Historical Room

The Reading Room of the original library building was remodeled in 1977 and renamed in June 2003 in honor of the Town’s first Librarian, Edith B. Nettleton. Materials documenting Guilford’s history and genealogy, past and present are stored in the room. Included are books, diaries, letters, maps, photographs, postcards, scrapbooks, high school yearbooks, and early tax lists. Also available are microfilm reels of the federal census for New Haven and Middlesex counties from 1800 to 1930. The Shore Line Times newspaper from 1877 to 31 December 2008, and the Guilford Courier from its inception, 27 October 1998, are indexed and searchable through our catalog.

A portion of the Guilford Keeping Society’s collection of photographs, original manuscripts and documents is housed in this room as well.

The Historical Room is open during regular library hours.

Doing a genealogy search from another state? Have a question about Guilford history or historic buildings? Why not contact us? Historical Room Specialist Patty Baldwin can be reached at pbaldwin@guilfordfreelibrary.org or historicalroom@guilfordfreelibrary.org Include full name and postal address as well as e-mail address in all e-mail queries, as requests will be handled in the most efficient means available at the time the request is received.If you plan to come to the Library, you can call ahead for an appointment so we can help you make the most effective use of your time.

Reproductions of selected Historical Room materials are available for sale at the Circulation Desk:

Guilford Papers series: $ 5 each

Some historic persons and events in Guilford / Nona Bloomer

A Guilford bibliography / Nona Bloomer, compiler

The Guilford green / Nona Bloomer

Guilford and the great New England hurricane of 1938 / Penny Colby

Fire and ice, death and faith : the genesis of the Guilford Green / Norman MacLeod

Guilford Bicentennial Pages: $2.50

Guilford Purchase of 1639: $4.00

Sketch Map of Old Guilford by Charles Hubbard: $10.00

Map of 1639 Original Homelots: $1.00

Map from Atlas of New Haven County (F.W. Beers, 1868): $4.00

Montage of Guilford Houses by Judith Rayner: $10.00

Bird’s Eye View of Guilford, 1881 (17″ x 22″): $12.00