History Reference

Effect of COVID-19 Survey — In light of the current circumstances, the Library would like to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed your life. Your unique perspective will help us create a first-person narrative to be archived in our history collection. So please take a moment and click here to fill out this brief survey. Thank you in advance for your contributions.

 

Hunting for History – Need a project while quarantined at home? We’re looking for Derby history to add to our archives. If you find photos of the house you grew up in, your family business, everyday life on Derby streets or memorabilia from parades, celebrations or the Sterling Opera House, etc., please save it for us. When the Library re-opens for public access, contact us to let us know what you found and when we will be able to accept your donations and preserve history together. Any questions? Please contact Christine Boulay, Local History Coordinator at dplreference@biblio.org.

 

Our Local History Room has in-house reference materials about Derby and the Lower Naugatuck Valley including public records of marriages, vital statistics and an extensive collection of Derby High School yearbooks. The Library also has various historical publications available on microfilm. And in addition to our special local history books and microfilms, we have an assortment of antique postcards and stereographs, as well as a variety of photographs from throughout Derby’s history. The Library is always “Hunting for History” for Derby history to add to our archives. So if you find photos of homes, business or everyday life, memorabilia from parades, celebrations or advertisements, please consider donating them to the Library. Questions? Please call us at (203) 736-1482 or email us at dplreference@biblio.org

 

GENEALOGY: CT library card holders also have access to the above set of online databases at researchIT CT  that includes links to Ancestry.com, Family Tree Magazine, Heritage Quest Online and many other genealogy-related sites.  

 

Historical Picture Postcards
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