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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 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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