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Lanny Nagler Collection

Identifier: MS-Nagler

Scope and Content

Subjects include theatrical performances, sporting events, street festivals and other forms of entertainment as well as the physical infrastructure of downtown Hartford. Some slides depict the cityscape during different seasons, including spring and winter, and under different lighting conditions, including sunrise and sunset. A series of slides documents the construction of the new Hartford Stage Company building in 1977 and Hartford Stage Company productions from 1977 through 1982. Other slides show the Artists’ Collaborative, the CRT Craftery Gallery, and Connect the Dots. Others show performances at the Bushnell Memorial and the Meadows Music Theater. Another series documents a project of Christmas in April, a program providing assistance to senior citizens, disabled people and others who may not be able to afford needed repairs or renovations to their homes. Others depict events and parades in Hartford, including a Blue Hills Festival, a Park Street Festival, a Memorial Day parade, a Lady Huskies Parade and fireworks over the Connecticut River. Several slides document the 1992 fire at the Royal Typewriter building. A series of photographic prints documents the 1996 debate between Presidential candidates William J. Clinton and Robert J. Dole at the Bushnell. A small number of slides depict towns outside Hartford, primarily West Hartford and New Britain. The organization of the collection into broad categories reflects the photographer’s original arrangement. In some cases the date may be the date the photograph was printed, not the date when it was taken.


  • 1977 - 2003


Access Restrictions

The records are stored in a restricted area and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

Use Restrictions

See Hartford History Center's Collection Use policy. Permission to publish from the collection must be obtained in writing from curator of the Hartford History Center, and a copy of the published work may be requested by the Hartford History Center. The Hartford History Center reserves the right to refuse permission to publish, etc. to those who have not complied with its policies. Use of the collections will normally not be permitted for the purpose of promotion of commercial products and services or political campaigns. Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library reserves the right to limit the number of photographic prints/captures and to restrict the use or reproduction of rare, fragile, or valuable objects.

Biographical / Historical

Lanny Nagler, a Hartford photographer, has been taking pictures of Hartford since the late 1970s, recording the city’s people, places and events. His photographs have appeared in magazines, advertising, and annual reports for many local businesses as well as for other clients throughout the nation and the world. He donated the Lanny Nagler Collection to the Hartford History Center in 2018.


6 Linear Feet

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35mm slides, color transparencies, and photographic prints by professional photographer Lanny Nagler document the changing face of Hartford in the late twentieth century.

Physical Location

Hartford History Center Ground Floor Stacks


The collection is closed. Additional accruals are not expected.

Processing Details

Processed by Nancy Finlay, 2020 Finding aid created in ArchivesSpace, 2021
Lanny Nagler Collection
Nancy Finlay
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Repository Details

Part of the Hartford History Center Repository

Hartford History Center
Hartford Public Library
500 Main St
Hartford CT 06103 USA