What is CAO

Connecticut’s Archives Online (CAO) was undertaken by the Western Connecticut State University Archives in 2008 and is a project that leverages the power and portability of EAD to search archival holdings in our state. We are continually looking for additional Connecticut repositories to participate in this endeavor which is free to users and participants.  Click here if your repository would like to participate.

CAO search brings researchers to important primary source materials held in Connecticut’s libraries, universities, colleges, museums, and historical societies through one simple interface.  It can also help archivists to search their own collections. Institutions that participate in CAO will be able to easily search their own institution’s collections while being exposed to materials in other repositories that they may not have known existed. Participation can also serve to enhance the profile for your collections and foster interest in Connecticut’s history, its people, and its institutions.

A unique feature of CAO is that it drives the researcher to your site. In any set of CAO search results, links to collections take users to where you publish your finding aid (see Coding Conventions).

CAO continues to run on WCSU servers and is administered by WCSU archivists Brian Stevens and Stacy Haponik.