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

Collections by Subject Area


Alternative Press

The Alternative Press Collection was founded in the late 1960s as a repository for publications emanating from activist movements for social, cultural and political change. The collection contains thousands of newspapers, serials, books, pamphlets, ephemera and artifacts documenting activist themes and organizations. The strength of the collection pertains to the Vietnam era and related unrest. One manuscript collection of note is the Hoffman Family Papers, donated in 2000 by Jack Hoffman, the younger brother of activist Abbie Hoffman, the co-founder of the Yippie movement and co-defendant in the Chicago 7 Trial. More information...


Artists’ Books

Over 250 works in which bookmaking techniques and visual art converge. More information...


Business History

Connecticut’s history as a leader in business and industry is a rich one, and the Business History Collections represent the diverse nature of the state’s industries, ranging from textile mills to complex technology. Many of the companies had their start as family-owned and operated small businesses and evolved into nationally known producers of such products as brass, hardware, machine tools, cutlery, clocks and watches, silk and other textiles, and toiletries. The collections are composed of a wide variety of materials including administrative and financial records, photographs, maps and facilities drawings, and advertising samples. More information...


Children’s Literature

The Northeast Children’s Literature Collection includes approximately 36,000 books, the manuscript collections of 85 authors and illustrators, correspondence, artifacts, and other research materials. Manuscript collections are solicited from children’s authors and illustrators living in or identified with the Northeast and Eastern Seaboard. Of particular interest are collections containing all aspects of book creation, such as book dummies, sketches, illustrations, dust jackets, drafts, revisions, and correspondence. Books in major award categories such as the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and many others are added each year as well. More information...


Connecticut Historic Preservation

The Connecticut Historic Preservation Collection consists of historical and architectural surveys, documentation studies, and archaeological surveys of Connecticut properties and structures. These surveys and studies were done under the aegis of the Connecticut Historical Commission, a division of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and are conducted in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations regarding cultural resource protection. More information...


Connecticut History

The Connecticut History Collections include 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. More information...


Ethnic Heritage

The Ethnic History and Immigration Collections highlight 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. More information...


Human Rights

The opening of the Dodd Center in 1995 and its focus on Senator Thomas J. Dodd’s work as Chief Trial Counsel at the Nuremberg Trials began a focus on human rights. One result of this focus was the Center’s invitation to assist the African National Congress in arranging and describing the records it created during apartheid in South Africa. The project resulted in a gift of ANC books and pamphlets to the Center. Other important human rights collections added during the past decade include the records and library of Human Rights Internet, the Impact Visuals Photographic Collection and the Refugee Case Files of the International Rescue Committee. More information...


Labor History

The Connecticut Labor History Collections allow us to gain a more complete understanding of the people who made the state's businesses successful. They include 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. More information...


Latin American and Caribbean Collections (formerly known as Hispanic History & Culture)

The Dodd Research Center houses a number of special research collections for the regions of Latin America and the Caribbean. It also have a fair amount of materials from Spain (rare books and periodicals). The collection began with the purchase of the Chile, Medina, and Spanish Periodicals and Newspapers collections in the early 1960s. Numerous holdings in these areas support a strong Latin American and Caribbean Studies program on campus. More information...

Literary

Papers of over 100 American and English writers associated with the Black Mountain, Beat, and New York Schools of poetry comprise the bulk of the literary collections and include the extensive personal papers of innovative poet, literary theorist, and essayist Charles Olson. Records of a number of small literary presses, as well as strong holdings of first editions, broadsides, fine and private press editions, and literary magazines, complement the manuscript collections and document the networks of editors and contributors of which the writers were a part. More information...


Moving Images

The archival moving image collection is comprised of film and video documents in the form of amateur films, home movies, educational films, television commercials, public service announcements, game film, and oral histories. More information...


Natural History

Diaries, literary manuscripts, field notebooks, photographs and photography equipment can be found in the collection of naturalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edwin Way Teale. The papers of several other 20th century nature writers, including Phyllis Busch, George Heinold, and John K. Terres, are complemented by book collections of early and rare natural history works in botany, ornithology, apiculture, horology, travel and exploration, and other fields. More information...


Nursing History

The Archives of Nursing Leadership began as an effort to build a research collection to support a new doctoral program at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. This partnership between the School and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center resulted in the development of a range of collections whose primary focus is on Connecticut Nursing History but includes 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. More information...


Photography

The photography collection includes examples of 19th and 20th century photographic documents that support historical research and the study of the history of the medium itself. More information...


Politics

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. The records of these activities provide researchers with a broad and varied spectrum of materials that document the changing political, economic and social environment of twentieth century Connecticut, New England and United States. More information...


Public Polling

The Archives of Pioneers in Survey Research grew out of a partnership with the University of Connecticut’s Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. Founded in 1947 by Elmo Roper, the Center moved to the University of Connecticut in 1974. It gathers public polling data from national and international including Gallup, CBS, the Los Angeles Times/Washington Post and many other sources. The Dodd Center’s Archives of Pioneers in Survey Research is designed to collect and preserve the papers of individuals and records of polling companies to complement the materials held in the Roper Center. More information...


Railroad History

The Railroad History Archive holds the historical records of southern New England railroads in general and the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad in particular. The corporate records of this company, better known as the New Haven Railroad, are supplemented by other related collections of maps, photographs, timetables, annual reports, and research files. More information...


Rare Books

Books extracted from manuscript collections and items acquired by the curators in support of all the collecting areas are represented in the book collections. Unique materials include first editions, fine ephemera, broadsides, chapbooks, artists books, and bookplates. Special book collections exist as well in the following subject areas: Americana, Apiculture, Book Arts, Ice Skating, Horses, Sundials and Horology, and unification of Italy in the 18th and 19th centuries. More information...


Sound Recordings

The sound recording collection comprises a variety of audio resources from spoken word to musical recordings including oral history interviews, readings by literary figures, audio sources created by businesses and more. More information...


University Archives

The University Archives is responsible for the institutional memory of the University of Connecticut and is the largest and most comprehensive source of information on the history and cultural heritage of UConn. As the collective memory of the university, the repository contains official records and items having historical value such as records of governance, policy, operation of administrative offices, research, programs, and publications. Unpublished materials in the Archives include photographs, films, memorabilia, administrative records of major university offices, and the papers of presidents, administrative officers, and members of the faculty. Special collections have also been established to document such important events as UCONN 2000 and the men’s and women’s national basketball championships. More information...


 


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