Alcorn, Robert Hayden.
The Biography of a Town: Suffield
. Hartford: Connecticut Printers, 1970. A romanticized local history written by a lifelong Yankee. Often humorous, some good insights.
Let’s Go Into Politics
. New York: 1952. Taken from a lecture series, encouraging young people to enter government 8y a former Governor.
Bingham, Harold J.
New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1962. A multi-volume set. Good on tHe thirties.
Promises to Keep:
My Years in Public Life
. New York: Harper and Row, 1971. An autobiography by a former Governor expressing his views on a number of topics in and out of Connecticut.
Emergency Relief Commission to
the Governor January 1933, December 1934. Hartford: 1934. Commission report detailing various efforts to ease unemployment and its effects in the state.
Buckley, William E.
. Chester: Pequot Press, 1973. useful study of the effects of the Depression in a town where one huge silk mill dominated life.
Cross, Wilbur L.
. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1943. A sprightly account of his life by a former Governor and Yale academic. Opinionated, humorous. Cross seems to have been a loveable sort with a strong mind.
Dahill, Edwin M. Jr. “Connecticut’s J. Henry Roraback.” unpublished Ph. dissertation. Columbia University, 1971. Only the last part pertains to the period of this study. Presents a clear picture of a solidly conservative political boss and his organization.
. Cnicago: university of Chicago Press, 1971. A former partner of Governor Bowles, Benton was appoint ed United States Senator by Bowles when Baldwin resigned his Senate seat in 1950.
Jeffries, John W.
the Roosevelt Coalition: Connecticut
and Politics in the Ere of World War II.
Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1979. An academic politicsl history with a strong liberal view. Useful for problems of minority groups and economic changes. Not easy reading.
Johnson, Curtis S.
. Chester: Pequot Press, 1972.
Lavish, even slavish in praise of Raymond Baldwin. Does offer useful information on its subject.
Johnston, William M. “On the Outside Looking In: Irish, Italian and Black Ethnic Politics in an American City.” unpublished Ph.D. dissertation. Yale University, 1977. A study of New Haven and the growth in power of the three ethnic-racial groups.
Valley Problems 1927-1950. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1953. Useful only in small part for this study. Much concern ed with interstate problems in all parts of the valley.
Lieberman, Joseph I.
A Biography of
Political Boss. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1966.
Highly readable and most useful story of Connecticut’s Democratic State Chairman, 1946-1975, as far as it gets. Good for the late 1940s.
Lockard, Duane (W.D.).
England State Politics
. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1959. Party discipline controls the legislature. Connecticut politics of the thirties dominated by Roraback.
———. “The Role of Party in the Connecticut General Assembly 1931 1951.” unpublished Ph.D. diasertation. Yale University 1952
Lombardo, Peter J. Jr. “Connecticut in the Great Depression” 1929-1933. unpublished Ph.D. dissertation. Notre Dame University. 1979.
Mitchell, Rowland. “Social Legislation in Connecticut 1919-1939. unpublished Ph.D. disaertation. Yale Universitv, 1954, Very thorough study of many parts of the state for the period. Useful.
Murray, Sister Mary Hickson. “Wilbur Cross, Connecticut Statesman and Humanitarian.” unpublished Ph.D. dissertation. University of Connecticut, 1973.
. New York. W.W. Norton, 1979. A brief narrative which tries to cover the whole state. Extremely thin on the period of this study.
. New York: 1970. Readable account of the life and times of a very tough lady, anti-communist, Republican, political fighter.
Codline’s Child: The
Snow. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 1974. The life and times of a fisherman, poet, politician and humorist. A wry look at poets, college life and Connecticut.
Stave, Bruce M. “The Great Depression and Urban Political Continuity.” Chapter Seven in B.M. Stave (ed.)
. Port Jefferson, New York: Rennikat, 1975.
Talbot, Allan R.
The Mayor’s Game
Politics of Change
. New York: Harper and Row, 1967. Story of New Haven in change. Useful for the city before Lee became mayor in the fifties.
Weller, John L.
Rise and Fall.
New York: Hastings House, 1969. Interesting story of skullduggery in the operation and manipulation of the New Haven.
Work Projects Administration Records. Archive Record Group 33. Housed in the Connecticut State Library, Hartford. There are typed copies and some published copies of a miscellany of WPA records, more or less sorted. THey are not complete, they are voluminous, but they can be very useful.
Van Dusen, Albert E.
New York: Random House, 1961.