Our Collections

Searching our collections

The History Room houses over 100 distinct document collections,  cataloged and preserved, to meet the research needs and interests of the community. The Library has many texts on state, regional and local history, volumes of agency and government publications, directories of services, and several historical society publications. Regional and town maps from 1854, grave-site directories, family and personal narratives, Bibles, diaries and ledgers from the early families in Hamden complement the document collections and shed additional light on the history of Hamden.

Among the collections:

  • The Mount Carmel Ecclesiastical Society
  • The Whitneyville Congregational Church
  • The Sleeping Giant Park Association Archives
  • The Hamden Chamber of Commerce
  • The Webb Family Papers
  • The Rachel Hartley Files
  • The Thornton Wilder Papers
  • The Leather Man Collection
  • The Rectory School Records
  • Golden Bells Archives
  • The Farmington Canal Records
  • Hamden: Our Architectural Heritage
  • The Hamden Historical Society Archives
  • Hamden Historic Districts Collection
  • Hamden Schools and Board of Education Records
  • Mount Carmel Free Public Library and Hamden Public Library Archives