A Guide to the Eleanor H. Little Papers, undated, 1915-1986

Little (Eleanor H.) Papers

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Eleanor H. Little Papers
Creator - cre
Little, Eleanor H. (Eleanor Howell)
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
Nanci A. Young.
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 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 Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

Eleanor H. Little of  Guildford, Connecticut, donated her personal papers to the  University of Connecticut Libraries 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 Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Federal Emergency Relief Administration
  • Connecticut. Dept. of Corrections
  • Connecticut. General Assembly. House of Representatives.
  • Connecticut. Emergency Relief Commission

Genre(s)

  • Fliers [printed matter]
  • Correspondence
  • Publications
  • 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 Lloyd, 1890-1946 -Correspondence.
  • Little, Eleanor H. (Eleanor Howell)
  • Gill, Corrington, 1898-1946 -Correspondence.

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 have included social work, guidance, and teaching; later in her career, she became 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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Mixed Materials   1:1

Correspondence, 1934-1936 


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Mixed Materials   1:2

Correspondence, confidential, 1934-1936 


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Mixed Materials   1:3

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Series II: Reports and Publications, undated, 1933-1937 

Reports and Publications, 1933 


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Mixed Materials   1:4

Reports and Publications, 1934 


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Mixed Materials   1:5

Reports and Publications, 1935 


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Mixed Materials   1:6

Reports and Publications, 1933-1937 


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Mixed Materials   1:7

Reports and Publications, 1937 


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Mixed Materials   1:8

Reports and Publications, FERA, undated 


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Mixed Materials   1:9

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Series III: Personal, undated, 1915-1986 

FERA related materials, 1934-1936 


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Mixed Materials   1:10

Papers, 1934-1936, 1970, 1980 


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Mixed Materials   1:11

Clinton Farms, 1958-1963 


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Mixed Materials   1:12

M.A. Thesis, 1915 


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Mixed Materials   1:13

Awards, undated, 1955 


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Mixed Materials   2:14

Awards, 1965 


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Mixed Materials   2:15

Funeral materials, 1986 


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Mixed Materials   2:16

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Series IV: Newspaper Clippings, undated, 1932-1979 

News clippings, undated 


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Mixed Materials   2:17

News clippings, 1932 


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Mixed Materials   2:18

News clippings, 1933 


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Mixed Materials   2:19

News clippings, 1934 


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Mixed Materials   2:20

News clippings, 1935 


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Mixed Materials   2:21

News clippings, 1936 


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Mixed Materials   2:22

News clippings, 1937 


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Mixed Materials   2:23

News clippings, 1973-1979 


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Mixed Materials   2:24

Newspaper extracts (typed copied), 1936 


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Mixed Materials   2:25

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Series V: Photographs, undated, 1934-1945 

Fort Wright, 1934 


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Mixed Materials   2:26

Cup Presentation, 1935 


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Mixed Materials   2:27

Rocky Neck State Park, 1936 


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Mixed Materials   2:28-31

Bridgeport Relief Inspection, undated 


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Mixed Materials   2:32

Keney Park, Hartford (exterior), undated 


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Mixed Materials   2:33-34

Keney Park, Hartford (interior), undated 


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Mixed Materials   2:35

FERA projects, undated 


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Mixed Materials   2:36

Stratford Dyke, undated 


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Mixed Materials   2:37

Unidentified, undated 


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Mixed Materials   2:38

Order of Women Legislators (OWLs), 1945 


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Mixed Materials   2:39

Pencil, ink cartoon, 1934 


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Mixed Materials   OS:40

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