Local History

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The NHFPL Local History Room is dedicated to promoting an awareness of the history and cultural diversity of New Haven and to relate that rich history to the present. Our knowledgeable staff provides assistance in the use of the collection, collection development, referrals to other sources of New Haven information and active educational programs for customers and other professionals.

 

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Hours, phone and address

The Local History Room is located in the Ives Main Library
and is open during the following hours.
Monday: 5:30-8
Tuesday: 10-1
Wednesday: 2:30-5:30
Thursday: 10-1
Friday: 3-5
Saturday: 10-12

Hours are subject to change–please call 203.946.8130 to confirm.

Local History Room Background

Reference and referral services are provided on a free and equal basis to the public, from elementary school students looking for the origin of New Haven street names to graduate students researching the Model Cities initiative; from genealogists or house and neighborhood researchers to individuals curious about the Black Panther Party trial; to a customer trying to trace the history of a New Haven business.

The Local History Room collection was developed to support such public interests by locating, preserving and making available books, pamphlets, genealogies, newspapers, photographs, municipal documents, maps, atlases, audiovisual materials, electronic resources and indexes. These materials document the economic, natural, political and social history of New Haven and, with lesser emphasis, New Haven County and New Haven County towns. The collection also includes works on general Connecticut history, historical methodology and the history of the NHFPL.

 

Electronic Resources

You can access articles from the New Haven Register in out NewsBank database:
New Haven Register going back to 1988.
America’s Historical Newspapers, searchable early American newspapers from various periods between 1690-1922. Includes the New Haven Register from October 23, 1878-December 31, 1900.

Research family history and American culture using U.S. federal census records and the UMI Genealogy and Local History via Heritage Quest.

FamilySearch is another tool for discovering your family history.

 

Ask a Local History Question

Have a question about New Haven history?

Send an e-mail to refdesk@nhfpl.org with a specific question and we will be happy to answer your question or direct you to the resources that will best help you find the answer.

Contact us at: 203.946.7430 refdesk@nhfpl.org

 

Obituary Searches

We will search up to five days of the New Haven Register for up to three individuals at a time.
We will mail copies of located materials (death notice and/or obituary).

The fee schedule is based on where you live (for each death date provided):

New Haven residents: $10.00 plus .50 per copy
Non-New Haven residents: $20.00 plus .50 per copy

Information we need to proceed with an obituary search:
Name of individual to be searched
Date of death of individual
Town of residence (if known) of the deceased
Your phone number
Your mailing address
Your method of payment (credit/debit card vs. check/money order. Don’t e-mail your credit card information–our Business Office will call you for this information when the search is complete)

To use this service, send an e-mail to refdesk@nhfpl.org with the above information,
or call us at 203.946.8130

An alternative to our service is to order the microfilm of this paper through interlibrary loan (from the CT State Library) at your local library. This would be free of charge.

 

Newspaper Article Searches

Our service covers a 5 day search of the New Haven Register microfilm. We mail copies of whatever we find.

The fee schedule is based on where you live (for each date or range of consecutive dates searched):

New Haven residents: $10.00 plus .50 per copy
Non-New Haven residents: $20.00 plus .50 per copy

To proceed with the search, we need the following:

The date the article appeared, OR
The date the event occurred, OR
The five day span that you want searched
The subject of the article or the headline (if known); any other relevant information that will help us find your item (i.e., do you need reviews? Ads only?)
Your phone number
Your mailing address
Your method of payment (credit/debit card vs. check/money order. Don’t e-mail your credit card information–our Business Office will call you for this information when the search is complete)

An alternative to our service is to order the microfilm of this paper through interlibrary loan (from the CT State Library) at your local library. This would be free of charge.

To use this service, send an e-mail to refdesk@nhfpl.org with the above information, or call us at 203.946.8130.

 

New Haven Municipal Documents

The Library’s New Haven Municipal Document Collection, housed in the Local History Room, comprises publications produced by various city departments and agencies such as annual reports, ordinances, financial statements, proposals, etc. This material is for use only in the Library. Following is a list of titles organized by department and agency.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

  • §  Affirmative Action Plan, 1990

AIRPORT

  • §  Annual Report 1970-86,1993,1995/96,1996/97
  • §  Draft Environmental Impact Statement Medium Intensity Approach Light System with Sequenced Flashing Lights, Runway 2, 1980
  • §  Final Environmental Impact Statement Medium Intensity Approach Light System with Sequenced Flashing Lights, Runway 2, 1981
  • §  Final Report of a Master Plan for Tweed-New Haven Airport 1975
  • §  Taxiway “B” Extension/Runway 2 Safety Area Improvements 1992

ALDERMAN, BOARD OF

  • §  Alderman and Standing Committees of the Board of Alderman 1946/47, 1956-1965, 1979/80
  • §  Annual Report 1966 (Selectman), 1993-96
  • §  Journal of the Board of Alderman 1887-98, 1900-01, 1905-1998
  • §  Neighborhood Meetings 1983: Dixwell-Newhallville, Dwight, East Rock-Wooster Square, East Shore, Fair Haven, Hill, Westville
  • §  Report of Homeless Committee 1989

ASSESSOR

  • §  Grand List 1920-1923, 1926, 1933, 1935

BUILDING DEPARTMENT

  • §  Annual Report 1967-1974, 1976-1980, 1984-1986, 1996

CAPITAL BUDGET PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

  • §  New Haven’s Programs for Public Improvements 1946-1953

CHARITIES AND CORRECTIONS

  • §  Annual Report, 1945-1946

CHARTER AND ORDINANCES

  • §  An Act Revising the Charter of the City of New Haven, 1949
  • §  Building Code: Laws Regulating the Construction, Maintenance and Inspection of Buildings 1921, 1928, 1932, 1954
  • §  Charter Amendments 1939, 1951
  • §  Charter & Ordinances 1848, 1865, 1870-1878, 1881, 1883, 1890, 1894, 1898, 1899, 1901, 1905, 1914, 1928
  • §  Charter of the City of New Haven 1952, 1968, 1975, 1978, 1992, 1993
  • §  Code of Ethics Rules and Regulations 1961
  • §  City of New Haven Anti-Blight Ordinance 1991
  • §  Electrical Code 1968
  • §  Fire Prevention Code 1964
  • §  Housing Code 1957, 1962, 1978, 1992
  • §  Pardee on New Haven City Charter 1914
  • §  Plumbing Code 1956
  • §  Preliminary Draft of Revised Charter 1951
  • §  Proposed Charter for New Haven, City Manager Govt., 1921
  • §  Proposed Council-Manager Charter for the City of New Haven 1952
  • §  Proposed Mayor-Alderman Charter for the City of New Haven, 1949
  • §  Revised Charter and Consolidation Act, 1897
  • §  Revision of the Charter of the City of New Haven, 1951
  • §  Special Acts of the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut Relating to the City of New Haven 1931, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1945, 1949
  • §  Statement Issued by Charter Commission in Connection with the Tentative Draft of the Charter of 1955
  • §  Tentative Draft of Revised Charter 1955
  • §  Zoning Maps 1977, 1988
  • §  Zoning Ordinances 1926, 1941, 1951,1956, 1975, 1988, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2004

CHARTER REVISION COMMISSION

  • §  Comparison Version Proposed Amended Charter
  • §  Final Report, 1982
  • §  Minutes and Miscellaneous Papers, 1991-1992
  • §  New Haven Charter and Ordinances, 1974
  • §  Proposed Amended Charter, 1992
  • §  Proposed Changes to the New Haven City Charter, 1992
  • §  Proposed Revision of the Charter of the City of New Haven, 1947, 1955, 1958, 1958 (Final Draft)
  • §  Public Hearing Draft, 1981
  • §  Recommended Changes, 1982
  • §  Report of the 2002 Charter Revision Commission

CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

  • §  Annual Report 1978, 1997

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

  • §  Annual Report 1995

CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES

  • §  Mayor’s 1997 Youth Guide to a Summer of Fun, Learning and Adventure
  • §  Mayor’s 1998 Guide to Youth Services (English and Spanish)
  • §  Mayor’s 1999 Guide to Youth Services (English and Spanish)
  • §  Mayor’s 2000 Youth Guide
  • §  New Haven Directory of Youth Services 1998

CITIZENS ACTION COMMISSION

  • §  Advisory Commission on Education:
  • Library Service to Elementary Schools 1956
  • Report on the Sargent Survey 1961
  • Special Services in the New Haven Public Schools 1958
  • §  Annual Report 1955-1963, 1966
  • §  Case for More Adequate Air Service at New Haven, Connecticut 1957
  • §  Citywide Recreation Survey, v.I and II, 1961
  • §  Report on a Self Study and Reorganizing for the Future 1959

CITY DEMONSTRATION AGENCY

  • §  Comprehensive Program for New Haven’s Model Neighborhood: The Hill DRAFT, 1969
  • §  Ideas for the Hill Model Neighborhood, 1967

CITY CLERK

  • §  Annual Report 1969-1995, 1997
  • §  City Manual 1928, 1929, 1932, 1934-1964, 1966-1975, 1977-1978, 1980, 1982
  • §  City Government Boards and Commissions 1977, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998

CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

  • §  Annual Report 1964
  • §  Citizen’s Valedictory 1924
  • §  Community Development Action Plan 1971
  • §  CDAP Community Services in New Haven 1971
  • §  CDAP Demographic Study (Preliminary) 1969
  • §  CDAP Summary Reports, v. 1-4
  • §  CDAP Working Papers, v.1-7 1970
  • Survey of Public Attitudes Toward Police Service
  • Health Component
  • Social Services
  • Recreation
  • Transportation
  • Education
  • Housing
  • §  Revisions to Rezoning
  • §  Rezoning for New Haven 1962
  • §  Short-Approach Master Plan 1953
  • §  Tomorrow is Here 1944

CITY PLAN DEPARTMENT

  • §  Annual Report 1966, 1967, 1984, 1997
  • §  Block Statistics, Census Tracts 1950
  • §  Boundary Lines for Census Tracts for 1990
  • §  Census Profile 1990
  • §  Census Tract Street Directory 1968,1990
  • §  Census Tracts New Haven, Conn. 1950, 1960
  • §  Census Tracts/Neighborhoods New Haven, Conn. 1970, 1980
  • §  City Blocks New Haven, Conn. 1960
  • §  Community and Neighborhood Groups and Organizations 1970
  • §  Comprehensive Plan of Development New Haven, Connecticut 2003
  • §  Comprehensive Plan of Development New Haven, Connecticut Data Book 2002
  • §  Conceptual Master Plan Report West River Memorial Park 1999
  • §  Cross Index of Block Numbering Systems 1950
  • §  Development Guide 1961
  • §  GIS Needs Assessment Report 1998
  • §  Master Plan for Farmington Canal Greenway 1999
  • §  Neighborhood Data Summaries 1967
  • §  Neighborhood Statistics Program 1983
  • §  New Haven Air Toxics Inventory and Risk Reduction Strategy 2004
  • §  Population and Household Characteristics 1983
  • §  Population and Housing Characteristics 1972
  • §  Population and Housing Data New Haven SMSA 1972
  • §  Program for the Preparation of a Community Development Action Plan 1968
  • §  School Studies of Enrollment
  • §  Selected Population Characteristics 1970
  • §  Survey of Tax Exempt Property 1970
  • §  Tract Analysis 1967
  • §  Tract Block Counts 1990
  • §  Upper State Street Neighborhood Revitalization Plan 1980

CITY YEARBOOK

  • §  1860-1952

CIVIC IMPROVEMENT COMMISSION

  • §  Report by Cass Gilbert 1910

CIVIL DEFENSE

  • §  Annex A-3-E Crisis Relocation Plan 1983
  • §  Annual Report 1966-1980, 1982-1985
  • §  Civil Defense Plan 1961
  • §  Emergency Communications Planning Report 1975
  • §  Emergency Operations Plan 1973, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982(vol I),1986(vol II), 1987(Annex 1,
  • §  Emergency Communications; Annex II, Attack Warning; Annex III, Radiological Defense; Annex V,
  • §  Crisis Relocation; Annex VI, Energy Crisis Contingency; Annex VII, Damage Assessment; Annex IX,
  • §  Continuity of Government)
  • §  Emergency Operations Plan Changes 1987
  • §  Emergency Organization for the City of New Haven 1918
  • §  New Haven Metropolitan Area Tactical Evaluation 1956
  • §  New Haven War Council Annual Report 1943
  • §  Statement of the Work of the New Haven War Bureau 1918

CIVIL SERVICE

  • Civil Service Rule and Regulations 1962, 1976
  • Rules of the Civil Service Board 1911



COLISEUM AUTHORITY

  • Financial Statement 1975, 1976, 1984



COMMUNITY CHEST

  • Annual Reports 1927-1931, 1933-1943, 1945, 1948, 1949
  • Beneficiary Study of the New Haven Community Chest 1949
  • Chest and Council Hi-Lites 1949
  • Publicity Handbooks 1937, 1938:
  • Catholic Social Services Bureau
  • Children’s Center
  • Crippled Children’s Aid Society
  • Community Council of West Haven
  • Dixwell Community House
  • Family Society
  • Farnam Community House
  • Grace Hospital
  • Hannah Gray Home
  • Highland Heights
  • Jewish Home for Children
  • Jewish Home for the Aged
  • Jewish Welfare Society
  • Leila Day Nursery
  • Neighborhood House
  • New Haven Boys’ Club
  • New Haven Chapter, American Red Cross
  • New Haven Council, Girl Scouts
  • New Haven Hospital and New Haven Dispensary
  • Quinnipiac Council, Boy Scouts
  • St. Joseph’s Boarding Home and the Queen’s Daughters’ Association
  • Young Men’s Christian Association
  • Young Women’s Christian Association
  • Child Welfare, Family Welfare, Group Work and Recreation, Hospitals and Medicine, Mental Hygiene, Nursing



COMMUNITY PROGRESS INCORPORATED

  • Application for Funds for Program Year F 1970
  • Community Action Program Review 1965
  • CPI Manpower Division Inner City Survey 1967
  • Guidelines for Participation in the Development of Neighborhood Corporations 1968
  • Human Story (Annual Report) 1966-1968
  • Opening Opportunities 1962
  • Program Report 1964
  • Proposal for a Residential Youth Center in New Haven 1966
  • Report to the New Haven Redevelopment Agency 1963-64
  • Social Services Coordinator’s Report 1964-65
  • Ten Years of Human Renewal 1972



 COMMUNITY RENEWAL PROGRAM

  • Air Pollution in New Haven 1964
  • Community Renewal Program (Proposed) 1968
  • Library Study 1964
  • Looking Ahead A Study of the Free Public Library of New Haven 1964
  • New Haven’s Housing Stock 1963
  • Population and Housing Characteristics 1961
  • Population and Housing Characteristics Technical Paper #1 1961
  • Population and Housing in New Haven 1960-1980 1964



 CONTROLLER

  • Annual Report 1932-1933,1935-1936,1938-1960,1962,1964-1967
  • Annual Report City Employees’ retirement Fund 1988
  • General Obligation Bonds 1983-1986, 1988-1992; July 15, 1986;April 5, 1984; November 20, 1984; October 10, 1985; September 22, 1988; September 18, 1989 August 1 and 15,1990; August 15, 1991; September 1, 1992; March 1, 1992
  • Quarterly Reports: 1952 December; 1953 March, June, September; 1955 September, December; 1956 March, June, September, December; 1957 June, September, December; 1958 March, June, September, December; 1959 March, June, December; 1960 June, September, December; 1961 March, June, September; 1962 June, December; 1963 March, June, September, December; 1964 March, June, September; 1976 June, September, December; 1977 March, June, September, December; 1978 March, June, September, December; 1979 March, June, September; 1981 June, September; 1982 March, June, September; 1984 June; 1986 March



CORPORATION COUNSEL

  • Annual Report 1976, 1980, 1984, 1995


COUNCIL OF SOCIAL AGENCIES

  • Census Tract Street Directory 1949



COURT OF COMMON COUNCIL

  • Law Opinions and Decisions 1875



DISABILITIES

  • Annual Report 1995,1996
  • New Haven Disability Study 1999

DOWNTOWN COUNCIL

  • New Haven Green: A Restoration Plan
  • Ninth Square Project: A Chronicle 1985

DOWNTOWN & HARBOR DEVELOPMENT

  • Annual Report 1984, 1985
  • City Waterfront Proposal 1985
  • Closure Plan Parts I-III April 1998
  • Cross Sound Cable Project July 2001
  • Evaluation of the Government Center Proposal 1984
  • New Haven Coastal Program 1983
  • New Haven Development Commission Annual Report 1981, 1984
  • Proposal for Chapel-York Garage 1987
  • Proposal for Government Center 1984
  • Proposal for Whitney Grove Square 1984
  • Supplement Report to 1981 Feasibility Report 1981

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Annual Report 1976, 1981, 1983, 1984
  • Dixwell-Newhallville Revitalization Program 1981
  • Greater New Haven Industry Retention Survey 1985
  • New Haven Area Overall Economic Development Program 77-78
  • New Haven Galleria at Long Wharf General development Plan 1999
  • New Haven for the New Economy
  • New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum: Historical Documentation July 2005
  • Strategy for the Next Stage: A Plan for Business Growth & Resident Employment 1986

EDUCATION, BOARD OF

  • Annual Report/Report of the Superintendent of Schools 1850-1902, 1946, 1948, 1954-1959, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1975-1979, 1984-1986, 1991, 1993
  • Annual Report Westville School District 1899-1919
  • Board of Education Minutes of Meetings 1984-1986
  • Budget 1959,1960/61, 1983/84, 1984/85, 1988/89, 1996
  • City of New Haven Public Schools Calendar 1998-2000
  • Comprehensive District Plan for New Haven Public Schools 1993-1996
  • Custodians’ and Engineers’ Retirement Fund 1936-1946
  • Edgewood Avenue K-8 Arts Magnet School New Haven, CT 2003
  • Educational Program Plan 1980-1981, 1981-1982, 1983-1984, 1984-1985
  • Employee’s/Teacher’s Manual 1936/1937; 1946/1947-1962/1963; 1964/1965-1969/1970;1971/1972; 1974/1975-1977/1978; 1979/1980; 1980/1981
  • Professional Staff Roster 1981/1982-1992/1993
  • Strategic School Profile 1993/94, 1994/95, 1997
  • ORGANIZATION -Administrative Organization of the School System of New Haven, Connecticut 1961 -Class Size and Enrollment 1973/74 -Elementary School Organization 1977/78 -Report of the Organization and Administration of the New Haven Public School System 1967 -School Organizations 1983/84, 1984/85
  • POLICIES -Course of Study for the Elementary Schools, History 1908 -Course of Study, History and Civics, Grades V-VIII -Handbook for New Haven Public School Supervisors and Program Directors 1978 -Intergroup Inservice Education 1964/65 -Key Concepts for Curriculum Guidelines to Pilot Projects in Family Life and Sex Education K-8 1967 -Miscellaneous Policies -New Haven Public School Administrator’s Manual 1978 -Planning Your Educational Program 1967/68 -Student/Parent Handbook 2000/2001(English and Spanish)
  • REPORTS/STUDIES
  • Application to the Connecticut State Department of Education 1977 -Blueprint for Better Education in New Haven 1961 -Blueprint of Educational Planning for New Haven Public Schools 1961 -Catalog of Basic Book Collection Part II Subjects 1966/67 -Conte Community School 1967 -Course of Study in History and Civics 1908 -Demographics and Facilities DRAFT 1981 -Dropout Study 1963/64 -Hillhouse Progress Report 1968 -New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Public Secondary Schools, Report of the Visiting Committee: Hill Regional Career High School, New Haven ,Connecticut 2000 -New Haven’s Schools: An Investment in your City’s Future 1946/47 -New Schools for New Haven DRAFT 1961 -Progress Report on Energy Conservation 1973-1980 -Proposals for Promoting Equality and dealing with the Problems of Racial Imbalance 1964 -Roster of the Public School Memorial Guard…Monument Day 1887 -Teaching Language Through Poetry -Thought for Food: a Plan for Providing Food Service for the Student Population 1968 -Three Hundred Years of Progress in New Haven 1938 -Wilbur Cross High School Accreditation Report 1996 -Worthington Hooker PTA Presents an Exploratory Study of New Haven Elementary Schools 1953

EMPOWER NEW HAVEN

  • Architects of Community: Newhallville 2000
  • Architects of Community: West Rock 2000
  • Commercial Corridor Strategic Plan -Dixwell Avenue -Ella Grasso Boulevard -Grand Avenue -Newhallville -West Rock
  • Dixwell Making it Happen….This is Only the Beginning 2000
  • Dixwell Neighborhood Phase I Submission(Draft)2001
  • Dwight Neighborhood Phase I Submission (Draft) 2001
  • Fair Haven Neighborhood Plan Phase I (Draft) 2000
  • Fair Haven Neighborhood Plan Phase I 2000
  • First 21 Months: January 1999 – September 2000
  • Hill Neighborhood Plan 2001
  • I Believe…Empower New Haven, Inc. 2000-2001
  • Newhallville Neighborhood Study 2000

ENGINEERING

  • Annual Report 1978, 1982, 1994, 1995, 1997
  • Capitol Project Report 1998
  • Capitol Project Report Cricuolo Park Improvements 1998

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

  • Evaluation of the Vermin Control Program 1971
  • Notice of Intent to Revise the State Implementation Plan for Air Quality 1989

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Annual Report 1966, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1993-1997
  • Biennial Report 1969/1970
  • Contract Compliance Unit, 1997
  • Fair Housing Program Annual Report 1978
  • Minority Employment in the City of New Haven, 1970
  • Report on Racial Discrimination and Tensions in the New Haven Public Schools, 1969
  • Report on Survey of Positions and Racial Breakdown of City Employees, 1970

FAIR RENT

  • Annual Report 1975, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1993, 1997

FINANCE (Office of Management & Budget)

  • Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice 1996, 2003 (DRAFT)
  • Annual Report City Employees Retirement Fund 1966, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991-1992, 1994, 1998,2002
  • Annual Report, Departments of Finance and Assessor, 1994-1996
  • Annual Report Policemen & Fireman’s Pension Fund 1988, 1991-1992, 1994
  • Audit Report 1954-1956, 1960, 1962, 1966-1968, 1976, 1983-1985
  • Budget (Title Varies) 1900-1912, 1914, 1916-1922, 1923-1928, 1930-1968, 1968/69-2009 (1990/91 incomplete v. 3-4 only)

FIRE

  • Annual Report 1879, 1889, 1895, 1930, 1943-1945, 1947-1980, 1982-1997
  • Awards Ceremony 1987, 1994, 2002
  • Connecticut State Firemen’s 101 Annual Convention 1984
  • New Haven’s Comprehensive Anti-Arson Program 1979
  • Report on Fire Alarm and Police Signaling Services 1956
  • Rules of Order 1951



GOALS FOR NEW HAVEN

  • Goals for New Haven 1978, 1979
  • Goals for New Haven Inc. -City Design -Cultural Arts -Economy Committee -Education Committee -Health -Human Services Committee -Municipal Government Committee -Neighborhoods and Housing -Public Safety -Recreation and Parks



HEALTH

  • Activities 1991/92
  • Air Pollution Control Code of the City of the City of New Haven 1969
  • Air Pollution in New Haven 1968
  • Annual Report 1875-1894, 1929, 1932-1953, 1957-1961, 1964-1987, 1989, 1990, 1994-2000, 2002
  • Better Beginnings 1988
  • Birth & Death Crosstabulation Report 1981, 1982
  • Century of Progress in Public Health 1873-1973
  • Dental Health Survey of New Haven School Children After Ten Years of Fluoridation 1977
  • Final Report of the Vermin Control Demonstration Program
  • Health and Welfare Self Study 1953
  • Health Survey of New Haven 1917,1928
  • Highlights 1962, 1963
  • Immature Live Births 1959-1964
  • Monthly Bulletin 1874-1882, 1917-1950
  • Preliminary Report City of New Haven Needle Exchange Program 1991
  • Report of a Health Project: A Three Year Demonstration 1964-1967
  • Report on New Haven Health Center 1920-1923
  • Survey of New Haven Department of Health 1961-1962
  • Ten Years of Public Health in New Haven 1962-1972
  • Vital Statistics 1962-1979, 1983-1999



HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

  • Iron Fences of Wooster Square
  • Quinnipiac River Historic District 1977
  • Quinnipiac River Historic District Extension 1982



HOUSING

  • Annual Reports 1941, 1941/42-1946/47, 1953, 1968, 1970, 1974-1979, 1981/82, 1983-1985
  • Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy FY 1992-1996, FY 1994
  • Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy 1993 Annual Performance Report
  • Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) 1997/98-2006/07
  • Consolidated Plan 2000-2004, 2005-2009
  • Consolidated Plan Annual Action Plan 1996/97-2008/2009
  • Consolidated Plan Annual Report 1996/97
  • Consolidated Plan for Community Development Block Grant Program(DRAFT) March 2000
  • Consolidated Plan Performance Report 1995/96
  • Empowerment Zone Application 1998
  • Financial Statements 1992
  • Middle Whalley Avenue Commercial Revitalization District Development Plan 1984
  • Office of Housing & Neighborhood Development Annual Report 1984
  • Special Report 1986-1990
  • Summary Report of the Municipal Services Committee Subcommittee on the Homeless 1986
  • Three-Year Strategic Plan 2007



HUMAN RELATIONS COUNCIL

  • Su Guia a New Haven



HUMAN RESOURCES

  • Access: New Haven 1979
  • Annual Report 1963,1976-1979, 1984, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997
  • Child Day Care in New Haven 1986
  • Final Report: Household Survey of Non-Institutionalized Handicapped Population
  • Human Development Commission Legislation 1992
  • New Haven City Government Employee Survey Report of Findings 1978
  • Office of Handicapped Services, 1977
  • Resources Available to the Handicapped in the Greater New Haven Area 1982
  • Tentative Agreement Between the City of New Haven and Local 884 2001-2005



LIBRARY

  • An Act Amending the Charter of the City of New Haven Concerning the Free Public Library 1905
  • Annual Report 1897-1968, 1969-1976, 1977-1979, 1980-1981, 1994, 1996, 1997
  • Benefit for the New Haven Free Public Library 1999-2001, 2010
  • Biographies of Vocational Interest 1937
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan 2001
  • Books for Young People 1898
  • Building Program City Hall & Central Library 1971
  • Building Program for the New Central Library Building 1977
  • Building Program New Haven Public Library 1985
  • Catalogue 1887, 1889
  • Centennial Plus Open House Wrap-up Report 1997
  • Committee for the Establishment of a Public Library in New Haven 1885
  • Courtland Seymour Wilson Branch Library 2006
  • Dedication of the Free Public Library 1912
  • Evaluation of the Physical Space & Program Requirements of New Haven Central Library Facility 1983
  • Fiction of Vocational Interest 1938
  • 50th Anniversary Report 1887-1937
  • Free Public Library Accounting Procedure 1938
  • Free Public Library Bulletin, 1891-1897, 1900-1901, 1902-1904
  • Geotechnical Engineering Report New Haven Central Library Proposed Expansion 1987
  • History of the Founding of the Library 1893
  • History of the Free Public Library 1912
  • Library Guide 1939-1958
  • Library Handbook 1912, 1928, 1933, 1934/35, 1938
  • Library Study 1964
  • New Haven Free Public Library Bulletin, 1912
  • Personnel Handbook 1973
  • Procurement List Hill Branch Library APCC Project #0101 2002
  • Report and Recommendations on Building Problems at the Central Library 1955
  • Strategic Plan for 1989-93
  • Three Year Strategic Plan 2004-2007(DRAFT) November 2003
  • 350 Books for Catholics
  • Under Our Roof (newsletter) March 2000-Fall/Winter 2005 (incomplete)
  • Users and Uses of the New Haven Free Public Library 1972
  • Verses from the Old Librarian’s Almanack 1946



MAYOR

  • Annual Report 1953, 1987, 1994/95, 1997/98, 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2001/2002, 2002/2003,2003/2004, 2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009
  • Annual Report(newspaper Supplement) 1960, 1963, 1965-1971, 1982-1987
  • Annual State of the City 1939, 1941-1946, 1953-1956,1967-1969, 1971-1974, 1976, 1985-1986, 1993
  • City of New Haven Energy Conservation Program 2005
  • City Services Guide 1995, 1997-1998
  • Directory of Manpower Programs 1973
  • Extent, Distribution, and Causes of Poverty in New Haven(Phase II Report) 1984
  • Fair Employment Plan 1976
  • Final Report of the Blue Ribbon Commission Appointed by Mayor John C. Daniels 1990
  • Financial Plan for New Haven’s Future 1991
  • Financial Recovery 2002
  • Five Year Strategic Financial Plan FY 1996-FY 2000
  • Housing and Neighborhoods 1981
  • Joint Information System Study 1967
  • Legislative Proposals 1992
  • Management Task Force: Controller Field Study, 1976
  • Management Task Force: Parks and Recreation Field Study, 1976
  • Management Task Force: Public Works Field Stduy, 1976
  • Management Task Force: Steering Committee Report, 1976
  • Mayor’s Commission on Juvenile Delinquency 1955
  • Mayor’s Education Management Task Force 1981/1982
  • Mayor’s Task Force on Drugs and Substance Abuse Final Report 1987
  • New Haven Advisory Group on Educational Improvement: Final Report 1997
  • New Haven Fighting Back 1997, 1999
  • Peace Messenger Cities Assembly 1990
  • Progress Report of the Blue Ribbon Commission Appointed by Mayor John C. Daniels 1990
  • Report of the Joint Study Group of the Legal and Economic Relationships Between Universities and Their Host Municipalities 1972
  • Report for the Mayor’s Task Force on Literacy 1987
  • Report of the Commission to Study Yale 1959
  • Report of the Mayor’s Committee on Open Spaces 1964
  • Report of the Mayor’s Task Force on Education 1977, 1978
  • Report of the Task Force on the Preservation of Public Art 1989
  • Report on an Expanded Neighborhood Preservation Program
  • Report to the City of New Haven: Concepts of an Urban Management Information System 1969 -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol I Technical Management -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 1a Administration Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 2 Financial Control Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 3 Purchasing Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 4 Personnel Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 6 Treasurer Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 7 Assessment Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 8 Tax Collection Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 11 Civil Defense Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 12 Police Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 13 Fire Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 14 Public Works Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 15 Building Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 16 Engineering Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 17 Traffic and Parking -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 18 Health Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 19 Vital Statistics Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 20 Welfare Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 21 Education Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 23 Parks and Recreation Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 24 Community Progress, Inc. -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 25 Voter Registration Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 26 City Clerk Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 27 Town Clerk Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 28 City Planning Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 29 Redevelopment Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 30 Weights and Measures Department -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 31 UMIS Description -Report to IBM and the City of New Haven: Vol. 32 UMIS Summary Report
  • Resources for Senior Citizens 1974
  • Review of Progress Under the Workable Program for Community Improvement 1965, 1966, 1968
  • Status Report Energy Advisory Committee 1980
  • Strategic Management Plan 1997
  • Tax Exempt Property Study Commission Report 1970
  • Ventures for Community Improvement Demonstration Project 1978
  • We are all in One Boat,(N.D.)
  • Workable Program for the City of New Haven 1958/59, 1962, 1963
  • Year 2000 Plan 1999
  • Y2K Planning Report 1999
  • Youth Incentive Entitlement Pilot Project 1977



NEW HAVEN COUNTY

  • Annual Report 1940-1958
  • Budget 1936/37-1939/40, 1945/46-1958/59
  • Returns of County Commissioners 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • §  Annual Report 1995, 1996

PARKS AND RECREATION

  • §  Agreement for the Construction, Maintenance, and Operation of Public Rowing Course 1971
  • §  Annual Report 1901-1948, 1955, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1978-1983, 1995
  • §  Annual Report – Recreation Commission 1927-1930
  • §  East Rock Park – The First Gem on the Chain 1976
  • §  Major Parks & Facilities 1971
  • §  Memorial and Historical Points of Interest New Haven Parks System 1950
  • §  Recovery Action Program for Parks Recreation and Trees 1991
  • §  Report and Estimate of Benefits and Damages Caused by the Establishment of East Shore Drive 1927
  • §  Survey of the Shade Trees in the City of New Haven, Connecticut 1949

PERSONNEL

  • §  Personnel Policy and Procedures 1979

POLICE

  • §  Annual Report 1952, 1953, 1957-1959, 1961, 1962, 1977, 1984-1988, 1994-1997
  • §  Bias and Hate Crime in New Haven 1991
  • §  Board of Young Police Commissioners November 1996
  • §  Brief History of Law Enforcement in New Haven 1989
  • §  Brief History of Policemen Who Have Died in the Performance of Their Duties 1989
  • §  Community Based Police Substations (not dated)
  • §  Dedication, October 23, 1975
  • §  General Documents and Specifications for Headquarters Building 1972
  • §  Hate/Bias Crime Prevention Curriculum 1997
  • §  Investigating of Illegal Wiretapping v. 1-6 1978
  • §  Manual of the Department of Police Service 1940, 1953
  • §  Police and Neighborhood Resources Manual 1992, 1993
  • §  Put Crime Out of Business,(N.D.)
  • §  Report of a Survey 1958
  • §  Report of the Special Commission on the New Haven Police Department 1904
  • §  Report of a Survey 1958
  • §  Strategic Plan 1992
  • §  Strategic Reorganization 1995
  • §  Where We Are: Community Policing is What We Do 1998

POVERTY

  • §  Special Commission on Poverty 1983

PUBLIC WORKS

  • §  Annual Report 1971, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1996, 1997
  • §  Report to the Board of Alderman 1986

PURCHASES, BUREAU OF

  • §  Annual Report 1966, 1984, 1995/96
  • §  Purchasing Manual 1984

REDEVELOPMENT

  • §  Annual Report 1961-1967, 1969, 1971, 1972
  • §  Annual Report (Newspaper Advertisement) 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977
  • §  Business Relocation 1966
  • §  Church Street Redevelopment and Renewal Plan 1957, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1967
  • §  Dixwell Redevelopment and Renewal Plan 1960, 1967
  • §  Dwight Redevelopment and Renewal Plan 1965, 1968
  • §  Exterior Design, May 1961
  • §  Exterior Maintenance, 1961
  • §  Fair Haven Redevelopment and Renewal Plan 1969, 1975, 1977
  • §  Fair Haven Renewal and Redevelopment Plan 1969
  • §  Highlights of the New New Haven 1966
  • §  Hill: A Neighborhood Plans for the Future 1966
  • §  Hill Redevelopment and Renewal Plan (Proposed) 1972
  • §  Ideas for the Hill Model Neighborhood Program 1967
  • §  Long Wharf Development Commercial, Retail, Tourist, and Maritime Center 1984
  • §  Long Wharf Redevelopment Plan 1958, 1970
  • §  Middle Ground: A Program for New Haven’s Middle-Aged Neighborhoods 1959
  • §  Model Cities Application 1967
  • §  New Haven Development Guide 1960, 1961
  • §  New Haven: The Best Place to Be
  • §  New Haven’s Approach to Neighborhood Improvement 1969
  • §  Newhallville Renewal and Redevelopment Plan 1968
  • §  Newhallville Renewal Plan 1968
  • §  Ninth Square Project: New Haven Preservation Trust Design Guidelines 1984
  • §  Ninth Square Project: Ninth Square Association Interim Report 1984
  • §  Ninth Square Project: Preservation Trust Business Plan
  • §  Ninth Square Project: Tax Implications for Non Profit Organizations in Commercial Real Estate Development 1984
  • §  Parcel Development Program 1976
  • §  Pretest Block Data 1967
  • §  Redevelopment Plan for the Oak Street Redevelopment Area 1959
  • §  Redevelopment Project Oak Street Area
  • §  Shubert Performing Arts Center 1988-1990 Business Plan 1987
  • §  Shubert Performing Arts Center Statements for the Quarter Ended January 31, 1987
  • §  Shubert Theatre Interior Design Report 1981
  • §  Shubert Theatre Schematic Design Report 1979
  • §  Shubert Theatre Update 1979
  • §  State Street Renewal and Redevelopment Plan 1968, 1969,
  • §  State Street Redevelopment and Renewal Project:Transportation Center Study 1971
  • §  Transformation 1965
  • §  Upper State Street: Our History (NOS)
  • §  Wooster Square Redevelopment and Renewal Plan 1958, 1961, 1967
  • §  Wooster Square School – Community Center Architectural Program 1959
  • §  Yale Psychiatric Institute Proposal 1986
  • §  Yale Psychiatric Institute Summary Report 1987

REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY

  • §  Annual Report 1998
  • §  Consumer Confidence Report 1998
  • §  Evaluation of the Potential 1986
  • §  Lake Whitney Water Treatment Plant Environmental Evaluation 1999
  • §  Lake Wintergreen Property 1981
  • §  Land Use Plan 1983, 1995
  • §  Land Use Plan Update 1994
  • §  Our Water Supply 1934

REGISTRARS OF VOTERS

  • §  Annual Report 1967, 1978, 1996
  • §  Guide Book 1966, 1971, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993

REVENUE COMMISSION

  • §  Final Report to the Board of Alderman 1985

SEWERS

  • §  Cost of Service, Management and Rate Study 1981
  • §  Report of the Solid Waste Management Task Force 1986 DRAFT
  • §  Update and Supplement to Facility Plan for Elimination of Combined Sewer Overflows 1988

TRAFFIC AND PARKING

  • §  Annual Report 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1975, 1983, 1995
  • §  Bond Indenture 1955
  • §  Corridor/Open Space Public Hearing Transcript for the Relocation of Route 34 1980
  • §  New Haven Parking Authority Annual Report 1966, 1967
  • §  New Haven Parking Authority Financial Statements 1984, 1993/92, 1994/93, 1995/94
  • §  New Haven Parking Study 1947
  • §  Proposed Front Block Underground Garage 1964
  • §  Public Parking in New Haven 1987
  • §  Traffic Regulations 1935, 1952

UNITED FUND

  • §  Report of the Evaluation Committee of the United Fund of Greater New Haven 1970

WATER POLLUTION CONTROL AUTHORITY

  • §  Annual Report 1995
  • §  Decommissioning Plan for Emergency Open Burn Area (G Tract) 1993
  • §  Emissions Compliance Test Report New Haven Multiple Hearth Sewage Sludge Incinerator East Shore Facility 1997
  • §  Environmental Assessment Relocation of Facilities (USPS) 2000
  • §  Multiple Hearth Sewage Sludge Incinerator, Permit No. 0035 1996
  • §  1.66 TPH Zimpro Multiple Hearth Sewage Sludge Incinerator 1992
  • §  Operational Test Period Report for a Continuous Emission Monitoring System 1997
  • §  Semi-Annual Report 1997

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

  • §  Annual Report 1966, 1975, 1977-1980, 1983-1985

WELFARE

  • §  Annual Report 1967, 1971, 1984, 1985, 1995
  • §  Report on Policy and Administration of the Department of Welfare 1960

ZONING APPEALS

  • §  Annual Report 1970, 1976-1979

 

Selected Resources for Researching New Haven's Neighborhoods

The following guide is intended to be a starting point for those researching any of New Haven’s neighborhoods. Resources are scattered among several collections in New Haven and cover a wide range of formats, including municipal documents, statistical reports, books, photographs, Web sites, maps, and other material. This list is not comprehensive, but the Library’s Local History staff can refer you to other resources.

Census Data

Census publications spanning several periods in New Haven’s history are scattered throughout the Main Library. Census tracts, which roughly correspond to New Haven’s neighborhoods (see map), yield data that are particularly valuable for neighborhood research. In addition to Census tract data in the Library’s Local History Room (see below), the Main Library’s collection of Census publications includes 1980 and 1990 New Haven Census tract data.

Information Center Files

Files on New Haven’s neighborhoods are available at the Main Library’s Information Center and include newspaper clippings, brochures, guides, and other material. Call 946-8130 (ext. 101) for more information.

Local History Material.

Selected Books and Other Publications

Balzer, Richard. Street Time. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1972. Call Number: R917.468 B241s

Brown, Elizabeth Mills. Historic Houses of Wooster Square. New Haven: New Haven Preservation Trust, 1969. Call Number: 917.461 N456h

Brown, Elizabeth Mills. Introduction to the History of Wooster Square and its Architecture 1825-1880. New Haven: New Haven Preservation Trust, 1969. Call Number: 917.461 N456I

Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Dwight Area Historical and Architectural Resources Survey. 3 vols. New Haven: Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, n.d. Call Number: R352.07461 C762d

Gardener, Benjamin. Fair Haven: Where the Rivers Meet the Sea. New Haven: n.p., n.d. Call Number: 974.61 GARDNER

Goldberg, Carey, ed. Inside New Haven’s Neighborhoods: a Guide to the City of New Haven. New Haven: City of New Haven in cooperation with the New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1982. Call Number: R917.461 N421I

Homman, Mary. Wooster Square Design: A Report on the Background, Experience, and Design Procedures in Redevelopment and Rehabilitation in an Urban Renewal Project. New Haven: New Haven Redevelopment Agency, 1965. Call Number: R352.07461 H743w

Lattanzi, Robert. Oyster Village to Melting Pot: the Hill Section of New Haven. Chester, Ct.: Pattaconk Brook Publications, 2000. Call Number: R974.61

LATTANZINiles, Anne F. New Haven Historic Resources Inventory. New Haven: New Haven Preservation Trust, 1982. Call Number: R917.461 N456na

Townsend, Doris B., Fair Haven: A Journey Through Time. New Haven: New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1976. Call Number: R974.61 T663fWoodmansee, Florence. “Notes on Westville”, Typescript. [1921]. Call Number: R974.61 W17 II.

 

Selected New Haven Municipal Documents

Alderman, Board of

§  Neighborhood Meetings (Dixwell-Newhallville, Dwight, East Rock-Wooster Square, East Shore, Fair Haven, Hill, Westville) 1983

 

City Demonstration Agency

  • §  Comprehensive Program for New Haven’s Model Neighborhood: The Hill (Draft) 1969
  • §  Ideas for the Hill Model Neighborhood 1967

 

City Plan

  • §  Neighborhood Data Summaries 1967
  • §  Neighborhood Statistics Program 1967

 

Community Progress Incorporated

  • §  CPI Manpower Division Inner City Survey 1967
  • §  Guidelines for Participation in the Development of Neighborhood Corporations 1968
  • §  Report to the New Haven Redevelopment Agency 1963-64

 

Empower New Haven

  • §  The First 21 Months: January 1999 – September 2000
  • §  Dixwell Making it Happen … This is Only the Beginning 2000
  • §  Dwight Neighborhood Phase I Submission 2001
  • §  Fair Haven Neighborhood Plan Phase I (Draft) 2000
  • §  Hill Neighborhood Plan 2001
  • §  Newhallville Neighborhood Study 2000
  • §  West Rock 2000

 

Goals For New Haven

  • §  Neighborhood and Housing Committee 1979

 

Health

  • §  Vital Statistics 1962-1979, 1983-1998

 

Historic District Commission

  • §  Iron Fences of Wooster Square 197-
  • §  Quinnipiac River Historic District 1977

Housing

  • §  Empowerment Zone Application 1998

 

Mayor

  • §  Dixwell/Newhallville Neighborhood Revitalization Plan 1981
  • §  Housing and Neighborhoods 1981
  • §  Report on an Expanded Neighborhood Preservation Program 1978

 

Police

  • §  Police and Neighborhood Resources Manual 1992, 1993

 

Redevelopment

  • §  Dixwell Redevelopment and Renewal Plan 1960, 1967
  • §  Dwight Redevelopment and Renewal Plan 1963, 1965, 1968
  • §  Fair Haven Redevelopment and Renewal Plan 1969, 1975, 1977
  • §  Hill: A Neighborhood Plan for the Future 1966
  • §  Hill Redevelopment and Renewal Plan 1972
  • §  Ideas for the Hill Model Neighborhood Program 1967
  • §  Long Wharf Development Commercial, Retail, Tourist, and Maritime Center 1984
  • §  Long Wharf Redevelopment Plan 1958, 1970
  • §  Middle Ground: A Program for New Haven’s Middle-Aged Neighborhoods 1959
  • §  New Haven’s Approach to Neighborhood Improvement 1969
  • §  Newhallville Renewal and Redevelopment Plan 1968
  • §  Newhallville Renewal Plan 1968
  • §  Ninth Square Project: New Haven Preservation Trust Design Guidelines 1984
  • §  Ninth Square Project: Ninth Square Association Interim Report 1984
  • §  Ninth Square Project: Preservation Trust Business Plan 1984
  • §  Ninth Square Project: Tax Implications for Non Profit Organizations in Commercial Real Estate Development 1984
  • §  Pretest Block Data 1967
  • §  Redevelopment Plan for the Oak Street Redevelopment Area 1959
  • §  Redevelopment Project Oak Street Area 1955
  • §  State Street Renewal and Redevelopment Plan 1968, 1969
  • §  State Street Renewal and Redevelopment Plan: Transportation Center Study 1971
  • §  Wooster Square Redevelopment and Renewal Plan 1958, 1961, 1967
  • §  Wooster Square School – Community Center Architectural Program 1959

 

III. Census Records

  • §  New Haven Census: 1870-1970 Ward/tract data are included (personal names are included only in the Library’s 1790 Census records).

 

IV. Vertical File Collection Files classified under City Planning and Neighborhood Groups and Centers include newspaper clippings (articles aren’t clipped on a formal basis, so it’s best to check newspaper indexes for a more complete list of available articles), newsletters, brochures, and city agency publications relevant to New Haven’s neighborhoods