Collections at the State Library

War Records looking southeastIn 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.”



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

LibraryStacks at CSL

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.