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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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The Stacks: 1944

The Stacks: 1944

June 29, 1944. "Connecticut College for Women, New London. Palmer Library, carrels in stack room." Safety negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

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Blaustein Humanities at CC by the Sea

The old Palmer Library was an amazing labyrinth of stacks and places of wonder. Connecticut College went coed in 1969. I was an undergrad there from 1974 to 1976 and saw the building's contents moved by the students' hard work in those last days before I moved to study music in London. The library was refurbished and made into the new Blaustein Humanities Center in Palmer Library.


My mother tells stories of using them.

Ceiling fixtures

I noticed the extremely well designed shades on the ceiling incandescent fixtures. They have square perfs to emit light sideways in the aisle, but there is a solid section in line with the aisle so anyone walking down it from either direction will not be exposed directly to the glare from the bulbs.

Looks like

It's not every day that I can come here and see a photo that looks like where I am sitting when I come here and look at the photos.

Shelf Life

Did not realize the track and hook system of shelving seen here was that old. First saw it in the 60s when my parents remodelled our den.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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