Photo of handwritten document about Divorce Records Entered in Early Connecticut Superior Court Record Books, 1716-1798

State Archives

Since 1855 the Connecticut State Library has acquired historical records from the three branches of State government. In 1909, the General Assembly made the State Library the official State Archives. The Archives contains more than 50,000 cubic feet and 20 terabytes of records documenting the evolution of state public policy and its implementation, the rights and claims of citizens, and the history of Connecticut and its people.

Van Block State Library Storage Facility

Access to archival records and other reference services are provided through the History & Genealogy unit, phone number: 860-757-6500 or email us.

For a chronological history see: Time-Line of Important Dates in the History of Connecticut’s Public Records and State Archives Programs (PDF).

October 11 is Electronic Records Day!

October is Connecticut Archives Month!


Question: How do I transfer records to the State Archives? 

Answer: State agency staff members should work with their agency’s Records Management Liaison Officer (RMLO) to transfer public records with permanent archival value to the State Archives. For guidelines and procedures on transferring records refer to State Archives Policy 01: Transfer of Historical Records to the State Archives or Other Approved Archival Repository and Procedures for the Transfer of Historical Public Records to the State Archives.

Question: How do I donate an item to the Connecticut State Archives? 

Answer: Individuals and groups wanting to or have questions about donating items to the Connecticut State Archives should contact State Archivist Lizette Pelletier.

Lizette Pelletier is the State Archivist.

Phone Number: 860-757-6511 860-757-6542

State Archives Resources

Collections Resource Links include Aerial Photograph LibGuide, Databases, Finding aids etc.
The Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board (CT SHRAB) is a nineteen member board appointed by the governor.
Policies and procedures for transferring records to the State Archives.
News from Connecticut State Archives. The most recent news items are at the top of the list.