Connecticut Archives Month

Governor Dannel P. Malloy has issued a proclamation recognizing October 2016 as Connecticut Archives Month. This annual event is an opportunity to raise awareness about the value of Connecticut’s historical records and archives as well as the archivists who oversee them. The Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board has led the initiative on Connecticut Archives Month since 2005.

The State Library. the Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board [CT SHRAB] and Connecticut Explored have partnered together for the first time to produce the official Connecticut Archives Month poster.  On the back of the poster, the CT SHRAB shares “Why Archives Matter” with Connecticut Explored readers.  Our hope is that this collaboration will bring awareness of Archives Month and the role archives play in preserving and protecting Connecticut cultural heritage to a wider audience than we have in the past. 

Connecticut Archives Month Poster 2016 with the theme of Motive for Mayhem.  Poster includes photographs and documents.

The theme for the poster, “Motive for Mayhem; Find it in the Archives,” fits with the theme of “Crime and Punishment” for the Fall issue.  It features photographs and documents that tell the story of Amy Archer Gilligan, who operated a home for the elderly in Windsor, CT.  Sixty residents and both of her husbands died under suspicious circumstances between 1907 and 1916 when she was arrested for murder.  Her story was the inspiration for the 1939 Broadway play and 1944 movie, Arsenic and Old Lace.

The poster is funded by the Connecticut State Library through the Historic Documents Preservation Fund on behalf of CT SHRAB.

For the sixth consecutive year, the State Library will post announcements of activities by historical societies, museums, libraries and archives on its website. If your organization is planning to host an Archives Month event, workshop, conference, or exhibit, please contact Assistant State Archivist Allen Ramsey at

Archives Month Activities in Connecticut

  • Connecticut State Library
    • Discussion with Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward on of Connecticut’s most popular governors , Governor John Dempsey, Thursday, October 20, 2016, 12:00-12:45 p.m. in Memorial Hall in the Museum of Connecticut History.