Library Collections and Services

Research Guides


  • Boston Library Consortium Search The Virtual Catalog providing a single, searchable catalog of books owned by participating libraries of the Boston Library Consortium. Qualified patrons of these libraries may directly request material from the other participants. UConn students, faculty and staff (including retirees) may search and request material from libraries ranging from Boston University to Williams College.
  • iConn  Sponsored by the Connecticut State Library, iConn provides access to reQuest, the statewide catalog with the holdings of public and other libraries.  Links to databases hosted by iConn are also available
  • The UCONN Libraries Website and Catalog (HOMER)
  • WorldCat (catalog of over 30,000 libraries worldwide)


  • UConn MAGIC (Map and Geographical Information Center) with historic state and other maps, atlases, gazetteers, aerial photographs, and digital geospatial data.  Many holdings are available
  • UConn Thomas Dodd Research Center
    The Dodd Center contains a number of collections, including the University s archives, of interest to Connecticut historians.  Among some of the significant specialized collections are:
    • Alternative Press Collection  A collection of national scope, also contains much Connecticut related material.  An example is Flyers, handouts and locally produced tabloids collected during the heyday of student demonstrations at The University of Connecticut and other New England campuses [which] fill hundreds of files in the archive (from the Dodd Center collection description)
    • Business History Collections Including the Cheney Brothers Silk Manufacturing Company of Manchester, Sargent and Company of New Haven, American Brass Company of Waterbury, the Southern New England Telephone Company and others.
    • Connecticut Historic Preservation Collection consisting of historical and architectural surveys, documentation studies, and archaeological surveys of Connecticut properties and structures
    • Connecticut History Collection including town and county histories, as well as the papers of individuals and organizations based in Connecticut that are not of a political or business nature
    • Ethnic Heritage highlighting the state s diverse history as home to ethnic groups from around the world. The collections include photographs, oral history interviews, Works Progress Administration essays from the 1930s, and Hartford voter registration cards from the 1920s to the 1980s.
    • Labor History includes the records of labor unions such as AFL-CIO locals in the aerospace industry and public labor unions such as Council 4 of the American Federation of State, Federal and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The collections include the papers of Connecticut labor leaders and organizers Merlin D. Bishop, John Driscoll, and Ralph Pancallo, among others
    • Nursing History with a primary focus on Connecticut nursing history but including other materials from New England and beyond. It includes the records of a number of the state s nursing schools as well as records of the state s major professional nursing organizations
    • Political Collections The Congressional Collections housed in the Dodd Research Center document the varied careers of those who constitute Connecticut s Congressional delegation throughout most of the twentieth century.
    • Railroad History Archive  Home of the New Haven Railroad archives and numerous related collections

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    Library Databases

    Note:  Library databases are available to users visiting one of the University Libraries and to members of the UConn community accessing remotely via the Virtual Private Network.

    Focused Library Databases

    • America: History & Life An index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With indexing for 1,700 journals from 1964 to present...The database also includes citations and links to book and media reviews. Strong English-language journal coverage is balanced by an international perspective on topics and events, including abstracts in English of articles published in more than 40 languages.
    • Archive Finder   Archive Finder is a current directory which describes over 206,200 collections of primary source material housed in thousands of repositories across the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland
    • Early American History Databases -- Links to the University Libraries specialized databases for books, periodicals and newspapers
    • Hartford Courant Historical Scanned articles/pages for 1764 to 1984
    • New York Times Historical Scanned articles/pages for 1851 - 2004
    • History Databases Links to the University Libraries general history databases, many of which have American history content
    • History Reference Center -- full text from more than 2,400 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for 135 leading history periodicals, more than 61,100 historical documents, 57,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 110,200 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video

    General Library Databases (A good place to start if you are deciding on a topic)

    Note:  Library databases are available to users visiting one of the University Libraries and to members of the UConn community accessing remotely via the Virtual Private Network.

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    Electronic Journals & Citations

    • Electronic Journal Locator   Access to over 10,000 journals, and in full text, through various databases and commercial journal providers.


    Citing Basic Sources (UConn Guides):

    Bibliographic Citation Software (free to the UConn Community):

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    Key Web Sites

    • Colonial Connecticut Records, 1636-1776  A searchable/downloadable collection of scanned pages produced by the University of Connecticut Libraries with financial support from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
    • Connecticut History Online Connecticut History Online (CHO) is a digital collection of over 15,000 digital primary sources, together with associated interpretive and educational material.
    • Connecticut State Library's Connecticut History Resources  A massive listing including descriptions of the State Library's own collections and historical resources, an extensive bibliography of historical materials about the state, and many useful links
    • Connecticut's Heritage Gateway A program of the Connecticut Humanities Council [providing 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. (From the Council's website). 
    • Laptop Encyclopedia of Connecticut History Exhibits, and more
    • H-Connecticut Listserv  Join this listserv to read and send messages about Connecticut's history, culture, family and society. Participants range from historians to genealogists and librarians.  Topics range from local and family history to broad topics like witchcraft usually with a Connecticut focus.  Moderated by State Historian Walter Woodward
    • HeritageQuest  This subscription database has access to census and other historical materials including thousands of scanned books not available on the web.  Not currently reached via UConn, it can be found at a number of public libraries. Check with your local public library regarding free access
    • Library of Congress American Memory Project American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning (from the Project's web site)
    • National Archives  Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family's history, need to prove a veteran s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you (from the agency s website)
    • United States Bureau of the Census
    • United States State and Metropolitan Data Book (Abode Acrobat Reader required to open this document)
    • United States Historical Statistics (from Colonial times to 1970), Part 1 (Adobe Reader required to open this document)
    • United States Historical Statistics (from Colonial times to 1970), Part 2 (Adobe Reader required to open this document)
    • United States Statistical Abstract (including historical statistics from 1900)
    • United States Statistical Abstracts Past Abstracts from 1878  (Adobe Reader required to open this document)
    • University of Connecticut Oral History Office   The Oral History Office at the University of Connecticut (OHO at UConn) originates, supports and sponsors projects which emphasize Connecticut's history and development, as well of projects that deal with a wide variety of other subjects, including the University itself. (from the Office's website). Oral history collections, held at the Thomas Dodd Research Center, include interviews with members of a wide range of Connecticut groups including, amongst many others, ethnic groups, laborers, professors, political leaders, and Connecticut region holocaust survivors

    Map Web Sites of Interest

    Other Web Sites of Interest

    • Amistad America Includes a history of the Amistad incident
    • Connecticut History and Genealogy Links Sponsored by USGenNet, this web site is a somewhat esoteric, and therefore of interest, collection of links to documents and websites.  Information at this site needs to be checked for accuracy since much of it, cemetery inscriptions for example, is transcribed or assembled by volunteers.
    • Connecticut's Aerial Surveys (From the Connecticut State Library, a complete survey from 1934, a 1939 partial survey, and one from 1965 now being added, are indexed.  Zoom features allow relatively close-up views of buildings, roads, rail lines, etc.)
    • Hartford Studies Project of Trinity College encourages students and faculty to explore Hartford s history and present experience of issues such as race, immigration, culture, labor, and local politics
    • Hog River Journal Hartford and the region's magazine of history, culture, and the arts
    • Links to Railroad History Resources in the United States  Produced by the Thomas Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, this web site is searchable by several means including regions.  Many Connecticut related railroad links are included

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    Associations and Research Institutions

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    University of Connecticut Departments & Offices

    • American Studies
    • Connecticut State Historian As state historian, [Professor Walter Woodward] both teaches at UConn and serves as a resource to the General Assembly concerning questions involving state history Woodward is also charged with promoting Connecticut's considerable historic and heritage resources by serving as an ombudsman for state historical organizations, speaking to the public and linking people and organizations. (UConn Traditions, Spring, 2006)
    • History

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    If you have questions or comments, please contact:
    William Uricchio,
    Liaison Librarian to
    Connecticut History and, for the Greater Hartford Campus, History and Sciences
    Harleigh B. Trecker Library
    1800 Asylum Ave.
    University of Connecticut, West Hartford, CT 06117
    VOICE: (860)-570-9028
    FAX: (860)-570-9027

    The Library Liaison Program
    provides faculty and students with a personal contact to whom library-related issues and questions may be addressed.

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