Local Headlines

WestConn has received a donation of about 130 letters written as correspondence during the American Civil War. Alumna Carol Lieto donated the letters, penned by her great-great-grandfather Joseph Dobbs Bishop. Bishop was a Danbury soldier during the Civil War, serving as the chief musician in the 23rd Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. Alongside Bishop’s letters, the collection includes his enlistment papers, music book, schedules and photographs. West Conn Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Brian Stevens will co-teach a class with Professor of Writing Dr. Edward Hagan, studying the wartime letters of notable Danbury residents. Only a few of the records have currently been digitized. Stevens hoped for the entire collection to be available online by the end of next semester.  The Bishop collection is primarily available for in-person viewing at the archives, located in the basement of the Haas Library on WCSU’s Midtown campus. To make an appointment, there is an online form on the archives’ website.

On Air Now
Local Headlines