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University of Connecticut Thomas J. Dodd Research Center


Tour of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center


Ground was broken for the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on October 10, 1993, and the finished building was dedicated by President William J. Clinton on October 15, 1995. It is named for the late Senator Thomas Joseph Dodd whose son, Senator Christopher J. Dodd, played a crucial role in the Center's development. The dedication ceremony inaugurated "The Dodd Year", a year-long series of special events, speakers, exhibits and colloquia. Devoted to the theme of human rights, The Dodd Year recalled Thomas Dodd's participation as a senior prosecutor in the International Military Tribunal, the first of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.






Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Main Entrance View of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center



From the Lobby

The circular plaza that lies along an established campus path, creates the main entrance for the Dodd Research Center and provides a link between the Center and the Homer Babbidge Library. The granite sculpture installed in the middle of the plaza is called "Stonebook Universe" sculpted by artists Anna and Wolfgang Kubach-Wilmsen. The 12-ton sculpture was commissioned by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and funded by the Connecticut "One Percent for Art" Program (this program dedicates 1% of the cost of a new building to art for the building).






Senator Dodd and Whitney Harris

Senator Christopher J. Dodd and Whitney Harris. The bronze cast bust of Senator Thomas J. Dodd is by Norman Legassie.















John P. McDonald Reading Room

The John P. McDonald Reading Room




Reading Room

The main entrance leads directly to the focal point of the building and its functions, the John P. McDonald Reading Room. This area combines a full service and professionally staffed reference desk, browsing racks for current journals, a multimedia workstation for public use and a check room to provide secure space for researchers to store their personal belongings. Beyond the glass walls are the Reading and Multimedia Rooms. The Reading Room has both data jacks as well as wireless access to the Internet. The multimedia room, known as the Samuel and Ann Charters Multimedia Room was named in honor of the generosity of the Charters' to ensure access to information stored on non-print media such as audio cassettes, lps, vhs, dvd and cd formats.


The portraits hanging on the Reading Room walls were painted by Ellen Emmert Rand and are on loan from the University's William Benton Museum of Art. The furniture is by Thomas Moser Cabinetmaker.


The collections, which are made available for research in the Reading Room, are stored in a secure "vault" with staff-only access and state-of-the-art environmental controls.









Exhibit Gallery

The exhibit gallery is located directly off the main lobby and provides a well-designed facility with state-of-the-art cases to enable the Dodd Research Center to maintain an ongoing exhibition program, highlighting the rich and varied materials housed in the collections.

Doris and Simon Konover Auditorium



Program Facilities

The building facilitates onsite programs, conferences and presentations by the Center as well as other campus and affiliated groups. Specific information regarding available space and scheduling is available in the Facilities portion of this web site.

West Hallway

West Hallway


West Wing

The corridor located on the west side of the building houses additional exhibition space, a conference/instruction room and two academic centers. The Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life and the Human Rights Institute facilities include staff offices, reception areas and a shared conference space.

This page is maintained by J. Nelson.