Sunday, February 14, 2010

52 Weeks of Online American Digital Archives and Databases: Connecticut

This is the seventh post in a weekly series of Online American Digital Archives and Databases found for free at state, county, municipal, college and university history, library, and archive websites, as well as public and private library and museum sites, and historical and genealogical society sites.


Connecticut State Library: State Archives - http://www.cslib.org/archives/ - databases of individuals listed in State Archives records, online exhibits (this month features Log Books of Slave Traders), WPA Architectural Survey, research databases and online articles (includes Connecticut General Assembly Members 1776 to present, Connecticut Patents Project, Veteran's Files from Fitch's Home for Soldiers, Noble Pension Database, Wethersfield Prison Records, WWI Veterans Database)

Connecticut State Library: Digital Archives - http://cslib.cdmhost.com/index.php - Account Books, Diaries, and Journals; Aerial Photographs; Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company; Town Histories, and much, much more!

Connecticut Historical Society - http://www.chs.org/ - not much online; however, they do have online catalogs and subject guides, as well as images of collection highlights

Connecticut's Heritage Gateway - http://www.ctheritage.org/default.htm - a "comprehensive directory of the state’s history resources for teachers, students, researchers and others who want to better understand the world around them through the stories of our past." This site links to multiple archives across the state, from government, museum, and university sources.

Connecticut History Online - http://www.cthistoryonline.org/cdm-cho/index.html - a search engine for a collection that includes business and company records, diaries, government documents, letters, pamphlets, personal papers, maps, charts, newspapers and magazines, photographs, prints and drawings, postcards, posters, sound recordings of oral histories and radio broadcasts.

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Central Connecticut State University Archival Projects - http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=5696 - includes Veterans History Project

Connecticut College Archives - http://www.conncoll.edu/is/library/archives/index.html - "photographs, films, videos, audio tapes, artifacts, ephemera, publications, and official records of the college"

Eastern Connecticut State University J. Eugene Smith Library Archives and Special Collections - http://www.easternct.edu/smithlibrary/library1/archives/archives.htm - some online finding aids, special collections, digital collections (special collections, digital collections, online exhibits, and photographs), online exhibits, and photographs

Quinnipiac University's Digitized Connecticut History Books - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x915.xml - 31 titles

University of Connecticut Libraries Digital Collections - http://digitalcollections.uconn.edu/ - texts and images include colonial records, bibliographies, maps, yearbooks, and railroad collection

University of Hartford Libraries Archives and Special Collections - http://library.hartford.edu/archspeccoll/archspeccoll.asp - material related to the history of the university (minutes, memos, correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia) and material produced by members of the university community

Yale University Library Judaica & Hebrew Collections - http://www.library.yale.edu/judaica/ - bibliographic databases, online research guides and reference tools

Yale University Manuscripts and Archives Digital Images Databases (MADID) - http://images.library.yale.edu/madid/ - "digital reproductions of photographs, posters, drawings, text documents, and other images taken from the research collections of Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library."

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State of Connecticut Towns and Cities Listing - http://www.ct.gov/ctportal/cwp/view.asp?a=843&q=257266 - many of the towns' and cities' official websites contain links to local historical societies, research websites, and museums

Greater New Haven Labor History Association - http://www.laborhistory.org/intro.html - history and records guides recording the history of the labor movement in the New Haven area

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center - http://www.harrietbeecherstowe.org/collections/ - history and biography of the Beecher family, primary source documents on abolition, online guides to the manuscript collection and Women's History and African Diaspora History materials

Hartford Medical Society Menczer Museum of Medicine and Dentistry - http://library.uchc.edu/hms/images.html - Do you have a doctor or dentist in your ancestry? Check out these images of vintage medical and dental equipment!

Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center - http://www.pequotmuseum.org/ - gallery of exhibits of Native American and natural history

Mystic Seaport - http://library.mysticseaport.org/ - the Museum of America and the Sea: ship and yaght registers, ship database, protection certificates, crew lists, immigration vessels, whalemen's shipping list, rudder designs, logs, oral histories, image archives, and more!

Norwalk Public Library Norwalk Hour Newspaper Index - http://www.norwalklib.org/reference/hourindex.htm - births, marriages, and obituaries from 1983 to the present

Wilton Library Wilton Bulletin Obituaries Index - http://www.wiltonlibrary.org/databases/bullobit/obitquery.htm - January 1937 to September 2005

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