|Urban Legal History:The Development of New Haven||Robert Ellickson|
|Yale Law School||Spring 1998|
All but one of the following research facilities are within a ten-minute walk of campus, and all but
one are free. Hours may have changed since this was compiled, so you may want to call and check.
It is worth noting that most of the places are open only on M-Fr 9-5, so you may want to plan your
research accordingly. Also note that Yale has a tremendous amount of material useful for research,
but you may find it divided between several different libraries.
|Library||Hours||General Description of Holdings|
|Art & Architecture
180 York St.
| M-Th 8:30-11
|Only about ten relevant books, mostly New Haven architecture. Circulation rules are tight: one book at a time for 24 hours, fines start at $3 per hour.|
120 High St.
|Mon-Th 8:30-2 am
|Best place to go for recent secondary sources on both New Haven and urban planning. All available for 2-week circulation. User beware:they collect heavy fines here.|
409 Prospect St.
|Has a smattering of old secondary sources on New Haven, including Seymour and Osterweis. A good place to go if books are unavailable elsewhere. Has many archives on New Haven voluntary service organizations, including settlement houses.|
127 Wall St.
|24 hours||Has several old secondary sources on New Haven, including colony records and city ordinances. Has Private, Public and Special Acts for the State of Connecticut. Has city atlases in closed stacks. Has a large, random selection of post-1950 primary and secondary sources. Great for trials and cases, of course. You must check MORRIS to locate these sources; ORBIS does not have a good listing of Law School holdings.|
38 Mansfield St.
|Very few materials in the stacks. Does have two circulating copies of Osterweis.|
140 Prospect St
|Very few materials, but useflal for recent information on Yale-New Haven urban planning and housing impact studies.|
120 High St.
Sun 1 -midnight
|Mon-Th 8:30- midnight
|Good collection of old secondary sources. Has all New Haven City Directories. Has New Haven Colony and Town Records. Cataloguing a bit unorganized--you have to search in several sections for what you want. Has all Yale dissertations ever published about New Haven.|
120 High St.
|Mon-Fr 9-4:45||Excellent collections from prominent persons/businesses of New Haven's history. Focus is on correspondence, diaries, business/office records. Strongest on materials pertaining to Yale. Has Lee/Logue, Seymour, and Hillhouse records; many 1800s New Haven deeds; Presidents' Reports. Materials do not circulate. Consult a staff member before you begin--they are a tremendous help. Copying available for $.20 a page.|
120 High St
|The best place for maps in town, from 1700s on Map Collection Strongest on 1850-1920 and 1950 to present. Has . four sets of Sanborn Insurance maps. Most maps are very large. Materials do not circulate. Copying is available for $1, $2 or $4 depending on size; reductions not possible.|
|Resource||Hours||General Description of Holding|
|New Haven Colony Historical
Just north of Trumbull St.
First Sat of each
|Library has strongest combination of primary and secondary sources in New Haven. Has New Haven Colony and Town records, Dana collection, housing archives, Lee collection on microfilm, collections of various New Haven personages and organizations throughout the ages. Very supportive and knowledgeable staff. Has open stacks with secondary sources; all manuscripts are in closed stacks. A catalog of the manuscript collections is available at the Society as well as at Yale and New Haven libraries. Collection is non-circulating. Copying is available at $50 a page. Admission to library is $2 per visit, or $15 for a year-long student pass.|
|New Haven Department of City Planning
165 Church St.
Annex, Old City Hall
Just south of Elm
|M-Fr 9-5||Library has best collection in town of post- 1960 city-produced primary sources on New Haven planning. Along with Aldermanic Journals and City Year Books, offers surveys/reports on everything from housing plans to Long Wharf redevelopment to city park planning. Slide collection. Large map room with tax assessment and zoning maps. One big disadvantage: nothing is catalogued or indexed, and there are no librarians to answer questions. Many collections are incomplete. Copies are .25 per page. Current ward and zoning maps (with plot divisions) may be purchased.|
|New Haven Free
133 Elm St.
On the comer of Temple St.
|Local History Room provides a solid collection of both primary and secondary sources. Compactness makes it a nice place to research. Has New Haven Town Records, Journal of Aldermen back to 1860s, City Year Books, City Directories, city charters and ordinances. Weak on maps and pre-1850 primary sources. Non circulating; copying available at $. 10 a page. A few secondary sources available in the library's circulating collection.|
|New Haven On Line||24 hours||http://statlab.stat.yale.edu/nhoI On line bibliography on New Haven resources; searching done by subject. List of post-1965 dissertations on New Haven.|
|New Haven Register Library
40 Sargent Dr.
|M-W 4-7 pm||Newspaper clippings since 1940 catalogued by individuals and subject. On computer data base since 1986. Files are available by appointment only; library time is $10 per hour (copying may be done at no extra charge).|
Town Clerk's Office
200 Orange St.
Hall of Records
|M-Fr 9-5||Records of land transfers all the way back to the 1640s. Computer searches available by last name of grantor/grantee. Has all land records, tax liens and assessments. Also has nice atlases created for the City Engineer. Well organized. Busy staff, so research is self-service. Copying is available at $. 10 a page, but only for 8 1/2 " x 14 " pages.|
88 Trumbull St.
Between Temple and Hillhouse
|M-Fr 9-4:30||Has a small resource center with information on voluntary service organizations and nonprofits. Not specific to New Haven, but good general material on the subject.|
|Yale Office of |
New Haven Affairs
between Trumbull and Grove
|M-Fr 9-5||Very limited resources for research, but excellent materials on the post- 1990 relationship between New Haven and Yale. No library.|