Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library


The Hartford History Center collects, preserves, and makes available information and materials relating to the history, literature and culture of Hartford, Connecticut.  Collection holdings include books, letters, diaries, manuscripts, scrapbooks, pamphlets, the City of Hartford archives and the Hartford Parks Collection.


Additionally, Hartford History Center collections include maps, atlases, calendars, corporate and non-profit institutional archives, city directories and fine & graphic arts, consisting of paintings, sculpture, posters, prints and drawings. Other Hartford-specific items include yearbooks and memorabilia that share the story of the people, place, past and future of Connecticut’s capital city.



Much of the collection remains housed in traditional formats, but conversion of collections to state-of-the art digital formats is ongoing as the needs of the global customer continue to evolve in the 21st century.


The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library is an invaluable resource for local students or international researchers who seek Hartford-specific information spanning the past three centuries.


The Hartford History Center is home to the Hartford Collection, which includes works by Mark Twain, Lydia Huntley Sigourney, Noah Webster, Harriet Beecher Stowe & Wallace Stevens.


The Hartford History Center is located on the third floor of the Hartford Public Library at 500 Main Street and is open Tuesday-Friday from 1:00pm-5:00pm.   Contact: 860.695.6297 or http://hhc@hplct.org