Biographies, Books & Family File Folders
The Genealogy & Local History Room has an extensive collection of biographies, family history books, and family file folders. Due to the unique nature of this collection, the books and files are for reference use only and are not available as inter-library loans. Researchers are, however, welcome to make photocopies. Check the library’s on-line catalog for a complete listing, as new resources are added to this collection.
The call number for the biographies is 929. They are shelved according to surname (last name) and represent many notable CT individuals, such as author Harriet Beecher Stowe, former governor Ella T. Grasso, and Gail Borden, the inventor of canned milk.
Family History Books
The library has an extensive collection of books relating to Winsted area families. They are catalogued under the 929.2 number. They contain family histories, biographies, family trees, photographs and more. Some of the families included are: Ballou, Chapin, Foote, Parish, Tuttle, and Webster.
Family File Folders
Family files folders are located in the the vertical file cabinet. Hundreds of families are represented.
These files contain newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and more about local families.
Many of these files are stored in protective sleeves, for easy copying.
Mrs. Elliott Beardsley (pictured above) was the namesake and benefactress of the original Beardsley Library.
She was born in 1811 and died in 1878.