Search Our Collections

ASC's collections can be searched using a variety of discovery tools and platforms. If you have questions about accessing our materials, please contact us at

Archival and Manuscript Collections: ArchivesSearch

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are described in guides called finding aids, which provide information about the content, organization, and types of material in a collection.

Search finding aids and collection inventories:

Digital Collections: Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA)

Over 750,000 primary source items in many of our unique collections can be found in the UConn Library’s digital repository. Digital collections can be browsed by theme or through keyword searches that can be narrowed by material type, topic, place, name or collection.

While we are adding digital files to the repository at a fast pace, please be aware that these represent a small percentage of our collection holdings. Please contact us if you are not finding what you seek in the digital repository.

Published Materials: Library Catalog

Published materials in our collections (rare books, artist books, pamphlets, alternative press, and others) can be searched through the UConn Library’s online catalog.

Materials in Archives & Special Collections do not circulate. If materials are not available in the digital repository, they can be studied only in the McDonald Reading Room.

If you are a cultural heritage institution wishing to borrow original materials from our collections contact us at

Electronic and digital copies from our collections can be requested for research purposes. If materials in the collections are not yet in the digital repository you can order copies; please refer to our Reproduction policies. Please be as specific as possible in citing the materials for which you want copies.

If you have questions about how to find and search our collections, contact our research services department at