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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. (about 3.78 boxes)

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.

  • 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

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.

Processed by: Ga Yue Lau in 2011.

Collection record created by: Jodi Boyle

Published: 2011

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We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

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. (about 0.5 boxes)
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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11Correspondence1953, 1955

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12-5Correspondence1956

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16Correspondence1957-1959

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17-8Correspondence1960

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19Correspondence1961

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110-12Correspondence1962

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113Correspondence1963

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114Correspondence1964-1968
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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115Agriculture and markets law1956

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116Alcoholic beverage control law1956

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117Amend previous acts1956

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118Blatnick bill1956

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119Chiropractor bill1956

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120Civil Service Law1956

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121Compulsory automobile insurance bill1954, 1962-1963

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122Compulsory workman's compensation insurance for farmers1964

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123Concurrent resolution of Senate and Assembly1956

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124Conservation law1956

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125Correction law1956

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126County law1956

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127Dirksen Eastland bill1964

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128Education laws1955-1956

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129Erwin bill1956

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130Firearm bill1964

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131General business law1956

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132General municipal law1956

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133Greenport Fire District1956

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134Hatfield election materialsUndated

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135Highway law1956, 1967

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136Insurance law1956

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137Joint Legislative Committee on docks in the City of New York1962

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138Joint Legislative Committee to Revise the Banking Law questionnaire1962, Undated

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139Judiciary law1955, 1966

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140Labor laws1956

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141Legislative primer1959

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142Legislative report from Senator Hatfield1964

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143Local finance law1956

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144McCarthy amendment1964

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145McNeil Mitchell bill1956

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146Metcalf Baker Bill1956

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147New York State Commission on Historic Observances1958-1960, 1964-1965

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148New York State Commission on Historic Observances booklets1960

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149Penal law1956

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150Pension of retired public employees1956

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151Poughkeepsie Armory employee bill1956

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152Prohibit state/public corp to restrict representation of employee1956

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153Public authority law1956-1957

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154Randall bill1964

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155Real property law1955-1956

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156Receipt and fulfillment of requests for copies of legislation1955-1956

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157Retirement and Social Security law1956

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158Savings bank branch bill1956

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159Senate Bill No. 31161956

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160Senate Bill Introduction No. 3423, Print No.37811964

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161Senate Introductory 20951964

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21Social welfare law1956

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22Speeches and related correspondence1950-1951, 1956-1957, 1960-1963, Undated

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23Standing Committees of the Senate1956

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24State finance law1956

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25State laws1956

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26Suffolk County bill1956

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27Taconic State Police1956

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28Tax law1956

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29Town law1956

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210Transcript of proceedings of the Joint Legislative Committee to Revise the Banking Law1963 January 30

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211Transcript of proceedings of the Joint Legislative Committee to Revise the Banking Law1963 January 31

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212Workmen's compensation law1956

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213Vehicle 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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214Newspaper clippings1949

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215-16Newspaper 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