Table Of Contents

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 (APAP255) , 1949-1968

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hatfield, Ernest I.
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: 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: Copyright 2011 by the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history:

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Container List

nam_apap255-1 Series 1: General Correspondence, 1953, 1955-1968 - 0.5  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 apap255-1_1 1 nam_apap255-1_1 Correspondence, 1953, 1955
apap255-1_2 2-5 nam_apap255-1_2 Correspondence, 1956
apap255-1_3 6 nam_apap255-1_3 Correspondence, 1957-1959
apap255-1_4 7-8 nam_apap255-1_4 Correspondence, 1960
apap255-1_5 9 nam_apap255-1_5 Correspondence, 1961
apap255-1_6 10-12 nam_apap255-1_6 Correspondence, 1962
apap255-1_7 13 nam_apap255-1_7 Correspondence, 1963
apap255-1_8 14 nam_apap255-1_8 Correspondence, 1964-1968
nam_apap255-2 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 apap255-2_1 15 nam_apap255-2_1 Agriculture and markets law, 1956
apap255-2_2 16 nam_apap255-2_2 Alcoholic beverage control law, 1956
apap255-2_3 17 nam_apap255-2_3 Amend previous acts, 1956
apap255-2_4 18 nam_apap255-2_4 Blatnick bill, 1956
apap255-2_5 19 nam_apap255-2_5 Chiropractor bill, 1956
apap255-2_6 20 nam_apap255-2_6 Civil Service Law, 1956
apap255-2_7 21 nam_apap255-2_7 Compulsory automobile insurance bill, 1954, 1962-1963
apap255-2_8 22 nam_apap255-2_8 Compulsory workman's compensation insurance for farmers, 1964
apap255-2_9 23 nam_apap255-2_9 Concurrent resolution of Senate and Assembly, 1956
apap255-2_10 24 nam_apap255-2_10 Conservation law, 1956
apap255-2_11 25 nam_apap255-2_11 Correction law, 1956
apap255-2_12 26 nam_apap255-2_12 County law, 1956
apap255-2_13 27 nam_apap255-2_13 Dirksen Eastland bill, 1964
apap255-2_14 28 nam_apap255-2_14 Education laws, 1955-1956
apap255-2_15 29 nam_apap255-2_15 Erwin bill, 1956
apap255-2_16 30 nam_apap255-2_16 Firearm bill, 1964
apap255-2_17 31 nam_apap255-2_17 General business law, 1956
apap255-2_18 32 nam_apap255-2_18 General municipal law, 1956
apap255-2_19 33 nam_apap255-2_19 Greenport Fire District, 1956
apap255-2_20 34 nam_apap255-2_20 Hatfield election materials, Undated
apap255-2_21 35 nam_apap255-2_21 Highway law, 1956, 1967
apap255-2_22 36 nam_apap255-2_22 Insurance law, 1956
apap255-2_23 37 nam_apap255-2_23 Joint Legislative Committee on docks in the City of New York, 1962
apap255-2_24 38 nam_apap255-2_24 Joint Legislative Committee to Revise the Banking Law questionnaire, 1962, Undated
apap255-2_25 39 nam_apap255-2_25 Judiciary law, 1955, 1966
apap255-2_26 40 nam_apap255-2_26 Labor laws, 1956
apap255-2_27 41 nam_apap255-2_27 Legislative primer, 1959
apap255-2_28 42 nam_apap255-2_28 Legislative report from Senator Hatfield, 1964
apap255-2_29 43 nam_apap255-2_29 Local finance law, 1956
apap255-2_30 44 nam_apap255-2_30 McCarthy amendment, 1964
apap255-2_31 45 nam_apap255-2_31 McNeil Mitchell bill, 1956
apap255-2_32 46 nam_apap255-2_32 Metcalf Baker Bill, 1956
apap255-2_33 47 nam_apap255-2_33 New York State Commission on Historic Observances, 1958-1960, 1964-1965
apap255-2_34 48 nam_apap255-2_34 New York State Commission on Historic Observances booklets, 1960
apap255-2_35 49 nam_apap255-2_35 Penal law, 1956
apap255-2_36 50 nam_apap255-2_36 Pension of retired public employees, 1956
apap255-2_37 51 nam_apap255-2_37 Poughkeepsie Armory employee bill, 1956
apap255-2_38 52 nam_apap255-2_38 Prohibit state/public corp to restrict representation of employee, 1956
apap255-2_39 53 nam_apap255-2_39 Public authority law, 1956-1957
apap255-2_40 54 nam_apap255-2_40 Randall bill, 1964
apap255-2_41 55 nam_apap255-2_41 Real property law, 1955-1956
apap255-2_42 56 nam_apap255-2_42 Receipt and fulfillment of requests for copies of legislation, 1955-1956
apap255-2_43 57 nam_apap255-2_43 Retirement and Social Security law, 1956
apap255-2_44 58 nam_apap255-2_44 Savings bank branch bill, 1956
apap255-2_45 59 nam_apap255-2_45 Senate Bill No. 3116, 1956
apap255-2_46 60 nam_apap255-2_46 Senate Bill Introduction No. 3423, Print No.3781, 1964
apap255-2_47 61 nam_apap255-2_47 Senate Introductory 2095, 1964
Box Folder
2 apap255-2_48 1 nam_apap255-2_48 Social welfare law, 1956
apap255-2_49 2 nam_apap255-2_49 Speeches and related correspondence, 1950-1951, 1956-1957, 1960-1963, Undated
apap255-2_50 3 nam_apap255-2_50 Standing Committees of the Senate, 1956
apap255-2_51 4 nam_apap255-2_51 State finance law, 1956
apap255-2_52 5 nam_apap255-2_52 State laws, 1956
apap255-2_53 6 nam_apap255-2_53 Suffolk County bill, 1956
apap255-2_54 7 nam_apap255-2_54 Taconic State Police, 1956
apap255-2_55 8 nam_apap255-2_55 Tax law, 1956
apap255-2_56 9 nam_apap255-2_56 Town law, 1956
apap255-2_57 10 nam_apap255-2_57 Transcript of proceedings of the Joint Legislative Committee to Revise the Banking Law, 1963 January 30
apap255-2_58 11 nam_apap255-2_58 Transcript of proceedings of the Joint Legislative Committee to Revise the Banking Law, 1963 January 31
apap255-2_59 12 nam_apap255-2_59 Workmen's compensation law, 1956
apap255-2_60 13 nam_apap255-2_60 Vehicle and traffic law, 1956
nam_apap255-3 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 apap255-3_1 14 nam_apap255-3_1 Newspaper clippings, 1949
apap255-3_2 15-16 nam_apap255-3_2 Newspaper clippings, 1950
Oversized Folder
1 apap255-3_3 1 nam_apap255-3_3 Scrapbook, 1950 December-1963 September
Oversized Folder
2 apap255-3_4 1-2 nam_apap255-3_4 Scrapbook, 1955 January-1956 February
Oversized Folder
1 apap255-3_5 2 nam_apap255-3_5 Scrapbook, 1956 February-1956 March
Oversized Folder
3 apap255-3_6 1 nam_apap255-3_6 Scrapbook, 1956 December-1958 April
Oversized Folder
4 apap255-3_7 1 nam_apap255-3_7 Scrapbook, 1958 January-1958 July
Oversized Folder
3 apap255-3_8 2 nam_apap255-3_8 Scrapbook, 1960 December-1963 April
Oversized Folder
5 apap255-3_9 1 nam_apap255-3_9 Scrapbook, 1963 October-1964 May

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