Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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The State Archives houses over 32,000 cubic feet of records documenting the history of Connecticut and its people. These collections range from small manuscript materials (a diary, letter, or scrapbook) to large collections containing hundreds of boxes and volumes.
The State Archives staff makes these records available by creating guides to collections. These guides (or finding aids) provide a brief history of the records creator, a description of the materials (scope and content note), any restrictions, related sources, and container lists. In addition, the Archives staff identifies records that contain information that warrant an item level inventory. In these cases, databases are created so that the information can be easily retrieved.
To make these databases more readily available to the public, the State Archives has started to make them available on the web. Please click on any of the currently available databases listed below to learn more about the records on which they are based and to search each database.
While the information contained in these databases represents a good starting point, in many cases, the researcher should visit the State Library to examine the original records. The records referenced in these databases are in the State Archives, and are only available for examination at the Archives/Secured Collections Research Area (ARA) in the History and Genealogy Unit. Please see the History & Genealogy Unit web page for procedures.
The following databases are available: