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Digital Collections receive 238,000 hits since July Monday, October 18, 2010

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The digital collections of the Connecticut State Library and Treasures of Connecticut Libraries received 238,704 hits from July to September. Most activity was in the Connecticut’s Aerial Surveys collection which has the aerial photographs for the entire state from 1934 and 1965 and a group of aerials showing areas damaged by the flood and hurricane of 1938.


Testimony in the Case of Goodwife Seager, accused of witchcraft, circa 1662

Testimony in the Case of Goodwife Seager, accused of witchcraft, circa 1662


Another collection includes documents from the Courts. In the Case of Goodwife Seager (Elizabeth Seagar), from the early 1660s, Goodwife Seager and Goodwife Rebecca Greensmith are accused of witchcraft.

Stephen Hart, Daniel Pratt and Josiah Wilard testify that “Goodwife/ seager said … That the reason why she sent/ satan, was because he knew she was no witch…” Tip: See our page on Reading and Interpreting Old Handwriting


Death by Witchcraft: Witch Trials and Medicine in 17th Century Connecticut Thursday, October 7, 2010

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Robert Laughlin, an historical consultant, will present “Death by Witchcraft: Witch Trials and Medicine in 17th  Century Connecticut” Thursday, October 21, 2010, from Noon to 12:45 p.m. at the  Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Mr. Laughlin will take us back nearly 350 years in the past to investigate the first autopsy recorded in Connecticut and how it is connected to the 17th century witch trials that took place in Hartford, thirty years prior to the events in Salem, Massachusetts. In 1662, Doctor Rossiter of Guilford was asked to determine the cause of death for an eight year old girl named Elizabeth Kelly. The presentation will also uncover the state of medicine in 17th century Connecticut. Borrowing some of the most popular theories used to find the cause of the Salem witch panic, Mr. Laughlin takes a closer examination of the Connecticut girl’s death. Comparing several theories, including that of Dr. Rossiter with his own , he finally, with the aid of modern science, reveals the most likely cause of teh young girl’s death.

Thursday, October 21, 2010
Noon –  12:45
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall 
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut
Free Admission
Bring Your Lunch

The Connecticut State Library July 2010 Newsletter Published Monday, October 4, 2010

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The July 2010 issue of the CONNector (the Connecticut State Library’s newsletter) is now available online at: http://www.cslib.org/connector/10connector07.pdf

In this issue:
  • Governor Rell Leads Procession to the State Library Kicking Off Connecticut’s 375th Anniversary
  • The Governor’s Reading Challenge
  • Conservation ConneCTion
  • Books Available on the Connecticut State Library Offers List
  • United States Senator Truman Smith: A Connecticut Politician and Lawyer, 1791-1884
  • The “Green Team” and Single-Stream Recycling
  • Treasures of Connecticut Libraries
  • Decade and $10 Million in Grant Awards
  • September is Library Card Signup Month
  • Recent Acquisitions Museum of Connecticut History
  • State Library’s Mansell Volumes Transferred to the Library of Congress
  • Connecticut Archives Month, October 2010
  • Resource Sharing Pilot Project for Connecticut State Employees

Columbus Day Closing Friday, October 1, 2010

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All State Library Facilities will be closed on Saturday, October 9th through Monday, October 11th for the Columbus Day holiday. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, October 12th.

State Archives Accessions for First Quarter of FY2011 Friday, October 1, 2010

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 The State Archives took in 27 accessions during the period covering July 1 – September 30, 2010. Highlights include a 1st Connecticut Artillery Civil War album by Samuel Proal Hatfield; records of the Prudence Crandall Statue Committee and the Connecticut Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Committee; and a total of 517 record books and 100 cubic feet of files from the probate courts of Bridgeport, Bristol, Canton, East Windsor, Harwinton, Lyme, Simsbury, Somers, Stafford, Stratford, Weston, and Windham.   For the complete list, see http://www.cslib.org/archives/acc2011.htm

October is Connecticut Archives Month Friday, October 1, 2010

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For more information visit http://www.cslib.org/archives/archivesmonth.htm