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The Danbury Museum has been collecting Danbury’s important material culture, ephemera, and photographs for more than 80 years and as we look to the future and our stewardship responsibilities, we’re taking a temporary pause to consider our what, how, and why. To that end, and after much thoughtful discussion, we are temporarily halting collecting material culture and 3-D artifacts (including clothing/costume, toys, hats and hatting materials, furniture, etc.) while we evaluate our current collection and assess our immediate and critical storage needs and space concerns.
In the interim, we will continue to accept donations of archival materials—ephemera (paper artifacts, documents) and photographs.
Some examples of the archival materials we will continue to accept:
- Documents related to Danbury businesses, history, or family genealogy
- Photographs of Danbury people and places
- Danbury-related advertising cards and postcards
- Letters, journals, diaries of Danbury people/families
Items we have multiple copies of and are NOT currently collecting:
- James Montgomery Bailey’s History of Danbury 1684-1896
- Pictorial Review of the 1955 Floods (Danbury/ Northern Fairfield County Flood Pictures October 15-16, 1955.)
- Danbury Tricentennial Committee booklet series
- Scott-Fanton/Danbury Museum produced calendars
- Old newspapers—front pages, clippings, articles and commemorative editions
-Historic magazines (Time, Life, Look as examples) unrelated to Danbury
- 20th century Danbury City Directories
- Danbury Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit Games
**We are collecting WestConn, Immaculate High School, and Henry Abbott Tech yearbooks from all eras and Danbury High School yearbooks after 1980.**
Do you have questions about what kind of donations the Danbury Museum is accepting? Please reach out, we're happy to help you assess whether or not your item falls within the parameters of our Collections Management Policy and our Scope of Collections Statement. Please note that we endeavor to reply to emails on the next business day, and the Collections Department is available Tuesday - Friday, 10-4.
There is always a project here at the Danbury Museum! We have a lot of different volunteer options--from data entry to greeting our visitors--and if you're interested in giving your time, please reach out to us at email@example.com or
call the museum at 203.743.5200.
The Danbury Museum Authority works diligently to write grants and to fundraise within the ever more challenging and crowded field of charities.
If you would like to make a monetary gift to the Friends of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority, there is a PayPal link above.
If you wish to remember the Danbury Museum with a bequest, please contact Brigid Guertin at 203.743.5200.
The mission of the Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority is to acquire, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the heritage and history of Danbury for the purpose of education, information, and research. Your monetary donations help the Friends of the Danbury Museum support our mission.