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Litchfield County Commissioners records



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Financial records

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Litchfield County courthouses

Litchfield County jail records

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Litchfield County Commissioners records, 1887-1960 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Lee S. Cook

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Title: Litchfield County Commissioners records, 1887-1960Add to your cart.

Extent: 0.0

Date Acquired: 00/00/1987. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Courthouses - Connecticut - Litchfield, Jails - Connecticut - Litchfield County

Languages: English


The Litchfield County Commissioners records (1987-11-0) contain documents pertaining to the activities of the County Commissioners. The county government system in Connecticut was abolished on October 1, 1960.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Litchfield County was established in 1785 and as such became part of the Connecticut county government system. The county government operated jails, maintained the courthouse, gave out liquor licenses, dealt with highway and boundary disputes between towns, was responsible for the care and protection of orphaned and neglected children, appropriated funds for agricultural extension services and fighting fires, and performed other legal duties. By the mid-20th century, the State had assumed responsibility for most of the functions, and the county government was abolished on October 1, 1960.

Subject/Index Terms

Courthouses - Connecticut - Litchfield
Jails - Connecticut - Litchfield County

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: manuscript boxes found in collection had not been accessioned.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Connecticut State Library

Acquisition Method: Gift

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

Preferred Citation: Litchfield County Commissioners records (1987-11-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Financial records],
[Series 2: Administrative records],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Public welfare],
[Series 5: Litchfield County courthouses],
[Series 6: Litchfield County jail records],

Series 6: Litchfield County jail recordsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Financial records, 1958Add to your cart.
Expenses of the Jail Committee for 1958. Invoices for jail expenses Jan.-Aug. 1960 are filed in Series 1: Sub-series 1. The County Commissioners office was in the jail so some of the invoices addressed to the Jail may be for  expenses incurred by the Commission that do not relate to the jail.
Sub-Series 2: Inventories, 1948-1957Add to your cart.
Lists of all items in the Jail from soap to refrigerators, tools, clothing, furniture, etc. Items are listed by room, i.e. Tool room, kitchen, matrons room, cellar, etc.
Sub-Series 3: Prisoners, 1947 Sep-1961 MarAdd to your cart.
Seven folders with lists of regular prisoners and prisoners before conviction who were held in the jail. Each list gives the prisoner's name and number of days held in the jail. Some lists include the town of the prisoner. Also included are bills to the State of Connecticut for payment of the cost of board.
Sub-Series 4: EmployeesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Jail equipment and repairsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Committee on Jail Systems meeting notice, 1948 Mar 19Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Litchfield County jail farm report, 1954 Jun 1Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Salvation Army correspondence, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 4: U.S. Dept. of Justice contracts for service, 1946-1958Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Financial records],
[Series 2: Administrative records],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Public welfare],
[Series 5: Litchfield County courthouses],
[Series 6: Litchfield County jail records],

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