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School Superintendent Maynard W. Linn Collection Edit


Finding Aid Author
Originally processed by Victoria Ambrose; finding aid edited and transcribed into ArchivesSpace by Ashley Aberg, April 2024.
Finding Aid Date
April 10, 2024
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Finding Aid Note
Part of the Manuscript Collections, Greenwich Historical Society Contact: Christopher Shields, Curator of Library and Archives 47 Strickland Road Cos Cob, CT 06807 United Stated


  • 1930-1954 (Creation)


  • 2 Linear Feet (Whole)



  • Scope and Contents

    This Collection primarily contains the office files of Greenwich Public School Superintendent Maynard W. Linn during the years 1941-1946 when the Town of Greenwich and its public school system was responding to the demands of WWII on the local population. The records include the evacuation plans and the civil defense communications systems put in place for the town and the schools; the Greenwich and National Safety Council initiatives regarding public safetoy for the town; the extensive use of the school system for rationing registrations and fund raising for the war effort; and the changes to the public school system curriculum and policies to better support the war effort. Additionally, there are records relating to the routine administration of the schools during this time as well as a small amount of personal correspondence which touchingly reveals Linn's concern and support for students as they go off to war. Finally, there is an assortment of reports regarding the town and the schools ranging from the 1930s-1950s, including reports from 1948-1951 regarding changes to the Havemeyer building, conversion of the Croft estate into a school and proposals to either rehabilitate the New Lebanon School or build a new one on the Teagle property.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Indentification of item], The School Superintendent Maynard W. Linn Collection, Greenwich Historical Society

  • Arrangement

    This collection has been arranged into five series with subseries. I: Public Safety Initiatives in Greenwich 1: Civil Defense Preparedness 2: Safety Council Initiatives II: WWII Related Activities in Greenwich Public Schools 1: Safety and Disaster Preparedness 2: Economizing and Fundraising for the War Effort 3: Other War Related Activities in Schools III: Administration of the Greenwich Public Schools During WWII IV: Linn's Affiliation with Other Organizations V: Assorted Information Regarding Greenwich and Greenwich Public Schools

  • Biographical / Historical

    Maynard W. Linn was born and educated in Minnesota and began his career in 1927 teaching science at a high school in Cambridge, Minnesota. Two years later, he became an elementary school principal there and by 1931 he had completed his Master's Degree at a Teacher's College there. In 1933 he moved to Greenwich to become the principal of the new Riverside School and lived with his wife on Riverside Avenue. He was deeply involved in the Greenwich community and was instrumental in guiding it through the demands of the WWII years. He was the first principal of Riverside School when it opened in 1933 and he held that position until 1937 when he became the Asistant Superintendent of Greenwich Public Schools. By 1940, he was the Superintendent of Greenwich Public Schools and shepherded the school system through the WWII years until his resignation in June of 1946. While working with the school system, he also served on numerous state and local committees, including the Greenwich Safety Council, the Advisory Committee of the Greenwich Recreation Board, the Greenwich Council of the Boys Scouts of America, and the Evacuation Committee of the Connecticut Department of Education, Wartime Activities Division.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no conditions governing access to materials.