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Anna Zaremba Thompson papers

Bruce Kauffman papers

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Anna Zaremba Thompson papers | Litchfield Historical Society

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Title: Anna Zaremba Thompson papersAdd to your cart.

Primary Creator: Kauffman, Bruce

Extent: 0.75 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 03/31/2015

Subjects: Correctional institutions - Connecticut, Prison wardens - Connecticut

Languages: English


The Anna Zaremba Thompson papers (2015-13-0) were collected by Bruce Kauffman, who researched women prison wardens and  interviewed Anna Thompson. She was the warden of the Litchfield Correctional Center [Litchfield County Jail] from February 1983 to 1989.

Collection Historical Note

Anna Zaremba Thompson was born September 11, 1950 in Hartford, Connecticut to Genevieve and Jan Zaremba. After graduating from Bates College in 1971, she worked for the Connecticut Department of Corrections and in February 1983 was appointed  Warden of the Litchfield Correctional Center. She was the first woman warden of a male prison in the State of Connecticut. In 1983 she received a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford. In 1990, she moved to the Washington, D.C. area with her husband Lawrence Thompson, who she married in 1982. There she was employed by the National Institute of Corrections to work on a number of projects. Anna Thompson died of lung cancer on March 2, 2005.

Subject/Index Terms

Correctional institutions - Connecticut
Prison wardens - Connecticut

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Copyright is retained by the creator of this collection for materials he has authored or otherwise produced. After the lifetime of the creator, copyright passes to the Litchfield Historical Society. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknowm. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Bruce Kauffman

Acquisition Method: gift

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

Preferred Citation: Anna Zaremba Thompson papers (2015-13-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, 7 South Street, P.O. Box 385, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759.

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[Series 1: Anna Zaremba Thompson papers],
[Series 2: Bruce Kauffman papers],

Series 1: Anna Zaremba Thompson papersAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Self-assessment and career development papers, 1982Add to your cart.
Anna Zaremba's papers for a course at the University of Hartford taught by Victor Faux.
Sub-Series 2: Litchfield Correctional Center, 1983-1989Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: National Institute of CorrectionsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: ResumeAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Two photographs of Anna Zaremba Thompson with Bruce Kauffman; and 2 of the Litchfield Jail. Also 2 photographs - on the back Photography by Zaremba, Bloomfield, Conn. 1972.
Sub-Series 7: Periodical articles and interviewsAdd to your cart.
Series 2: Bruce Kauffman papersAdd to your cart.
Research and interviews. According to his biography in Folder 4, Mr. Kauffman first met Anna Zaremba, later Thompson, in Hartford, Conn. in 1978, when he was the city editor for the Hartford Advocate and she was the coordinator of volunteers for the Conn. Dept. of Corrections.
Folder 1: Interviews with Anna Zaremba ThompsonAdd to your cart.
Notes on taped interviews,  transcribed in 2000.
Folder 2: Interview cassette tapesAdd to your cart.
Seven cassette tapes of Bruce Kauffman's interviews with Anna Z. Thompson. Dates of the interviews is uncertain.
Subject/Index Terms:
Jails - Connecticut - Litchfield County
Folder 3: Anna and the testosterone convict kings, 2003Add to your cart.
Subtitled:"How a woman tamed a men's prison and shattered the gender barrier in corrections", this is Chapter One of a proposed book by Bruce Kauffman. Copyright 2003. Included are outlines for Chapters 2-16 and an epilogue. The text centers around Mrs. Thompson's tenure as warden at the Litchfield Correctional Center and includes memories of her childhood and school years.
Folder 4: Proposal to Seven Locks Press, 2005Add to your cart.
Updated synopsis of Bruce Kauffman's proposed book about Anna Zaremba Thompson.
Folder 5: Women in corrections research, 2005Add to your cart.
Photocopies of articles from publications about women working in the correctional system.
Folder 6: Returns concerning jails for Litchfield County, 1889-1890Add to your cart.
Photocopies of printed forms with statistics concerning number of prisoners, crimes committed, expenses, etc.
Folder 7: Photograph, circa 1976Add to your cart.
Photograph of Bruce Kauffman taken by Alan Decker as a publicity photograph for The Hartford Advocate.

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