Western Connecticut State University Haas Library

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Western Connecticut State University Haas Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  E-Mail Reference form


181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810

Telephone:[2]  203-837-9100

Hours and holidays:[3]  Ruth A. Haas Library Hours

Map, directions, and public transportation:

  • Map:  Google map: WCSU Haas Library
  • Directions to Midtown Campus (WCSU Haas Library):[4]
    • From the West  Take Exit 5 off I-84 to first traffic light (Main Street). Turn right and continue on Main Street to White Street (fourth traffic light). Turn left on White Street and continue 1/2 mile. The campus is on the left. Parking is available in the parking garage on the right.
    • From the East  Take Exit 5 off I-84 to first traffic light (Clapboard Ridge Road). Turn right and continue on (Clapboard Ridge will turn into Main Street) to White Street (fifth traffic light). Turn left on White Street and continue 1/2 mile. The campus is on the left. Parking is available in the parking garage on the right.
  • Public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Their collection includes histories, biographies, genealogies, and local histories.[5]

Tips[edit | edit source]


Guides[edit | edit source]

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Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Western Connecticut State University Haas Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives at Boston (that is Waltham), federal censuses, Ancestry.com, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, naturalizations, passenger arrival records for Boston and New England, and Canadian border crossings, Chinese immigration, Navy and maritime records.[6]
  • Connecticut State Library, Hartford, has the Barbour Collection, Bibles, census, church, Hale Collection newspaper marriages and deaths, manuscripts, books, cemeteries, probates, vital records, directories, land, local histories, maps, military, naturalization, passenger arrivals, and e-mail questions.[7] [8]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

  • County Vital Records Office
  • City Vital Records Office
  • County Archives
  • County Orphan's Court
  • County Probate Court
  • County Recorder
  • County Coroner
  • U.S. District Court
  • County and local historical societies
  • County and local genealogical societies
  • Public Libraries
  • Museums and heritage societies

Repositories in surrounding counties in Connecticut: Litchfield, New Haven, and in New York: Bronx, Dutchess, Nassau, Putnam, Queens, Suffolk, and Westchester.

Repositories in surrounding states: Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island

  • Albany Institute of History and Art best collection of indexes and records for "old" Albany County, New York, including many Connecticut families that migrated into Vermont and upstate New York.
  • American Antiquarian Society, Worcester MA, collects newspapers, history, genealogy, Bibles, maps, biography, directories, Native Americans, women, canals, railroads, photos, manuscripts. [12]
  • Bennington Museum Research Library, Bennington VT, early Connecticut, New York, Vermont records. It is a great place to find records of families that moved up the Connecticut River and then west.
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, national in scope. Over 100 million name database, of vital records, genealogies, journals, over 200,000 books, 100,000 microfilms, and over 20 million manuscripts with emphasis on New England since the 1600s.[13] [14] [15]
  • New York Public Library, New York City, Genealogy Division has an outstanding collection of American history at national, state and local levels; international genealogy and heraldry in Roman alphabets; Dorot Jewish collection; photos; New York censuses, directories, and vital records.[16]
  • Vermont Historical Society Leahy Library, Barre VT, this society is a good place to research former early Connecticut residents who later moved to Vermont.</ref>
  • Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland OH, premier repository for the Connecticut Western Reserve including original land records, many genealogies, biographies, histories, and Bibles.[17]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Ask a Librarian in WCSU Libraries (accessed 21 September 2015).
  2. 2.0 2.1 WCSU Libraries in WCSU Libraries (accessed 21 September 2015).
  3. About the Libraries: Hours in WCSU Libraries (accessed 21 September 2015).
  4. Maps and Directions in WCSU Libraries (accessed 21 September 2015).
  5. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 25. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  6. Dollarhide and Bremer, 124.
  7. History and Genealogy Home in CT State Library (accessed 21 September 2015).
  8. Dollarhide and Bremer, 25.
  9. CSG Library in Connecticut Society of Genealogists (accessed 9 April 2021).
  10. Manuscripts in Mystic Seaport: the Museum of America and the Sea (accessed 20 September 2015).
  11. New Haven Museum and Historical Society in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 18 September 2015).
  12. Dollarhide and Bremer, 59.
  13. "New England Historic Genealogical Society" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England_Historic_Genealogical_Society (accessed 30 August 2010).
  14. Using the NEHGS Library in American Ancestors" (accessed 21 September 2015).
  15. Dollarhide and Bremer, 5, 57, and 59.
  16. Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy in New York Public Library (accessed 21 September 2015).
  17. Dollarhide and Bremer, 89.