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Resources for Doing Local History
The resources listed on this page are good starting points for
researching Connecticut history. What can you learn about the history
of citizenship in your town? What stories about African American
residents have yet to be told?
At the bottom of the page you'll also
find two general resources for doing
local history--wherever your region
of interest may be.
Connecticut State Library
The Connecticut State Library is the main repository for historical
records from the three branches of
state government. The Library's website
includes an online catalogue, a Guide
to the Archives in the Connecticut
State Library, and research guides
on a variety of subjects, including
African Americans in Connecticut (http://www.cslib.org/blagen.htm)
and Slavery in Connecticut (http://www.cslib.org/slaveryct.htm).
Connecticut Freedom Trail
The Connecticut Freedom Trail, developed by the Connecticut Historical
Commission, includes information
on numerous sites in the state
that are associated with the heritage and movement towards freedom
of its African-American citizens.
Connecticut Historical Society
The Connecticut Historical Society is a non-profit museum, library,
and education center dedicated
to the collection, preservation, and interpretation
of the history of the people who have made
Connecticut their home. The website includes
an online guide to African American Resources
at the CHS (http://www.chs.org/afamcoll/default.htm).
Complicity Website (Hartford Courant)
This website is the online home to the Hartford
groundbreaking project on slavery
in Connecticut: Complicity,
a special issue of Northeast
"Do History" website
The Do History website was developed by the Film Study Center at
Harvard University and is hosted
and maintained by the Center for History
and New Media, George Mason University.
Its focus is on the work of historian
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, who has written
on the life of Martha Ballard, a Maine
midwife born in 1735. The page linked
above provides useful ideas
about conducting historical research
Doing Local History: A Resource Guide
Download the PDF
A short guide to books and online resources for local history research projects.