Researching at the CHS

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The Connecticut Historical Society’s Waterman Research Center is your point of access to the millions of objects, manuscripts, photographs, prints, books, maps, and historical documents in our collection. Begin your search here.

Access to the Waterman Research Center is by appointment only.

Digital Reproductions

Available for personal, educational, and commercial use Digital reproductions of images, manuscripts, and artifacts in the Connecticut Historical Society collection are available for personal, educational,…

Research Tools

A list of the extensive resources to begin your research. The catalogs and subject guides available online are a great introduction to the many materials…

Independent Researchers for Hire

Please note: Researchers for hire are not Connecticut Historical Society employees. Inclusion on the independent researcher list should not be viewed as an endorsement of…

Family History & Genealogy

The CHS is an excellent resource for researching your family history. The Connecticut Historical Society is a great place to start or continue research into…

Credit Line, Citations, and Copyright

How to use images from the CHS collection The Connecticut Historical Society is committed to digitizing its collections to make them available remotely to users…

Research Fellowships

A participant in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC) The Connecticut Historical Society is a participant in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC),…

The Women of Color Suffrage project

Colored Women’s Liberty Loan Committee, October 21, 1917, RG012, State Archives, Connecticut State Library | From left to right, Elizabeth R. Morris, Mary A. Johnson,…

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Research Center Hours

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Research open from 12:00-4:30 by appointment only


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