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Hartford Town and City Clerk Archives: Boards and Commissions

Identifier: MS-TownCityClerk-Boards

Scope and Content

The Boards and Commissions series (39 linear feet) comprises a variety of records and reports submitted to the Court of Common Council and maintained by the Town and City Clerk. The Joint Committee on Amusement subseries (1 linear foot) contains reports, appointments, appropriations, resolutions, ordinances, petitions, and other correspondence. Similar material is found in the Board of Charity Commissioners and Department of Public Welfare (4 linear feet) subseries, including both typescript and printed annual reports. Finance (7 linear feet) follows the evolution of the Board of Finance beginning with Ordinary and Fire Department budgets to the Finance and Ways and Means committees and finally the Board. Largely annual reports, there are additional reports, resolutions, correspondence, and other communications. The Housing Authority and Juvenile Commission subseries (.5 linear feet each) contain annual reports. The Board of Park Commissioners (6.5 linear feet) includes requests for funds, along with annual reports. In the Board of Street Commissioners subseries (10.5 linear feet) there are financial documents as well as information about street improvement. Receipts and Disbursements, a variety of assorted records and communications, and annual reports form the Board of Water Commissioners subseries (9.5 linear feet)

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 1836-1977
  • 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 complied 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 frm 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 permissino 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.


39 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



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.

Boards and Commissions
A guide to the collection at the Hartford History Center
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Hartford History Center Repository

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