Collection ID: pho

Collection context


The Wilton Historical Society Photograph Collection contains photographs, slides, postcards, paintings, line drawings, and other imagery pertaining to Wilton history. Many of these items are loose; some are framed or matted;a large number are stored as they were originally arranged: in family photograph albums, personal scrapbooks, and slide carousels. The bulk of the collection is from the late nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century.
41 Linear Feet and 4 drawers, 5 boxes, 10 slide carousels, 74 albums and scrapbooks
English .


Scope and Content:

The bulk of the collection features portraiture of Wilton families and individuals, images of Wilton houses and buildings, economic activities such as farming and animal husbandry, schools and railroads, local scenery and landmarks, and public and private events and celebrations. Photographic types represented in the collection range from early daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes, through cabinet cards, late nineteenth and early twentieth century snapshots, and mid- to late twentieth century Polaroids and 35mm slides. In addition to photography, this collection includes original artwork such as paintings and line drawings, scrapbooks containing greeting cards, trade cards, and newspaper clippings, as well as a significant number of late nineteenth and early twentieth century postcards, many depicting scenes from Wilton, Georgetown, and Cannondale.

Biographical / Historical:

The Wilton Historical Society, founded in 1938, collected extensive photographic materials pertaining to Wilton families, scenery, buildings, and artistic productions. Additions have been made by Carol Russell, Wilton Historical Society Archivist and Wilton Town Historian. The majority of the material included was created by professional photographers, local residents, and Wilton artists.


The collection is arranged by family name, location, or topic. Items are housed in folders, boxes, and albums.


224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897, USA