A place to research our past
The Library & Archives consist of over 1,300 linear feet of personal papers and manuscripts, organizational records and photographic materials; printed works such as histories, genealogies, catalogs, maps and atlases and audio and videotape, pertaining to all aspects of Greenwich history, Bush-Holley Historic Site and the Cos Cob art colony.
The Library and Archives is currently open Wednesdays during regular operating hours and by appointment.
To help us make your visit more productive, please contact the archives at least 24 hours before your visit and let us know about your research interests. This will help us to retrieve relevant collection material in anticipation of your arrival.
Photocopies and digital photo-reproduction services are available for a fee.
Permission to publish reproductions of material owned by the Historical Society must be obtained from the archivist before publication. A separate publication fee will be applied.
Help Preserve Greenwich History
Our collection includes photos, manuscript collections, deeds, maps, postcards, menus, programs, correspondence, posters, journals, directories and books. Our collection includes many items from the 19th and 20th centuries, and some that date back even earlier. Even official Greenwich town records don’t include many of the documents contained in our collection. Opportunities for discovery abound.
The Archive’s greatest value lies in its ability to offer primary sources—eyewitness accounts and intimate personal observations of events and time periods free from interpretation by historians and authors. Each primary source offers a unique, original perspective.
Submissions to the Archives
It’s not unusual for Greenwich residents and business owners to chance upon items, documents, photos and artwork that may hold historic value. Although the Greenwich Historical Society is selective about what is accepted due to mission and space constraints, we urge you to email our archivist, Christopher Shields, or call him at (203) 869-6899, ext. 23 for more information.