The Power of Partnering: The Cooperative Creation of Digital Collections


  • Kathleen Foulke Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT
  • Nancy Milnor The Connecticut Historical Society Museum, Hartford, CT
  • Melissa Watterworth Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut
  • Thomas Wilsted Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut


The use of consortia and partnerships has increased significantly over the past decade as a result of the increasing complexity of developing projects in a digital world. Funding agencies have acknowledged this by directing support to multi-institutional projects. Some agencies have gone so far as to establish categories that require multi-institutional applicants. Partnerships of disparate institutions provide opportunities for learning and growth. The paper describes one such partnership, Connecticut History Online, and investigates the value and significance that partnering plays in creating a successful digital product.