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

Electronic Exhibits

Tomie dePaolaA 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.


UConn School of NursingUConn Nurses and their Military Service
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.


SNET telephone operatorsWorkers 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.


Wauregan workerAll 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.


Marjorie Gray, first SNET female operatorSouthern 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.


Flood in HartfordGoing 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."


Georgia StraightVoices 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.


Bridgeport, Connecticut, railroad stationRailroad 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.


Wilcox School of NursingWilcox School 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.


Canaan, Connecticut, railroad stationUnion Station in Canaan, Connecticut: A Tribute
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.


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.