|Heritage Center & Research Library
Our library and archives, open to the general public, consists of over 10,000 books, original documents and photographs covering a wide variety of subjects concerning the history of Darien, Connecticut and New England.
Our library includes over 3,000 books related to subjects ranging from the history of Darien, Fairfield County, and Connecticut, the genealogy of Darien and Fairfield County families, to the decorative arts and architecture of New England.
Our library is also home to hundreds of rare books, including four from colonial Darien resident Moses Mather’s personal library.
Our archives contain thousands of original manuscript documents and printed materials from the early 18th through the mid-20th century offering fascinating insights into life in our town, which illustrate our town’s evolution from colonial farming village to prosperous metropolitan suburb. Additionally, our archives serve to collect and preserve several thousand historic photographs capturing Darien’s past through to today. We are currently in the midst of a digital preservation project to increase the public’s ability to search and review our collection.