Archives

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Wood Memorial Library & Museum’s archival collections focus on the history of South Windsor, its residents, and the surrounding region. Our collections include but are not limited to: personal and professional papers and correspondence, business records (including business and farm ledgers), family letters and Bibles, town records, oral histories, journals and diaries, genealogical records, photographs, prints, postcards, maps, architectural drawings, speeches, lectures, school yearbooks, audio or video recordings, unpublished writings, and some newspapers.

Much of our collection is relevant to genealogists, including family histories, a card catalog of South Windsor residents and their descendants, and files on South Windsor’s historic homes and the families who lived in them.

You can search our comprehensive online database of historical materials, hosted by PastPerfect Online. This digital library includes thousands of scanned images from our historical photographs collections, as well as catalog entries for the rest of our holdings.

Scroll down to view a partial list of our archives and manuscript collections. Please note: this listing is a work in progress.

  • Do you want to view our collections? Please review our Research Policy and call 860-289-1783 or email archives@woodmemoriallibrary.org to set up an appointment.
  • Do you have historical materials that you are interested in donating to Wood? Please review our Collecting Policy and call 860-289-1783.
  • Do you want to use one of the images from our collections? Please review our Image Use Policy and fill out the attached form.
  • Do you want to be interviewed for our oral history program or do you know someone who should be interviewed? Please call 860-289-1783 and we’ll set you up with our oral history volunteers. You can also learn more about the oral history program by visiting the oral history page on our website.
  • Do you want to be an archives volunteer? We are always looking for enthusiastic new volunteers and will work with you to find a project that matches your skills and interests. For example, we are currently looking for volunteers to: digitize and describe photographs; index and create tables of contents for oral history transcripts; and create custom boxes for rare and fragile books (it’s easier than it sounds!). Please call 860-289-1783 or fill out our volunteer application form.
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