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

Electronic Exhibits

Photograph of Tomie dePaola

A Life in Art: The Tomie dePaola Papers

This exhibit, a core sample from the expansive collection housed in Archives & Special Collections, celebrates the life work of the prolific artist and children's author Tomie dePaola. Containing creations from childhood, extending through the early 21st century, this collection explores crucial motifs found in dePaola's body of work including faith, folklore, and autobiographical tales. View the Exhibit

Tomie dePaola. Copyright, Tom McNeill Photography. Cover, Kearsarge Magazine, Winter 2012/2013.  

UConn Nurses and their Military Service: Recently acquired oral histories and artifacts

The exhibit highlights artifacts donated by graduates of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing with extracts from the oral histories of these veteran nurses. At the close of the exhibit, artifacts were added to the Josephine Dolan Collection in the School of Nursing and the oral histories were transferred to Archives & Special Collections. View the Exhibit

Dolan Artifact Collection
UConn School of Nursing

Workers at Play: Images from the Connecticut Business History Collections

Workers in Connecticut participated on teams of almost every sport from baseball to bowling, as well as parties, picnics and amateur nights, giving all workers from the owners to those on the factory floor an outlet that helped boost morale and made for a happier and healthier workforce. View the Exhibit

Southern New England Telephone Company operators from the Norwich exchange office at a beach outing, July 1913.  

Textile worker at the Wauregan-Quinebaug Company, ca. 1920s.

All in a Day's Work: Photographs of Women in Connecticut Industry

Women in Connecticut have a long and rich history as workers. Their traditional place was in their own homes, where nearly all household goods and services produced were done so through women's labor. The Industrial Revolution ushered in a new role, that of paid worker, and women entered the workforce in significant numbers. Economically disadvantaged women augmented their household income by working in the textile mills and industrial factories that proliferated across Connecticut. By 1900, 1 in 5 females over age 10 were paid workers, and 25% of them worked in manufacturing. View the Exhibit >


Textile worker at the Wauregan-Quinebaug Company, ca. 1920s.  

Marjorie Gray, SNET's first woman operator.

Southern New England Telephone Company: The First Fifty Years

On January 28, 1878, two years after Alexander Graham bell was awarded a patent on his primitive telephone, the world's first commercial telephone exchange opened for business in New Haven, Connecticut. George W. Coy, Herrick P. Frost and Walter Lewis, with a great deal of courage, some makeshift equipment, and $600 of borrowed money, put Bell's invention to work. Their enterprise was called the District Telephone Company of New Haven. By 1882 it was known as the Southern New England Telephone Company. View the Exhibit >


Marjorie Gray, SNET's first woman telephone operator.  

Bushnell Park in Hartford, Flood of 1936.

Going Beyond the Call: Southern New England Telephone Company's Response to Natural Disasters in Connecticut

The natural disasters that devastated Connecticut in the 19th and 20th centuries -- The Blizzard of 1888, the Floods of 1936 and 1955, and the Hurricane of 1938 -- wreaked havoc on the state's telephone system as well. The Southern New England Telphone Company acted swiftly and efficiently to restore service to their customers after each disaster, truly "Going Beyond the Call." View the Exhibit >

Bushnell Park in Hartford, Flood of 1936.  

Cover of Georgia Straight, Vol. 3, no. 82, 1969.


Voices from the Underground: Radical Protest and the Underground Press in the "Sixties"

Denied access to conventional media such as newspapers or network television, anti-war and counter cultural activists took advantage of technological innovations in printing processes to create media of their own. Beginning with a handful of “underground” newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Free Press, The Berkeley Barb, and The Realist, the underground press rapidly found a wide audience, resulting in a proliferation of copies available in virtually every major city and university campus in the country. By 1969, at least four hundred underground newspapers flourished, most united in spirit by opposition to the Vietnam War, and advocating rejection of traditional American values, while embracing rock music, experimentation with drugs, and a breakdown of sexual barriers. View the Exhibit >


Cover from Georgia Straight, Vol. 3, no. 82, 1969.  

Bridgeport, Connecticut, railroad station.

Railroad Stations in Southern New England

Railroad stations in southern New England ranged from opulent structures in larger hub cities, to simply designed town stations, to country depots that offered little more than shelter from the weather. But regardless of their grandeur, the stations, most built along the right-of-way of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, are evidence of a time when the railroad was the country's main means of travel. View the Exhibit >

Bridgeport, Connecticut, railroad station.  

Students at the Wilcox College of Nursing.

Wilcox College of Nursing: A History, 1908-1997

The Wilcox College of Nursing was first established in 1908 under the direction and supervision of the Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut. It was known as the Middlesex Hospital Training School and, although a private institution funded by the hospital, was not for profit. View the Exhibit >

Students at the Wilcox College of Nursing.  

Canaan, Connecticut, railroad station, 1949.

Union Station, Canaan, Connecticut

On October 13, 2001, the Union Station at Canaan, Connecticut, was almost entirely destroyed by fire. These images, from the Railroad History Archive, show this grand station as it once was. View the Exhibit>



Canaan, Connecticut, railroad station, 1949.


Hugo Grotius, De Jure Belli ac Pacis, 1670.

Treasury of the Human Spirit: An Exhibition of Books and Manuscripts from Archives & Special Collections

This exhibit marks the dedication of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center in 1995 and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Nuremburg Trials, for which Thomas J. Dodd, Senator of Connecticut from 1959 to 1971, was executive trial counsel. View the Exhibit >



Hugo Grotius, De Jure Belli ac Pacis, 1670.


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