Accessing the Collections

The Stowe Center Collections are open to the public and welcome all visitors. Access is confirmed by prearranged Research Appointments Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The collections are non-circulating.

For more information about the Collections or to schedule a Research Appointment, call 860.522.9258 ext. 313 or email the Collections Manager.

Plan Your Visit

The Reading Room is located in the Katharine S. Day House, next door to the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, 77 Forest Street, Hartford, CT 06105. Please see Directions and Parking.

All researchers are required to register upon their first visit and show one form of photo identification. Lockers are available for all bags, cases, jackets, or valuables that you bring into the Reading Room. Once registered staff will explain the catalogs, assist with filling out call sheets and finding the materials you need.

Laptop and tablet computers are welcome in the Reading Room. Electrical outlets and a wireless network are also available.

Digital photography without flash is allowed for research purposes. Please read our Noncommercial Photography Policy.

Rights & Reproductions

Digital photographs or images from the collections are available, unless restricted, for a fee based on the type of the image and its intended use. After selecting an image, contact the Collections Manager to start the Image Use Agreement. 

Photocopies are available for research purposes, unless copyright or physical condition restricts, for a fee.

Research Guides and Finding Aids

Stowe Center Library printed materials are included in FindIt, Connecticut’s Statewide Library Catalog.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin and American Culture is an archive of Uncle Tom’s Cabin-related material that includes the Stowe Center collections, from first editions of Stowe’s novel to souvenirs for the home and theater production posters. The site is hosted by the University of Virginia.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin in The National Era is an archive of Stowe’s ground-breaking novel in serialized form, with transcriptions, scholar essays, and historic context.

Click here for Other Repositories of Stowe Manuscripts.