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Within the Connecticut State Library, researchers will discover such useful resources as military rolls and other military unit records, pictorial archives, and diaries. Researchers access the collections through a variety of research guides housed in the History and Genealogy reading room. Research Guides to service in the Colonial Wars, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, and World War II service are available.
Archival and manuscript materials, items from Special Collections, and original newspapers are retrieved from the vaults twice daily. Current retrieval times are 10:30 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Researchers must read the current Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections Materials and obtain an archives pass prior to requesting materials and must submit call slips at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled retrieval time. History and Genealogy Unit librarians are available to assist in the use of research guides. Researchers may also consult with the archivists to clarify questions regarding unprocessed records, confidentiality, loans of archival records, copying of fragile items, and access to restricted records.
The Connecticut Archives
The Connecticut Archives collection comprises the records of the General Assembly to approximately 1820, and is grouped into broad topics. The series pertaining to military records include:
A collection of bound index volumes to the Connecticut Archives is available for use in the History and Genealogy Reading Room. Documents are indexed by subject and by names of individuals, providing volume, document numbers, and page numbers. Although there is no bound index volume for Revolutionary War, Series II, researchers may ask the librarians for the slip index covering this series. Researchers may retrieve microfilm copies of the documents from a cabinet adjacent to the bound indexes. The films are arranged alphabetically by series title. The State Library staff does not search or provide copies from microfilmed records, but most of the Revolutionary War and Militia series microfilms are available through LDS Family History Centers or on interlibrary loan from the Connecticut State Library. A list of independent researchers who will make copies of microfilmed records for a fee is available. The original Connecticut Archives volumes are subject to the Guidelines on Use of Restricted Original Archival Records and are available for use only if the microfilm is not legible.
State Archives Record Groups
Research guides to more recent archival records are contained in a series of black loose-leaf notebooks housed near the History and Genealogy Unit's information desk. The most useful record groups for the military historian are Record Group 12, Records of the State Library's War Records Department; and Record Group 13, Records of the Military Department.
Most of the records in Record Group 13 refer to the period since 1820, with an emphasis on the Civil War. They are arranged in rough chronological order. Records for the following military organizations are available, with the amount held varying from unit to unit:
Record Group 12 pertains primarily to twentieth century military activities but includes some lists of Connecticut military personnel for the period 1776-1946.
Selected general records from these record groups include:
Prepared by the History and Genealogy Unit, Connecticut State Library, 11-96.