Search Our Collections

The UConn Archives' collections can be searched using a variety of discovery tools and platforms, including our Archives Search, our collection management system for finding aids and details about our archival collections, our digital repository for primary source items, and the UConn Library catalog for published materials. 

If materials in the collections are not yet in the digital repository you can order electronic and digital copies for research purposes; refer to our Reproduction policies for more information and fill out our Reproduction Request form. Please be as specific as possible in citing the materials for which you want copies. We do not provide prints of photographs or paper photocopies.

Are you searching for a research topic for which you can use items from the UConn Archives? Our Collections Spotlights will provide some ideas and examples of photographs, documents and other primary sources you can use.

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

Archival &
Manuscript Collections


Most 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:



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, 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.


Library Catalog

Published materials in our collections, including rare books, artist books, pamphlets, alternative press, and journals, 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.