Join the Community

10th Anniversary logoThe CTDA welcomes everyone who is interested in keeping and sharing the historical legacy of the people of Connecticut. Joining the CTDA means you join a community of people who own and care for their own collections, and share them with the world. Much like a community garden where each person may grow whatever they want on their plot, Members put whatever they feel is important to them in their collections, and share it with others to create something bigger than themselves.


  • You are a part of a larger community dedicated to preserving digital culture and history
  • Retain ownership of your content
  • Organize and describe it how YOU choose
  • Your content is preserved for the long term
  • You can share with the world or your community

The Details

Who can join?

Any individual, formal or informal group, or organization who is willing to commit to long-term stewardship of cultural content. 

How much does it cost?

CTDA Heritage is a free service (with certain limits) while CTDA Pro has a yearly subscription fee. See the details of membership on our membership page: (link)

What do I get?

  • All CTDA members get an account(s) at, the browser-based management system, where they can load, manage, organize, and display their collections
  • Continued ownership of your collections: you can decide everything about them–including how they are described and how they are seen by the public
  • A public web portal for people to find and interact with your collections
  • A way for you to add your CTDA content on your local web pages
  • Digital preservation storage
  • Training in digital content management
  • Support for writing grants, doing projects, and other activities
  • Participation in CTDA meetings, working groups, etc. that shape the CTDA for all
  • The web browser-based management system
  • Long term preservation-quality storage for all your content (up to certain limits),

What does the CTDA provide? 

  • Tools: All the tools you need to preserve and share your digital collections
  • Connections: indexing in major search engines as well as the Digital Public Library of America
  • Support: The CTDA provides training and support through the whole process. CTDA staff are available to answer any and all questions

Other opportunities

  • Conferences, webinars, and other opportunities to participate in the CTDA Community
  • Participation in CTDA meetings, working groups, etc. that shape the CTDA for all