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Stamford, Connecticut – A Bibliography

Items in alphabetical order by author, including abstracts

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226. 226. R. R. Bowker Company. "Ferguson Library Entrance Ramp Commended by Architecture Group" . Library Journal. 1963 Dec 15; Vol. 88 (December - Part 2) :p. 4603; ISSN: 0000-0027.
Notes: Published by R. R. Bowker Company, New York, New York
Location: Ct, CtB, CtBris, CtDar, CtEhar, CtGre, CtGu, CtH, CtHT, CtManc, CtMer, CtNb, CtNbC, CtNh, CtNl, CtNlC, CtNowa, CtS, CtSoP, CtU, CtWB. White (p. 3).
Article regarding the Southern Fairfield County Committee on Architecture for Everyone award to the Ferguson Library for constructing a ramp, making the building handicapped accessible. A photograph of former Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, who was in Stamford to address the Rotary Club on the subject of promoting accessibility, was taken.
227. Rathbun, Jonathan. Narrative of Jonathan Rathbun : with accurate accounts of the capture of Groton Fort; the massacre that followed, and the sacking and burning of New London, September 6, 1781, by the British forces under the command of the traitor Benedict Arnold. By Rufus Avery and Stephen Hempstead, eye witnesses of the same. : Together with an interesting appendix. [New London Connecticut?]: n.p.; [1840?]; (2), 5, (2), 10-80 pp., preface, appendix, paper covers, 18 cm.
Notes: Title page reads: "NARRATIVE / OF / JONATHAN RATHBUN, / WITH / ACCURATE ACCOUNTS / OF THE / CAPTURE OF GROTON FORT, / THE / MASSACRE THAT FOLLOWED, / AND THE / SACKING AND BURNING OF NEW LONDON, / September 6, 1781, by the British Forces, under / the command of the / TRAITOR BENEDICT ARNOLD. / - / BY RUFUS AVERY / AND / STEPHEN HEMPSTEAD, / Eye witnesses of the same. / - / TOGETHER WITH AN / INTERESTING APPENDIX" Note: Connecticut district copyright 1840 by Jonathan Rathbun. There are also editions published by / Tyler and Porter, Hartford, Connecticut;1842. / W. Abbatt, New York, New York, 1911, [published as Extra no. 15 of the Magazine of history with notes and queries, pp. 547-601] / The New York Times & Arno Press, 1971, ISBN - 0405012179.
Location: Ct, CtHi, CtNhHi, CtSoP, DeU, DLC, MB, MBAt, MiU-C, MWA, N, NN, OCHP, OClWHi, RWe, TxU, ViU.. Sabin (No. 67953) Griffin 1911 (p 595) Gephart (No. 6381) Parks (No. 4027, 4028). White & Lesser (No. 740) Rinderknecht & Brutjen (No. 40-5661) For additional references to Jonathan Rathbun, see: Connecticut Adjutant-General's Office, Record of service of Connecticut men in the I. - War of the Revolution. II. - War of 1812. III. - Mexican War, Hartford, (Connecticut), 1889. In the section titled "Census of pensioners for Revolutionary or military services, as returned under the Act for taking the Sixth Census, in 1840", p. 661. / National Genealogical Society, Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications in the National Archives : Bicentennial Edition (Revised & Enlarged) Washington, D. C., 1976, p. 460. "RATHBUN, Jonathan, Ct., Hannah, W11103; BLWt. 8003-160-55"
Abstract: "The next year, 1782, I was led by the spirit which the scenes I had witnessed in New London had fanned into a flame, to leave my father's house and the peaceful pursuits of agriculture, and to enlist as a private in the Connecticut State troops. Never shall I forget the impressive circumstances under which I took the soldier's oath. With five others of my townsmen, who enlisted with me, I was marched into the meeting house on the first Monday in April, it being freeman's day, and there in the presence of a large concourse of people, we swore to discharge our duty faithfully. We were ordered to fort Stanwich, in Stamford, Ct., where I remained during all but the last month of my term of service. Here I was subjected to the usual hardships of a military life. Many a time have I been out for several days on scouting parties, sometimes to the distance of twenty-five miles. These were not only attended with fatigue, cold and hunger, but with no little peril of life. On one occasion, a rifle ball passed through my hat and cut away the hair of my head, but a kind Providence protected me.
A party of fourteen men, under Lewis Smith were surprised by a body of mounted troops to the number of sixty, by whom they were ordered to surrender. Lewis Smith perceiving the hopelessness of resistance against such an overwhelming force, inquired of the British officer in command, whether if they should surrender, they would be treated as prisoners of war. The answer was, yes; but no sooner had they lowered their muskets, than the enemy shot them down.
As a specimen of the hardships to which the private soldier in time of war is constantly liable, I may mention the following. One evening the orderly sergeants passed around among the men and with a whisper commanded us to equip ourselves without noise; and then we were marched out of the fort to a woods two miles distant, and ordered to lie down on the frozen ground, where we passed a bitter cold night with only a single blanket and our over coats to protect us. We afterwards learned that this step was taken to avoid the enemy, who it was reported were that night to attack the fort with an overwhelming force. From such exposures and hardships as these my constitution received a shock, from which I have never recovered. The sickness of my father was considered a sufficient reason for giving me a discharge; and after eleven months service I left Stamford for Colchester. On reaching home I was immediately taken sick, and for six months was unable to do any business. From that time mingled mercies and misfortunes have attended me. The infirmities thus contracted in the service of my country, disabled me from arduous manual labor, and much of my life has therefore been spent in trade and other light employments." Jonathan Rathbun, pp. 13-15.
228. Reinhold Publishing Company. "Robert Wagenseil Jones & Associates". Progressive Architecture. 1978 Jan; Vol. 59 p. 90; ISSN: 0033-0752.
Notes: Published by Reinhold Publishing Company, Stamford, Connecticut.
Location: CtB, CtH, CtHT, CtNlC, CtSU, CtU, CtWtp, CtY. White (p. 4).
Abstract: "Program: A private museum and administrative office building for a West German producer of high-quality porcelain products will be devoted primarily to the display of the manufacturer's line of Hummel figurines. In addition, the building will include an auditorium for meetings and for projecting a film describing the company's history and its design and production capabilities. Since the project will be visited by 50 to 60 people at a time, it was important to develop an orderly, but not regimented, circulation pattern. Site: In Stamford, Ct., at Soundview Farms, a former waterfront estate being developed as an office park." Progressive Architecture, p. 90. (Copyright 1978 by Reinhold Publishing Corporation [assigned to and copyright by Penton Publishing Corporation, Division of Pittway Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut]. Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.)
229. Reinhold Publishing Corporation. "Architect and His Community: Sherwood, Mills & Smith: Stamford, Connecticut". Progressive Architecture. 1957 Mar; Vol. 38 pp. 107-123; ISSN: 0033-0752.
Notes: Published by Reinhold Publishing Corporation, New York, New York.
Location: CtB, CtH, CtNlC, CtU, CtY. Issued also as offprints. White (p. 2).
Abstract: "This month, in focusing on the firm of Sherwood, Mills & Smith and Stamford, Connecticut, we look at a remarkably thriving office that, located but 50 minutes by train from New York's Grand Central Terminal, elected to hang out its shingle in the smaller center. How and why this was done - its advantages and disadvantages - are the subject of the following discussion." Progressive Architecture, p. 107. (Copyright 1957 by Reinhold Publishing Corporation [assigned to and copyright by Penton Publishing Corporation, Division of Pittway Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut]. Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.)
230. Reinhold Publishing Corporation. "Case Histories: General Problems in Acoustics". Progressive Architecture. 1959 May; Vol. 40 pp.152-153; ISSN: 0033-0752.
Notes: Published by Reinhold Publishing Corporation, New York, New York.
Location: CtB, CtH, CtNlC, CtU, CtY. White (p. 2).
Abstract: "A major problem in acoustical design for churches is the reconciliation of high speech-intelligibility requirements with those for proper presentation of liturgical music. According to commonly accepted optimum reverberation-time curves, conventionally shaped churches comparable in size to The First Presbyterian Church, Stamford, Connecticut-220,000 cu ft-should have a reverberation time of 1.1 or 1.2 sec for speech, and about 2.0 sec for music. ... An inspection by the acoustical consultants-plus a poll of the members of the congregation-indicated satisfaction with the acoustical environment obtained-although in final form no `applied' sound-absorptive materials were used." Progressive Architecture, pp. 152-153. (Copyright 1959 by Reinhold Publishing Corporation [assigned to and copyright by Penton Publishing Corporation, Division of Pittway Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut]. Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.)
231. Reinhold Publishing Corporation. "Education as business". Progressive Architecture. 1971 Feb; Vol. 52 pp. 102-105; ISSN: 0033-0752.
Notes: Published by Reinhold Publishing Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut.
Location: CtB, CtH, CtHT, CtNlC, CtWtp, CtU, CtY. White (p. 2).
Abstract: "A new thrust in the form of early childhood development is being given to the education of the infant. The Early Learning Center, Inc., Stamford, Connecticut is a Montessori-based school which also draws on experiences of the Leicestershire schools in England. In a warm, open environment the child is encouraged to learn through personal experience. ... After a planning study funded by the Ford Foundation's Educational Facilities Laboratory, Margaret Skutch, director, worked together to plan the school. Its structure is Componoform, a precast concrete system designed by the architect. Every aspect of the building shows the careful attention to scale which, Mrs. Skutch insists, is essential to a child's learning environment." Progressive Architecture, pp. 102-104. (Copyright 1971 by Reinhold Publishing Corporation [assigned to and copyright by Penton Publishing Corporation, Division of Pittway Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut]. Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.)
232. Reinhold Publishing Corporation. "Precast-Concrete Facets Enclose Piscine-Form Sanctuary". Progressive Architecture. 1958 Apr; Vol. 39 pp.104-107; ISSN: 0033-0752.
Notes: Published by Reinhold Publishing Corporation, New York, New York.
Location: CtB, CtNlC, CtU, CtY. White (p. 4).
Abstract: "Stamford, Conn., March 9 - Dedicatory services for the spectacular new First Presbyterian Church were conducted here today in a wondrous sanctuary magnificently illuminated by polychromatic stained-glass panels placed in a tremendous shell formed of inclined triangular facets and quadrangular panels. This remarkable structural design - resulting in a piscine-like form, ancient symbol of Christ, for both plan and silhouette - is unique in contemporary church construction and exemplifies the highest order of collaboration between architect, structural engineer, and builder. Respective members of this team were: Wallace K. Harrison, of Harrison & Abramovitz, Architects, New York; Felix J. Samuely, Consulting Engineer, London; and Pat DeLuca, head of the construction company bearing his name in Stamford. Composed of 152 precast-concrete panels, the sanctuary was designed as a skin structure so that all of its related forces are taken within the surface of the building." Progressive Architecture, p. 106. (Copyright 1958 by Reinhold Publishing Corporation [assigned to and copyright by Penton Publishing Corporation, Division of Pittway Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut]. Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.)
233. Reinhold Publishing Corporation. "Public housing". Progressive Architecture. 1955 Aug; Vol. 36 pp. 92-95; ISSN: 0033-0752.
Notes: Published by Reinhold Publishing Corporation, New York, New York.
Location: CtB, CtH, CtNlC, CtU, CtY. White (p. 4).
Abstract: Southfield Village apartments. "To conform to the established neighborhood pattern, it was originally intended to distribute the required apartments in two- and three-story buildings. However, land acquisition problems reduced the original area, making high-rise buildings, (permitted by local ordinance) necessary. The resulting eight-story structures developed by the Stamford Housing Authority in co-operation with the Public Housing Administration of the U. S. Housing and Home Finance Agency, set an architectural standard that may well influence future design and construction of much public as well as private housing." Progressive Architecture, p. 92. (Copyright 1955 by Reinhold Publishing Corporation [assigned to and copyright by Penton Publishing Corporation, Division of Pittway Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut]. Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.)
234. Reinhold Publishing Corporation. "Simplicity leads to complexity". Progressive Architecture. 1971 Mar; Vol. 52 pp.78-79; ISSN: 0033-0752.
Notes: Published by Reinhold Publishing Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut.
Location: CtB, CtH, CtHT, CtNlC, CtU, CtWtp, CtY. White (p. 3).
Abstract: "By putting all service spaces into separate towers set diagonally to the main office space, Architect William F. Pedersen created a complex exterior for the eight-story Imperial Chemical Industries building in Stamford, Conn. A semicircular executive dining room and elevator, air conditioning and ventilating penthouses carry this complexity to the roof." Progressive Architecture, p. 78. (Copyright 1971 by Reinhold Publishing Corporation [assigned to and copyright by Penton Publishing Corporation, Division of Pittway Corporation, Stamford, Connecticut]. Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.)
235. Rodgers, Eugene. Beyond The Barrier: The Story of Byrd's First Expedition to Antarctica. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press; 1990; xiv, 354 pp., illus., ports., maps, notes, bibliography, index, d.w., 24 cm. ISBN: 0-87021-022-X.
Notes: For references to Harold I. June of Stamford, Connecticut, who was a member of the expedition and participated in the first flight over the South Pole, see: pp. 91, 94-96, 102-103, 107-110, 124, 129, 175-179, 182-187, 191-196, 219, 227, 235, 239, 251, 297.
Location: CtAv, CtB, CtBran, CtChh, CtDab, CtEly, CtFa, CtFar, CtFaU, CtGre, CtGro, CtM, CtManc, CtMer, CtNb, CtNm, CtNowa, CtS, CtSoP, CtStr, CtTmp, CtU, CtWrf, CtWtp, DLC.
Abstract: "Tucked in with the survival gear behind Smith in the tiny cabin were Byrd and heavyset, brown-haired Harold June, thirty-three. He had been chief engineer for Harold Vanderbilt's yachts, entered the navy in the great war, and trained as a pilot, mechanic, and radioman. He stayed in the navy as a chief machinist's mate after the war and took part in the aerial mapping of the Venezuelan coastline. June had come to an interesting understanding with Byrd. At first, all four highly skilled aviators had wanted to fly as lead pilot on the major flights; in particular, each of them yearned for the glory of piloting the first plane to the South Pole. June had soon volunteered to drop entirely out of the competition. He would not fly as first pilot on any trip, but he would go as copilot and radioman on all trips. Since this arrangement gave Byrd the benefit of June's many talents while simplifying the rivalry, the commander was delighted. June traded off a chance at prime honors for the assurance of adventure and minor recognition." Eugene Rogers, p. 91. (Copyright 1990 by the Naval Institute Press. Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.)
236. Roland, Henry. "Six Examples Of Successful Shop Management". Engineering Magazine. 1896 Dec; Vol.12 (No. 3). pp. 395-412; ISSN: 0096-3682.
Notes: Published by Engineering Magazine, New York, New York.
Location: DLC, MB.
Abstract: "The Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company reaches success by the opposite course of precise law and rule, framed with infinite labor and minuteness of detail to cover every case which can possibly arise. These laws, rules, and regulations may, I think, be justly said to be wholly the work of Mr. Henry R. Towne, the president of the company, and I think, also, that it is true that his personal attention has been so minutely directed to every detail of the manufacturing operations of his concern, and that, joined to this, his executive ability is so commanding that his own conception of what is correct governs every movement of the workmen in their working-hours, and that the success of the enterprise which, under the name of the Yale Lock Company, started under his sole management in 1868 with less than thirty hands, and having now a pay-roll of about 1,400 names, may be said to belong to him personally and individually. It is, of course, true that he has been ably and indispensably assisted by those in responsible positions under him, and that the foundation of the business was and remains the improvement in the art of lock making embodied in the inventions of Linus Yale, Jr., who died in December 1868. Yet the business in all its details has been so thoroughly permeated by Mr. Towne's everywhere-present personality, that the success of the company may be truly said to be wholly his creation. .......
The only real trouble with hands began through the determination of one moulder to wash up in his own bucket, on his own floor. From the very first Mr. Towne's management has included extreme neatness as a prominent feature. The yards inside the works are perfectly clean, not a dead leaf or a scrap of paper being allowed to lie on the ground. Lavatories are abundant through the shops, and are in many cases in the form of individual wash-bowls, and the use of the well-appointed washing facilities is not optional with hands, but obligatory. Fine brass castings, or, rather, the very finest of brass castings, are absolutely essential to the economical production of the Yale & Towne manufactures, and, as a consequence, the establishment has a force of extremely skilful brass moulders, who are, of course, fully aware of their own importance and value. It had been the custom of the moulders to wash up in buckets, every man in his own place. The management provided an elevated lavatory with washing-troughs, suspended from the roof, reached by stairways, and bringing a man's head about twenty feet above the floor when he stood at the washing-troughs. Pouring is continuous, from 9 A. M., in the brass foundry, and the atmosphere twenty feet above the floor is always unpleasant, especially in warm weather. The moulders are allowed ten minutes for washing up, which is their own time, as they are individual pieceworkers. On June 28, 1890, one of the moulders began to wash up in his own bucket on his own floor at 5:50 P. M., as he preferred this to the lavatory conditions. The foreman remonstrated; the workman was obdurate; the foreman told the workman to take his "blue ticket" (full-time pay and discharge) to the office; and the workman said he would do so, and having thus become an independent citizen, he delivered a very frank opinion to his former superior officer, and left the place, to all appearance in peace.
Next morning, however, the twenty-eight remaining moulders struck against the lavatory. This was serious, as the moulders could not be easily replaced. The best help that could be obtained was hired in, and, as there had been threats made, was guarded and lodged on the premises. The strikers organized, and had a "labor delegate" up from New York to confer with the management, without effect. The brass castings were poor, and on July 15 the entire plant was shut down. About August 15 a deputation of the chain-makers sent in a petition to have the works reopened. Public sentiment was against the moulders, who fell immediately into line with the chain-makers, and works were reopened, each man filling up and signing the following application and contract, which the management esteems perfectly fair and impartial, and under which every hand in the Yale & Towne Factory is now employed." Henry Roland, pp. 395, 402-404. For additional information on this strike and the impact of Yale & Towne on Stamford, see: Estelle F. Feinstein, Stamford In The Gilded Age - The Political Life of a Connecticut Town 1868-1893 (1973), pp. 13-24.
237. Root, Grace Cogswell, Grace McClure Dixon 'Cogswell' ed. Father and daughter: a collection of Cogswell family letters and diaries, 1772-1830. West Hartford, Connecticut: American School for the Deaf ; (1924); 128 pp., 28 cm.
Notes: Title on cover reads: "THE COGSWELL / LETTERS" Title page reads: "FATHER and DAUGHTER / [printers' ornament] / A Collection of Cogswell / Family Letters and Diaries / [printers' ornament] / (1772 - 1830) / / EDITED BY / GRACE COGSWELL ROOT / / Printed at / THE AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF / WEST HARTFORD, CONN."
Location: Ct, CtH, CtHi, CtNh, CtWhar, CtU, DLC.
Abstract: Excerpt from a letter of Mason F. Cogswell (1761-1830), to his father Rev. James Cogswell of Windham, Connecticut. On November 30, 1782 British and American peace commissioners signed a treaty ending the Revolution. In September of the following year this and other treaties were formally concluded.
Stamford, April 1st, 1783.
"Dear & Hond. Parent
I recd your letter a few days since by way of Mr. Fitch dated the 29th of January and am rejoiced to hear not only that you and family are well, but that Health is so universally prevalent. I believe it is not less so here than with you. Very few are ailing and very few whose countenances are not brightened with unusual Gladness. Health even in time of War and Slavery is a blessing but when accompanied with Peace, Liberty and Independence it is doubly so and such is our Situation at present. With a contest of only seven years we have secured to us by Treaty the Blessings we have fought for, and a much greater extent of territory than we had any reason to expect. It is our own fault if we are not a happy people. Peace is what we have been long wishing for and we have it at length established. - Accept my very best compliments with gratulations acceptable to Mr. Devotion. The news is great and I am sure must have affected him very sensibly. - Perhaps it is only a report with you as yet, but you may rely on it as a fact. I was at West Point last Friday. His Excellency had it in a letter from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and likewise from the Minister of France. It has since been published in general orders. A person must be very unbelieving indeed to doubt the truth of it, in the least. Sammy left the Point since I did and confirms everything that we have heard." Mason F. Cogswell, pp. 14-15.
Excerpt from the diary of Alice Cogswell (1805-1830), daughter of Dr. Mason F. Cogswell (1761-1830), founder of the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford. Although unable to hear she became quite literate. Her journal written on a trip from Hartford, Connecticut to Paterson, New Jersey in 1826 affords us a wonderful description of the Holly mansion located in Cove Island Park, Stamford, Connecticut.
(27 September 1827)
"Just after ten, we left Norwalk as the clouds began to clear off. You will, with wonder, gaze at the tall & finely shaped trees, along the road & their leaves were beautifully variegated. After eight miles, we were very happy to get to Stamford & politely received by our friend Mrs. Lockwood. We dined with her, spending a pleasant afternoon. At 3 o'clock, my cousin Elizabeth had a most delightful ride with me together, two miles from Stamford, to see our dear friend Mrs. Holly's country-seat. The country round her house is inexpressibly delightful, for its beautiful harbour & summerhouse which is handsomely laid on the shore & I entered it, enjoyed one of the best airs & with enhaling some sweet 'breeze from the Long-island Sound for some while. Were you ever there, you would perhaps, admire to live & build a house on the shore. Stamford is a healthy, pleasant village and its air agrees with me very much. I felt much refreshed with it." Alice Cogswell, p. 94.

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