Using the Research Center
Please note that the Waterman Research Center will be closed Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 to accommodate a research group from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Because of the nature of the Connecticut Historical Society materials, certain registration procedures and regulations apply to keep our collection safe and available for future use. Here are a few things you should expect when arriving at the CHS to do research:
Limited Service vs. Full Service Hours:
The Research Center is open for browsing of
Reading Room materials only from 12:00 - 5:00 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. For full service, including research assistance and access to pulled materials from the closed stacks or other parts of the collection, the hours are 12:00 - 5:00 pm on Thursday and 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Friday and Saturday.
On your first visit to the Research Center, you will be asked to fill out a registration card. Please bring a driver's license or other form of photo identification. You may be asked to update your registration information each year.
Pencils, laptop computers, digital cameras, and loose papers may be brought into the Research Center. A coat rack and free lockers are available for all of your other belongings (coats, purses, brief cases, tote-bags, computer bags, folders, etc.) Paper is provided to researchers using historical manuscripts.
Photocopies and Print-outs:
Because of the fragile nature of many materials, books over 100 years old and bound manuscripts may not be photocopied, although they may be photographed. Additional restrictions may apply to some manuscript materials. There is a charge of 25¢ per sheet for photocopies and microfilm/microfiche print-outs. 11" x 17" photocopies and color copies are 50¢. Coins are not necessary.
Retrieval of Materials:
Although some reference materials and microfilm/microfiche are available in the Reading Room, most of the CHS collection is stored in closed stacks or storage areas and must be requested by completing call slips. Materials are retrieved continually throughout the day until 4:30 pm. We will make every effort to retrieve your requested materials promptly. Some requests for fragile or large objects may require advance notice.
Rights & Reproductions:
CHS objects, images, or other materials may not be published without written permission. More information is available in the Digital Reproductions section of this site.
Please note that the Connecticut Historical Society reserves the right to inspect all research materials and personal articles before patrons leave our building.