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About The Project


Phase 2: Winter 2009-2010

Site & Content Updates

In November 2009, the University of Connecticut Libraries Information and Technology Team and the libraries' Digital Projects Team decided to migrate the CCR site off of its older server and ColdFusion architecture and onto a newer virtual server infrastructure. In addition, the Digital Programs Team decided to re-scan and OCR the original volumes in 24-bit color through its partnership with the Internet Archive's Open Content Alliance scanning center in Boston, MA and replace the older bitonal page scans.

Phase 1: 2000-2001

from the orginal Phase I website, retrieved 2/17/10...

About the Project

Colonial Connecticut Records (CCR) is a digital collection created by staff at the University of Connecticut Libraries and supported generously by the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center and the Connecticut State Library. The project aims to bring the colonial history of Connecticut alive and more accessible to users worldwide by the online delivery of the complete, digitized volumes of the Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776. By making the texts available online, not only for the University of Connecticut community but also for users worldwide, our team of digitization specialists is focusing on delivering historical Connecticut information to researchers regardless of space and time.

This project has been four years in the making and developed directly to fulfill the research needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Connecticut. We would like to acknowledge the staff at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center for their expertise, equipment, and time in helping to formulate the first phase of the project. In addition, we wish to thank the staff at the Connecticut State Library who so generously donated new, high-quality images of the Public Records that are currently being used throughout CCR. These new images were digitized by Northern Micrographics from publications owned by the Connecticut State Library.

Currently, it is possible to access scanned images of all fifteen volumes by browsing an A-Z subject index, searching by date, or searching by volume and page number. Although full-text and keyword access to the text is not yet available, future phases of the project will most certainly incorporate this level of advanced access.

About the Original Materials

CCR was created by digitizing microfilm copies of the following printed volumes: Connecticut (Colony). The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, from April 1636 to October 1776 ... transcribed and published, (in accordance with a resolution of the General assembly). Hartford: Brown & Parsons. 1850-1890. 15 vols. The original archival materials that served as the sources for the text of the published Public Records of the Colony are housed in the State Archives at the Connecticut State Library. Because there are some differences between the texts of the documents as found in the original manuscripts and the transcriptions of those documents in the published volumes, researchers interested in using primary sources are advised to consult the originals in the State Archives at the Connecticut State Library.

Project Team & Contributors

The CCR Project has been supported by many dedicated individuals throughout the University of Connecticut Libraries, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, and the Connecticut State Library.

David F. Avery, CCR Project Manager University of Connecticut Storrs, CT

Steven K. Wieda Webmaster/Database Developer University of Connecticut Storrs, CT

Heidi N. Abbey Digital Collections Librarian University of Connecticut Storrs, CT

Digital Collections Planning Team, University of Connecticut Libraries

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center (Scanning, Phase I)

Electronic Scriptorium (Scanning and populating the Access databases, Phase I)

Connecticut State Library (Donation of new scanned images, Phase II)