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Hartford Town and City Clerk Archives: Education

Identifier: MS-TownCityClerk-Education

Scope and Content

The Education series is arranged topically, and chronologically within each topic. It traces the history of schools in the city, from the Hartford Grammar School and local school districts, to the consolidation into a single district, construction of new high schools, and other related topics. The largest segments are Hartford Grammar School (1 linear foot), Hartford Public High School (including the construction of new high schools, 1 linear foot), Hartford Public, Bulkeley, and Weaver High Schools (.5 linear foot), and School district and building construction issues (.5 linear foot). The following topics have been broken out and consist of no more than .25 linear feet: Administration, Appointments, Board of School Visitors, Children's Playgrounds, Community and Day Care Centers, Evening School, Federal College and Hartford School of Law, Nursery School, Open Air/Outdoor Schools, Taxation, Textbooks, Trade School, Ungraded School, Vacation Schools, and Women's College. An assortment of school/Board of Education business, in chronological order, comprises the final linear foot.

The Town and City Clerk archives has been split into the following 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 within 1839 - 1947
  • 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.


6 linear_feet (approximately)

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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 2022.

Repository Details

Part of the Hartford History Center Repository

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