Topics in Connecticut History

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Luzerne County Historical Society

Important collections on early Wyoming, including early township proprietors' records, land records, tax lists, and church records, are at the Luzerne County Historical Society, 49 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18701 (Tel. (570) 823-6244). The society also sponsored the publication of The Susquehannah Company Papers, ed. Julian P. Boyd and Robert J. Taylor, 11 volumes (Cornell University Press); available at the Connecticut State Library and in many other larger genealogical libraries.

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About Connecticut: A Brief History of the State Read more
Charter Oak - Connecticut's State Tree Read more
Charter of 1662 - Image & Transcription of the Charter

The Charter of 1662 (image), The Charter of 1662 (transcription)

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Colonial Connecticut Records

The official record books of the General Court/General Assembly, containing proceedings and other materials. This 15 volume collection contains a wealth of information for those researching Connecticut people, government, history and law. Colonial Connecticut Records. (CCR) provides online delivery of the complete digitized volumes. 

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Connecticut Native American Tribes

The Encyclopedia of Connecticut: A Volume of Encyclopedia of the United States lists the following Native American groups (Indians) found in Connecticut:

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Connecticut State Seal

The current State Seal is also known as the Great Seal. You can also find information on the Colonial Seal and on the Original Seal.

This additional information on the symbolism of the grapevines, compiled by State Library staff, may prove useful:

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Connecticut's "Panhandle"

Under an agreement with the Dutch in 1650, the western boundary of Connecticut was to extend northward from the west side of Greenwich Bay "provided the said line come not within 10 miles of Hudson River."


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Connecticut's "Southwick Jog"

The notch in Connecticut's northern border, just above Granby, is sometimes called the "Southwick Jog".


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Connecticut's Historical Firsts Read more
Connecticut's Nicknames

The "Constitution State"


Connecticut's official nickname is the "Constitution State". According to the Connecticut State Register and Manual, 1998, p. 832:


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Early History of Connecticut

Early History. A brief historical overview.

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Founders of Windsor

The following is a list of the Founders of the town of Windsor, amended and approved by the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor, Inc. as of June 1996. 

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Founding Documents of Connecticut

Connecticut, the "Constitution State," has a rich history of written governmental and civil documents that helped bind and create first a British colony, and later one of the original thirteen United States of America. The Founding Documents collection focuses on the historic documents that helped guide and frame what Connecticut became both governmentally and geographically.

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Fundamental Orders

The Fundamental Orders

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Guide to the "Amistad Affair"

In 1839, fifty-three African captives, illegally sold into slavery and being transported off Cuba, revolted and took La Amistad north. Near Long Island, they were seized by a U. S. Navy vessel and brought to Connecticut. Spain pressed for the return of the ship and its cargo, including the Africans. Over the next two years, their story and the legal case that ensued captured the imagination of the public, and abolitionists, churches, townspeople and college students mobilized in their support.

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Guide to The Hartford Circus Fire, July 6, 1944

On July 6, 1944, a fire broke out during a matinee performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Despite circus employee attempts to limit the blaze, it quickly spread, engulfing the big top in flames. One hundred and sixty seven people died. Six victims remained unidentified, including a little girl long known only as Little Miss 1565. In 1991, arson investigator Rick Davey announced he had identified her as Eleanor Cook (see A Matter of Degree), but Stewart O'Nan (The Circus Fire: A True Story) does not concur with this identification.

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Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)

Administered since 1933 through cooperative agreements with the National Park Service, the Library of Congress, and the private sector, ongoing programs have created more than 350,000 measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written histories for more than 35,000 historic structures and sites dating from Pre-Columbian times to the twentieth century. State Archives Record Group 33:28 includes copies of measured drawings and an index to them prepared in 1981 by Jessie Kenny, a volunteer worker from the Hartford Architecture Conservancy.

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Historic Preservation and Museum Division

The Historic Preservation and Museum Division of the Offices of Culture and Tourism functions under federal law as Connecticut's State Historic Preservation Office. It administers a broad range of federal and state programs that identify, register, and protect the buildings, sites, structures, district, and objects that comprise Connecticut's cultural heritage.

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History of Connecticut's Capitals

View of the CT State CapitolThe Connecticut Colony (Hartford) and the New Haven Colony were two separate colonies until 1662, when a charter from King Charles II united them. According to Guide to the History and Historic Sites of Connecticut by Florence S. M. Crofut (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1937), Hartford was the only capital of the new unit until 1701.

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List of Books on Connecticut's History

This bibliography is intended to serve as a guide to the wide variety of published materials available on Connecticut's history. Many of the works listed may also be found in other Connecticut libraries; consult reQuest, the statewide library catalog for locations.


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Manuscript collections include letters, diaries, account books, minutes of organizations' meetings, and genealogies, and cover subjects in Connecticut history: politics; military, economic, industrial, religious, social, maritime and naval history; Native American Indians; women; education; individuals and families; architecture; professional organizations; public health and medicine; transportation; law; agriculture; public art and photography

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Nathan Hale

Reproduced from the State Register and Manual.

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National Archives and Records Administration

National Archives and Records Administration. Includes information on the holdings and services of National Archives branches nationwide and information on genealogical resources, veteran’s service records, and microfilm publications. Searchable databases are included in the “Access to Archival Databases (AAD)” section.

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National Register of Historic Places

Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a program that coordinates and supports public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant to American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The Register reflects properties approved by a review board and the National Parks Service.

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