Finding Tools

We are working hard to create digital description for all of our holdings to provide you with the best access. Staff began the process with the most requested items and are working their way towards the remaining collections. The cataloging project is ongoing. If you are looking for a specific work which you are unable to locate, please contact the archivist or curator.

Archon is a database containing finding aids for manuscript collections. Finding aids are descriptive tools that provide an overview of each collection, its creators, and its contents. This database is where you will find description of diaries, account books, correspondence, business records, organizational records, etc.Archon also allows us to include related images and transcriptions.. Those items which have been scanned, transcribed, or photographed display a green arrow next to the tile. Clicking on that arrow will bring you to an image.

You can search our book catalog on Bibliomation by visiting You can search by keyword, title or author, or use the “Advanced Search” query to search using other data. Bibliomation is a library consortium, so make sure that “Litchfield Historical Society” is selected in the “Library” box to search just our collection. If you have any questions, please contact the archivist. Our books are not circulating and are not available for interlibrary loan. Patrons are welcome to view them in the reading room during normal library hours.

CollectionSpace is a database that allows users to search through thousands of objects from the Litchfield Historical Society collection, including clothing, furniture, needlework, paintings, prints, drawings, household objects, and more. You will find images of many objects along with descriptions, maker information, and provenance. The 6,000 items entered so far represents a third of our total collection. Please check back often, since we are adding new records and additional information every day.

The Ledger is a database containing biographical information for students and instructors of the Litchfield Law School and Litchfield Female Academy. Details about what you will find there can be found here.

If you plan to visit the library to conduct research, we strongly urge you to contact the archivist or curator about your visit in advance. Some items are stored off-site and require advanced notice for retrieval. If are unable to visit the Historical Society and would like us to do research for you, please visit "About research requests" for details.