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Upgrade to Digital Collections: temporary disruption to aerial maps Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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The software for the Digital Collections at the Connecticut State Library will be upgraded this evening, Jan. 31, 2012 to provide a new look and improved user functions such as enhanced zooming and panning and viewing images in full screen. Unfortunately, during the transition, access to the maps for Connecticut’s Aerial Surveys will be disabled. We apologize for any inconvenience and will work to restore access as soon as possible.


William H. Thompson Photographs of Hartford, 1903-1906, Now Available in Digital Collections and Flickr Friday, January 27, 2012

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Main St. at the Old State House
The Connecticut State Library has recently completed the digitization of the William H. Thompson Photographs of Hartford, 1903-1906 (PG 430), which is now available in its Digital Collections and Flickr site.  The photograph set in Flickr is arranged in chronological order.  The collection consists of approximately 93 black and white photographs and 6 prints that appear to be the originals. 
An interesting note about this collection is the change in some of the street names.  Thompson from 1903-1906 took photographs of street scenes, river scenes, architecture, statues, and parks of central Hartford.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibit Now Open; Holiday Commission Records Finding Aid Available Online Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibit opened this month in Memorial Hall at the State Library’s Museum of Connecticut History, 231 Capitol Avenue in Hartford.  The exhibit documents King’s and Governor Dempsey’s communications concerning the civil rights movement, Connecticut’s response to King’s death, and the creation and work of the Connecticut Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission.  Included in the exhibit are remarks, telegrams, programs, photographs, proclamations, posters, lists, and brochures.

A State Archives intern recently completed an online finding aid for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission records (RG 154:003).

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 29, 1929 to Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King in Atlanta, Georgia.  He was ordained at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta in February 1948.  On June 18, 1953 Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott were married.  In 1957 he helped co-found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).  King was a pivotal leader in the non-violent civil rights movement from 1955 to his death in 1968.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray as he walked on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis on April 4, 1968.

United States Representative John Conyers introduced legislation four days after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death for a national holiday.  President Ronald Reagan signed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day into law on November 2, 1983.  The first national celebration occurred on January 20, 1986.  Governor William A. O’Neil issued Executive Order Number 15 on January 10, 1986 creating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities as its secretariat.

The Connecticut General Assembly in 1989 passed Public Act 89-258, “An Act Creating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission,” to ensure the “commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the state is meaningful and reflective of the spirit with which he lived and the struggles for which he died.”  The commission, which is still active today, is composed of nineteen appointed commissioners, who work to plan an annual celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sponsor a youth conference and provide reports on activities in the state.

The exhibit may be viewed Monday through Friday 9:00 to 4:00; and Saturday 9:00 to 2:00 through mid-April.  All exhibits are free and open to the public.

Popular Image & Historical Reality: Separating Truth from Fiction in the History of Slavery in Salem, Conn. Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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 Bruce Stark, retired Assistant State Archivist, will discuss the impact of a newspaper story published over a decade ago, its rapid acceptance by the public, and what an analysis of the historical record reveals about it.  Mr. Stark’s research into primary sources attempts to separate fact from fiction in a case where a newspaper article about a “slave plantation” in Salem, Connecticut, based upon two flawed sources, rapidly became transformed into established truth – that there was a huge slave plantation in a rural town in the middle of nowhere.

The talk will be presented on Thursday, January 19, 2012 from Noon to 12:45 in Memorial Hall, Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford.   Stark’s talk is part of the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Third Thursday Brown Bag Lunchtime speaker series which features a variety of speakers on various aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public.

Thursday, January 19,  2012
Noon – 12:45
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall

About the Speaker:
Bruce P. Stark served as Assistant State Archivist at the Connecticut State Library before retiring in 2009.  His areas of expertise include General Assembly, judicial, and municipal records, with a special emphasis on those concerning people of color.  A former president of ASCH,  Stark has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Connecticut and has written and spoken extensively on Connecticut history subjects.

 About the State Library:
The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closing Thursday, January 5, 2012

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All State Library facilities will be closed on Saturday, January 14th & Monday, January 16th, 2012 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.