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We have a new website for The Maurice Sendak Collection, available at, where you will find information about the collection, its reproduction policies, and news and events.

Are you wondering what went on in Archives & Special Collections in 2019? Read our annual report.


Programs and Special Events

There will be a special showing of the film “Who is Bozo Texino” on Thursday, February 6, at 7p.m., in Konover Auditorium in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. This travel adventure shows the folkloric practice of hobos and railroad graffiti and the quest for the true identify of railroading’s greatest artist.


New Collections and Recent Acquisitions

The Aetna Insurance Company was founded in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1853, originally as a life insurance company which later expanded into other lines of insurance coverage. In November 2018 the company was purchased by CVS Health.

In November 2019 the company donated its historical records to Archives & Special Collections, which accepted the company’s publications, reports and other paper records, and the Connecticut State Library, which now holds Aetna’s photographic and audiovisual archival records. In the future items in the entire collection will be available in the Connecticut Digital Archive.



“UConn Through the Viewfinder” draws on a recent donation of photographic negatives by photojournalist and UConn alumnus Howard Goldbaum, and explores campus life and the unique perspective of student photojournalism in the late 1960s. The exhibition, a collaboration between the Benton Museum, the UConn Archives, and the School of Fine Arts, will run until March 13 at the Benton Museum.

You can find out more about the exhibit at and many of Mr. Goldbaum’s photographs can be found in the UConn Library digital repository at


There & Back Again: A Hobo’s Tale is an exhibition of perspectives from the boxcar, featuring materials from the Alternative Press Collection; New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Collection; and the David Peters Railroad Collection, now available in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center Gallery until February 28. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9a.m. to 4p.m.

[Exhibits coming soon]

[Some information of former exhibits/videos that may have accompanied former exhibits – link to new page]


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