Connecticut State Library
Historical Hartford Courant Project
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has awarded the State Library a $50,000 grant to support the Historical Hartford Courant digitization project. State Librarian Kendall F. Wiggin said that the grant from the Hartford Foundation represents a major milestone in the Library's fundraising efforts for this important project.
The Historical Hartford Courant database will include full-page coverage from issue 1, volume 1 of the newspaper starting in 1764 with coverage to December 31, 1922. This searchable digital archive of more than 280,000 pages of important historical content will offer article-level search results, article zoning and edited metadata, including headlines, bylines, and first paragraphs. All academic libraries, public libraries and branches, historical society libraries, and all schools will have statewide access, as well as any Connecticut government department. There will be remote access for anyone with a public library card.
Wiggin noted that although the Courant's coverage was not limited to the greater Hartford area, there is a great deal of news, legal notices, obituaries and other historical information that should be of particular value to the schools and libraries in the 29 towns served by the Hartford Foundation.
(Grant ID #20051033)