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University of Hartford early history collection

Identifier: ARCH011

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the early history of the University of Hartford, beginning with the original talks held by the founders. The collection contains original legal documents, blueprints, correspondence, memos, receipts, and photographs. There are also several written and oral histories written about the founding from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.


  • 1892-2006


Conditions Governing Access

The physical collection is open to all researchers. However, one file is currently restricted. Some digital copies of materials have an IP embargo in place. Any patron can access these restricted digital materials while on the University of Hartford campus using a device connected to the University’s internet. University students, faculty, and staff may also access this material off-campus by using the following link and logging in with their University username and password: .

Conditions Governing Use

The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (U.S. Code: Title 17). Any use of the material which exceeds fair use requires permission from the copyright holder. Researchers are solely responsible for obtaining the proper permission(s) for their use of the material.


5.5 Linear Feet

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This collection contains original legal documents, correspondence, memos, photographs, and oral and written histories relating to the founding of the University ranging from 1892-2006.


The collection has been arranged into six series: I. Early university records, II. Histories, III. Founders, IV. Recordings and transcripts, V. Photographs, and VI. Duplicates.

Existence and Location of Copies

The recordings in the collection have been digitized and are available at

Processing Information

In 2015, the identifier of this collection was changed to ARCH011. Previously it had multiple identifiers including: B1-B15; B30; B75/1; B75/2.

Collection was reprocessed by Rachel Anderson, November 2022.

  • VHS copy of "Governor Ribicoff Signing the University of Hartford Into Being" film.
  • VHS copy of "Governor Ribicoff Signing the University of Hartford Into Being" film.
Guide to the University of Hartford early history collection
Ethel Bacon, unknown date; copied notes and container list to ArchivesSpace from word document, Tiffany Crawford, Nov. 2015; revised by Rachel Anderson, Nov. 2022.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Hartford Archives & Special Collections Repository

200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford CT 06117 United States