WHS’ manages extensive collections including archives, costumes, objects and art which are used by curators, scholars, and educational institutions to foster historical exploration through the use of primary resources.
Our archival collection houses a library of books on Westport, Fairfield County, and Connecticut history, genealogy records and more. Our temperature-controlled vault contains collections of papers and documents on all areas of Westport history: maps, photographs, family histories, house histories, and much more.
Several finding aids are available online for Westport Historical Society collections including: Cockenoe Island, Westport Cemeteries, and William Eno. To explore these collections follow the button to the left.
Our collections are available by appointment upon request for all researchers. If you cannot research with us in person, our staff and volunteers can perform research for you. Please consult our policies on research and image usage below for more details on fees and usage
If it is determined that it will take more than 15 minutes of research to attempt to answer your request, you will be informed that payment of a research fee is required based upon the extent of the research project. If a fee is required, you will be informed of the amount and your request will be assigned a queue number upon payment of any applicable fee.
Please contact the Archives Department to discuss your collection questions and to make an appointment using our Research Request Form.