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Bald? Try Onions!

December 10, 2009 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Dr. Howell Rogers of Colchester, Connecticut recorded a cure for baldness. It involved onions.

March in the Archives: Civil War collections

It has been a while since I wrote a [Month] in the Archives post, but with the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the number of related collections we cataloged in March, it seems like a good time to return to the series. Scholars of the Civil War may already know of these collections; most…
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The CHS “Junk Drawer”

July 20, 2011 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

This post was written by Archives volunteer Marie Jarry. All of us have that drawer at home for items we don’t know what else to do with–the junk drawer, the miscellaneous drawer. Perhaps you have a shoebox designated as such or even an entire closet. Well the Connecticut Historical Society has their own version of…
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Historical Surgeries

August 25, 2011 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Dr. Howard Franklin Smith, assistant house surgeon at Hartford Hospital, kept a  notebook from April to June of 1897 recording his patient’s ailments and treatments. Many of these cases are a little unusual! Dr. Smith noted his patients’ professions and countries of origin. He saw people from all walks of life, from saddlemakers to school…
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Results!

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…
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Celebrating America

July 4, 2013 · Collections ·

For over 230 years, Americans have been celebrating the birth of America.  Although our celebrations of America generally culminate on the fourth of July, have you ever stopped to think of the ways we might celebrate America every day of the year?  Let me give you a few historical examples of how people in the…
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Clothing the troops

November 7, 2013 · Collections ·

Clothing is one of the basic necessities provided by the American government to its faithful soldiers.  Even as a patriot army before the United States was truly a nation in her own right, she still did her best to clothe her troops.  One of my favorite uniform pieces in the CHS collection is a uniform…
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A Keepsake

January 8, 2014 · Collections ·

It only measures 3-3/8” tall and 2” wide and has a gold stamp on the front and back cover. It is one of the latest additions to the CHS collection. The title is A Story for the Beautiful and it is inscribed “For Mary from Mary” and Hartford, 1845. The binding may be an example…
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America’s First “Brown Water” Navy

April 17, 2014 · Collections ·

This past weekend we offered a special Civil War-themed behind the scenes tour at CHS. I spent a day selecting a wide variety of objects, manuscripts and graphics items to include in the tour, including several that I had not used in the past. Among these was a pair of fine photographs of river gunboats…
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Wolcott goes online

April 30, 2014 · Collections ·

With grant money from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a division within the National Archives, we recently started a project to digitize manuscript collections that have already been captured on microfilm. The digitized images are going to be available on Connecticut History Online, and there will be links from our online finding…
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My nephew wants to know

October 22, 2014 · Collections ·

When new manuscript materials, whether a single item or a whole collection, come to CHS, I need to spend time getting to know the individuals whose names appear in the documents in order to put things into context.

Hygrothermograph

How Does CHS Preserve Its Historic Treasures?

By Tasha Caswell, Research and Collections Associate at the CHS  Here at the Connecticut Historical Society, we do a lot of preservation work. Preservation is different from conservation – when an item is preserved, it is not altered; rather, steps are taken to protect it from deterioration. Conservation, on the other hand, involves physically treating the…
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Newgate Prison Document Acquired

April 21, 2016 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

A very recent addition to the CHS collection is a Revolutionary War era document related to Newgate Prison. Documents like these don’t come around very often.

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