The Carol and Robert Russell Wilton History Room is the first stop for all your questions about local history, from genealogy and house histories through old photographs, yearbooks, newspapers, and more. Knowledgeable archivists are happy to help you research in our wonderful collection of original documents.
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.
Genealogical information in the form of notes, family trees, obituaries, newspaper clippings, and other documents pertaining to early Wilton families.
Contains diaries and journals, daybooks and ledgers, school records, correspondence, literary works, and the collected papers of early Wilton families and prominent individual residents.
Contains maps and atlases of Wilton and Fairfield County, Connecticut, in addition to local blueprints, plans, charts, and lists of cartographical interest.
Contains draft survey forms, index photographs, research notes, and other documentation relating to houses and neighborhoods.
Contains photographs, slides, postcards, paintings, line drawings, and other imagery pertaining to Wilton history.
Contains a wide range of printed matter relating to Wilton history, including pamphlets, almanacs, reports, and innumerable other publication types.
Contains newspaper clippings and magazine articles, as well as correspondence and other original documentation.
Phase I (1989) and Phase II (2018)
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.
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:
The History Room has local history books, booklets, and reproductions of old maps available for purchase, including:
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.