War Posters at Sage Allen & Company Window (Whittlesey Collection)

Connecticut Collections

Remembering World War One, a project of the Connecticut State Library. Here you’ll find short biographies of some of the men and women who served during the war along with images collected from the public at Digitization Day events. Please note: This is in the process of being updated so check back soon for more images.

Connecticut Archives Online – CAO, a service provided by Western Connecticut State University, allows users to search finding aids from institutions across Connecticut.

Connecticut History Illustrated – Formerly Connecticut History Online, this site is an aggregation of collections from institutions across Connecticut.

Voices of WWI


Department of War Records at the Connecticut State Library

In 1919, the Connecticut General Assembly mandated the establishment of the Department of War Records at the Connecticut State Library. The purpose and duty of this department was “… to collect, classify, index and install in the library all available material relating to Connecticut participation, public or private, in the world war and thus to establish a permanent and accessible record of its extent and character, such record to be as complete and comprehensive as possible and to cover not only the activities of the state, its subdivisions and agencies but also of Connecticut agencies of the federal government, organizations of private persons and of those individuals who were direct participants in the great struggle, wether as soldiers, sailors, aviators or otherwise.”

The records gathered in the decades following World War One have come to be one of the largest collections of World War One materials in the country. The collection today encompasses books, photographs, pamphlets, correspondence, posters, diaries, business records, and artifacts. Among the most unique are the Manpower Census Governor Marcus H. Holcomb undertook in February 1917 and the Military Service Record Questionnaires that George Godard sent to returning service members in 1919. Photographs


To help you find some of our content, we have aggregated the World War One related finding aids. Unfortunately, not all are available online, and some, like RG 013, Military Department, are unprocessed.

Manuscript Collections
State Records
Local Records


We also have an extensive catalog of printed materials in our library collection.
You can search our catalog here.
To see a search listing of all printed material with the subject “World War, 1914-1918”.
We have also digitized a number of publications that can be found in our Digital Collections.


The Museum of Connecticut History also houses a large collection of artifacts from German helmets to sheet music to clock hands from a church in France. To learn more please contact us.

Institutions – Do you have collections you’d like to list here? If so please let us know!