Barbara and I have been cataloging our backlog for close to four years now. We are on our second, two year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). I have lost track, but I believe our goal for the first grant was to catalog 900 manuscripts and account books. We surpassed that goal by over 1100! As of today we are at 2940 for the second grant. The grant period ends in August and I am fully confident we will manage to get the last 60 records – and probably more – done by then.

I am rarely in the Research Center reading room, but am filling in today. I have already pulled several manuscript collections, for researchers visiting today, that I know have been cataloged as part of this project. It is so fabulous to see results from all of our work. We are so grateful to the NHPRC for providing the funding.

What does this all mean? When you search our online catalog, you can find more collections about the people and places of Connecticut than ever before. Additionally, just about everything in the catalog is available for YOU to research. Visit our website for our hours, and come visit!


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