Collections now available

John P. McDonald Reading Reading Room, Archives & Special Collections

Below is a list of collections that are now open and available for research (links to finding aids provided), arranged by broad collecting area.  Researchers are encouraged to contact the staff with any questions.

Business, Railroad  & Labor Collections:

AFSCME, Local 1303  Records

  • Articles related to a strike by employees of the Milford Mental Health Clinic in 1983.

Bartholomew Alpress & Co. Records

  • Record books of the saw mill located in Bristol, Connecticut.

Iron Workers Association of Reading, PA

  • Notebook with handwritten constitution and by-laws of association.

Norwich Typographical Union Records

  • Financial records of the Union.

Providence & Worcester Railroad  Records

  • Treasurer’s accounts, treasury books, superintendent’s letters, deeds, and other administrative files.

William B. Young Collection of the Connecticut Co.

  • Correspondence, maps, photographic images, car rosters, administrative reports, and other materials about trolley and street railroad cars and the history of the Connecticut Company.


Children’s Literature Collections:

Martha G. Alexander  Papers

  • Manuscripts, dummies, and proofs for a significant number of published works by noted children’s author.

Paul W. Catanese  Papers

  • Manuscripts and correspondence associated with two of Mr. Catanese’s books, “The Brave Apprentice” and “The Thief and the Beanstalk.”

Bonnie Christensen  Papers

  •  Original illustrations, woodcut blocks, research materials, and manuscript materials associated with the children’s author.

Stephanie Clayton Collection of Little Red Riding Hood

  • Assorted realia related to, and depicting, the Little Red Riding Hood Fairy Tale. The collection contains stuffed animals, dolls, porcelain figures, and a clock.

Joanna Cole Papers

  •  Editorial correspondence, manuscripts and sketches of Cole, author of the Magic School Bus series.

Mary DePalma Papers

  • Materials used to create several of Ms. DePalma’s works, such as My ChairThe Strange EggMany Millions of LeavesA Grand Old TreeThe Perfect Gift, and  The Nutcracker Doll.

Mary Greenwalt Papers

  • Illustrations of her works on the lives of famous composers published between 1936 and 1946.

Mary Ann Hoberman Papers

  • Manuscripts, original artwork, poetry, and various administrative records associated with the work of award winning children’s author.

Nonny Hogrogian  Papers

  • Illustrations, drawings, and proofs of works by children’s book author and illustrator.

Kathy Jakobsen Papers

  • Artwork, audio visual materials, books, color slides, correspondence, drawings, illustrations, photographs, posters, publications, sketches, and videocassettes documenting the work of one of America’s premier folk artists.

David Katz Papers

  • Materials relating to Katz’s publication You can be a woman engineer published in 1995.

Judith Liberman Papers

  • Correspondence and original manuscript materials of artist and author.

Arnold Lobel Papers

  • Original text and artwork produced by children’s book author and illustrator.

William MacKellar  Papers

  • Iillustrations, dummies and manuscripts associated with four titles.

Movable Book Society Records

  • Records of the Society.

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (NE) Records

  • Records of the Society.

Catherine Stock Papers

  • Works of art, dummies, and gallery proofs.

Weston Woods  Records

  • 25 animation celluloids used in the creation of children’s filmstrips by the Weston Woods Studio.

Hans Wilhelm Papers

  •  Dummies, illustrations, books (4), works of art, preliminary sketches, photographs, fliers, posters, ephemera (calendars), and postcards related to Hello Sun!


Human Rights Collections:

Adam Nadel Photography Collection

  • Large scale photography by Pulitzer Prize nominated photojournalist.

Diana Rios Collection of Ethnic Press Newspapers

  • Ethnic newspapers from across the United States that are made available for teaching purposes.

World Education Fellowship Records

  • Administrative records, correspondence, fliers, notes, and transcripts from 1969-1992.

A. B. Xuma Papers

  •  Microfilm version of papers of anti-apartheid activist A. B. Xuma.


Literary Collections:

Merrill Gillespie Papers

  • Correspondence from Michael Rumaker to Merrill Gillespie.

Oliver Jensen Papers

  • Personal and professional papers of Oliver Ormerod Jensen, writer, editor, self-taught historian, and railroad enthusiast.

Harriet Slavitz Papers

  • Manuscripts, journals, notebooks correspondence and audio recordings of poet, essayist, freelance writer, book editor, and instructor.


Photograph Collections:

Mary Lou Estabrook Photographs

  • Documents the photographic work of Mary Lou Estabrook in her capacity as Associate Editor and Chief Photographer of the Lakeville Journal, 1971-1986.


Political & Public Polling Collections, Personal papers:

Alumni Legislators Collection

  • Ephemera, fliers, photographs, postcards, publications, and realia related to Connecticut State Legislators who were graduates of the University of Connecticut.

Arthur W. Fanta Papers

  • Reflects his work at the Nuremberg War Trials from 1945-1948.

Camille Forman Papers

  • Administrative records, clippings, correspondence, ephemera, galley proofs, and financial records of local author.

Sam Gejdenson Papers

  • Congressional records of Sam Gejdenson, U.S. Representative from Connecticut’s 2nd Congressional district, 1981-2000.

Paul K. Perry Papers

  • Correspondence, reports, studies, polls and similar materials related to the personal and professional interests of noted Gallup organization employee.

John Rowland Papers

  • Congressional records from 1985 to 1991 from Connecticut’s fifth district, including constituent correspondence from 1985 to 1990, campaign and congressional newsletters, press releases, and legislative profiles.

Charles Towne Papers

  • Note cards, indexed alphabetically, and by subject of city editor of the Hartford Courant for 47 years.

Dexter Wilcomb Papers (Connecticut Soldiers Collection)

  • World War II memorabilia donated by Technician Third Grade, Dexter Wilcomb.

Jerry Wagner Political Collection

  •  Materials from the political campaigns of Emilio Daddario and Hubert Humphrey and aspects of the political career of Toby Moffet


University Archives:

4-H Clubs of CT Records

  • Numerous club publications, photographs, scrapbooks, slides, film, and administrative records of the 4-H Clubs of Connecticut which originated in 1913 with the establishment of the first club in Mansfield, Connecticut.

Accreditation Records

  • Administrative records pertaining to the University’s accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Floyd Bass Collection of John E. Rogers

  • Clippings, sound recordings, books, an honorary degree, and research posters relating to Dr. John E. Rogers collected by Dr. Bass.

Norman Bender Papers

  • Correspondence, notes, articles and publications created or collected by Mr. Bender during his tenure in the University of Connecticut, Cooperative Extension Service.

Richard D. Brown Papers

  • Course materials, student records and recommendations, papers and presentations, professional associations, and grant applications of UConn History professor Richard D. Brown.

Cell Stress Society International Records

  • Records documenting the establishment, management, development and growth of the Cell Stress Society International and its associated journal publication on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut from 1995 to the present.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Records

  • Records of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Computing Committee Records

  • Correspondence, clippings, administrative reporting, committe proceedings, notes, fliers (handouts), and publications related to the Computing Committee and their involvement in UCINFO.

Office of Institutional Research Records

  • Administrative records, reports and clippings.

Ombudsman’s Office records

  • Administrative records, fliers, news clippings, and legal documents from the period the office existed at the University.

Poetic Journeys Collection

  • Posters from the Poetic Journeys Galleries from 2000-2004.

Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Institute Records

  • Correspondence, minutes, printed materials, and financial records of the Institute.

Carl W. Rettenmeyer Papers

  • Correspondence and field notes of noted biologist.

Cynthia Reeves Snow Collection

  • Diploma, report card, dance program and publications from one of the early female graduates of the University.

Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station Records

  • Adminstrative records of one of the oldest agricultural experiment and research stations in the United States.

Storrs Draft Information Committee Records

  • Administrative records, correspondence, legal documents, fliers, notes, and publications of the committee.

University Communications Office Records

  • Files of the Office.

University of Connecticut Professional Employees Association (UCPEA) Collection

  • Administrative records, correspondence, legal documents, financial records, publications, and fliers (pamphlets, handouts, announcements), related to the Association.

University Poster Collection

  • Posters documenting University events, particularly athletic activities, from 1969-2012.












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