A Guide to the Eleanor H. Little Papers

Little (Eleanor H.) Papers

Summary Information

Title
Eleanor H. Little Papers
Inclusive Dates
undated, 1915-1986
Extent
2 Linear Feet
Abstract
Eleanor H. Little was born in Media, Pennsylvania. She lived in Pennsylvania until entering Wellesley College, where she received a B.A. in History in 1908. In 1931, she became Secretary for the Connecticut Unemployment Commission. By 1933, Little was responsible for administering the entire statewide relief program until 1937. Little was elected representative to the General Assembly in 1941 and again in 1945, where she served on two committees as chair: the Personnel Committee and the Public Welfare and Humane Institutions Committee.
Call Number
1982.0003
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Archives & Special Collections staff
Repository
University of Connecticut Library 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1205 archives@uconn.edu URL:

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Eleanor H. Little Papers. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Library.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

Eleanor H. Little of Guilford, Connecticut, donated her personal papers to the University of Connecticut Library in July 1982.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Eleanor H. Little Papers. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Library.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Federal Emergency Relief Administration
  • Connecticut. Department of Correction
  • Connecticut. General Assembly. House of Representatives
  • Connecticut. Emergency Relief Commission

Genre(s)

  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Correspondence
  • Publications (documents)
  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Hartford (inhabited place)
  • United States (nation)
  • East Lyme (inhabited place)
  • Guilford (inhabited place)
  • Rocky Neck State Park (Conn.)
  • Keney Park (Hartford, Conn.)
  • Connecticut (state)

Personal Name(s)

  • Hopkins, Harry L. (Harry Lloyd), 1890-1946
  • Gill, Corrington, 1898-1946

Subject(s)

  • Social service
  • Parks
  • Local government
  • Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations
  • Public welfare
  • New Deal (1933-1939)
  • Voluntarism
  • Emergency management
  • Unemployment
  • Disaster relief
  • Legislation

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Biography

Eleanor H. Little was born on 9 December 1885, in Media, Pennsylvania. She lived in Pennsylvania until entering Wellesley College, where she received a B.A. in History in 1908. After graduation, Little worked as a matron at Sleighton Farms, a women's correctional institution near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, until 1913. She attended Columbia University and received a Master's of Art degree in Sociology in 1915. Afterward, Little worked as a parole officer and psychologist for the Clinton Farms for Women, another correctional institution, in Clinton, New Jersey. Her major areas of professional activity included social work, guidance, and teaching; later in her career, she was interested in industrial engineering, industrial relations, and government service.

After leaving her position at Clinton Farms, Little moved into the realm of industry and worked for the U.S. Rubber Company in New Haven, Connecticut, where she was involved first in teacher, and later in industrial engineering, including planning job classifications. She stayed with U.S. Rubber until 1929, when the plant in New Haven closed. She transferred to the main office in New York in 1930.

In 1931, Little turned to government service. She became Secretary for the Connecticut Unemployment Commission. By 1933, with the creation of the Connecticut Emergency Relief Commission by Governor Wilbur Cross, she became secretary and later administrator of this agency. Little was responsible for administering the entire statewide relief program until 1937.

Little was elected representative to the Connecticut General Assembly in 1941 and again in 1945, where she served on two committees as chair: the Personnel Committee and the Public Welfare and Humane Institutions Committee. In addition to these responsibilities, she began volunteer work, and was connected with the State Farms and Department of Corrections from 1946 to 1969. Little also served as officer in various organizations: the League of Women Voters, the AAUW, the Guilford Board of Education, and the Wellesley Alumnae Association. A long-time resident of Guilford, Connecticut>, Miss Little died 15 March 1986.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, published materials, clippings and photographs pertaining to her government career as Relief Administrator in Connecticut. Prominent New Deal correspondents include Corrington Gill, Harry Hopkins, and other members of the National Relief Commission. Also included are photographs of Rocky Neck State Park and Keney Park in Hartford, both Relief Commission projects.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

The following materials have been separated from the collection and cataloged:

The Quartermaster review, v.14:no.1 (1934:July/Aug.) Dodd Periodicals Oversize

Rehabilitacion (San Juan, P.R.), v.1:no.10 (1934:July 3) Dodd Periodicals

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Correspondence 1933-1936 

Correspondence 1933 


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Text   11

Correspondence 1934-1936 


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Text   12

Correspondence, confidential 1934-1936 


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Text   13

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Series II: Reports and Publications undated, 1933-1937 

Reports and Publications 1933 


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Text   14

Reports and Publications 1934 


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Text   15

Reports and Publications 1935 


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Text   16

Reports and Publications 1933-1937 


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Text   17

Reports and Publications 1937 


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Text   18

Reports and Publications, FERA undated 


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Text   19

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Series III: Personal undated, 1915-1986 

FERA related materials 1934-1936 


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Text   110

Papers 1934-1936, 1970, 1980 


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Text   111

Clinton Farms 1958-1963 


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Text   112

M.A. Thesis 1915 


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Text   113

Awards undated, 1955 


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Text   214

Awards 1965 


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Text   215

Funeral materials 1986 


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Text   216

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Series IV: Newspaper Clippings undated, 1932-1979 

News clippings undated 


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Text   217

News clippings 1932 


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Text   218

News clippings 1933 


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Text   219

News clippings 1934 


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Text   220

News clippings 1935 


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Text   221

News clippings 1936 


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Text   222

News clippings 1937 


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Text   223

News clippings 1973-1979 


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Text   224

Newspaper extracts (typed copied) 1936 


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Text   225

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Series V: Photographs undated, 1934-1945 

Fort Wright 1934 


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Graphic Materials   226

Cup Presentation 1935 


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Graphic Materials   227

Rocky Neck State Park 1936 


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Graphic Materials   228-31

Bridgeport Relief Inspection undated 


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Graphic Materials   232

Keeney Park, Hartford (exterior) undated 


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Graphic Materials   233-34

Keeney Park, Hartford (interior), undated 


    boxfolder
Graphic Materials   235

FERA projects undated 


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Graphic Materials   236

Stratford Dyke undated 


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Graphic Materials   237

Unidentified undated 


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Graphic Materials   238

Order of Women Legislators (OWLs) 1945 


    boxfolder
Graphic Materials   239

Pencil, ink cartoon 1934 


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Graphic Materials   OS40

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