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Danbury's Third Century Research Collection

Identifier: MS 058

Scope and Contents

Materials are grouped into series reflecting Janick and Devlin's research. Janick's materials are arranged by year and Devlin's by subject. In the course of compiling their book they conducted interviews and recorded them - mostly at the WCSU Archives. Approximately half of the interviews were conducted with both authors present.

Janick created a handwritten running summary of topics contained in the Danbury News/Evening News/News-Times; these topics have been reproduced partially in notes relating to those folders; these are found in Subseries: "News-Times summary." The notes being handwritten are at times difficult to read so some of the transcription may contain errors. The transcription is not verbatim what is contained in the notes but where possible people, places, and events are culled from the notes. Researchers should utilize the notes and refer to microfilms of the Danbury papers when utilizing this material.


  • Creation: 1983-2013


Access Restrictions

Open for research with some restrictions. Interviews are available upon request.

Use restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the:

Ruth A. Haas Library
Archives and Special Collections
181 White Street Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: 203-837-8992

Biographical / Historical

Herbert Janick, PhD and William Devlin are two WCSU affiliated historians and co-authors of “Danbury’s Third Century: From Urban Status to Tri-Centennial”. Founder of the Danbury Preservation Trust in 1979, Dr. Janick has been instrumental in raising historical awareness among public audiences. For nearly thirty years, Dr. Janick taught history at Western Connecticut State University until his retirement in 1998. As professor emeritus, Dr. Janick wrote “A People's University: The Centennial History of Western Connecticut State University” and continued teaching courses in urban history at WCSU until 2007. Shortly after, Dr. Janick was asked to help complete “Danbury’s Third Century”. Three local historians, Steven Collins, Truman Warner, and Clarice Oseicki, all passed away in succession while in the process of writing this book. Danbury’s Tercentennial Commission members, Mary Ann Frede and Barbara Susnitzky, remained committed to see the completion and publication of this book. However, Dr. Janick would not take the project alone and recruited William Devlin to co-author the book. Devlin, an adjunct professor at WCSU and active member of the Danbury Preservation Trust, wrote “We Crown Them All”, a comprehensive illustrated history Danbury.

Completed in 2013 and published by Western Connecticut State University, “Danbury’s Third Century” covers Danbury's transition from the 19th century through its tri-centennial. Confronting and exploring the City's class and race issues, urban development and redevelopment, industry and labor, real estate, social upheaval, and salient issues during this period.


7 Linear Feet (, 6 boxes, digital audio interviews)

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Research materials for Herb Janick and William Devlin's book, Danbury's Third Century. Includes a running summary of Danbury events taken from the News-Times, interviews, student theses, and published materials for the period of ~1870-2012.


Collection divided into three series:

Janick's Research Materials

Devlin's Research Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by William Devlin and Herb Janick between August 2013 and March 2014.

Related Materials

Collections which relate to this collection in the WCSU Archives include:

The Truman Warner Papers

The Danbury Preservation Trust Records

The Herb Janick Papers

The James Dyer Papers

Guide to Danbury's Third Century Research Collection
In Process
Patrick Shea, Katherine Demetri and Chanyada Trate
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Herb Janick Student Archives Fellowship

Repository Details

Part of the Western Connecticut State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Haas Library
181 White St
Danbury 06810 USA US
203.837.8322 (Fax)