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Kodachrome Transparency

It was reported in the Wall Street Journal today that the Eastman Kodak Co. will discontinue Kodachrome color film manufacture this year due to falling sales. The Wall Street Journal also noted that the last roles of Kodachrome film would be donated to the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York. There are a number of archives that have posted Kodachrome galleries online. To see more brilliant Kodachrome film check out Bound for Glory at the Library of Congress.


In this morning’s Hartford Courant there is a great article on the Nutmeg Yearbook project.

“Forget about digging your musty, old University of Connecticut yearbook out of the attic — a trip to yesteryear in Husky Land is just a click away. ” Read More

"The Ultimate Sacrifice" Memorial

"The Ultimate Sacrifice" Memorial

The Dodd Research Center is proud to be a part of the efforts to honor UConn alumni who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. “The Ultimate Sacrifice” Memorial was dedicated on November 10, 2008 at a moving ceremony on the Great Lawn, where faculty, staff, alumni and families of our veterans gathered to reflect on the lives lost.

As part of the project, University Archivist Betsy Pittman is working with the Alumni Association to document the “Roll of Honor”, a comprehensive listing members of the UConn community who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. For more information on the honor roll, contact Betsy Pittman at

“How Picturebooks work: the dynamics between visual and verbal narratives in modern picturebooks.”

Join the 2009 Billie M. Levy Travel Grant Recipient, Claudia Rueda to learn more about her research in the development of the dynamics between words and images in traditional picturebooks and how the interaction in modern works can generate new meanings and interpretations to involve the reader’s imagination.

Today – June 18 – 2:30pm
Dodd Research Center, Conference Room 162

The UConn <em>Nutmeg</em>, 1982

The UConn Nutmeg, 1982

UConn alums who have misplaced their copy of the yearbook now have the capability of reliving their college years online. In collaboration with the Nutmeg staff and the Division of Student Affairs, the UConn Libraries announces the availability of the 1915-1989 electronic Nutmeg. Anyone can access individual issues of the Nutmeg from the Archives & Special Collections website at:

Claudia Rueda, Lesley University

Claudia Rueda, Lesley University

On June 18, 2009, Claudia Rueda will present the results of her research in the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center’s Conference room 162 at 2:30pm. Ms. Rueda is the second recipient of a Billie M. Levy Travel/Research Grant for 2009 and will give a presentation entitled “How Picturebooks work: the dynamics between visual and verbal narratives in modern picturebooks.”  A native of Colombia, Ms. Rueda is the author and illustrator of nine picture books and has illustrated five others. After attending law school and art school in Colombia, she moved to the U.S. in 1997 to study illustration at the University of California at Berkeley.  Ms. Rueda has won multiple awards for her work and is currently in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University.  Ms. Rueda will talk about the development of the dynamics between words and images in traditional picturebooks and how the interaction in modern works can generate new meanings and interpretations to involve the reader’s imagination.  

Ms. Rueda’s talk is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Terri J. Goldich, curator for the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection at 860.486.3646 or

Who doesn’t love a good train wreck?  Wait, let me rephrase that.  Who doesn’t love looking at historic photographs of train wrecks of the 19th and 20th centuries in Connecticut?  Admit it — you love those train wrecks!

Come on over to the Dodd Research Center Gallery and indulge your long concealed fascination with train wrecks!  These photos are from the Railroad History Archive and show scenes of such famous Connecticut wrecks as the South Norwalk Bridge Disaster of 1853 (the first major railroad bridge disaster in the U.S.), the Tariffville Disaster of 1878, and many others.  Who can ever forget the Great East Thompson Train Wreck of 1891, where four trains crashed in five minutes!? 

For more information about the train wreck exhibit, please visit the library’s exhibit pages at and the Railroad History Archive at Enjoy!

The Great East Thompson Train Disaster of 1891

The Great East Thompson Train Disaster of 1891

Tomorrow marks the 65th anniversary of D Day, the Allied Invasion of Normandy and we will use the opportunity to talk about the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at UConn.  Based out of the School of Engineering, the U.S. Army’s ASTP program was implemented in early 1944 due to the impending invasion.  The goal of the program was to increase the number of army trained engineers across the country.  More than 1,500 soilders were stationed at UConn.  The Kodachrome exhibit on display has several images of the training these soilders received while on campus.  For more information about the ASTP, please see their website at

Marching soilders, 1944

Marching soilders, 1944

We hope you will join us for UConn’s Alumni Weekend this Friday and Saturday.  We are offering free tours of the Dodd Center and the Homer Babbidge Library on Saturday at 10am.

According to Carl Brandt, the post World War II era was a great time for UConn’s football program.  Many of these “mature males” played teams that seemed to be made up of “kids” just out of High School.  The score below is an indication of one such game.  Mr. Brandt recalls another score of something like 105 to 0, but doesn’t have an official photo of it.  

UCONN Football Score


And it was a time when women played football also, as you can see in this rare color photograph from the collection.

Ladies football, circa 1948

Ladies football, circa 1948

Creamery Farm Ladies

"Farm Femmes" (Women's Land Army Participants) in the creamery, 1942

The University of Connecticut’s history is rooted in the traditions of agriculture.  This was still a prevalent field in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  In our latest tribute to alumni weekend this June 5th & 6th, we are sharing two of the many wonderful photos taken by Jerauld Manter that show how enjoyable a glass of fresh milk can truly be.  

Milford Labor Camp, 1942

Milford Labor Camp, 1942

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