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Hartford City Parks Collection
Hartford City Parks Collection
Hartford (Conn.)
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Physical Description:
Approximately 38 linear feet
General Note:
Related collections: Joy Favretti Collection (3 boxes); Hartford cemetery headstone inscriptions ("Hale Collection," 3 boxes); Final Report on Community Gardens, 1942 (scrapbook); Bushnell Park Foundation (Approximately 22 linear feet); Henry E. Gage Papers, Records of the Joint Memorial Day Committee (1/2 box).
The Hartford City Parks Collection at the Hartford History Center documents the growth and extent of the city’s pioneering efforts in creating and developing municipal parks. Series I contains albums with newspaper clippings, primarily from Hartford papers. Approximately twenty-five boxes hold the correspondence and essays of the Park Commission and Superintendents Theodore Wirth and George A. Parker. Additionally, the collection contains papers concerning Parker’s participation in the Hartford Committee on the City Plan, its Juvenile Commission, and other organizations (city and nationwide) related to the parks movement and recreation for urban growth. This material is found in Series II. Visual materials include over 500 glass negative views of parks and streetscapes, Series III, and a large collection of half-tone printing blocks, Series IV. Many of these reference the park report, or other publication, they illustrated. A collection of colored lantern slides, as well as planting and nursery order lists, document roses planted at Elizabeth Park. Responsible for the city’s cemeteries, the Park Commission’s records include documentation of burial ground oversight, plot sales, and the erection of grave markers. In Series V, Bound Volumes, financial records may be found, including salary information for all parks, and accounts from the Keney Park Trustees, and letterpress books kept by Theodore Wirth. Especially rich is the archive’s collection of maps, blueprints and drawings of cemeteries, and park structures and parkways (actual and projected), which comprise Series VI. Over 150 of these have been inventoried. Please note that the maps do not have titles, simply descriptions.