Collection ID: M.30

Collection context


The first newspaper published in Waterbury, CT was The American on December 14, 1844. Since 1844 Waterbury has had a variety of professional and amateur newspapers. This collection is composed of both professional and amateur newspapers. While the archive does not have a complete run of any one newspaper – the collection has focused on specific events and time periods: the Fire of 1902, the Flood of 1955, and the nineteenth century as examples. The newspaper collection offers an interesting glimpse into both national and local events from the 1840s until today. The collection will have additional accruals in the future.
10 Linear Feet and 6 newspaper boxes, 1 manuscript box and 12 oversize bound volumes
English .


Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

This is an artifical collection created by the Mattatuck Historical Society. The collection is composed of professional and amateur newspapers largely from Waterbury, but also from other Connecicut towns. Because of the nature of this collection, accruals will occur sporadically.

The Waterbury American, the Waterbury American, and the Waterbury Republican are the most represented in the collection.

Of special interest are the amateur newspapers. Usually only 1 or 2 issues, they capture different perspectives and were creative in their presentations.

Biographical / Historical:

The Waterbury American newspaper was founded as The American in 1844. It's first issue was released on December 14, 1844. This was the first newspaper published in Waterbury. The newspaper began as a weekly newspaper but became a daily newspaper being published in the morning in 1866. The first daily newspaper was issued on May 22, 1866 and was 4 pages in length.

Waterbury Republican was first published on October 29, 1881 by John Henry Morrow as a weekly newspaper. William J. Pape purchased the Republican in 1901. In 1922 Pape acquired the Waterbury American and continued publishing both papers. The Republican and the American were combined into one newspaper in 1990. The Republican American is still active in 2022 at the time of writing. The Republican has a history of leaning towards conservative political and financial opinions.

The Waterbury Democrat was founded in 1881 by Cornelius Maloney. From 1882-1883 it was called the Valley Democrat, and then the Waterbury Valley Democrat. The first daily edition was the Waterbury Evening Democrat which was published on December 5, 1887. The Democrat leaned towards a populist and pro-labor perspective. The paper was in operation until December of 1946.

Sources: Republican American. "History of the Republican American." (accessed 3/18/2022) Chronicling America. "About Waterbury Democrat." (accessed 3/18/2022) Waterbury American. Friday December 14, 1894. Special 50th Anniversary edition.


The collection is divided into 2 series. Waterbury Newspapers and Connecticut Newspapers. The same newspapers, regardless of name differences, are then grouped together.

Indexed Terms

Waterbury, Connecticut


63 Prospect St
Waterbury, CT, USA
(203) 753-0381