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 Monday 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.

Research Services

We kindly ask that you make an appointment using the form below to schedule time with our Research Specialist for assistance with genealogy, house histories, or any Danbury-related topic you are exploring.

Individuals interested in securing research services or scheduling a visit to conduct research themselves are asked to make an appointment in advance. 

Staff must be present to facilitate your visit and pull appropriate materials for review.

"I just received your envelope...

...and I can't begin to tell you what this all means to me! Having not only their dates and facts of birth and death, but also their obituaries which give a good glimpse into their character, was more than I had hoped for. You have closed a big gap in my research of these two special people who have been the cornerstone of my love for genealogy."   - Jan Ryan, Boston, MA

Archive Collections

Some of the resources available at The Danbury Museum

 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
  • Online databases such as Ancestry.com are available.
  • 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

Information regarding the hatting industry, Charles Ives, the Danbury Fair and Marian Anderson is located alongside countless subject files covering a wide range of topics. 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

Diane Hassan, Research Specialist

Want to research on your own?

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

43 Main Street, Danbury, Connecticut 06810, United States

203-743-5200

Hours

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

Research Visits Must Be
Scheduled in Advance.

Tours of our historic buildings take place on Saturday Only.

Sunday: Closed