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Ernest I. Hatfield Papers

1949-1968

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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.

Summary

Creator:
Hatfield, Ernest I.
Date Coverage:
1949-1968
Quantity:
3.78 cubic ft.

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.

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.

The collection is organized into the following series:

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

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.

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Published: 2017-04-19 13:49:29 -0400

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Copyright Statement

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.

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).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 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.

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1 1Correspondence1953, 1955

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1 2-5Correspondence1956

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1 6Correspondence1957-1959

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1 7-8Correspondence1960

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1 9Correspondence1961

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1 10-12Correspondence1962

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1 13Correspondence1963

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1 14Correspondence1964-1968
Quantity:  .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.

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1 15Agriculture and markets law1956

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1 16Alcoholic beverage control law1956

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1 17Amend previous acts1956

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1 18Blatnick bill1956

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1 19Chiropractor bill1956

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1 20Civil Service Law1956

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1 21Compulsory automobile insurance bill1954, 1962-1963

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1 22Compulsory workman's compensation insurance for farmers1964

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1 23Concurrent resolution of Senate and Assembly1956

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1 24Conservation law1956

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1 25Correction law1956

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1 26County law1956

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1 27Dirksen Eastland bill1964

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1 28Education laws1955-1956

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1 29Erwin bill1956

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1 30Firearm bill1964

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1 31General business law1956

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1 32General municipal law1956

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1 33Greenport Fire District1956

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1 34Hatfield election materialsUndated

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1 35Highway law1956, 1967

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1 36Insurance law1956

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1 37Joint Legislative Committee on docks in the City of New York1962

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1 38Joint Legislative Committee to Revise the Banking Law questionnaire1962, Undated

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1 39Judiciary law1955, 1966

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1 40Labor laws1956

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1 41Legislative primer1959

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1 42Legislative report from Senator Hatfield1964

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1 43Local finance law1956

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1 44McCarthy amendment1964

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1 45McNeil Mitchell bill1956

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1 46Metcalf Baker Bill1956

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1 47New York State Commission on Historic Observances1958-1960, 1964-1965

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1 48New York State Commission on Historic Observances booklets1960

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1 49Penal law1956

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1 50Pension of retired public employees1956

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1 51Poughkeepsie Armory employee bill1956

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1 52Prohibit state/public corp to restrict representation of employee1956

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1 53Public authority law1956-1957

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1 54Randall bill1964

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1 55Real property law1955-1956

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1 56Receipt and fulfillment of requests for copies of legislation1955-1956

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1 57Retirement and Social Security law1956

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1 58Savings bank branch bill1956

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1 59Senate Bill No. 31161956

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1 60Senate Bill Introduction No. 3423, Print No.37811964

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1 61Senate Introductory 20951964

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2 1Social welfare law1956

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2 2Speeches and related correspondence1950-1951, 1956-1957, 1960-1963, Undated

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2 3Standing Committees of the Senate1956

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2 4State finance law1956

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2 5State laws1956

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2 6Suffolk County bill1956

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2 7Taconic State Police1956

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2 8Tax law1956

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2 9Town law1956

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2 10Transcript of proceedings of the Joint Legislative Committee to Revise the Banking Law1963 January 30

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2 11Transcript of proceedings of the Joint Legislative Committee to Revise the Banking Law1963 January 31

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2 12Workmen's compensation law1956

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2 13Vehicle and traffic law1956
Quantity:  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.

BoxFolderContentsDate

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2 14Newspaper clippings1949

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2 15-16Newspaper clippings1950

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Oversized 11Scrapbook1950 December-1963 September

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Oversized 21-2Scrapbook1955 January-1956 February

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Oversized 12Scrapbook1956 February-1956 March

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Oversized 31Scrapbook1956 December-1958 April

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Oversized 41Scrapbook1958 January-1958 July

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Oversized 32Scrapbook1960 December-1963 April

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Oversized 51Scrapbook1963 October-1964 May