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University of Connecticut University Libraries Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Digital Collections

Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA)

Funded in part by the Connecticut State Library and the University of Connecticut Libraries, the CTDA provides services to preserve and make available digital assets related to Connecticut and created by Connecticut-based libraries, archives, galleries and museums. Current project participants include in addition to UConn and the State Library, Connecticut History Online (CHO), The Connecticut State Data Center, Mystic Seaport, the Connecticut Historical Society, and the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library. Access the CTDA...

Connecticut History Online (CHO)

This project is a collaborative effort with thousands of photographs, drawings, prints, historical documents and other materials in the collections of the Connecticut Historical Society, Connecticut State Library, Mystic Seaport, New Haven Colony Historical Society, and Archives & Special Collections of the UConn Libraries. Access CHO...

Connecticut Historic Preservation Collection (CHPC)

The Connecticut Historical Commission and the Office of Connecticut State Archaeology are the lead agencies for preservation of the state's archaeological and historic heritage. Archives & Special Collections provides online access to a database and guide which include references to documentary, architectural and archaeological survey reports conducted in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations regarding cultural resource protection. Access the CHPC Database and Guide...

Marriage Equality and LGBT Activism in Connecticut Oral History Transcript Collection

The Marriage Equality and Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Activism in Connecticut Oral History Project consists of 11 oral histories with leading activists in Connecticut who have been a part of the marriage equality movement or engaged in other forms of LGBT activism in the state and beyond. Access the Marriage Equality and LGBT Activism in Connecticut Oral History Transcript Collection...

Charles Olson Research Collection

The website provides students, researchers and Olson-enthusiasts with remote access to many of the materials in the Charles Olson Research Collection at the University of Connecticut. Some sections, such as the Photographs and Olson's Melville Project, provide researchers with comprehensive digital images of the materials in that particular series. Other sections simply list the materials available in the Collection, inviting scholars to preview our holdings and select items they will wish to view when visiting our reading room.

The Charles Olson Papers were purchased by the University of Connecticut from the Estate of Charles Olson in 1972. Since then, the original papers have been augmented by numerous additions through purchase and by gift. In 2003, the decision was made to rename the papers The Charles Olson Research Collection to better describe the scope and content of the collection. Access the Charles Olson Research Collection...

Nutmeg, 1915-1989

The student body of Connecticut Agricultural College produced the first official student annual to commemorate the activities of the Class of 1915. Published continuously since then, the Nutmeg has documented the growth, development, expansion and history of the University of Connecticut through its student body. Access the Nutmeg digital collection...

New Haven Railroad Valuation Maps

One of our highest use collections, the set of New Haven Railroad system maps created for the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1915 is now available online. These maps are detailed trackplans showing the railroad's property with historical information on when and from whom the property was purchased, with properties in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, eastern New York and New York City. Access the New Haven Railroad Valuation Maps digital collection...

The Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC) of the UConn Libraries has created a very handy map index which includes a location search box and the ability to click on the valuation map outline to view a pop-up window that includes a direct link to the map in the database that holds the maps. Most, but not all, of the maps in the database are available in the index; work is underway to include them all. Access the index...

Romano (U. Roberto) Papers

Documentary photographer and filmmaker U. Roberto (Robin) Romano has documented child labor in the Kenyan coffee industry, migrant farm labor in the United States and Mexico, the cocoa industry in Ivory Coast, and photographed child laborers in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Indonesia. He has made over 200 digital images available for the UConn community.  This portion of his collection contains images of former child laborers who are now able to go to school through the intervention anti-child labor organizations.  Access the images...

Spanish Periodicals and Newspapers, Women's Magazines

The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center acquired in the early 1970s Spanish periodicals and newspapers collected by the bibliophile, Juan Perez de Guzman y Boza, the Duque de T' Serclaes. This rich collection reflects the complex history of Spain through its periodical and newspapers during most of the 19th century, and some titles from the 18th and early 20th century.

Of great interest is the wide selection of women magazines written by men to appeal to a female elite audience. Ranging from literary and general interest magazines, full of short historical stories, poems, and good advice for both men and women about the proper behavior of ladies at any age, to beautiful colored and engraved fashion magazines with the latest news of Paris fashion, with music sheets of polkas and other music specifically composed for the magazines and patterns for needlework. These magazines are a window to understand the social dimensions of women in 19th century Spain. Access the Spanish Periodicals and Newspapers, Women's Magazines digital collection...

Steam & Electric Locomotives of the New Haven Railroad

The 460 black-and-white photographs that comprise this digital collection are from the Fred Otto Makowsky Collection, held in Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center of the University of Connecticut Libraries. The photographs document steam and electric locomotives owned and operated by the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad from the 1870s to the mid-1900s. Access the Steam & Electric Locomotives digital collection...

Sudan and Darfur Research Collection

The Sudan and Darfur Research Collection grew out of growing research and student interest at the University of Connecticut on human rights, genocide, and contemporary Africa. In 2010, the Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut Libraries began actively collecting documentation of activism around the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, and neighboring areas, and received donations of research files and materials from Mia Farrow, Eric Reeves, and others.  It was Ms. Farrow’s vision to create an online documentation center of these materials so access would not be limited to only those who could travel to Connecticut. Access the Sudan and Darfur Research Collection website or Access the Sudan and Darfur photographs directly...

University of Connecticut Athletic Game Films

Archives & Special Collections holds several hundred moving image recordings in the form of 16mm film and video that document some of the intercollegiate competitions of the University of Connecticut's athletic teams. This digital collection makes available online a selection of the earliest football and basketball films dating from 1934 to 1949. Although this type of digitization is resource intensive, it is our hope that we can add additional games in the future. Access the University of Connecticut Athletic Game Films...



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