Stamford Historical Society Holdings Related To The SFD

Below is a listing of items related to the Stamford Fire Department at the Stamford Historical Society.

Record Group 1: The Stamford Fire Department

Box 1 #2 Engine Company – Association Records

  • Minutes of Meetings June 1854 to April 1, 1859
  • Title page reads: “Regular Record of Stamford Engine Co., #2”
  • 1 volume, 138 pages. Members History 1885-1921
  • Personnel records, when they were hired, promotions, transfers, salaries, uniform accounts
  • 1 volume, 253 pages.
Fire Department Annual Balls 25th-32nd, 1913-1920

  • Accounting for tickets sold, alphabetical list of names
  • 1 volume, 200 pages.
Officers Company Record Book, Dec. 4, 1926 to April 1, 1931

  • Indexed. Members discharged, suspended, resigned. Accidents and causes, fire inspections, burning brush, recharging extinguishers
  • 1 volume, 296 pages.
Box 2 #1 Engine Company – Fire and Roll Call Records

  • Contains Fire Dept. Ordinances and Rules and Regulations, personnel records, appointments and resignations, fires and descriptions.
  • 2 volumes: May 1887 to April 1890, 240 pages
  • May 1890 to April 1893, 94 pages
Alarm and Roll Call Book 1900-1916

  • Fires, locations, property owners. Roll Book imprinted in gold on cover
  • 1 volume, pages unnumbered. Inspection Records 1912-1921
  • Stores and businesses inspected are listed by name and street location. Violations and fire hazards are reported and are to be corrected.
  • 1 volume, 476 pages.
Box 3 #1 Engine Company – Account of Fires, May 10, 1896 to December 1922

  • Gives the location, description, and name of property owner.
  • 1 volume, 298 pages. House Watch – October 1919 to April 1922
  • 1 volume, 95 pages.
#3 Engine Company Fire Journal – March 4 1910 to April 28, 1932

  • Date and location of fires. Imprinted in gold on cover: “Stamford Fire Dept, Engine #3”.
  • 1 volume, 59 pages.
Box 4 #3 Engine Company – Company Journal – June 16, 1910 to May 31, 1912

  • Listing fires, supplies, etc.
  • 2 volumes: 6/16/1910 to 5/31/1912, 153 pages
  • 6/l/1912 to 9/10/1913, 100 pages
#2 Engine Company – Company Journal 1915-1918

  • C. Speh, Captain; personnel records, supplies, repairs
  • 1 volume, 202 pages.
#2 Engine Company – Captain’s Day book

  • Personnel records, supplies, services
  • 2 volumes:
  • Sept. 11, 1913 to May 9, 1915 156 pages
  • May 1, 1918 to April 10, 1921 300 pages
#3 Engine Company – Captain’s Watch Book 1931-1940

  • Fires, causes, locations, owners, Number of fires a year
  • 1 volume, 300 pages.
Box 5 #3 Engine Company – Watch Desk Journal 1932-1939

  • Daily journal, recording of fires, personnel records
  • 4 volumes.
Boxes 6, 7 #1 Engine Company – Company Journal 1931-1944

  • Day by day log, fires, causes, personnel records and assignments, inspection of equipment, etc.
  • 5 volumes.
Box 8 Engine Company #1 Alarm and Roll Call Book, Dec. 1927 to Nov. 1938

  • Fires, descriptions, owners and locations
  • 4 volumes.
Box 9 Engine Company #l – Captain’s Books 1906-1911

  • Account Book: new equipment bought, repaired, horses bought, hose replaced, fire boxes treated, new orders issued
  • 3 volumes. #1 Engine Company – Captain’s Books 1931-1948
  • Records: Accidents and causes, sick leave, fire inspections, investigations, meter readings, personnel records, address and phone numbers of firemen, notices and orders read and posted
  • 2 volumes.
Boxes 10, 11, 12 Operators Book 1930-1940

  • Yearly records of personnel, fires and “relief for”
  • 11 volumes.
Boxes 13, 14, 15 #1 Station Company Journal Watch Desk, Feb. 3, 1932 to March 1, 1940

  • Record of men on watch duty and fires; location and description
  • 9 volumes.
Box 16 Records and Accounts 1906-1923

  • Accounting of salaries paid, payments for supplies and services
  • 1 volume, 304 pages. Records and Accounts 1910-1917
  • #1, #2, and #3 Engine Companies Salaries, expenses and payments
  • 1 volume, 300 pages.
Records and Accounts 1917-1923

  • #1, #2, and #3 Engine Companies Salaries, expenses and payments
  • 1 volume, 300 pages.
Records and Accounts 1920-1923

  • Payment of accounts for material bought, medical fees for applicants to the Fire Dept., use of water from “Shippan Water and Realty Co.”
  • 1 volume, 300 pages.
Box 17 #1, #2, and #3 Engine Companies – Account Books 1911-1923

  • Supplies, sundries, appropriations, repairs
  • 6 volumes.
Box 18 Appropriations 1904-1910 and 1912

  • Salaries, feed and bedding, horse shoeing, lighting, uniforms, hose hydrants, sundries
  • 1 volume, 572 pages. Appropriations 1913-1923
  • Feed, bedding, horse shoeing, new hydrants, auto for chief, gasoline and oil, etc.
  • 1 volume, 572 pages.
Box 19 Fire Department Grand Balls, 3rd through 8th, 1925-1930

  • Accounting of donations and tickets sold; alphabetical list of names
  • 1 volume, 300 pages.
Box 20 Check Stubs 1893-190810 volumes.
Package 1: #2 Engine Company – Gulf Stream Company Roll Call Book, January 1866 to October 1885

  • Fire dates, locations, descriptions
  • 1 volume, 90 pages.
Package 2: Fire Journal 1905-1911

  • Fires, description, location
  • 1 volume, 50 pages.
Package 3: Fire Journal – 12/l/1910 to 2/28/1918

  • Street location, building owner, occupant, description of building and fire, its cause, cost of damage, insurance losses
  • 1 volume, 50 pages.
Package 4: Fire Journal – 2/2/1917 to 6/l/1923

  • Street location, building owner, occupant, description of building and fire, its cause, cost of damage, insurance coverage
  • 1 volume, 50 pages.
Package 5: #l Engine Company – Captains Alarm and Roll Call Book – June 1, 1938 to May 11, 1948

  • Fires, location, description, cause
  • 1 volume, 300 pages.
Package 6: #1, #2, and #3 Engine Companies Roll Call Journal – March 24, 1939 to December 25, 1952

  • Fires, location, cause
  • 1 volume, 500 pages.

Record Group 1.01: Miscellaneous Logs, Reports, and Documents 1901 to 1982

Box 1 Stamford Fire Department Annual Reports to the Mayor.

  • For the years: 1901, 1902, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929
  • These reports include the following topics: Fire losses; Calls; Insurance on losses; Building Classifications; Alarms by companies; Alarm breakdowns; Causes; Manual Force; Apparatus; Rosters; Company Breakdowns; Widows and Pension Fund; Fire Prevention; Hydrants; Hose; Alarm System; Buildings; Drill School; Property Inventory; Recommendations; Location of Fire Boxes and Signals; Expenditures/Committee Members; Officials. Requests for updating of equipment and buildings portray growth of a modern fire department. Contents are photocopies of book “Annual Reports – Chief of Fire Department 1901-1920″ loaned by Scott Gill of the Stamford Fire Department. Each report 3 to 20 pages, B-1/2 x 14”.

Stamford Fire Department Miscellaneous Papers.

  1. Request for Regular Appropriations for 1915. Inventories, Roster, Salaries, Expenditures for 1914. (Does not record Fire Calls.) 15 pages, 8-1/2 x 14 in. Photocopied from originals in possession of Scott Gill. ca. Jan. 2,1915.
  2. Roll of Officers and Members of the Stamford, CT. Fire Department, 1882-1962. Through about 1930, histories are quite complete: promotions, departures and causes, and deaths where known. 29 pgs, B-1/2 x 14 In.
  3. Specifications for material and labor for erecting Central Fire Station. N.E. Emmens, Arch. 36 pgs., 8-1/2 x 14 In. ca. 1914.
  4. Specifications for Central Fire Station . Carpenters spec., Pgs. 3 to 5. Painting Spec., Pg. 6; Plumbing Spec., Pg.7; Heating, Electric and Vault spec., Pg. 8. All photocopies, 8-1/2 x 14″. ca. 1914.
Box 2 Stamford Fire Department Annual Reports to the Mayor.

  • 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946
  • Book 2: 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956
  • 20 to 35 pgs. ea., 8-1/2 x 14″ paper in 10 x 14-1/4″ binders.
Box 3 Stamford Fire Department Annual Reports to the Mayor.

  • Book 3: July 1,1956 to July 1, 1957. 48 pgs. Bound in 10 x 14-1/2″ black. Book 4: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962.
  • 48 to 60 pgs. ea., 8-1/2 x 14″ paper in 10 x 14-1/4″ binders.
Box 4 Stamford Fire Department Annual Reports to the Mayor.

  • 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1981.
  • 8-1/2 x 11″ pages, Red or white paper covers, comb binding. 1981 no cover.

Record Group 1.02: Records pertaining particularly to the Engine Company No. 2, 1969-1982

Captain’s Journals

Seven books recording all activity at No. 2 Station as kept by the Captain on duty. Standard 500-pg. bound

Box 1 Oct. 17, 1969 – May 29, 1971May 30, 1971 – May 9, 1973
Box 2 May 10, 1973 – Mar. 25, 1975Mar. 25, 1975 – Feb. 24, 1977
Box 3 Feb. 25, 1977 – Nov. 28, 1978Nov. 29, 1978 – July 4, 1980
Box 4 July 5, 1980 – Dec. 31, 1981

Watch Desk Log Books
Eight books recording all No. 2 Station activity, as kept by fireman on duty at the Watch Desk.

Std. 500-pg. bound journals, 14-1/2″ x 8-3/4″.

Box 5 July 26, 1971 – Dec. 28, 1972Dec. 29, 1972 – May 31, 1974
Box 6 June 1, 1974 – Nov. 4, 1975Nov. 5, 1975 – Jan. 26, 1977
Box 7 Jan. 27, 1977 – July 3, 1978July 3, 1978 – Nov. 7, 1979
Box 8 Nov. 8, 1979 – Feb. 2, 1981Feb. 2, 1981 – April 3, 1982

Vehicle Maintenance Records:
Two books recording mileage, gas, oil, times, box numbers and equipment used.

Each 9-1/2″x 5-1/2″, not paginated.

Box 9 No. 2 Engine. Jan. 2, 1974 – Oct. 19, 1977. 193 pgs.No. 2 Truck. Aug. 2, 1977 – Sept. 1, 1981. 171 pgs.

Alarm Log Books

Five oversized books separately wrapped.

Standard red/black journal binding, each 15-1/4″ x 13-1/4″, not paginated.

1: Sept.26, 1969 – June 30, 1971. 140 pgs.

2: July 1, 1971 – June 30, 1973. 151 pgs.

3: July 1, 1973 – Nov. 28, 1975. 144 pgs.

4: Nov. 28, 1975 – Feb. 28, 1978. 143 pgs.

5: Feb. 28, 1978 – June 30, 1981. 115 pgs.