Research Services Unavailable 1/21-1/29

As we put all of our efforts into our major fund-raiser, The Hat City Ball on January 26, we will not be able to accommodate research visits or requests the week prior to the event. We will look forward to helping you with your inquiries starting again on January 30, 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation. 

Resources & Research

Photo Archives

Our extensive photo collection offers a rare look at everything from historic buildings and prominent people to precious class photos, early business and industry, clubs, and organizations.

Photo reproduction rights are subject to licensing agreements and usage fees. Download a copy of the fee schedule, reproduction and usage agreement, permission and order forms at the bottom of this page.

Volunteers are busy indexing the collection of images from the Shea Photography Studio in Danbury. A searchable database will be ready soon! Perhaps you'll find yourself or a family member in the archives!

Microfilm at the Museum

The Danbury Museum now home for two microfilm readers relocated from The Danbury Public Library.
Visitors are welcome Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for microfilm research.
Usage policy is first come, first served. The Danbury News-Times and other resources are available on microfilm. Download a list of all resources on microfilm at the bottom of this page.

Please bring a memory stick or jump drive with you so you can take your microfilm scans with you. Printed microfilm pages using our copier are .25¢ each. 

For those who are unable to visit in person, a microfilm search for obituaries and/or articles can be conducted on your behalf. Please scroll down for a downloadable request form.

The Archives

 A few of the items available to genealogists, historians, students, educators, authors, film & television productions and anyone interested in local history include: 

  • Danbury newspapers on microfilm
  • Annual Reports of the City
  • Minutes of The Common Council
  • Early City Directories
  • Family Surname Files
  • Vital Statistics and Census Information
  • Grand Tax Lists
  • Cemetery and Burial Records
  • Military Service Records
  • School Yearbooks
  • Early Maps
  • Journals, Diaries, Letters, and Scrapbooks
  • Business Ledgers
  • Early Deeds and Land Records

Memorabilia and artifacts of all kinds are part of our archive collections.  We look forward to welcoming you to the archives of the DMHS and kindly request advance notice, if possible, so that we may schedule and prepare for your visit! 

You'll find a full and ever-growing list of archive subject files at the bottom of this page.

Make a Research Appointment

Want to research on your own?

Please allow us to facilitate your visit
by scheduling an appointment in advance. 

Danbury Museum & Historical Society

43 Main Street

Danbury, CT 06810

NB - We will not be accepting research requests or scheduling research visits from January 21-29. We will look forward to accommodating your inquiries starting again on January 30, 2018. Thank you!


Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m - 4 p.m.

Research Visits Must Be
Scheduled in Advance.

Tours of our historic buildings take place on Saturdays from 10:00 to 3:00 pm. 

Sunday: Closed

Monday: Closed


Please click here if you wish to pay for your obituary lookup or other research requests via PayPal. Thank you!

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