Brookfield Museum and Historical Society
An Extended Learning and Research Center
165 Whisconier Rd, PO Box 5231, Brookfield, CT 06804
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Research Center

The Research Center has books on the history of Brookfield, surrounding towns and the State of Connecticut. There are genealogy items - books, diaries, compact discs, cemetery records, etc. Old newspapers, maps, deeds, and old tax records are also available for use. Additionally books on collecting antiques, dating old photographs and preservation can also be found here. We have many old photographs and videos of Brookfield.


The Research Center is open during the times that the Museum is open and by appointment. The materials are not available for loan and must be used in the Museum building.


A sampling of what we have accumulated to help you be successful in your research project is as follows:


Over 1,500 books and booklets which include Brookfield, local and State histories. 


  • Connecticut Indians                                                                        
  • Newspapers and where to find them in Connecticut
  • Family Genealogies
  • Identifying clothing, quilts, pewter and antiques
  • Register and Manual Connecticut - 1849, 1854, 1861, 1865, 1874,1889, 1892, 1894 - 1903, 1906 - 1920, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1935, 1945, 1952, 1955, 1970 - 1975, & 1977
  • Diaries
  • Life during Colonial Times
  • Local authors and illustrators
  • Local homes
  • Military Histories - Brookfield listings, plus State records of those from Connecticut that served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, War with Mexico, and the Civil War
  • School Books - 2001 Millers Antique Guide
  • Store ledgers
  • Miscellaneous items

Featured Books

  • Litchfield County, Dated 1851
  • Connecticut Volunteers in the Civil War, Dated 1864
  • Life in Danbury by J. M. Bailey, Dated 1873
  • Fairfield Connecticut by D. Hamilton Hurd, Dated 1881
  • Connecticut Men in the War of revolution, Dated 1889
  • History of Danbury 1684, by J. M. Bailey, Dated 1896
  • Biographical record of Fairfield County by J. H. Beers Co. Dated 1899
  • History of Newtown by Johnson, Dated 1917
  • Tryon's Raid of April 1777 by James R. Case, Dated 1927
  • American Heritage Civil War Book, Dated 1960
  • Connecticut Attacked: A British Viewpoint, Tryon's Raid, Dated 1974
  • 1703 to 1882 New Milford and Bridgewater by Orcutt
  • Books about Southbury, Sherman, Roxbury and East Cornwall
  • Civil War Volunteer Sons of Connecticut by Blaikie Hines, Copyright 2002  
  • Civil War Times – Several copies of this magazine
  • Diaries of Arthur Mansfield 1887, 1889, & 1902
  • Diary of Sarah Clark Joyce – 1920
  • My Reflections – Ethel Alaby Greene Anderson
  • Leavenworth Genealogy by E. W. Leavenworth
  • Families of Early Milford Connecticut – Complied by Susan Woodruff Abbott
  • Records of the Baptist Church (1846 to 1877) – This is an on going project of collecting items that deal with the church.
  • Quilt and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut – The Connecticut Quilt Search Project
  • Quilts from the Civil War by Barbara Brackman
  • 1880 Brookfield Census – Hard copy, with the entire 1880 census on CD
  • 1790 Census of Fairfield & Litchfield Counties – Hard Copy
  • Books and Information about Horace Clifford Westermann
  • Lost Diners and Roadside Restaurants of New England and New York by Will Anderson, Copyright 2001
  • The Turnpikes of New England by Fredrick J. Wood. A new edition of the 1919 classic
  • The History of Underclothes by C. Willett and Phyllis Cunnington
  • Voices From the Past, A History as told by the New Milford Historical Society’s Portraits and Paintings
  • A People’s University: The Centennial History of Western Connecticut State University by Herbert F. Janick, PhD
  • The Newspapers 19th Century America by Leonard E. Fisher
  • Home Life in Colonial Days by Alice Morse Earle
  • Child Life in Colonial Days by Alice Morse Earle
  • The Covered Bridge by Herbert Wheaton Congdon - Vermont

Compact Discs

  • Birth Records: United States / Europe 900 - 1880  

-The 1880 National Census Index

-The 1880 National Census

  • Census Index of New England, 1900 # 322
  • Census Index of Colonial America, 1697 - 1775
  • The Still River by Jeremy Meltzer & Jack Muth
  • Emigrants in Bondage, 1614 - 1775
  • European Origins, Volume E1
  • Family Genealogies
  • Genealogical Dictionary of New England, 1600 - 1700 #169
  • Immigrants of the New World, 1600 - 1800 # 170
  • Land Records: AL, AR, FL, LA, MI, MN, OH, WI 1790 - 1907
  • Local and Family Histories: New England 1600s - 1900s #449
  • Local and Family Histories: Connecticut, 1600s - 1800s #515
  • Marriage records: Selected U.S. / International Marriage Records 1560 - 1900
  • Mid-Atlantic Genealogies 1340 - 1940
  • Military Records, U.S. Soldiers, 1784 - 1811
  • Mortality Index: U.S. 1850 - 1880
  • One Room Schoolhouse Education by Christina Andrews
  • Passenger & Immigration Lists Boston, 1821 - 1850
  • Passenger & Immigration Lists Index, 1538 - 1940
  • Vital Records: Social Security Death Index, 1937 - 1998
  • Selected U.S. / International Marriage Records, 1340 - 1980
  • Southern Biographies and Genealogies, 1500s - 1940s #500
  • World Family tree, pre 1600 to present, Volume 1,2,3,4 & 5
  • The complete Book of Emigrants 1607 - 1776
  • The New England Historical & Genealogical Register 1847 - 1994 with index  
  • Photographs of Bone China recorded in C0001, C0002 & C0003
  • Photographs of Quilts recorded in C0004
  • Photographs of Tools recorded in C0006


  • The Brookfield Journal - Current and years 1963 - 1973, 1975 - 1981 bound copies
  • Miscellaneous newspapers


  • Preservation Magazine - The Magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Rota. Gene Quarterly Journal of the International Fellowship of Rotarians in Genealogy and Heraldry
  • VFW

Vertical Files

  • Deeds
  • House information by street
  • Maps of Brookfield & Connecticut 
  • Pamphlets, brochures, newspaper clippings on Brookfield, local and State information
  • Miscellaneous information


  • Brookfield High School Special Chorus - 3 December 1992
  • Curtis School for Boys, 1930s
  • 18th Century English Country Dancing
  • 1949 Brookfield
  • Worshipping into 2000, An Ecumenical Worship Service
  • Gloria Laposka Interview on Community Forum
  • Island of Hope - Island of Tears - Ellis Island
  • 1955 Congregational Church Addition
  • 1976 U.S. Bicentennial Parade
  • 1988 Celebrations
  • 1995 Brookfield Center
  • Reverend Thomas Brooks - Commemorative Service, 10 Sept.1999
  • Super Train Exhibition
  • The Great Danbury State Fair
  • The Group Theater
  • The Last train to Pittsfield, 1971
  • The Letters of Samuel MacDonald - Civil War Veteran
  • The Road to Freedom Connecticut Freedom Trail


  • C0001, Digital Photographs of the Museum's Bone China Collection
  • C0002, Digital Photographs of a Private Collection of Bone China
  • C0003, Digital Photographs of a Private Collection of Bone China Tea Set Pieces  
  • C0004, Digital Photographs of the Museum's Collection of Quilts
  • C0006, Digital Photographs of a Collection of Tools



A Lending Library of Civil War Material

Sponsored by the

Brookfield Museum & Historical Society


The Day Lincoln was Shot by Jim Bishop

Sherman, Fighting Prophet by Lloyd Lewis

None Died in Vain by Robert Leckie

Why The South Lost The War by Richard Beringer, Herman Hattaway,

Archer Jones, & William Still, Jr.

Landscape Turned Red, The Battle of Antietam by Stephen W. Sears

Chancellorsville by Stephen W. Sears

Civil War Soldiers, Their Expectations and Their Experiences

by Reid Mitchell

Mathew Brady’s Illustrated History of the Civil War by Benson Lossing

More Civil War Curiosities by Webb Garrison

Civil War Trivia Quiz Book by Matt Silverman

Historical Maps of Civil War Battlefields by Michael Sharpe 

The American Heritage Picture History of The Civil War, Volume One


The American Heritage Picture History of The Civil War, Volume Two

The Civil War, A Narrative Fredericksburg to Meridian by Shelby Foote

Lincoln at Gettysburg by Garry Wills

Jefferson, A Revealing Biography by Page Smith

Lee by Clifford Dowdey

Campfire and Battlefields by Rossiter Johnson

The Commanders of the Civil War by William C. Davis

U.S. Grant Album by Lawrence A. Frost

Meet Mr. Lincoln by Richard Hanser and Donald B. Hyatt

Civil War Battles by Curt Johnson & Mark McLauhlin

The Photographic History of the Civil War, Forts and Artillery, The Navies 

           by O. E. Hunt

The Civil War by Robert Paul Jordan

Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War, Vol. II

by G. F. R. Henderson

Mississippi in the Confederacy, As They Saw It by John K. Bettersworth

Mississippi in the Confederacy, As Seen in Retrospect by James W. Silver

Lincoln’s Own Stories by Anthony Gross

A Treasury of Civil War Stories by Various American Writers

The Causes of the Civil War by Kenneth M. Stampp

Meet General Grant by W. E. Woodward

A Man Named Grant by Helen Todd

Campaigning With Grant by General Horace Porter

The Great Rebellion, Vol. I by J. T. Headley

Great Captain, Three Novels of Abraham Lincoln by Honore’ Morrow

Memoirs of a Volunteer, 1861 – 1863 by John Beatty (Ohio)

Lincoln’s Gadfly, Adam Gurowski by LeRoy Fischer

Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years and The War Years by Carl Sanburg

Abraham Lincoln by Benjamin P. Thomas

A True History of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

by Louis J. Weichmann

Lincoln the Unknown by Dale Carnegie

Lincoln and Men of War Times by A. K. McClure

The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Stefan Lorant

Lincoln’s Herndon by David Donald

Abraham Lincoln by James Daugherty

The Lincoln Reader by Paul M. Angle

Lincoln, The Liberal Statesman by J. G. Randall

They Knew Lincoln by John E. Washington

The Story – Life of Lincoln, Memorial Edition by Wayne Whipple

Slavery as a Cause of the Civil War by The Amherst College of

American Studies

Robert E. Lee, The Man and the Soldier by Philip Van Doren Stern

Decision in the West, The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 by Albert Castel

The Photographic History of the Civil War, Armies and Leaders, The Cavalry, The Decisive Battles

Battles and Leaders of the Civil War by Ned Bradford (Paperback)

The Army of the Potomac: Mr. Lincoln’s Army by Bruce Catton

The Army of the Potomac: A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton

Battles and Leaders of the Civil War by Ned Bradford

Mountains Touched With Fire, Battle of Chattanooga by Wiley Sword

Life of Wm. Tecumseh Sherman by W. Fletcher Johnson

Civil War Commanders by T. J. Stiles

Civil War in Pictures by Fletcher Pratt

Decisive Battles of the Civil War by Lt. Col. Joseph B. Mitchell

Freedom, A Novel of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

by William Safire


House Undivided, The Story of Freemasonry and the Civil War

by Allen Roberts

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas by Frederick Douglas

Time on the Cross, the Economics of American Negro Slavery

 by Robert Fogel & Stanley Engerman

The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson

Never Were Men So Brave, The Irish Brigade During The Civil War

by Susan Provost Beller

A Pictorial History of The Civil War Years by Paul M. Angle

Centennial Album of the Civil War by Marvin H. Pakula

Ashes of Glory, Richmond at War by Ernest B. Furgurson

Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington

Ante Bellum by Hinton Rowan Helper and George Fitzhugh

Reconstruction After the Civil War by John Hope Franklin

History of the Civil War 1861 to 1865 by James Ford Rhodes

Picture History of the Civil War by Bruce Catton

Eye of the Storm by Private Robert Knox Sneden

Trial by Fire by Page Smith

The Blue and the Gray by Henry Steele Commager

Soldiers Blue and Gray by James I. Robinson, Jr.

Memoirs of Chaplain Life Edited by Lawrence Frederick Kohl

Battlefields of the Civil War by James V. Murfin

Gettysburg, The Paintings of Mort Kunstler, Text by James M. McPherson

The Civil War, An Interactive Package of Image and Text by Zigzag Multimedia

A Treasury of Civil War Tales by Webb Garrison

Look Away by Harold Coyle – A Novel

Children of Pride Edited by Robert Manson Meyers

Civil War Railroads by George B. Abdill

Train Running for the Confederacy by Walbrook D. Swank

Till Victory is Won, Black Soldiers in the Civil War by Zak Mettger

Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War by G. F. R. Henderson

Abraham Lincoln the War Years Vol. III by Carl Sandburg


Abraham Lincoln, the War Years Vol. IV by Carl Sandburg


MAGGIE, Maggie Lindsley’s JournalPrivately Printed

The Battered Stars by Howard Coffin

George B. McClellan, The Young Napoleon by Stephen W. Sears

Jefferson Davis, The Man and His Hour by William C. Davis

The Painful News I Have to Write by Harlan Jessup

Fred and Jennie, a Civil War Love Story by Ernest Barker

Dear Mother From Your Dutiful Son by Ernest Barker

Memorabilia of the Civil War by William C. Davis

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks

Lee’s Lieutenants, A Study in Command by Douglas S. Freeman

Grant Moves South by Bruce Catton

Grant Takes Command by Bruce Catton


The Civil War, A The Time-Life Series

Brother Against Brother – The War Begins

First Blood – Fort Sumter to Bull Run

The Blockade – Runners and Raiders

The Road to Shiloh – Early Battles in the West

McClellan’s Peninsular Campaign – Forward to Richmond

Lee Takes Command – From Seven Days to Second Bull Run

Decoying the Yanks – Jackson’s Valley Campaign

The Struggle for Tennessee – Tupelo to Stones River

The Bloodiest Day – The Battle of Antietam

War on the Mississippi – Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign

Gettysburg – The Confederate High Tide

The Fight for Chattanooga – Chickamuga to Missionary Ridge

Battle for Atlanta – Sherman Moves East

The Coastal War – Chesapeake Bay to Rio Grande

Spies, Scouts and Raiders – Irregular Operations

Tenting Tonight – The Soldier’s Life

Confederate Ordeal – The Southern Home Front

Twenty million Yankees – The Northern Home Front



The Allan Nevins Series


Fruits of Manifest Destiny 1847 – 1852


A House Dividing – 1852 – 1857


Douglas, Buchanan, and Party Chaos - 1857 – 185


Prologue to Civil War – 1859 – 1861


The Improvised War - 1861 – 1862


War Becomes Revolution – 1862 – 1863


The Organized War – 1863 – 1864


The Organized War to Victory – 1864 - 1865




Life in Civil War America – National Parks Visitors’ Series

Chickamauga Yesterday

The Guerrilla War – Civil War Times Illustrated

American Heritage Civil War Chronology

The History of our Country Part 40 through Part 45 – A History as a Home Study Program

Civil War Times, Illustrated – Various issues





The Great Railroad War – Text, Powerpoint Presentation,  &

Slide Presentation

Music and Poetry of the Civil War – Text and Tape Recording of Music



Prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce

Coast and Geodetic Survey

Reproduced from Originals made by the U.S. Coast Survey 1861 to 1865


Manassas Junction and Vicinity – 1862 – Prepared prior and used during the 2nd Battle of Bull Run.

Charleston Harbor – Prepared after the city was evacuated on February 17, 1865 to help clear the harbor of mines, etc.

South Carolina and Georgia Coast – 1861 – 1862

Virginia Peninsula – 1864 – Includes Petersburg and Richmond and was prepared in preparation for the “siege”.

City of Richmond – 1864 – The map was prepared prior to occupation.

Mississippi River – 1862 – Used by Admiral Farragut at New Orleans on

April 25, 1862.

Fort Jackson – 1862 – Prepared after the fort was taken showing the damage resulting from the six-day bombardment.

Fort Hindman, Arkansas – 1863 – Prepared after the fort was taken.

Approaches to Vicksburg – 1863 – Prepared prior, during, and after Union ships passed by Confederate batteries on May 2, 1863.

Approach to Grand Gulf – 1864 – Used to help Union forces in their attempt to stop guerrilla parties raiding the area.

Battleground of Sabine Cross Roads and Pleasant Hill – 1864 – Shows the battle plans of the failed Union advance into Texas.

Chattanooga and its Approaches – 1863 – Prepared before, during, and after the November 23 – 25, 1863 battle

Battle Field of Chickamauga – 1864 – Prepared after the September 19 – 20, 1863 battle.

Approach to Atlanta from Chattanooga – 1864 – Prepared in Washington D.C. using intelligence data obtained during Sherman’s movement.

Plan of Final Attack on Fort Fisher – 1865 – Prepared prior to the attack made on January 15, 1865.

Reconnaissance of Wilmington River – 1864 – Prepared in the event that sea support was required by General Sherman during his “March to the Sea”.