University of Connecticut, Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center Records


Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository
405 Babbidge Road, Unit 1205
CT 06269-1205
United States




Archives & Special Collections, located at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, was created by the merger of Special Collections and Historical Manuscripts and Archives in 1995. The new area moved into the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center upon its opening. President William Clinton officiated at the dedication of the Center and kicked off the "Dodd Year", a year long series of lectures, exhibitions and events. Although the Center houses several entities, the vast majority of the information in the collection pertains to Archives & Special Collections.

Records Management and Collecting Policies

The materials in the collection have been periodically transferred by the area staff to the University Archives.

The following materials have been separated from the collection and cataloged:

Connecticut History Online Reception Dodd Video 108

Connecticut Children's Book fair Lecture, November 9, 2001 Dodd Video 111

Teale Lecture Series by Joseph Bruchac Dodd Video 388

UConn Sackler Lecture on Human Rights with Harold Koh October 2, 2007 Dodd DVD 93

Readings from Sen. Chris Dodd's Book "Letters from Nuremburg" October 1, 2007 Dodd DVD 94

2004 Strochlitz Presentation Dr. Philip Nel, Writing Lives Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson [damaged, removed 2/8/2010]

Birthing a New Healthcare System, Nancy Johnson, March 24, 2008 Dodd Video 397

Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series, Gary Snyder 1998-0290.ac1

Rabbi Poupico, Konover Dedication 1998-0290.ac2

Teale Lecture Series 2006-2007, David Allen Sibley, April 12, 2007; 1998-0290.vr1

50 Years Later 1998-0290.vr2

3rd Annual CT Teacher's Conference, October 22, 1999; 1998-0290.vr3

Grant Writing Seminar 1998-0290.vr4

Death Penalty in CT "Hot Issues" Forum September 26, 2001; 1998-0290.vr5

Doris and Simon Konover Speaker, Rabbi Kesler, President Hartley 1998-0290.ac3

RBS Greenwich Capital Economic Seminar: Peter Fisher 1998-0290.dvd1


Completed in 1995, the building was first dedicated on October 15, 1995 at a ceremony presided over by University President Harry J. Hartley, United States Ambassador to Uruguay Thomas J. Dodd, Jr., Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland, and President Bill Clinton.

On October 15, 2021, the building was rededicated as The Dodd Center for Human Rights to honor the public service and human rights legacies of Thomas J. Dodd and Christopher J. Dodd. In a ceremony that coincided with the 75th anniversary of the International Military Tribunal’s verdict at Nuremberg, President Joe Biden, Senator Chris Dodd, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont gathered to extend the legacy of Nuremberg for the next generation and renew focus on democracy and rule of law.

Designed by Fletcher-Thompson, Inc. of Bridgeport, the building won the American School & University Architectural Award Gold Citation and has served as a model for archival, research, and public programming facilities.

Archival and Other Holdings

The collection contains correspondence, publications, fliers, brochures, plans, drawings, photographs and ephemeral materials pertaining to the operation of the Dodd Research Center and its programs. Over time additional files pertaining to the operation of Special Collections and Historical Manuscripts and Archives have been added, creating some overlap between Series II-V. All materials relate to the functioning of the Archives & Special Collections area as a unit of the University of Connecticut Library.

Series I: Dodd Year (undated, 1988-1996)

Series II: Administrative Records (undated, 1988-)

Series III: Program Records (undated, 1992-)

Series IV: Publications (undated, 1976-)

Series V: Predecessor Departments (undated, 1965-1997)

Series VI: Media (undated, ) includes Cornell West and other recorded lectures as well as photographs of A& SC events.

Opening Times

John P. McDonald Reading Room: Archives & Special Collections is open by appointment only. Please book an appointment at least 48 hours in advance of your visit.

Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday-Sunday: closed

Conditions of Access

The collection is open and available for research.

Reproduction Services

UConn Archives & Special Collections strives to make our resources open and accessible to all patrons in an equitable manner.

Reproductions of items from the collections are made available for one-time use for research, teaching and private study and may not be further copied or made available to another researcher or repository without prior permission. Permission to publish or otherwise use reproductions for a commercial purpose must be obtained in writing from Archives & Special Collections and the copyright holder. Each researcher must assume full responsibility for any legal questions that may arise as a result of use of reproductions.

The reference scanning service is free* and available for personal research. Self-service photography for personal reference purposes is permitted for certain collections. Photographs taken may not be further copied or made available to another researcher or institution without prior permission. Permission to publish or use reproductions for any commercial purpose must be obtained in writing. Photographs taken in the Reading Room are subject to copyright, privacy, and data protection legislation.

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