Connecticut History

Connecticut History Online

Connecticut History Online

Launched in 2001, Connecticut History Online has grown in thirteen years and has now evolved into Connecticut History Illustrated (CHI).    CHI is an aggregation of digital primary resources about Connecticut contributed by Libraries, Archives, Museums, Galleries, Historical Societies, and other Cultural Heritage institutions in Connecticut. It contains material as varied as the history of the state, from documents to images, from maps to audio and video covering the entire spectrum of work, play, and life in Connecticut.

CHI currently contains content from three of the original CHO partners (UConn, Connecticut State Library and the Connecticut Historical Society) and migration continues while new partners (Trinity College and Fairfield Museum and History Center) have expanded the content available for research and discovery.  New content and partners are being added regularly

Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us in Archives & Special Collections

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  We here in Archives & Special Collections wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

Here is a page from The Constructive Triangle, a publication of the American Montessori Society, on how to create Thanksgiving theme placemats and paper plate turkeys.  Enjoy!

Page from Constructive Triangle on how to make Thanksgiving placemats and paper plate turkeysAnd, please note that the University of Connecticut is closing today at 12:30p.m. for the snow storm.  Our reading room is closing at that time as well.  Stay safe, everyone!


University Resources

University of Connecticut Bulletin

University of Connecticut Bulletin

Archives & Special Collections has been enhancing access to key University resources for several years.  The agendas  and minutes of the Board of Trustees were the first to be made available online, quickly followed by the fact books and Commencement programs.  With the implementation of our digital repository a year ago, the Libraries’ digital capture lab has worked tirelessly to digitize the Bulletin (course catalog), a frequently consulted and authoritative record of courses offered at the University over the years.  As of today, the course listings at the graduate (1942-2010) and undergraduate (1950-1997) level, as well as the School of Social Work catalog  (1976-1984), are available and searchable online–with more being added regularly.   Check back regularly to see what additional resources have been added!

Climate Change in the American Mind
: Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz


Join us on Thursday, November 20 at 4pm as we welcome Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz to Konover Auditorium as the third distinguished lecturer in the Teale Lecture Series.  The Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series brings leading scholars and scientists to UConn to present public lectures on nature and the environment.  All lectures are free and open to the public.

Dr. Leiserowitz is the Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and a Research Scientist at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He will report on recent trends in Americans’ climate change knowledge, attitudes, policy support, and behavior and discuss strategies for more effective public engagement.

Dr. Leiserowitz is a widely recognized expert on American and international public opinion on global warming, including public perception of climate change risks, support and opposition for climate policies, and willingness to make individual behavioral change. His research investigates the psychological, cultural, political, and geographic factors that drive public environmental perception and behavior. He has conducted survey, experimental, and field research at scales ranging from the global to the local, including international studies, the United States, individual states (Alaska and Florida), municipalities (New York City), and with the Inupiaq Eskimo of Northwest Alaska.  He also conducted the first empirical assessment of worldwide public values, attitudes, and behaviors regarding global sustainability, including environmental protection, economic growth, and human development.


Another photograph of Steve Thornton getting arrested

Steve Thornton has spent his career advocating for fair wages, fair practices and fair treatment for all.  Sometimes all that advocating has gotten him arrested!  Here is yet another photograph of Steve getting arrested at a protest, this one at the Waterbury, Connecticut, Brass Mill mall during a Local 1199 protest to save Waterbury Hospital in  2013:

Stephen Thornton being led into a police van at the Waterbury, Connecticut, Brass Mill mall during a Local 1199 protest to save Waterbury Hospital, 2013

Stephen Thornton being led into a police van at the Waterbury, Connecticut, Brass Mill mall during a Local 1199 protest to save Waterbury Hospital, 2013

Steve is one of our featured speakers at a panel discussion, Social Justice & Community Organizing: How to Make a Career by Serving Connecticut, tomorrow at 3:30p.m. in Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.  Steve will be joined by Louise Simmons (UConn professor of Community Organizations) and Val Ramos (Director of Strategic Alliances for Everyday Democracy).

Social Justice program on Thursday, November 13, 3:30p.m.

We can’t wait for Thursday’s program on “Social Justice & Community Organizing: How to Make a Career by Serving Connecticut,” with Steve Thornton, Louise Simmons, and our recently added panelist Valeriano Ramos.

Valeriano Ramos

Val Ramos is the Director of Strategic alliances and Equity Officer for Everyday Democracy, an East Hartford-based non-profit dedicated to helping communities talk and work together to create communities that work for everyone.

The program is at 3:30 in Konover Auditorium, with a reception following, and sponsored by Archives & Special Collections, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, and UConn’s Careers for the Common Good.

We hope to see you there!

Social Justice Panel discussion on November 13, 3:30p.m.

Stephen Thornton at a Ladies Garment Workers Strike, 1992

Join us for a program exploring social activism, service leadership, and community organizing with a panel discussion including Stephen Thornton and Louise Simmons, who have served as community organizers and labor activists.

The discussion begins at 3:30 on November 13 in Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, with a reception to follow.

Sponsored by Archives & Special Collections of the UConn Libraries, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, and UConn’s Community Outreach.

Click here for more information.