Wilton Library will be closed on Monday, October 10th in observance of Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Visit the History Room

Wednesday 11:00-4:00
Thursday 1:00-4:00*
Email: wiltonhistory@wiltonlibrary.org
Phone: 203-762-6330

The History Room is staffed by archivists Julie Hughes and Nick Foster on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

To get the most out of your visit, email or call ahead to confirm the History Room will be open, reserve a time with Julie or Nick, and let us know what topic you are researching. You can use History Room materials even if you cannot come during our regular staffed hours. Simply ask a reference librarian for assistance anytime the Wilton Library is open.

What's in the Wilton History Room?

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Genealogy

Genealogical information in the form of notes, family trees, obituaries, newspaper clippings, and other documents pertaining to early Wilton families.

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Manuscripts

Contains diaries and journals, daybooks and ledgers, school records, correspondence, literary works, and the collected papers of early Wilton families and prominent individual residents.

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Maps

Contains maps and atlases of Wilton and Fairfield County, Connecticut, in addition to local blueprints, plans, charts, and lists of cartographical interest.

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Neighborhoods and old houses

Contains draft survey forms, index photographs, research notes, and other documentation relating to houses and neighborhoods.

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Photographs

Contains photographs, slides, postcards, paintings, line drawings, and other imagery pertaining to Wilton history.

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Printed matter

Contains a wide range of printed matter relating to Wilton history, including pamphlets, almanacs, reports, and innumerable other publication types.

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Historical Information

Contains newspaper clippings and magazine articles, as well as correspondence and other original documentation.

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Full Collection

Search all of our Collections online.

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Historic House Surveys of Wilton

Phase I (1989) and Phase II (2018)

Burial Indexes for Wilton Cemeteries

Wilton Cemeteries

Local Periodicals

Land Records

Wilton's land and probate records are online at FamilySearch. Access to pre-1802 Wilton records (which were recorded in Norwalk and Fairfield) is restricted, but you can view them at the Wilton History Room, which is a FamilySearch affiliate location.

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FamilySearch Affiliate Library

The Wilton History Room is a registered FamilySearch Affiliate Library. With a free FamilySearch user account, patrons doing more advanced genealogical research can view FamilySearch’s large quantity of access restricted materials in the Wilton History Room.


There are four ways to search the Wilton History Room collections:

  1. Online Collections Finding Aid
    Search the Wilton History Room's collections at Connecticut Archives Online.
  2. Online Catalog of Books
    Search the Wilton Library’s Online Catalog for local history, local authors, and genealogy books shelved in the History Room.
  3. Print Finding Aid
    The Circulation Desk and the Wilton History Room have print finding aids. These are no longer kept updated, however, and do not reflect more recent accessions. .
  4. History Room Staff and Reference Librarians
    If you have any trouble with the online system or the print register, ask History Room staff or a reference librarian for assistance.
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Maps and Books Available for Purchase

The History Room has local history books, booklets, and reproductions of old maps available for purchase, including:

  • Maps of houses and residents, from 1856, 1867, 1909, 1922, 1935, 1937, and 1950
  • Cannondale: A Connecticut Neighborhood (1987)
  • Eighteenth Century Dwellings (1975)
  • Nod Hill, Wilton, Connecticut: Reminiscences (1996) by Norman Boas
  • The Wilton Library: The First Hundred Years (1995)
  • Wilton Connecticut: Three Centuries of People, Places, and Progress (2007) by Robert H. Russell
  • Wilton Localities (1940)

Photocopying, high-resolution scanning, and photographic reproduction can be arranged for most Wilton History Room items.

The Wilton Historical Society’s WHS Image Production Agreement apply to Wilton History Room items owned by the WHS.