Genealogy: Connecticut, Library and society resource list

Connecticut, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (4)

  1. Connecticut Historical Society:  http://www.chs.org/
  2. Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc.  :  http://www.csginc.org/
  3. Connecticut State Archives:  http://www.cslib.org/archives.htm
  4. Connecticut State Library:  http://www.cslib.org/

University Archives and Collections (17)

  1. Central Connecticut State University. Connecticut Polish American Archives:    http://wilson.ctstateu.edu/lib/archives/polish/
  2. Central Connecticut State University. Elihu Burritt Archives:    http://wilson.ctstateu.edu/lib/archives/burritt/
  3. Central Connecticut State University. Gender Equity Archives:    http://wilson.ctstateu.edu/lib/archives/equity/
  4. Eastern Connecticut State University:    http://library.easternct.edu/library1/archives.htm
  5. Kent Memorial Library:    http://suffield-library.org/localhistory/index.htm
  6. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center:    http://www.harrietbeecherstowe.org/collections/
  7. University of Connecticut. Archives & Special Collections:    http://www.lib.uconn.edu/online/research/speclib/ASC/
  8. University of Hartford:    http://library.hartford.edu/llr/archives.htm
  9. Wesleyan University:    http://www.wesleyan.edu/libr/schome/schome.htm
  10. Yale Divinity Library:    http://www.library.yale.edu/div/speccoll.htm
  11. Yale University Library. Manuscripts and Archives:    http://www.library.yale.edu/mssa/home1.htm
  12. Yale University Library. Near East Collection:    http://www.library.yale.edu/neareast/mss.html
  13. Yale University. Beinecke Library:    http://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke
  14. Yale University. Judaica Collection:    http://www.library.yale.edu/judaica/
  15. Yale University. Lewis Walpole Library:    http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole/
  16. Yale University. Medical Library:    http://info.med.yale.edu/library/historical/rarebook.htm
  17. Yale University. Music Library:    http://www.library.yale.edu/musiclib/collections.htm

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (12)

  1. Avon–Avon Free Public Library:    http://www.avonctlibrary.info/history.htm
  2. Bridgeport–Bridgeport Public Library:    http://www.bridgeportpubliclibrary.org/Burroughs/HC/HTML/HCmaterials.htm
  3. Bridgeport–Connecticut State Library, History and Genealogy Unit:  http://www.cslib.org/handg.htm
  4. Burlington–Burlington Public Library (CT) :    http://www.burlingtonctlibrary.info/localhistory.htm
  5. Middletown–Godfrey Memorial Library:  http://www.godfrey.org/
  6. New Canaan–New Canaan Library:  http://www.biblio.org/chbooth/geneol.htm
  7. New London–New London County Historical Society:    http://www.newlondonhistory.org/collection.html
  8. Newtown–C.H.Booth Library:    http://www.biblio.org/chbooth/geneol.htm
  9. Old Saybrook–Old Saybrook Historical Society:    http://www.saybrookhistory.org
  10. Stamford–Stamford Public Library:    http://www.ferglib.org/ferg/stamford/geneology/stamford_room/stamford_room.html
  11. Suffield–Kent Memorial Library:  http://suffield-library.org/localhistory/index.htm
  12. Wilton–Wilton Library:    http://www.wiltonlibrary.org/histroom.asp

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (11)

  1. Fairfield Historical Society:    http://www.fairfieldhistoricalsociety.org/Library.html
  2. Goodspeed Musicals:    http://www.goodspeed.org/library/
  3. Greater New Haven Labor History Association:    http://www.laborhistory.org/intro.html
  4. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center:    http://www.harrietbeecherstowe.org/collections/
  5. Historical Society of the Town of Greenwich:    http://www.hstg.org/SiteTree/index.cgi/45
  6. Igor I. Sikorsky Historical Archives, Inc. :   http://www.iconn.net/igor/
  7. Litchfield Historical Society:    http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org/researchlibrary.html
  8. New London County Historical Society:    http://www.newlondonhistory.org/collection.html
  9. Old Saybrook Historical Society:    http://oldsaybrook.com/History/research.htm
  10. Pequot Library:   http://www.pequotlibrary.com/rarebook/index.html
  11. Wesleyan Cinema Archives:    http://www.wesleyan.edu/cinema/

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. DelAWARE – The Digital Library of the First State:  http://state.lib.de.us/Collection_Development/Electronic_Res

This site provides online information and services to Delaware’s public libraries and their customers. It offers access to thousands of newspapers and periodicals in public libraries and by remote access.

Digital Library Collections (9)

  1. Historical New Haven Digital Collection:  http://www.library.yale.edu/thecitycourse/index.html
  2. Connecticut Digital Library (iCONN) :    http://www.iconn.org/
  3. Connecticut History Online: Photographs, Drawings and Prints About Connecticut History:    http://www.cthistoryonline.org/
  4. New England Collections Online:    http://www.cthistoryonline.org/
  5. University of Connecticut Libraries, Digital Collections:    http://www.lib.uconn.edu/teams/digicoll/collections.htm
  6. Yale University
  7. Digital Projects and Research Websites:    http://www.library.yale.edu/div/digiproj.htm
  8. Digital Collections by Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  9. Electronic Text Collection  http://www.library.yale.edu/etc/