1970.

As a recognized expert in transportation economics, he served as member or consultant with many United States Government agencies from 1940 to 1945, participated in local government planning and financial management in Killingworth, Connecticut, circa 1957 to 1970, and was a director of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company (1947-1948) and the Connecticut Company (1947-1964).

He died on January 9, 1985 at the age of 82.

Extent

4.25 cubic feet

Abstract

Includes material pertinent to Healy's service as the chairman of the Connecticut Savings Banks’ Railroad Investment Committee of the Banking Department (1945-1963) and a consultant to the Connecticut Commission on the Reorganization of State Departments (1935-1937).

Arrangement

Series 1. Savings Banks' Railroad Investment Committee, 1945-1963, undated

Series 2. Highway Advisory Committee, 1937-1956, undated

Series 3. Commission on the Reorganization of State Departments, 1935-1937, undated

Series 4. State Planning Board: Advisory Committee on Transportation, 1935-1936, undated

Provenance

Donated by Kent T. Healy to the Connecticut State Library.

Related Material

RG 028:002, Commission on the Reorganization of State Departments, 1935-1937, Connecticut State Library

Commission on the Reorganization of State Departments - a bound volume of commission minutes is available. Connecticut State Library, Government Documents Unit, St293 mi

Commission on the Reorganization of State Departments - a nine volume bound set of the reports. Connecticut State Library, Government Documents Unit, St293 m

RG 089, Department of Transportation, 1941-2003, Connecticut State Library

MS 653, Preliminary Guide to the Kent Tenney Healy Papers, 1918-1969, Yale University

Bibliography

New York Times. Kent Healy, 82, Dead; Transportation Expert, January 12, 1985.

Processing Information

Katherine Lindbeck, a student intern from the graduate program of Library and Information Science at Simmons, processed the collection in February-August, 2017.

Title
RG 069:016, Kent T. Healy Papers
Subtitle
Inventory
Author
Finding aid prepared by Katherine Lindbeck.
Date
2017
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository

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