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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Information

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Subject and Genre Headings

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1: General Correspondence 1953, 1955-1968

Series 2: Legislative and Public Affairs 1950-1951, 1954-1957, 1959-1964, 1967, Undated

Series 3: Scrapbooks 1949-1964

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ERNEST I. HATFIELD PAPERS, (APAP-255), 1949-1968




Descriptive Summary

Title: Ernest I. Hatfield Papers
Date: 1949-1968
Physical Characteristics: 3.78 cubic ft.
Abstract: The Ernest I. Hatfield Papers document Hatfield's service in the New York State Senate, where he served from 1948-1964, and the years immediately following. The collection includes correspondence, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, speeches, and bills he introduced.
Storage: The materials are located onsite in the department.
Language: The materials in the collection are in English.
Repository: M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY

Biographical Sketch

Ernest I. Hatfield was born in Mt. Pleasant, Westchester County, NY in 1890. He graduated from Westchester County schools and attended the Eastman-Gaines Business College in New York City. Hatfield worked in insurance and real estate, and was a farmer. A resident of Poughkeepsie, NY, Hatfield was a Republican member of the New York State Assembly (Dutchess County 2nd District 1943-1944, Dutchess County 1945-1947) and served as chairman of the Mortgage and Real Estate Committee, and on the Insurance and Public Service Committees.

He then ran for and won election to the New York State Senate representing the 33rd District from 1948-1954 and the 35th District from 1955-1964. While in the State Senate, Hatfield was chairman of the Banks Committee and served on the Agriculture, Education, Excise, Finance, Labor and Industry, Public Relief and Welfare, Public Service, and Rules Committees. In addition, Hatfield was chairman of the temporary New York State Commission on Historic Observances.

Hatfield also was a member of the Freemasons, Knights Templar, Grotto, Exchange Club and Common Council in Poughkeepsie. He owned the business E.I. Hatfield, Inc. He died in 1977 in Dutchess County.

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Scope and Content Information

Ernest Hatfield Papers donated his papers a few years after he left the New York State Senate. The collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, photographs, printed bills, and legislative transcript materials mostly dating from 1950 to 1964 during his Senate service. A Republican, Hatfield represented the Dutchess County 33rd district from 1948-1954 and 35th district from 1955-1964 in the State Senate. Although he previously served in the New York State Assembly, the collection does not include materials from this tenure. Topics of interest in the collection include documents related to Hatfield's role as chairman of the New York State Commission on Historic Observances and the Social Security bill, which prevented the separation of Social Security from the pensions of retired civil service employees.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 - General Correspondence, 1953-1968
Series 2 - Legislative and Public Affairs, 1950-1951, 1954-1957, 1959-1964, 1967, Undated
Series 3 - Scrapbooks, 1949-1964

Series 1 and 3 are arranged chronologically. Series 2 is arranged alphabetically by the subject of the legislative bills.

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Restrictions

Access

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Hatfield, Ernest I.

Corporate Bodies

New York (State). Committee to Revise Banking Law, Joint Legislative
New York (State). Legislature. Senate
New York (State). Legislature. Senate. Committee on Finance
New York (State). Legislature. Senate. Standing Committee on Agriculture
New York (State). Legislature. Senate. Standing Committee on Labor and Industry
New York (State). Temporary State Commission on Historic Observances

Subjects

Politicians--New York (State)

Places

Dutchess County (N.Y.)
New York (State)--Politics and government
Poughkeepsie (N.Y.)

Genres and Forms

Bills (legislative records)
Clippings
Correspondence
Files by subject
Legislative records
Scrapbooks

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Ernest I. Hatfield Papers, 1949-1968. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Hatfield Papers).

Acquisition Information

Ernest Hatfield initially donated his papers to Syracuse University in a series of deliveries from 1966-1970. In 2006, the papers were transferred to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Ga Yue Lau
Date: © 2011 By the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history: -

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Container List

Series 1: General Correspondence, 1953, 1955-1968 .5 cubic ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series contains correspondence, newspapers clippings, and memos directed to Ernest Hatfield from fellow government officials and constituents. Subjects vary from casual greetings and congratulatory messages to individuals asking for help obtaining birth certificates or clarifying their pension issue.
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1953 1955
2-5 Correspondence, 1956
6 Correspondence, 1957-1959
7-8 Correspondence, 1960
9 Correspondence, 1961
10-12 Correspondence, 1962
13 Correspondence, 1963
14 Correspondence, 1964-1968
Series 2: Legislative and Public Affairs, 1950-1951, 1954-1957, 1959-1964, 1967, Undated .8 cu. ft.
Arranged alphabetically by the subject of the legislative bill.
This series contains bills introduced by Ernest Hatfield or ones he wanted to amend, correspondence related to bills, the State Commission on Historic Observances Historic Observances and related correspondence, and legislative transcripts. Items that may be of interest to researchers are Hatfield's attempts to raise funds and garner support to build the Beacon-Newburgh Bridge, the Chiropractor bill which supported recognizing the chiropractic profession, and the Social Security bill in the Civil Service Law which opposed the government in separating Social Security benefits from pension of retired civil service employees.
Box Folder
1 15 Agriculture and markets law, 1956
16 Alcoholic beverage control law, 1956
17 Amend previous acts, 1956
18 Blatnick bill, 1956
19 Chiropractor bill, 1956
20 Civil Service Law, 1956
21 Compulsory automobile insurance bill, 1954 1962-1963
22 Compulsory workman's compensation insurance for farmers, 1964
23 Concurrent resolution of Senate and Assembly, 1956
24 Conservation law, 1956
25 Correction law, 1956
26 County law, 1956
27 Dirksen Eastland bill, 1964
28 Education laws, 1955-1956
29 Erwin bill, 1956
30 Firearm bill, 1964
31 General business law, 1956
32 General municipal law, 1956
33 Greenport Fire District, 1956
34 Hatfield election materials, undated
35 Highway law, 1956 1967
36 Insurance law, 1956
37 Joint Legislative Committee on docks in the City of New York, 1962
38 Joint Legislative Committee to Revise the Banking Law questionnaire, 1962 undated 1968
39 Judiciary law, 1955 1966
40 Labor laws, 1956
41 Legislative primer, 1959
42 Legislative report from Senator Hatfield, 1964
43 Local finance law, 1956
44 McCarthy amendment, 1964
45 McNeil Mitchell bill, 1956
46 Metcalf Baker Bill, 1956
47 New York State Commission on Historic Observances, 1958-1960 1964-1965
48 New York State Commission on Historic Observances booklets, 1960
49 Penal law, 1956
50 Pension of retired public employees, 1956
51 Poughkeepsie Armory employee bill, 1956
52 Prohibit state/public corp to restrict representation of employee, 1956
53 Public authority law, 1956-1957
54 Randall bill, 1964
55 Real property law, 1955-1956
56 Receipt and fulfillment of requests for copies of legislation, 1955-1956
57 Retirement and Social Security law, 1956
58 Savings bank branch bill, 1956
59 Senate Bill No. 3116, 1956
60 Senate Bill Introduction No. 3423, Print No.3781, 1964
61 Senate Introductory 2095, 1964
Box Folder
2 1 Social welfare law, 1956
2 Speeches and related correspondence, 1950-1951 1956-1957 1960-1963 Undated
3 Standing Committees of the Senate, 1956
4 State finance law, 1956
5 State laws, 1956
6 Suffolk County bill, 1956
7 Taconic State Police, 1956
8 Tax law, 1956
9 Town law, 1956
10 Transcript of proceedings of the Joint Legislative Committee to Revise the Banking Law, January 30, 1963
11 Transcript of proceedings of the Joint Legislative Committee to Revise the Banking Law, January 31, 1963
12 Workmen's compensation law, 1956
13 Vehicle and traffic law, 1956
Series 3: Scrapbooks, 1949-1964 3.65 cu. ft.
Arranged chronologically.
This series contains bound and unbound scrapbooks filled with newspaper clippings. Ernest Hatfield created the books which mention him in the articles, discuss events he attended, describe bills that he supported and the reactions to the bills, and other clippings that were of political interest to him.
Box Folder
2 14 Newspaper clippings, 1949
15-16 Newspaper clippings, 1950
Oversized Folder
1 1 Scrapbook, December 1950-September 1963
Oversized Folder
2 1-2 Scrapbook, January 1955-February 1956
Oversized Folder
1 2 Scrapbook, February-March 1956
Oversized Folder
3 1 Scrapbook, December 1956-April 1958
Oversized Folder
4 1 Scrapbook, January 1958-July 1958
Oversized Folder
3 2 Scrapbook, December 1960-April 1963
Oversized Folder
5 1 Scrapbook, October 1963-May 1964

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