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Connecticut State Library and State Archives

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Address: 231 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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I had traveled to Connecticut to do genealogical research and the Library offered so much that could not be found elsewhere. The staff was beyond helpful. Loved the card files... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had traveled to Connecticut to do genealogical research and the Library offered so much that could not be found elsewhere. The staff was beyond helpful. Loved the card files and actually found a death record that I had been searching for, for over 13 years. If the staff had not given me the map showing the changing of the... More 

Thank Shalynne
Corpus Christi, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent a couple of hours here on a Saturday morning. Street parking on Saturdays is free and they open a parking lot that is usually for staff. The building is relatively deserted and you have to find the correct doorway to enter, but if you follow the directions carefully, it is all good. I could have spent two days... More 

Thank Susan M
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

This is THE place to study Connecticut history and genealogy. Their collections are unparalleled, much of it unique. The staff is friendly and helpful. Do walk upstairs to the law library and the wonderful small museum. Can't beat the price, which is free!

Thank CleanWouldBeNice
Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

The support staff and the materials are outstanding. I was researching the 1870s and the newspaper on site materials were incredibly helpful. Off site materials can be ordered and delivered within a day or so. The rules for the use of archive materials are apprpriately enforced. I did not visit the museum. The interior needs to be restored and regilted... More 

Thank Jerandnanc
Wethersfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The State of Connecticut has opened the renovated Library filling it with artifacts and historic memorablia. It's a pleasant diversion for a history buff but don't go out of you way to visit. It'll be there when you want to walk by

Thank Velma Sue
New Britain, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Wow one of the best Library's in Connecticut, it has a wonderful Colt Gun Museum that shares how the west was won! It also has a lot of Connecticut history and art. A must see for the whole family.

1 Thank TheVoiceofCT
Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We were here doing genealogical research. The staff was friendly, very cooperative in their help and it is a great resource for research of Connecticut colonial families.

1 Thank Al M
Providence, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I love all museums. While I had a good experience at this attraction, I was disappointed in the condition of the exhibits and the fact that it doesn't look like it has been updated in 50 years except to put a posted of Ella Grasso on top of an old voting booth maybe 35 years ago. When you walk in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I am doing research on my Great Great Uncle who served in the Civil War. Lots of resources and lots of nice people to help you out. Have to go back to look at more books and papers.

1 Thank parmalat
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I visited this place with a group of friends, all students of history. This place with its collection of newspapers, directories and a host of other archives interested me a lot! It was an amazing feeling to go through some of the collection which were very old but were equally valuable. Great information on the Revolutionary War Period! Am Glad... More 

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