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Material Available for Research at the Hartford History Center: Government, Places, and Schools

A guide to some of the people, places, and organizations represented within the collections of the Hartford History Center.

Hartford Research

The collections listed below are among those held by the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library. Both primary and secondary sources are included. No two collections are the same; the quality, quantity, formats, and accessibility of each collection varies greatly. Please contact us if you have specific questions about any of these.  

Our online catalog contains records for all of the books held by the HHC, as well as our periodical collection, some of our manuscript collections, and a number of photographs. For more in depth information regarding our manuscript collections, please visit our finding aids page. Our photographs may also be accessed via the Connecticut Digital Archive.   860.695.6297


Portion of a deed, Hartford City and Town Clerk Archives

Annual Reports
Board of Charity Commissioners 
Board of Finance
Board of Fire Commissioners  
Board of Health
Board of Public Works
Board of Street Commissioners 
Board of Trade
Charter revision
City and Town Clerk archives
City Manager
City Treasurer
Commission on the City Plan
Department of Housing
Department of Parks and Recreation
Department of Planning and Economic Development
Department of Social Services
Engineering Department
Financial reports
Fire Department
Journal of the Board of Aldermen
Journal of the Court of Common Council 
Juvenile Commission
Municipal Art Society
Municipal codes
Municipal Library and Rent Commission
Municipal register
Police Department
Public Welfare commission
Redevelopment Agency
Urban Research Committee 
Water Commission Board


Colt Park Band Shell

Colt Park Band Shell, 1921

Barnard Park
Batterson Park
Bushnell Memorial Hall
Bushnell Park
Charter Oak Park
Charter Oak Terrace
Colonial Theater  
Colt Park
Elizabeth Park 
Goodwin Park
Hartford Atheneum Lyceum
Hartford Civic Center
Keney Park
Keney Tower
Park River 
Park River Conduit
Parson's Theater
Pope Park
Riverside Park 
Riverview Towers
Rocky Ridge Park
Village Street Green


Dwight School, 1907

Dwight School, 1907

American School for the Deaf
Annie Fisher
Capital Community Technical College
Charter Oak State College 
Clark Street
Connecticut Common School 
Hannum's Hartford Business College 
Hartford Academy of Business
Hartford Architecture Conservancy 
Hartford Art School
Hartford Ballet Co.
Hartford College of Law
Hartford Female Seminary
Hartford Graduate Center, The
Hartford Institute of Accounting
Hartford Institute of Criminology Inc.
Hartford Public High School
Hartford Public Schools
Hartford Secretarial School
Hartford Seminary Foundation
Hartford Seminary Foundation 
Hartford Technical Institute 
Hartt College of Music
Herzfield School of Dancing
Holcomb Street School
Home Contractor's Institute 
Huntsinger's Business College
Julius Hartt School of Music
Kingswood School
Mary Ward Secretarial School
McKeown Secretarial School
Miss Draper's Seminary
Morse College
New England Technical Institute
Oak Hill 
Our Lady of Sorrows 
Oxford School
Porter School of Tools and Machine Design
Quirk Middle School 
Rawson School 
Remington Experimental School 
Sarah Shipman Estlow School of Dance
Ward Technical College, University of Hartford
Weaver High School
Shanti Alternative School

South Arsenal Neighborhood
Development Association 

Southwest School 
Trinity College
University of Connecticut, Hartford Campus
University of Hartford
Vidil-Rock School of Modern Languages 
Washington Street School 
Watkinson School
West Middle School

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