THE FARMINGTON ROOM: A GOOD HOME FOR TOWN MATERIALS AND MEMORABILIA

The Farmington Room is the library’s local history and genealogy collection. Included in the collection are histories of Farmington and other area towns (particularly our daughter towns), genealogies of major Farmington families, and some town archives.

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Farmington Local History Anthologies These anthologies were created by Library staff to enable the Farmington community as well as researchers to access digital content scanned straight from the Library’s local history room.

FARMINGTON ROOM HOURS
Wednesdays, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Farmington Homes

Information on the Farmington Homes project can be found here

Farmington Room Archives

The Farmington Room Archives can be accessed by entering the following in the Library Catolog Search:  Farmington Room Archives (optional keyword filter).”  (ex. Farmington Room Archives deeds).

Some of the collection’s strengths include:
• Farmington architecture
• The Farmington Canal
• 19th Century Selectman’s Records, especially material regarding the Town Farm, roads and bridges, and Civil War bounty payments
• Photographs
• Amistad letters (copies of the originals held in Louisiana)
• Farmington High School yearbooks from 1923 to the present

Farmington Room Collections

Amistad Letters
The Amistad Letters are a collection of digitized letters regarding Farmington’s role in the Amistad incident. The library’s copies were typed and have been digitized. The originals are held in a university in Louisana.

Book Collections
Local History: Farmington and daughter towns; (Avon, Berlin, Bristol, Burlington, New Britain, Plainville, Southington)
Geneaology: Colonial Farmington families: some Hartford geneaology
Geneaological reference materials

Finding Aids
Online Catalog via homepage
Card Catalog in Farmington Room
Written finding aids for Gay & Gleason Papers, Farmington First Church of Christ Papers & the Klauser Photograph collection – ask librarian
The library is the process of digitizing quite number of its historical collections. They will be linked here upon completion

Manuscript Collection
Archives of Farmington Library & earlier libraries
Selectman’s papers, 19th century: roads & bridges, welfare, Civil War bounty payments
Julius Gay Collection: Rev. War, genealogical & other
Geneaology: Lee-Patterson, Gleason, Sperry and some charts
Bickford Collection: working papers for the book Farmington in Connecticut, 1982
Grand Lists for Farmington and daughter towns, 1750-1829

Maps
Baker & Tilden Atlas of Hartford Co., 1869
1930 Atlas of Hartford Co.
Farmington early divisions & lot holders (copies)
Current street maps
Maps of early Farmington, Hartford, etc. taken from other sources

Microfilm
Computer Resources
U.S. Census Records, Farmington reels, 1790-1920
Farmington Valley Herald, 1901-86

Photographs
Visual Materials
Klauser collection: Farmington River & local scenes (see finding aid)
Postcard Collection: Farmington & Unionville buildings, street scenes, Porter School
Portraits: Julius Gay, John Pitkin IV
Farmington veterans
Photo Contest Winners & 350th Anniversary Photos for the Future
Gravestone photos (old cemetery)

Serial Collection
Farmington High School Yearbooks
CT. Nutmegger, V.5, no.4-
NEHGS Register, 1979-Jan., 2003
Lure of the Litchfield Hills, incompleteAmistad Letters
Memorial Stones in Farmington (Treasures of Connecticut Libraries)
Farmington Homes (in progress)
Postcards from Yesteryear

Farmington Room Use Policy
  1. Farmington Room Hours: Wednesdays 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, if you’re interested in use outside of these hours please call the Information Services Department at 860-673-6791.
  2. The Farmington Room is to be locked with doors closed at all times, even when in use.
  3. Staff are to walk the patron back and open the door for all patrons, including volunteers.
  4. Staff are to check IDs and have all persons sign in the visitor log with address and phone.
  5. One item at a time may be signed out to a study room. The item must be retrieved and returned to the Farmington Room by a staff member. The patron’s name, title of the work, date, time, and ID number should be recorded in the log next to the visitor log.
Historical & Genealogical Resources

Access Historical & Genealogical Resources such as Ancestry.com Library Edition, Encyclopedia Britannica & Historic Hartford Courant here

Historical Map Pathfinder 

Search for Farmington Room Archives in our catalog

Request Information

To request information about the Farmington Room’s collections, please contact the library.

By Phone: (860) 673-6791

By E-mail: flref@farmingtonlibraries.org

By Mail:

The Farmington Libraries
Attn: Information Services
6 Monteith Drive
Farmington, CT 06032

Please supply a mailing address when requesting photocopies or extensive information. Genealogical queries are best handled by email or letter. Please note that extensive reference and genealogical queries are subject to a $25 per hour fee.