The Mattatuck Museum has over 55 distinct archival collections. Users who are interested in learning more should contact the archivist.
M-1 Plume and Atwood Company Records, 1874-1895 and 1909-1957
This collection is composed of the records of the Plume and Atwood Company, which made sheet brass, wire, lamp parts, rivets, fasteners, and other small brass goods.
M-2 Waterbury Button Company Records, 1849-1935
The Waterbury Button Company was founded in 1812. The collection is largely composed of business documents including correspondence, bills, receipts, account details, patents, and ledgers. The collection also contains the J. R. Smith Papers. Smith was President of the company and the papers mostly relate to the Waterbury Country Club, of which he was a founder.
M-3 Great Brook Manufacturing Company Records, 1856-1911
This collection documents the founding of the collective which served the purpose of building and maintaining a dam and reservoir in Great Brook at Buck’s Hill.
M-4 The Waterbury Railroad and Transportation Collection, 1849-circa 1920, 1928-1997
This is an artificial collection composed by the archivists at the Mattauck Museum to document the railroad and transportation development in and surrounding Waterbury. The collection is largely paper based, but also includes various tokens used for passage.
M-5 The Waterbury Manufacturing and Business Collection, circa 1770-1984 and undated; bulk 1824-1890
The archivists for the Max R. Traurig Library have collected material regarding the industrialization and modernization of Waterbury. Document types include: account books, pamphlets, broadsides, advertisements, administrative records, general summaries by historians, and manuals.
M-6 The Elton Family Papers, 1779-1935
The Elton family was a significant Waterbury family. This collection documents the professional and personal relations of several members largely through correspondence and administrative papers. Of special interest are several family and local histories.
M-7 The Kingsbury Family Papers, 1783-1937
This collection documents the everyday, professional, and philanthropic life of several members of the Kingsbury family. While the collection is largely paper based, there are also publications related to the Kingsbury family, daybooks, account ledgers, and various photographic formats.
M-8 The George L. Lilley Papers, 1899-1909
George L. Lilley served in the Connecticut State House of Representatives from 1901-1903. From 1903 through 1909 he serves as a US Congressman. Finally, he served as Governor from January 5 through April 21, 1909, when he passed away in office. This collection documents his various activities as a politician. Additionally, there is a small amount of personal material.
M-9 The Pritchard Family Papers, 1749-1920 and circa 2017
This collection documents several generations of the Pritchard family, who were from Waterbury, CT. Correspondence and ledgers highlight several of the family’s businesses. Sarah and Katharine’s interest and work in local history can be found in correspondence and professional writings. This collection is entirely paper based, but photographs of the family members can be accessed through the Mattatuck’s Photograph Collection.
M-59 The Stereograph Card Collection, 1895-1905
The collection contains 103 stereograph cards spanning 1895 though 1905. Subjects include: Americana, documentary scenes, monuments, a presidential inauguration, scenes involving African Americans, places, animals, and jobs.
M-60 Raymond Donnelly WWII Scrapbook Collection, circa 1944-1946
The Raymond Donnelly WWII Scrapbook Collection is composed of one scrapbook that Donnelly created between 1944 and 1946. The scrapbook contains photographs that document the aftermath of WWII in Europe.
M61 Glass Plate Photograph Prints of Waterbury Collection, circa 1890-circa 1905
This small collection contains 171 photographs printed from glass plate negatives. Subjects depicted include: the 1902 fire; groups of people; interiors of residences; transportation including horse drawn carriages, trains, and cars.
M62 The Elsie Flink Papers, circa 1895, circa 1916-1996, 2020 and undated
The personal papers of Elsie Flink, Waterbury resident and personality. Flink worked at several local factories and was a member of St. John’s Church. She participated in a study about radium poisoning since she was one of Waterbury’s Radium Girls.
M-63 Horton Family Papers
This small collection contains material relating to three generations of women who have lived and worked in Waterbury.