The Max R. Traurig Library and Archive housed in the Mattatuck Museum collects extensively on Waterbury history, with a special focus on Connecticut history. This includes archival collections, books, photographs, broadsides, ephemera, maps, and city directories.
It is the local repository of records and ledgers of many of the city’s past businesses, institutions and organizations. Archival collections document Waterbury industry in general, the brass industry, clock manufacturing, button business, and significant local figures.
The collection is searchable via the following sites. In-person research must be scheduled by appointment.
M-2 Waterbury Button Company Records, 1849-1935
Stephanie Crawford, Archivist
- The Silas Bronson Library: Collections of local history and genealogy
Contact the Reference Librarian: 203-754-8225
- Waterbury City Hall: Land records
Town Clerk’s Office: 203-574-6806
- The Republican-American: Newspaper, photograph and print archives
Contact the Librarian: 203-774-3636 x 1497
- Marriage, Birth, Death records: Holdings back to 1886
Office of Vital Statistics: 203-574-6800
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