Collection ID: whi

Collection context


1710-2020, bulk 1938-2010
The Wilton Historical Society Wilton Historical Information Collection contains newspaper clippings and magazine articles, as well as correspondence and other original documentation that goes beyond individual or family interest to relate directly to the broader history of Wilton. The collection also houses the papers, newsletters, and minutes of select local organizations. The bulk of the collection is from the late nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century.
25 Linear Feet
English .


Acquisition information:
The Wilton Historical Society Wilton Historical Information Collection was compiled by the Wilton Historical Society.
Scope and Content:

The Wilton Historical Information Collection is in large part a historiographical collection: taken as a whole, it represents how Wiltonians have told their stories, and what individuals, events, businesses, places, practices, and institutions have become central to our production of local history. Contents include local histories and profiles of prominent local residents as told in newspapers and periodicals, as narrated by local historians and displayed by the Wilton Historical Society and Museum, as celebrated during Bicentennial and other commemorative events, and as followed, forsaken, or reformed in the plans that Wilton clubs, organizations, and local governing bodies have made, the reports they have produced, and the changes they have introduced.

This collection houses much of the Wilton History Room's mid- to late-twentieth century content. The frequency and number of new accessions, and the collection contents' relevance to most Wilton research questions – excepting genealogy and local houses – makes this one of our most active collections.

Biographical / Historical:

The Wilton Historical Society, founded in 1938, collected extensive materials pertaining to Wilton history. Additions have been made by Carol Russell, Wilton Historical Society Archivist and Wilton Town Historian. The majority of the material included was created by historically significant local organizations and Wilton residents, and by contributors to various periodicals and newspapers.


The bulk of the Wilton Historical Information Collection is arranged by topic. The Lambert Collection forms its own series within WHI, with subdivisions for business, family, house and property, and miscellaneous topics. The remainder of the collection is organized by family name, with subdivisions for artists, architects, authors, musicians, local personalities, photographers, and miscellaneous others.


224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897, USA