Located in the basement of the Haas Library
The Archives maintains the historical records of Western Connecticut State University dating back to its founding in 1903 as the Danbury Normal School and is a significant repository for collections related to local history. Collections include personal papers, local government and organizational records, visual materials, maps, journals and other media. The archival holdings amount to approximately 925 linear feet.

To browse the collections see the  Archival Collections List. To search the descriptions of our collections at the WCSU Archives use the CAO (Connecticut Archives Online) or you may also use CONSULS.

The Special Collections Library‘s holdings include:
  • monographs, and audio-visual materials that pertain to the history of the Danbury, Connecticut and the region
  • out-of-print or rare spoken word, opera and other classical music phonograph recordings
  • a portion of the original monograph holdings of the Danbury Normal School’s library
  • monographs authored/created by WCSU faculty, students and alumni
  • monographs that supplement subjects in our archival collections
  • rare/antique books and other objects donated to the Haas Library or Special Collections that are deemed to be 1) of significant artifactual value and 2) to be unique and essential to support the research needs of the University and the mission of the Archive; and library holdings of significant value to warrant special treatment.
There are approximately 3200 cataloged titles (discoverable via CONSULS) currently held in the Special Collections Library that range in publication date from 1626 to the present. The groupings of materials found in Special Collections are: Connecticut Room (relating to CT history), Rare Books, Theses, LPs, and Facsimiles.
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Danbury Ecology Panel- With Mitch Wagener, Dave Bonan, Chris Kukk, and Bill Devlin, 2012

The A&SC Library also frequently sponsors exhibits and lectures at the Haas Library.