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Albert Milford Turner papers

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Connecticut. State Parks and Forest Commission papers

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Albert Milford Turner papers | Litchfield Historical Society

By Lee S. Cook

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Date Acquired: 11/01/1961

Subjects: Connecticut. State Park and Forest Commission, Connecticut. State Park Commission

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Albert Milford Turner papers (1961-02-0) are comprised primarily of documents and photographs Albert Turner assembled durng his early years as Field Secretary and Secretary of the Conn. State Park Commission, later the Conn. State Park and Forest Commission. Also included are some of his writings about Litchfield and Northfield and topics he was interested in.

Collection Historical Note

Albert Milford Turner was born February 26, 1868 in the Northfield section of Litchfield, Conn. He was the son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Filley) Turner. He prepared for college at Wilbraham Academy and graduated from Yale in 1890. His early career as a civil engineer, was followed by his being hired in 1914 as the first employee of the Conn. State Park Commission, for which he served as field secretary and secretary before he retired in 1942. Under his direction the State Park system took shape, with particular attention in the early years to the coastline including Sherwood Island and Hammonasset Beach. In 1931, Mr. Turner received the Cornelius Amory Pugsley Silver Medal, one of the most prestigious national awards recognizing outstanding contributors to the field of parks and conservation.

Albert M. Turner was married  in New Haven in 1894 to Mary M. Seaton. They were divorced in 1921. On July 14, 1923 he married Helen "Nellie" Catlin, daughter of J. Howard and Josephine Catlin of Northfield. Returning to Northfield from Hartford after he retired, Mr. Turner died there on June 28, 1944.

Subject/Index Terms

Connecticut. State Park and Forest Commission
Connecticut. State Park Commission

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Mrs. Albert M. Turner

Acquisition Method: gift

Original/Copies Note: For more information please see http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Related Materials:

Postcard of the Turner Homestead, housed in Litchfield Historical Society Photograph Collection: Series 1: Sub-series 43: Folder 6: Item 3.

Photograph portrait of Albert M. Turner beside a brook, housed in Litchfield Historical Society Photograph Collection: Series 2: Folder 212.

Preferred Citation: Albert M. Turner papers (1961-02-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759.

Other Note: Material culture related to the Turner papers includes: jack knives,shaving cup, painting, and box camera. For further information, check the Online Collection database on our homepage for objects in the Museum Collection.


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Series 1: Connecticut. State Parks and Forest Commission papers, 1914-1921Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: State parks: deeds, acquisitions, and descriptions, 1916-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Acquisitions 1-38, 1914-1918Add to your cart.
Mimeographed copies of typewritten deeds to the State of Connecticut for properties that became state parks, including Sherwood Island in Westport (8 deeds), Hurd Park in Chatham(6 deeds); Mt Tom in Litchfield & Washington (3 deeds); Mt. Bushnell in Washington (2 deeds); Selden Neck in Lyme(10 deeds); Haystack Mountain in Norfolk; Ivy Mountain in Goshen; Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall; Great Hill in East Hampton & Portland; West Peak in Meriden & Southington (2 deeds); Mashamoquet Brook in Pomfret; Sap Tree run in Pomfret; Macedonia Brook in Kent.
Folder 2: Acquisitions 39-45 & unnumbered, 1918-1919Add to your cart.
Mimeographed copies of typed deeds to the State of Connecticut for state parks, including Bolton Notch in Bolton; Sap Tree Run in Pomfret (2 deeds); Dart Island in Middletown; Wharton Brook (2 deeds) in North Haven and Wallngford(2 deeds); Button Ball Brook in Chaplin; Black Pond in Middlefield; two areas in Kent.
Folder 3: East Haddam, 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Carbon copies of typed deeds to the State of Connection for properties in the section of East Haddam known as "Devil's Hopyard". Also 2 typed copies of an article "The Devil's Hop Yard" by Albert M. Turner, Fied Secretary, Conn. State Park Commission, July 31, 1920 for New England Roads.
Folder 4: Kent Falls, 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Carbon copies of 2 typed deeds for Kent Falls. Also a press release by G.A. Parker, Secretary - "Kent Falls given to the State" about the gift of Kent Falls to the State by the White Memorial Foundation in 1919; and a description of Kent Falls written by Albert M. Turner in July 1920.
Folder 5: Madison, 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Carbon copies of typed deeds to the State of Connecticut for  lands in Madison, Conn.  Also an early postcard of  Camps Meigs Point at Hammonassett Beach,  and one of Hammonassett Beach.
Folder 6: Mt. Tom Reservation, 1916Add to your cart.
"Sketch plan for Senff Tower," May 1916 by A.M. Turner; and "Sketch map of Mt. Tom Reservation" by A.M. Turner, June 1916.
Folder 7: Connecticut state parks, 1920Add to your cart.
Articles written by Albert M. Turner.
Item 1: Connecticut State Parks on the RiverAdd to your cart.
Description of parks on the Connecticut River, i.e. Hurd Park, Dart Island, and Selden Neck.
Item 2: Connecticut State Parks on the shoreAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Mountain parks, 1920Add to your cart.
Item 4: Connecticut State Parks: Mashamoquet Brook in Pomfret, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Trails, 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Two articles about Connecticut trails written by Albert M. Turner.
Item 1: Concerning Trails, 1919Add to your cart.
Albert M. Turner's ideas presented to the Conn. State Park Commission concerning trails in the State Parks.
Item 2: The Trap Rock trail, 1920Add to your cart.
Description of sections of the Trap Rock Trail, by Albert M. Turner.
Sub-Series 2: Reports and articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Reports of the State Park Commission, 1916-1918Add to your cart.
Second biennial report for years endng September 30, 1916; and abstract of the third biennial report.
Folder 2: Reports to the Connecticut State Park Commission, 1920Add to your cart.
Reports written by Albert M. Turner, Field Secretary of the Conn. State Park Commission.
Folder 3: Connecticut State Parks, 1916-1920Add to your cart.
Four articles written by Albert M. Turner about Connecticut State Parks.
Folder 4: Articles by Albert M. Turner, 1916-1920Add to your cart.
Copies of four typed articles: "Seeing Connecticut"; The Conservation of Scenery"; "Snowshoeing in Connecticut"; and "How to Walk on Snowshoes", all written by Albert M. Turner.
Sub-Series 3: Photograph albumsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: State Parks photograph albums, circa 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Seven small photograph albums with small (1 1/2" x 2 3/8") sepia photographs. Titles on the albums are: Hammonasset; Hopyard; Humaston Brook; Kent Falls; Mark Twain house; Wooster Mountain; and one untitled.
Folder 2: Trap Rock Trail photograph albums, 1920 FebAdd to your cart.
Six small photograph albums of sections of Trap Rock Trail. Small sepia photographs (1 1/2" by 2 3/8") are in albums labeled: Black Pond - Higby Mtn.; Bradley Mtn.- Ragged Mtn.; Cathole Mtn. - South Mtn. - Lamentation Mtn.; Farmington Mtn. - Rattlesnake Mtn.; Lamentation Mt.; and Short Mtn. - West Peak.
Folder 3: Photograph album, 1917-1919Add to your cart.
Small photographs of various scenes, mostly State Parks including Selden Neck; Mt. Bushnell Tower; Camp Sepunum on Mt. Tom; Kent Falls, Bald Hill; Snipsic; Bay Path, Sturbridge, Mass.; Mt. Everett; Twin Lakes; Great Hill; Northfield; Canaan; Red Spruce under Bradford Mtn.; and Spruce Glen, Meriden.
Series 2: Miscellaneous papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Litchfield, ConnecticutAdd to your cart.
Typed copy of an extract from "The Age of Homespun, a discourse by Horace Bushnell, delivered at the Litchfield Centennial, 1851." Also a typed copy of a masque/play put on by the Boy Scouts at Camp Sepunkum for the Litchfield Bicentennial on August 4, 1920 with a letter from Albert M. Turner to Mr.C.F. Northrup at the Camp in West Morris.
Folder 2: Northfield, ConnecticutAdd to your cart.
Three items (typed copies) relating to Northfield: the "Special act establishing Society of Northfield" by the Conn. General Assembly October 1794; letter from John Catlin (1814-1895) at Yale College to his sister Achsah Catlin in Litchfield, dated Nov. 11, 1835 [it is unknown where the original is]; and "Northfield Notes" by Albert M. Turner.
Folder 3: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Three typed copies: 1) H.D. Thoreau's "Winter" Jan. 3, 1861; 2) 12 poems about trees, 1 for each month; 3) a list of Connecticut towns with their date of settlement/incorporation and names of the towns from which they were founded.

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