The State's Filing Cabinet
The government has a very long paper trail. For hundreds of years, Connecticut's elected officials have kept records documenting the workings of the state and the colonial government before it. From hotly disputed legislative bills, local debates on national issues, and aiding local communities in a disaster, these records illustrate the growth and development of Connecticut, from its earliest colonial times to the present day. By law, much of it is open to the public.

Join Connecticut’s Old State House and Connecticut State Library for a new joint series The State’s Filing Cabinet, where we will take a deep dive into how the state creates, keeps, and preserves the miles of government documentation in its collection. State Library staff from the State Archives, Office of the Public Records Administrator, and Reference Services explain how they manage, preserve, and make accessible public records and information. Why is it important to preserve them, and how are new technologies changing how records are created. How do these collections shed light on individual, organizational, and institutional history in our State.

WHERE?: CT's Old State House (800 Main St., Hartford)

WHEN?: See each program date below
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Recordkeeping in Connecticut, Then and Now
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