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Hartford Town and City Clerk Archives: Streets

Identifier: MS-TownCityClerk-Streets

Scope and Content

The streets series consists of four subseries: Hartford Streets, General, Highway Committee, and Street Lighting. Hartford Streets (approximately 86 linear feet) comprises the bulk of the material. Records of the Board of Street Commissioners as collected by the Town and City Clerk, folders are arranged alphabetically by street name, and contain requests for paving, requests for the addition of street lamps, petitions to move buildings, documents pertaining to the establishments of building lines, and other similar material. The General series (approximately 3 linear feet) covers maintenance of the streets such as cleaning, snow removal, and numbering, as well as upkeep to the surface, including paving and watering. Assorted documents pertaining to the Highway Committee (and its predecessors) make up the Highway Committee series (1 linear foot). Street Lighting (approximately 3.5 linear feet) also includes an assortment of material.

The Town and City Clerk Archives has been split into several additional finding aids: Boards and Commissions, Building Permits, City Property, Corporations, Court Matters, Education, Licenses and License Applications, Mayor and Council, Property Deeds and Releases of Attachment, Public Safety, Public Works, Selectmen’s Records, Sewers, Streets, Taxation, Town and City Officers, Transportation, Vital Records, and Zoning.


  • Majority of material found in 1748-1949
  • 1635-2010 (Entire archive)

Access Restrictions

The records are stored in a restricted area and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Town and City Clerk Archive must be obtained in writing from the head of the Hartford History Center, and a copy of the published work may be requested. The Hartford History Center reserves the right to refuse permission to publish, etc. to those who have not compiled with its policies. Use of the collections will normally not be permitted for the purpose of promotion of commercial products and services, or political campaigns. Hartford History Center reserves the right to limit the number of photographic prints/captures and to restrict the use or reproduction of rare, fragile, or valuable objects.

Historical Note

In 2005, the Town/City Clerk of Hartford, Daniel Carey, under a grant from the Connecticut State Library, hired a firm to survey the Clerk's five story vault. The next year, under a second grant, an archival aide was hired to remove the records and documents from the vault. They were sorted into record groups, placed in acid free folders, and then into manuscript boxes. In the fall of 2010, with the permission of the Mayor of Hartford, the Court of Common Council of Hartford, the Town/City Clerk of Hartford, and the Public Records Administrator and State Archivist of the Connecticut State Library, the Town and City Clerk Archive was formally transferred to the Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library.


94 Linear Feet

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The archive is a comprehensive record of the City of Hartford, as collected by the Town and City Clerk Office. It includes record groups by department, government entity, or area of focus, as well as single subjects, such as bridges, railroads, and celebrations. Additionally, the collection holds vital statistics for select years.


The Hartford Town and City Clerk Archive remains open, and individual series may continue to receive additional accruals.

Processing Information

The collection was initially processed by Wilson H. Faude, beginning in 2006.

A guide to the collection at the Hartford History Center
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Edition statement
The initial finding aid was completed in 2012. It was updated and uploaded to ArchivesSpace in 2020.

Repository Details

Part of the Hartford History Center Repository

Hartford History Center
Hartford Public Library
500 Main St
Hartford CT 06103 USA