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Norwalk Museum Archival Holdings
The following are selected highlights from the archival holdings of the Norwalk Museum:

Additional Sources

  • Beth Israel Synagogue, 50th Anniversary Commemorative History, 1956
  • List of Church Records in the Connecticut State Library, 1976
  • Norwalk Headstone Inscriptions, Charles, Hale, 1937
  • Norwalk Hour, 300th Anniversary Edition, 1951
  • Norwalk Tercentenary Program, 1651 - 1951

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Assorted Ephemera

Assorted ephemera includes various travelogues, diaries, military records, Bibles, hymnals, cookbooks, autograph books, bridal gift books, personal letters, and manuscripts. A selected list follows:
  • Bridal Gift Registry, 1915
  • Clinton Encampment Records, 1827
  • Julia B. Lockwood Travel Diary from European school trip, 1902
  • Military diary from Floyd T. Rusco to Norwalk friends, c. 1860
  • WWII letters from H. Kendrick

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Business Records

Business records include various daybooks, ledgers, appraisals, advertising pamphlets, trade cards, and the like from area businesses. Selected highlights include: 
  • Beard, Algernon, 15 volumes, 1821 - 1870 (general store)
  • Cook, Thomas, 1841 -1857 (real estate and farming)
  • First School Society in Norwalk, 1799 - 1847
  • Hubbell & Bantas, 1839 - 1840 (hat manufacturing)
  • Lockwood, E. & Sons, 14 volumes, 1796 - 1842 (general store and shipping)
  • Norwalk High School cafeteria account, 1926 - 1933
  • Norwalk Hotel register, 1886
  • Norwalk Lock Company price lists, 1866 -1909
  • Quintard, E. & Sons, 1874 - 1886 (furniture manufacturing and undertaking)
  • Silvermine Sawmill, Store, and Cider Mill, 1861 - 1866 
  • Taylor, Mary Marvin / Marvin Bros., 1885 - 1894 (farming)
 
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City Directories

  • Norwalk City Directories:
    • 1874 -1875, Price & Lee
    • 1879 - 1880 Price & Lee
    • 1883 - 1884, Boyd's
    • 1883 - 1884, Killenberger's
    • 1886 - 1887, Carter & Co.
    • 1891 - 1892, Price & Lee
    • 1895 - 1989, Price & Lee
    • 1889 - 1890, Hankes
    • 1891 - 1892, Price & Lee
    • 1921 - 1942, Price & Lee
    • 1945 - 1972, Price & Lee
    • 1974, Price & Lee
    • 1976 - 1977, Price & Lee
    • 1979 - 1980, Price & Lee
    • 1982 - 1983, Price & Lee
    • 1985 - 1989, Price & Lee
Genealogies

  • Abbot
  • Arnold, Redway & Earle
  • Benedict
  • Betts
  • Bouton, Boughton & Farnham
  • Church
  • Comstock
  • Ely
  • Fillow
  • Fitch
  • Hanford
  • Hertz
  • Hill & Hieland
  • Howard
  • Hoyt, Haight & Hight
  • Hubbell, Hubble, Hubbel
  • Isaacs
  • Keeler
  • Lockwood
  • Mather
  • Nash
  • Neslines
  • Patrick, Partrick
  • Quintard
  • Raymond
  • Reed, Read
  • Resseguie
  • Ryan
  • Scribner
  • Selleck & Peck
  • Seymour
  • St. John & Harries
  • Stevens
  • Taylor
  • Tolles
  • Trowbridge
  • Whitney

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Maps

Various maps arranged by date include:
  • Detail of Adriaen Block’s figurative map of New York and Connecticut Coast, c. 1614
  • Norwalk land records and maps, transcripts, Hunt, Malcolm P., 1651 - 1800
  • Map of Central American Islands and Gulf of Mexico, 1658
  • Map of New England and Nova Scotia, 1660
  • Map of borders of Massachusetts Colony, includes Coastal Connecticut, 1665
  • Reproduced map of New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, 1685
  • Franquelin Map of Long Island Sound and Norwalk Islands, 1693
  • Map of Coastal Connecticut with harbor descriptions, 18th century
  • Map of New York and Connecticut Coastline, c. 1717
  • Plan of the Colony of Connecticut, Moses Park, 1766
  • Map of New England, includes detail of Boston Harbor, c. 1774
  • Map of Coastal Connecticut, Fairfield - Stratford, 1775 - 1782
  • Map of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Quebec, c. 1776
  • Map of Connecticut by T.G. Bradford, 1838
  • Map of Norwalk - The Principal Parts, 1847
  • Map of the town of Norwalk, Fairfield County, Richard Clark, 1851
  • Map of Norwalk from survey by George Stevens, 1858
  • Atlas of New York and vicinity, Beers, Ellis, and Soule, 1867
  • Map of Norwalk, includes Winnipauk Directory, 1867
  • Plan of Norwalk and South Norwalk, 1867
  • Map of South Norwalk and Norwalk, Vogt, C. H., 1875
  • Map of the City of South Norwalk, Hyde, E. B., 1876
  • Atlas of Connecticut, 1893
  • Sanborn Maps, 1925 - 1926, revised 1958
  • Aerial photo survey map of Norwalk, Maxwell, Hamilton, 1929
  • Map of Merritt Parkway - WPA Exhibit, c. 1930
  • Atlas of Fairfield County, 1931; 1942
  • Maps of Fairfield County, 1936
  • Aerial photo of South Norwalk and Harbor, c. 1940
  • Justin Gruelle Mural Map, c. 1956
  • New map of Norwalk, including street names, Price & Lee, mid-20th century

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Mayors of the City of South Norwalk, 1870 - 1913
(Elections - First Monday in October every year (until 1913))

  • Dudley P. Ely, 1870 - 1872
  • Walter C. Quintard, 1873 - 1875
  • Dudley P. Ely, 1876 - 1877
  • Winfield S. Hanford, 1878
  • Walter C. Quintard, 1879
  • Christian Swartz, 1880
  • Edwin Adams, 1881
  • Christian Swartz, 1882
  • Peter L. Cunningham, 1883
  • Richard H. Golden, 1884
  • Nelson Taylor, Jr., 1885
  • John L. Richards, 1886
  • William B. Hubbell, 1887 - 1888
  • Frank Comstock, 1889
  • Edwin Wilcox, 1890
  • William B. Reed, 1891 - 1892
  • George Lockwood, 1893
  • Mortimer M. Lee, 1894 - 1896
  • Charles G. Bohannan, 1897 - 1898
  • J. Milton Coburn, 1898 - 1899
  • Charles G. Bohannan, 1899 - 1901
  • Mortimer M. Lee, 1901 - 1902
  • John J. Cavanagh, 1902 - 1903
  • Charles E. Dow, 1903 - 1907
  • Francis I. Burnell, 1907 - 1909
  • Robert M. Wolfe, 1909 - 1911
  • Albert M. Pohlman, 1910 - 1911
  • William F. Tammany, 1911 - 1912
  • Robert M. Wolfe, 1912 - 1913

Newspapers

  • "Gleason’s Pictorial," volume 6, January - July 1854
  • "Norwalk Gazette," 1818 - 1899
  • "Norwalk Hour," 1936, 1938 - 956

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Photographs

The Archives contain more than 10,000 photographs and 600 post cards pertaining to Norwalk and its residents from mid-18th century to the present. Photographs include:
  • Ambrotypes
  • Daguerreotypes
  • Digital prints
  • Cartes de visite
  • Color and black and white prints
  • Glass plate negatives and prints of glass plate negatives
  • Stero views
  • Tintypes

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Public Records

  • Borough of Norwalk
Borough of Norwalk Bylaws, 1889 - 1893
Borough of Norwalk Records, 1869 -1889
Borough of Norwalk Treasurer’s Records, 1872 - 1892
Town of Norwalk Assessments, 1860 - 1896
Index of Borough of Norwalk Records, 1872 - 1892

  • Norwalk City, 1894 - 1913 
Council Meeting Minutes, volumes 1-4, 1894 -1913
City of Norwalk Ordinances, 1895 -1913

  • City of Norwalk, 1913 - Present
City of Norwalk Ledger, 1912 - 1932
Norwalk Tax Directories, 1941 - 1962

  • City of South Norwalk, 1913 - Present
City of South Norwalk Board of Registers, 1876 - 1893
City of South Norwalk Daybook, 1879 - 1898
City of South Norwalk Finance Records, 1879 - 1897 
City of South Norwalk Treasurer’s Records, Various Volumes, 1870 - 1913
South Norwalk Police Arrest Records, various volumes, 1881 - 1921 

  • Connecticut Census, 1670 and 1790
  • Connecticut State Register and Manual, various volumes, 1864 - 1985
  • Court of Burgess Original Charter and Records, various volumes, 1836 - 1893
  • Norwalk Probate Records, volumes 250 - 296 
  • Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636 - 1776
  • Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, 1638 - 1649, 1653 - 1665
  • Records of the State of Connecticut, 1776 - 1803
  • WWI Service Records of Connecticut, 1917 - 1920

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Schools - Yearbooks

  • Brien McMahon High School
  • Briggs High School Yearbook, 2003
  • Central Catholic High School, 1985, 1986, 1988
  • Harstrom School Annual, 1907
  • Hillside "The Beacon", 1915, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1921, 1923
  • Norwalk High School Yearbooks, 1917 - 1980
  • Overlook Selleck Military Academy Catalogue, 1905/06

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