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"Our ignorance
of history
causes us
to slander
our own times."

- Gustave Flaubert

Links to local & regional history books online

The links below will take you to other sites (opening in a new window) that feature complete copyright-free books online, selected for inclusion here because of their relevance to central Connecticut history. Some of the books are page images only, while some are in text format. In most cases the the books are not only viewable, but printable and downloadable in their entirety. (Keep in mind that since the Internet is an ever-changing, fluid creation, there is no guarantee that these books will remain accessible in the same place forever and always.)

The first three links are different ways to access the indispensable local history of Middletown, the Centennial Address of David Dudley Field, published in Middletown in 1853.


Centennial Address, with Historical Sketches of Cromwell,
Portland, Chatham, Middle-Haddam, Middletown and its Parishes

Field, David Dudley, D.D. Centennial Address, with Historical Sketches of Cromwell, Portland, Chatham, Middle-Haddam, Middletown and its Parishes. Middletown, Conn.: William B. Casey, 1853. (This book is part of the non-profit Internet Archive.)
http://www.archive.org/details/centennialaddres00fieliala


Centennial Address, with Historical Sketches of Cromwell,
Portland, Chatham, Middle-Haddam, Middletown and its Parishes

Field, David Dudley, D.D. Centennial Address, with Historical Sketches of Cromwell, Portland, Chatham, Middle-Haddam, Middletown and its Parishes. Middletown, Conn.: William B. Casey, 1853. (This book is part of the Google Books collection.)
http://books.google.com/books?id=ndD7pJDnBLQC&dq=field+middletown+% 22centennial+address%22


Centennial Address, with Historical Sketches of Cromwell,
Portland, Chatham, Middle-Haddam, Middletown and its Parishes

Field, David Dudley, D.D. Centennial Address, with Historical Sketches of Cromwell, Portland, Chatham, Middle-Haddam, Middletown and its Parishes. Middletown, Conn.: William B. Casey, 1853. (This book is part of the Making of America digital library at the University of Michigan.)
http://www.hti.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=moa;idno=AAS0095


The History of Middlesex County 1635-1885

Whittemore, Henry. The History of Middlesex County 1635-1885. New York, N.Y.: J.H. Beers & Co., 1884. (This link is to a PDF file of the complete 579-page book posted for free access at the Godfrey Memorial Library web site. The file is large, about 38 Mb, so it may take time to load.)
http://www.godfrey.org/histmiddco.pdf


A Statistical Account of the County of Middlesex, In Connecticut

Field, David Dudley, D.D. A Statistical Account of the County of Middlesex, In Connecticut. Middletown, Conn.: William B. Casey, 1819. (This book is part of the Google Books collection.)
http://books.google.com/books? vid=0uysw3RSu6_DNYF1&id=M3sFAAAAQAAJ&dq=field+% 22statistical+account%22


Historic Towns of the Connecticut River Valley

Roberts, George S. Historic Towns of the Connecticut River Valley. Schenectady, N.Y.: Robson & Adee, 1906. (This book, from the Quinnipiac University online collection, is in text format. Digitized by the Arnold Bernhard Library, Quinnipiac University, March, 2005. Imaging and text conversion done by Carly Nartowicz. Final layout by Terry Ballard, Automation Librarian.)
http://www.quinnipiac.edu/other/ABL/etext/historictowns/historictownsmain.html


A Complete History of Connecticut, Civil and Ecclesiastical, from
the Immigration of its First Planters, from England, in the Year 1630
to the Year 1764, and to the Close of the Indian Wars

Trumbull, Benjamin, D.D. A Complete History of Connecticut, Civil and Ecclesiastical, from the Immigration of its First Planters, from England, in the Year 1630, to the Year 1764, and to the Close of the Indian Wars, Vol. I & II. New London, Conn.: H.D. Utley, 1898. (This book, from the Quinnipiac University online collection, is in text format. Digitized by the Arnold Bernhard Library, Quinnipiac University, October, 2003. Digitized, converted to text, and HTML coding by Marta Kuczek. Post-production by Terry Ballard.)
http://www.quinnipiac.edu/other/ABL/etext/trumbull/histconn1main.html


History of the Indians of Connecticut
from the Earliest Known Period to 1850

DeForest, John William. History of the Indians of Connecticut from the Earliest Known Period to 1850. Hartford, Conn.: Hamersley, 1853. (This book is part of the Google Books collection.)
http://books.google.com/books?vid=0CxnbLMzvkVDYJmnkxSLOf&id=hNxf4YjU35AC&dq=%22indians+in+connecticut%22


The History of Slavery in Connecticut

Steiner, Bernard C. History of Slavery in Connecticut. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1893. (Digitization & HTML by Dinsmore Documentation. The book is a free viewable online sample of the company's workmanship.)
http://www.dinsdoc.com/steiner-2-0a.htm


Miscellaneous web sites of Middletown local history interest . . .

City of Middletown History Essay. The City of Middletown has on its informative web site a three-part essay on the history of Middletown. The essay is based on Elizabeth Warner's A Pictorial History of Middletown (1990) and Willard M. Wallace's Middletown 1650-1950.
http://www.cityofmiddletown.com/History/history_of_middletown.htm

Town of Portland History Articles. The Town of Portland, Conn. web site has a collection of local history articles from past issues of the municipal newsletter, Portland ... On the Move. The articles are listed according to publication date (1999-2002). The original column, by local historian Doris Sherrow, was called "Portland History, Carved in Stone." At the Town of Portland web site, click on "history."
http://www.portlandct.org/

Connecticut History Online. This site is a collaboration of the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut State Library, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, Mystic Seaport, and the New Haven Colony Historical Society. The site contains about 14,000 images of photographs, drawings, and prints, which are searchable and browsable.
http://www.cthistoryonline.org/cdm-cho/index.html

University of Pennsylvania Online Books Page. This web site is a voluminous index of thousands of copyright-free online books on all subjects maintained by John Mark Ockerbloom, library planner at the University of Pennsylvania. The index is searchable by subject, and a simple search of "Connecticut" yields numerous links to online books.
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/


Here's how to go back to the Middletown history pages:

Part I: Middletown in the 17th Century
Part II: Middletown in the 18th Century
Part III: Middletown in the 19th Century
Part IV: Middletown in the 20th Century

Links to Local & Regional History Books Online