For the first time, as The Register Citizen moves to new offices at 59 Field Street in Torrington, Connecticut, more than 120 years of newspaper archives and local history records are being opened up for easy access by the public.
Incorporated into the comfortable environment of The Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe are microfilm records of The Register Citizen and its predecessors, the Torrington Register and the Winsted Evening Citizen.
Whether you are researching abolitionist John Brown’s history as a Torrington native, the Flood of 1955, or your great-grandparents’ wedding announcement, The Register Citizen’s Open Archives Project provides you access, free of charge, to everything our newspaper has published over more than a century of local journalism in Northwest Connecticut.
You can use our brand new microfilm machine to view archival articles, and create PDFs that you can download to a flash drive or email to yourself.
You’ll have access to what has been a “hidden gem” for local historians – The Register Citizen’s meticulously kept index cards from the first half of the century, chronicling every mention of local residents’ appearance in the newspaper.
And you’ll be able to comb through The Register Citizen’s extensive local photo archive and be able to scan and reproduce photos – at no charge for personal use, or with a small fee charged for one-time commercial use.
There is convenient work space available in The Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe, and free public wifi Internet access for those who wish to bring a laptop to assist in their research.
Register Citizen staff will be on hand during Newsroom Cafe hours to assist you.