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Henry Whitfield House Restoration and Landscaping Projects, 1900-1940, Available in Digital Collections Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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The Connecticut State Library has recently completed digitizing a selection of items from the Henry Whitfield House records (RG024:001) which is now available in the Digital Collections at the Connecticut State Library.  The Henry Whitfield House, also known as the “Old Stone” house, was built in 1639-1640 in Guilford, Connecticut.  The house was built by Henry Whitfield a Puritan minister from Ockley, Surrey, England.  It is the oldest house still standing in Connecticut.

The state legislature, town of Guilford, and the Connecticut Society of Colonial Dames raised the necessary money to purchase the house and eight acres in 1899-1900.  The first restoration to the Henry Whitfield House occurred in 1901 under the direction of architect Norman Isham.  The second restoration to restore the house to near original condition occurred from 1930-1937 under the direction of architect J. Frederick Kelly.  The Henry Whitfield House restoration project also received federal Work Progress Administration funding in 1935 which assisted in completing the change back to the original house structure of 1639-1640.

The Henry Whitfield House Restoration and Landscaping Projects, 1900-1940, digital collection presents 274 scanned digital objects of selected primary source images and documents from the Henry Whitfield House records (RG024:001).  The collection includes photographs of the restoration and landscaping, correspondence, an edited version of J. Frederick Kelly’s journal, and other materials that document the restoration of the Henry Whitfield House from 1900 to 1940.


Memorial Day holiday closing Friday, May 20, 2011

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All State Library facilities will be closed Saturday, May 28 and Monday, May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday.

Connecticut in the Civil War and the Connecticut Commemoration Monday, May 16, 2011

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Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University and co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission, will be at the Connecticut State Library,  231 Capitol Avenue,  Hartford, Thursday May 19, 2011 from Noon to 12:45 to discuss his new book,  Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival, as well as the plans that are underway for the state’s 150th anniversary of the war.  Although most may not immediately think of Connecticut when considering the Civil War, the state was extensively involved in the conflict.  Warshauer said that Connecticut sent more than 30 regiments to the front, had an extensive industrial capacity, and an active home front.  Connecticut is also home to more than 130 Civil War monuments.

About the Speaker: Dr. Matthew Warshauer is a Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University.  The author of three books, he is a specialist on 19th century political and constitutional history.  He currently serves as co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission, and is helping to coordinate activities across Connecticut to focus on the importance and lasting legacies of the American Civil War and Connecticut’s involvement in it.

Warshauer’s talk is part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday BrownBag Lunchtime speaker series which features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public.

Budget update Monday, May 16, 2011

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From the State Librarian:

The Governor has announced that a settlement has been reached with the unions.  The details have not been released, but the Governor said that there will be no furloughs and no reduction in hours.  Also there will be no layoffs over the next 4 years.  There will still need to be some budget reductions to achieve the full savings and those won’t be known until next week or so.  I am cautiously optimistic that based on what was said the State Library will not be eliminated.  However, some cuts may be on the horizon.
I would like to thank you all for your advocacy efforts over the past week. I know that I and the entire staff of the State Library really appreciate all that you have done to support the Library. As I learn what if any additional cuts are forthcoming I will let you know.

State Library and State budget discussion Thursday, May 12, 2011

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If the State Library goes away there will be no more:

  • State Law Library
  • State Archives  (7.67 miles of records dating from 1631)
  • Museum of Connecticut History
  • Genealogy and Connecticut History Collection
  • Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
  • Office of the Public Records Administrator
  • State Library Website with unique resources on Connecticut (1.4 million page views/yr.)
  • Federal Documents Collection (over 1 million items)
  • State Documents Collection (only complete print and electronic collection)
  • Premier research collections  (nearly 1.3 million items)
  • Connecticut Newspaper comprehensive statewide collection
  • iCONN Databases (8 million page views per year/ $27 million saved locally)
  • Statewide Catalog/Interlibrary Loan
  • State funding for the Connecticut Library Consortium
  • Access to the state’s aerial surveys
  • State Records Center
  • State and municipal records management program
  • Federal library funds (nearly $2million annually)
  • Transporting of library material between libraries (Connecticar Delivery Service)
  • Free borrowing from any library in Connecticut (Connecticard Program)
  • State Aid to Public Libraries
  • Public Library Construction grant program
  • Library Service Centers
  • Training, consulting and professional resources for library staff statewide
  • Public Library Statistics
  • Large Print Book Collections
  • Downloadable audio books
  • Summer Reading resources and training
  • Access to Legislative Histories
  • Indexing for legislative materials and the  Legislature’s website
  • Access over 36,000 digitized images of Connecticut History
  • Permanent public access to 12,000 existing and all future digital state publications
  • Video archive for The Connecticut Network
  • Publication of the Public Records of the State of Connecticut
  • Historical Probate record books and files
  • Historic Documents Preservation grant program
  • Historical Programming in schools
  • Resources for teachers such as “Connecticut Invents” (over 18,000 visits to this blog annually)


Who will be affected?

  • Anyone using a public library
  • Anyone seeking federal or state government information
  • Nearly 9,000 Blind and physically handicapped CT citizens who use LBPH
  • Lawyers, law students, the self represented
  • Students, teachers, and faculty
  • Librarians, Trustees, Friends of Libraries
  • Genealogists
  • Researchers
  • State Agencies
  • Legislators
  • School children who visit the museum (18,000/yr)
  • Judges
  • Town Clerks
  • Historical Societies
  • Museum visitors (10,000/yr)
  • Environmental engineers


What is Lost?

  • Access to government information
  • The ability to freely use any library in the state
  • The historical record of state and municipal government
  • Cooperative resource sharing
  • Oversight of public records
  • The only library in the state serving the blind and physically handicapped
  • Equitable statewide access to online resources through iCONN
  • Training programs to keep library staff current on library services and issues
  • The cost benefits of cooperative purchasing
  • Ability for environmental impact reviews to be completed for federal funds
  • Ability to complete commercial private phase one reviews for mortgages, land development

January/April CONNector Issue is here! Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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The January/April 2011 issue of the CONNector is now available online at: http://www.cslib.org/connector/11connector01_04.pdf

This latest issue of the Connecticut State Library’s newsletter includes the following topics:

–   Civil War Commemoration by State Librarian Ken Wiggin
–   Spring Comes….to Historical Connecticut by State Archivist Mark Jones
–   Gustatory Adventure and the Will to Live:  Rachel Carson’s Writings in the CT State Library
–   Connecticut Book Lovers Won’t Want to Miss This
–   Earth Day and Environmental Legislation
–   Gladys Bragdon Suffrage Interviews Notebook Donated by League of Women Voters to CSL
–   In Memoriam Rockwell (“Rock”) Harmon Potter, Jr., 1915-2011

New genealogy resources added in Digital Collections! Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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If you haven’t checked our Personal & Family Vital records collection in a while, you might be pleased to learn that many new items have just been added, including:

Vital records from a Diary in an account book in the possession of Mrs. A.C. Green of  Granby 1874-87. An alphabetically arranged birth and death index listing Granby, Connecticut residents from 1874 to 1887.  

Hebron, Baptisms – Marriages – Deaths 1752 – 1876. (Also known as The Warner Memoranda). An alphabetically arranged index listing baptisms 1752-1831, marriages 1752-1876, and deaths 1761-1856, from Hebron, Connecticut.

Records of Andrew Griswold, J. P., Lyme 1784-1810. An alphabetically arranged index of marriages performed by Andrew Griswold, Justice of the Peace, of Lyme, Connecticut from 1784 to 1810.

 Record of Deaths, North Coventry, 1826 – 1869. An alphabetically arranged index listing deaths in North Coventry, Connecticut from 1826 to 1869.

 Vital Records from Brown Diary Woodstock 1777 – 1900.  An alphabetically arranged index of births, marriages, deaths and local events in Woodstock, Connecticut from 1777 to 1900.

We are hoping to add more genealogy resources to this collection, so be sure to check back often!