Volume XXI (1821-1822) of The Public Records of the State of Connecticut is now available for purchase

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Connecticut State Library

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2016

Contact:  Lizette Pelletier

      (860) 757-6511


Volume XXI (1821-1822) of The Public Records of the State of Connecticut is now available for purchase

(Hartford) The Connecticut State Library announces the publication of the next volume in the Public Records of the State of Connecticut series with funding from the Historic Documents Preservation Fund.

Volume 21 covers the legislative sessions of 1821 and 1822, which witnessed many significant developments: the compilation of a new state legal code; militia reorganization; the reduction of the state’s Congressional delegation from seven to six; and the end of a tax exemption on the property of clergymen. The state’s developing commercial economy took center stage during these years. The easing of the economic recession, triggered by the Panic of 1819, released economic energy, which was manifested in a variety of legislative actions including the passage of a retaliatory act against New York’s steamboat monopoly and the incorporation of the state’s first canal companies. An 1822 act on “limited partnerships” provided a mechanism for entrepreneurs to generate more capital for their enterprises leading to a vigorous renewal of business incorporations.

The cost for Volume 21 is $35.00 plus $5.00 for shipping and handling per volume for orders shipped to Connecticut addresses. The State Library is pleased to make this volume available for free to all Connecticut public, college and university libraries.  A limited number of earlier volumes are also available at a discounted price of $25.00 plus shipping and handling. The completed order form, found at http://bit.ly/20JALyx, for Volume 21 should be returned to the address listed with a check.  For shipping costs for out-of-state addresses or to request a free copy for a Connecticut public, college or university library, please contact State Archivist Lizette Pelletier at lizette.pelletier@ct.gov.

The Public Records series is an essential resource for scholars of Connecticut’s history, historians of the state’s towns and localities, legislators, lawyers, family historians, genealogists, and other members of the public. It is organized chronologically. The core of the series is a transcription of the manuscript register of the acts, resolutions, and appointments made by the Connecticut’s General Assembly, housed in the State Archives at the Connecticut State Library. Individual volumes contain supplementary documents relevant to the period under consideration. Editorial apparatus includes an introduction, informational annotation, and a comprehensive index. The first volume appeared in 1894; twenty volumes total, covering the years 1776-1820, have been published under the editorships of Charles Hoadly, Leonard W. Labaree, Alfred E. Van Dusen, Christopher Collier, Dorothy Ann Lipson, and Douglas Arnold. On-line versions of these volumes can be accessed on the Connecticut State Library’s website, http://bit.ly/1WwwWLP.

Volumes 18 (1816-1817) and 19 (1818) won the Homer D. Babbidge, Jr., Award from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History in 2008. Volume 20 (1819-1820) won the Betty M. Linsley Award from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History in 2014. Dr. Arnold and his colleagues are currently preparing Volume 22 (1823-1824) for publication in 2018.