Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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Hours: Mon.- Fri.: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Preservation Librarian: Jane Cullinane
Preservation Office, Collection Management Unit, Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106
Tel: 860-757-6525 , Fax: 860-757-6559
The Preservation Office at the State Library performs various activities relating to the conservation, care, and handling of books, manuscripts and other library materials. As a repository for publications of Connecticut and federal agencies; Connecticut, federal and other states laws and legal materials; and materials relating to the history and genealogy of Connecticut, the State Library has an obligation to ensure that this information is available to citizens and researchers now and in the future. One of the six elements of the State Library mission statement is "to preserve and make accessible the records of Connecticut's history and heritage."
The Preservation Office takes care of library materials through a program of binding or rebinding books, copying fragile material, microfilming, simple repairs, making boxes or folders for protection and storage, and through special projects.
The 1934 Aerial Photo Mosaic panels were scanned and mounted in a joint project with the University of Connecticut Map and Geographic Information Center. Newcomers should read the instructions before viewing the online mosaic.
The 1934 Aerial Photographs Preservation and Access Project worked to preserve the original photos and to provide digital access to the 1934 Aerial Survey Photographs. Read about the 1934 flights in History of Aerial Photography in Connecticut.
Connecticut Newspaper Project, 1989-2002 was an effort to catalog and do an inventory of newspaper collections statewide. This was followed by a microfilming project that filmed almost 1,100,000 pages of 437 newspapers.
Connecticut Colonial Records, 1636-1776 Scanned images of Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut were contributed to a project with the University of Connecticut.
"1934 Statewide Aerial Survey becomes earliest on WWW" with Patrick McGlamery. See page 8 of CONNector v. 6, no. 2 April 2004
"Scanning newspapers"; CONNector, v. 3, no. 4 Nov. 2001
"Preservation Office Sends New and Old Books to the Bindery," CONNector v. 2, no. 1 Jan. 2000
--Connecticut Newspaper Project
"Access to Newspapers Increased with 2000th reel of Microfilm," CONNector v. 3, no. 4 Nov. 2001
"New Grant for Connecticut Newspaper Project," CONNector v. 2, no. 3 July 2000
In addition, the Office tries to educate the staff and others about handling and storage practices that will help ensure the longevity of the information and the books, manuscripts and other materials.
State Contracts Relating to Preservation
Library Binding Contract (not available to political subdivisions)
Newspaper Preservation Microfilming Contract (not available to political subdivisions)
Miscellaneous Library Supplies ("for all using state agencies, political subdivisions of the state, and not-for-profit organizations of the state")