The Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA) is a collaborative effort of the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Connecticut Libraries and the Connecticut State Library. The CTDA is dedicated to the maintenance, delivery, and preservation of a wide-range of digital resources for educational and cultural institutions and state agencies in the State of Connecticut. Documents from the Bethel Library’s collection include items from the P. T. Barnum collection generously donated by Laurence Gibson and Cynthia NeJame, including letters and correspondence, rare broadsides, photographs, and cartes-de-visite, as well as artifacts from General Tom Thumb, Jenny Lind and Commodore Nutt. Click here to access the Bethel Collection.
The collection includes historical photographs, maps, postcards and more from digitized collections of libraries throughout Connecticut. Documents from the Bethel Library’s collection include the Town of Bethel’s Sesquicentennial Commemorative booklet. Up to 100 items from the Library’s collection will be posted over time and will include excerpts from the Historic Architectural Survey of the Village of Bethel produced in 1986 by the Bethel Historical Society and CT Historical Commission; Maria Parloa’s book Camp Cookery, plus excerpts from her longer books; photographs and articles on Parloa and the Seelye family; and the library history book written by former Library director Lynn Rosato. Other items to be submitted include centennial documents, postcards, photographs and other materials from the local history collection.
To access the Bethel Collection: Once on the homepage, select the drop down menu from “participating towns,” then choose Bethel.
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