Edith B. Nettleton Historical Room

The Edith B. Nettleton Historical Room houses materials documenting Guilford’s history and genealogy, past and present.

Historic photo of the original library

The riches of our eponymous collection reflect the commitment and dedication of Edith B. Nettleton, the town’s first librarian, through whose efforts the Historical Room came into being.

Our collection includes books, diaries, letters, maps, photographs, postcards, scrapbooks, high school yearbooks, and early tax lists. Microfilm reels of the federal census for New Haven and Middlesex counties, from 1800 to 1930, are also available. Historical issues of The Shore Line Times and Guilford Courier are indexed and searchable through out catalog. A portion of the Guilford Keeping Society’s collection of photographs, original manuscripts and documents is housed in this room as well.

Explore our historical resources

  • Remembering Edith B. Nettleton

    Remembering Edith B. Nettleton

    The Edith B. Nettleton Historical Room honors Guilford’s first town librarian. The space is a hub of community learning, and is a fitting tribute to Edith.

  • Schedule a visit

    Schedule a visit

    Schedule a visit for one-on-one help with your research, or send in a question for us to research for you.

  • Digital History Archive

    Digital History Archive

    The Digital Archive of the Edith B. Nettleton Historical Room includes hundreds of photographs, documents and art works from the Edith B. Nettleton Historical Room Collection.

  • Connecticut Shelf

    Connecticut Shelf

    The Connecticut Shelf includes over 300 books on local and state history, leisure, and travel.

  • Local Resources

    Local Resources

    Access local historic resources including cemeteries, vital records, maps, military records and more.

  • Reproductions


    Reproductions of selected materials from the Edith B. Nettleton Historical Room are available for sale at the library’s Circulation Desk.


Guilford Free Library
67 Park Street, Guilford CT 06437
Phone: 203-453-8282 Fax: 203-453-8288

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