Research / Archives
Secondary sources are particularly strong in Connecticut, family and regional history, but also include published works on historic interiors, political processes, and social and military history.
Currently, the archives are open by appointment only. Contact us at email@example.com or 860-658-2500 to learn more or arrange a visit. Documents and images from the archive, and a shelf list of bound volumes, will become available on-line as we implement a new archive and research library database and complete the cataloguing for each document, image, and bound volume.
Simsbury Historical Society Research Policy
The Simsbury Historical Society Archive includes an impressive collection of primary source materials that relate to early settlements in Connecticut, the founding of Simsbury, and the development of the surrounding region. Documents and artifacts include account books, personal papers, court records, tax lists, maps, and more than 600 photographs of mid-nineteenth through early twentieth century residents, architecture, farms and businesses. Secondary sources are particularly strong in Connecticut, family and regional history, but also include published works on historic interiors, political processes, and social and military history. The Archive is equipped with a photocopier and a public-use computer with internet access. Contact the Archive at 860-658-2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to arrange a visit.
Researchers are welcome to use the Archive according to the policies listed below.
Currently by Appointment Only
Please call or e-mail before visiting so that we can better assist you. Special appointments may be available pending staff availability. The Archive may be closed in observation of holidays, inclement weather or during special events; please call ahead to confirm Archive hours. Food, beverages, overcoats and bags are not permitted in the Archive. On-site lockers are available to secure belongings. Paper, pencils, digital equipment and lap-top/notebook computers are permitted.
Initial research fee $25.00 and $10.00 per hour thereafter.
Society members and students are exempt.
Photocopies are $1.00/page.
Staff will handle fragile documents. Some documents may be too fragile to allow photocopying.
Flat fee of $5.00.
Staff will handle fragile documents. Some documents may be too fragile to allow photography.
Extensive photography requiring staff supervision may result in additional fees.
Research requests are a benefit of Society membership. The staff is happy to assist with straight-forward requests, but cannot dedicate unlimited hours to individual requests for original research. We are happy to discuss fee-based projects, but can undertake such research pending staff availability. Research requests and contracts guarantee staff time; they do not guarantee answers. The staff will make every effort to discuss projects and the potential for their success, but cannot predict that the information sought for will be found in our Archive.
Images may not be reproduced without written permission from the Simsbury Historical Society. Fees vary depending upon the type, quantity and proposed use of the publication. Please inquire ahead to discuss proposed use and restrictions with the director.
The Simsbury Historical Society is a non-profit organization that depends upon your support. Please consider making a donation to support our efforts in preserving Simsbury's rich history. If you're interested in becoming a member of the Simsbury Historical Society, please visit our Membership page.