The core of the series is a transcription of the manuscript register of the acts, resolutions, and appointments made by the Connecticut’s General Assembly, housed in the State Archives at the Connecticut State Library. Individual volumes contain important supplementary documents. Editorial apparatus includes an introduction, informational annotation, and a comprehensive index.
The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut
The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut cover the years 1636–1776 in fifteen volumes. The editors were J. Hammond Trumbull and Charles J. Hoadly. The volumes, which were published between 1850 and 1890, can be viewed on the website of the University of Connecticut’s libraries: Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776. The series documents early colonial settlement, the development of laws and governmental institutions, religion and society, the expansion of the economy, Connecticut’s participation in Britain’s colonial wars, and the coming of the American Revolution.
Funded and Published by the
Connecticut State Library
Kendall F. Wiggin, State Librarian;
Lizette Pelletier, State Archivist
Douglas M. Arnold, Ph.D., Editor
Shelby Shapiro, Ph.D., Associate Editor
Laura Muncy, Production Consultant
Jennifer Serventi and Kathy A. Toavs,
Former Staff Editors
The Public Records of the State of Connecticut
Having reached American Independence, the series continued as The Public Records of the State of Connecticut. The first volume appeared in 1894; twenty-two volumes total, covering the years 1776–1824, have been published under the editorships of Charles Hoadly, Leonard W. Labaree, Alfred E. Van Dusen, Christopher Collier, Dorothy Ann Lipson, and Douglas Arnold. On-line versions of these volumes can be accessed on the Connecticut State Library’s website: The Public Records of the State of Connecticut.
—Walter W. Woodward, State Historian, Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut
Volume XXII (1823–1824) was published in November 2018; editing of Volume XXIII (1825–1826) is currently underway. Dr. Arnold is also writing a general history of Connecticut’s “Reform Era,” 1816–1820.
Volumes XVIII (1816–1817) and XIX (1818) won the Homer D. Babbidge, Jr., Award in 2008 and Volume XX (1819–1820) won the Betty M. Linsley Award in 2014, both from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History.
“Under the expert guidance of its editor, Douglas Arnold, this volume supplies historians and the public with further documentation essential to understanding the state’s early nineteenth century history … Volume XX continues the long tradition of editorial excellence in the publication of The Public Records of both the Colony and of the State of Connecticut.”
—Association for the Study of Connecticut History, Citation for the Betty M. Linsley Award