The Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board [CT SHRAB] and Conservation ConneCTion [CC] have launched a statewide survey to collect information on resources that document the experiences and representations of African Americans, Native Americans, and other people of color in Connecticut from the colonial era to the present. The Subject Guide Project will collect information found in archives in Connecticut that reveal the stories, experiences, and history of these traditionally excluded voices.
In addition to completing the survey, CT SHRAB and CC is offering participating institutions the opportunity to apply for one of ten free 1-2 day Traveling Archivist site visits to help identify documentation of African Americans, Native Americans, and other people of color that may be found in manuscripts, books and other printed or published materials, graphics, photographs, account books, religious and community institutional records, genealogy and family history papers, town records, probate records and inventories, and microfilm. These ten institutions will work with the Traveling Archivist to create a subject guide on the archival collections in their repository that document the history of people of color. The subject guides will be added to Connecticut’s Archive Online so that they are searchable online.
Here is the link to the survey - https://forms.gle/GpPhq44mCqHhD7ED7
The surveys must be completed by June 9, 2023 to be eligible for a site visit from the Traveling Archivists. Successful applicants will be notified in July 2023.
Watch the recording of the information session from April 24, 2023 here -
Contact Kathy Craughwell-Varda at CSL.ConservationConnection@ct.gov
This project is supported by a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.