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Library and Research Center 
 

O'Connell-Chapman Library and Research Center

The Museum is the home of the O'Connell-Chapman Library and Research Center, which includes a wide variety of items of both the Civil War and post-war veterans periods.  It also includes well over 1,000 different books, periodicals, and other manuscripts.

 

Because of the value and sometimes the conditions of these items certain procedures and regulations have been put into place to keep our collection safe and available for future use.

 

The research center is open during normal museum hours.

  Archives Finding Aids

Colonel Thomas F. Burpee Collection

Dates: 1862, 1864, 1866, 1887, 1889, 1909, 1992, 1994, 2017, undated

Abstract: This Collection contains photographs, paperwork, and correspondence related to Colonel Thomas F. Burpee of the 21st Connecticut Infantry Regiment, primarily around his death in 1864 and the purchasing of these items from Auction.  The last Series is about the fight to preserve Burpee’s Battery in Virginia from development.

Thomas F. Burpee Post #71 Collection

Dates: 1860-67, 1884-1916, 1923-25, 1931, 1934, 1937, undated

Abstract: The Collection contains materials held by the Thomas F. Burpee Post #71 of the Grand Army of the Republic.  Included in the Collection are primarily member records, meeting notes, correspondence, Post officer reports, and duties during Decoration Day. 

Benjamin and John Hirst Letters

Dates: 1862-1865

Abstract: This contains letters written by the Hirst brothers during their time in service with the 14th Connecticut Infantry Regiment and sent to family and friends about their experiences.

George H. Nelson Letters

Dates: 1862-1864

Abstract: This Collection contains envelopes and letters sent from Private George H. Nelson of the 25th Connecticut Infantry Regiment.  The letters were sent to family and friends and speak about everyday life as a soldier with the 25th and his experiences.

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Rules and Restrictions

Photocopies and Print-outs 

Because of the fragile nature of many materials, books over 75 years old and bound manuscripts may not be photocopied, although they may be photographed. Additional restrictions may apply to some manuscript materials. There is a charge of 25¢ per sheet for photocopies or print-outs.

 

Because of the value and sometimes the conditions of these items certain procedures and regulations have been put into place to keep our collection safe and available for future use.

Rights and Reproductions 

Objects, images, or other materials that belong to the New England Civil War Museum may not be published without written permission.

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