CT Supreme Court postcard, 1910
CT Supreme Court Historical Society

Resources for Research


Collier, Christopher and Bonnie Collier. The Literature of Connecticut History. (The Connecticut Scholar, Occasional Papers of the Connecticut Humanities Council, Number 6). Middletown, CT: Connecticut Humanities Council, 1983.

This is an extensive annotated bibliography that is arranged chronologically and topically, and is an excellent resource tool for beginning Connecticut historical research.

C1917 Postcard of the Supreme Courtonnecticut State Library

This page from the Connecticut State Library web site provides a list of published materials about the courts of Connecticut.

 Searchable Online Catalogs and Databases 


RLG is a not-for-profit membership organization of over 150 universities, national libraries, archives, historical societies, and other institutions, and this internet search engine allows the researcher to search their databases by topic, name, or word.

Center for Connecticut Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University - Willimantic

The Center's website indicates that access to the collections is provided through the Consul (Connecticut State Universities Libraries and Connecticut State Library) service. The static page indicates that some Amistad materials, as well as a collection of historical newspapers are available for research.

Connecticut's Heritage Gateway

The Connecticut Humanities Council has created a searchable directory of the state's historical resources for teachers, students, researchers and others. The directory can be searched by topic, subject, name, or time period. If the search result is positive, the display indicates the name of the collection and the institution where it is held.

Connecticut Historical Society

This site provides access, through the Connecticut statewide library's Request system, to 100,000 books, including many rare books and children's books, and 3,000,000 manuscripts, including account books, diaries, and letters. It appears that there are at least three collections pertaining to the Connecticut Supreme Court.

Online Computer Library Center (OCLC-WorldCat)

This site allows the researcher to find books, periodicals, videos, and other materials available in libraries from around the world.

Trinity College, Watkinson Library

This site has an alphabetized listing of its holdings, some of which have digitized finding aids.

University of Connecticut Colonial Connecticut Records

The University of Connecticut has prepared a digitized and indexed copy of the volumes of the Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776.

Yale University Libraries

The consolidated catalog, Orbis, allows the researcher to search by keywords, author, title, etc., but it may not reflect all the Library’s holdings. The Yale Law School has an entirely separate catalog, MORRIS that should be searched to locate the Law Library's holdings, including the extensive Rare Book collection.


 Non-Searchable Library Resources 

Connecticut College Special Collections

Special Collections has an alphabetical list of its holdings, but it is not searchable. Contact the institution for assistance.

University of Connecticut - Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

This site has an alphabetical listing of the Center's holdings, but the list is not text-searchable.


 Online State Judicial Branch Resources 

Biographical Information About Connecticut Judges

This is an alphabetized index, with links to essays published in the Connecticut Reporter commemorating the appointments, resignations, retirements and obituaries of state judges and attorneys.

Connecticut State Library Guide to the Records of the Judicial Department (772 kb large file) Supreme Court Postcard, copyright 1910

This Guide provides an overview of the history of the Connecticut courts and the division of responsibility for retention of the records of the Judicial Department. The detailed box list provides the researcher with a good idea of whether material of interest would be located in the State Archives. After reviewing the Guide, a researcher could contact a research archivist and be able to discuss their project and the particular items of interest in the collection.

State of Connecticut Judicial Branch

The Judicial Branch website describes the organization of the state's courts. It also includes an Online Tour of the Supreme Court Building and a link to the video "Enduring Grandeur."

Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries

This website includes twenty short articles about Connecticut legal history, including one about Tapping Reeve and the Litchfield Law School.


 Other Historical Societies in Connecticut 

Fairfield Historical Society

The library of the Fairfield Historical Society contains over 10,000 volumes on the history of Fairfield, Fairfield County and the State of Connecticut. In addition to these volumes, there are 700 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, more than 2,000 photographs, microforms, and maps. The Tapping Reeve Papers are of primary interest to the Connecticut legal historian. The website contains an alphabetical listing of the collections, but it is not text searchable.

Litchfield Historical Society

The Litchfield Historical Society preserves and interprets the history of the town of Litchfield through its history museum, the Tapping Reeve House and Law School, and the Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library. Visitors to the Society’s Web site can search finding aids and a database of artifact collections.

In addition to descriptions of its own activities, their website also links to The Ledger, a biographical database containing entries for all known students of the Litchfield Law School and the Litchfield Female Academy.

New Haven Museum and Historical Society

This society was formerly known as the New Haven Colony Historical Society. Its library holds over 30,000 volumes and more than 250 manuscript collections that can be used by researchers on a fee basis. This is a private institution, but is open to the public for research on a daily fee basis or society membership.

Old State House

The Court Room in the Old State House is where the Court of Connecticut met from1796 to 1878. Guided tours of the Court Room and remainder of the rooms in the Old State House are available.

Simsbury Historical Society

The Simsbury Historical Society has an archival collection, but its website states that a search is available by appointment only. Finding aids can only be searched by the staff. Box lists may be available to researchers at the archival staff's discretion.

 Related Links