Shortly before his retirement, Connecticut State Librarian Kendall F. Wiggin wrote, “You cannot learn from the past if you cannot see the past.”1 As of December 2020, the Connecticut State Archives has embarked on a major project to make the past more visible. Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC), the funding arm of the National Archives, we have begun to uncover hidden resources in the New Haven County Court records.

The ultimate purpose of the “Uncovering New Haven” project is to enhance public access to New Haven County judicial records in the State Archives that date primarily from 1700 to 1855.2 This includes processing, arranging, and describing two categories of records from the County Court and the Superior Court of New Haven County—files and papers by subject. Due to increased research interest in African American, Black, and Indigenous history, we...

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