The Meriden Room Collection consists of Meriden histories, maps, telephone books, city documents, city directories (1868 – 1992), Connecticut town histories, military histories, genealogies (printed and CD), genealogy periodicals, newspapers, high school yearbooks (1892-present), books by local authors and an extensive clipping file on local topics.
Donations are welcome with the understanding that materials the library cannot use may be disposed of at the discretion of the librarian.
The purpose of the Meriden Room is to collect, preserve and make available for public use, books and materials relating to the history of the City of Meriden, Connecticut. Connecticut town histories are also part of the Meriden Room collection. To use the history room you may register at the Information Desk. Materials in the Meriden Room do not circulate. Since many items are fragile please check with a librarian before photocopying.
The Meriden Room's microfilm holdings include:
Index to Barbour Collection of Meriden vital statistics, 1806-1853.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Meriden, 1884-1950.
Hale Collection of Connecticut headstone inscriptions (1934) vols. 26 and 27
Meriden newspapers, 1863 to present.
Census records for Meriden 1790 – 1930
Ancestry Library Edition is available for use in the library.
The Connecticut State Library also know as researchIT, offers other resources including: Heritage Quest, is available for use in the library and remotely.
There may be a minimal charge of $5.00 for Historical and Genealogy research when papers need to be printed out and mailed. The amount will cover: paper, toner, and postage.
An additional resource for Meriden History is:
The Meriden Ornament
Meriden Ornaments have been produced by the Meriden Public Library Local History Department since 1994. Each pewter medallion is manufactured by Woodbury Pewter and features a Meriden historical landmark. All proceeds are used to purchase books, periodicals, archival supplies, and other local history items. For additional information contact the library's information desk at 203.238.2346.
Ornament prices $10.00
IF ORDERING BY MAIL, PLEASE INCLUDE $5 SHIPPING & HANDLING and send to
Meriden Public Library
105 Miller Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Attn: Reference Department
2016 Giuffrida Park Past Ornaments:
1994 Castle Craig
1995 Traffic Tower
1996 Curtis Building
1997 1711 Goffe House
1998 Board of Education Bldg. (first high school)
1999 Andrews Homestead
2000 City Hall Clock Tower
2001 World War I Monument
2002 Christmas in the Park (Hubbard Park)
2003 Meriden Library 100th Anniversary (open book)
2004 Red Bridge
2005 old Post Office (Colony St.)
2006 Bicentennial of Meriden (City Seal)
2007 Parker Hose (oldest firehouse)
2008 Central Tavern (formerly on E. Main and Broad St.)
2009 Hubbard Park Half-way House
2010 Meriden markham Airport
2011 old Meriden Armory (E. Main St.)
2012 Curtis Street Trolley
2013 Train at RR station
2014 Silver Teapot (Silver City)
2015 Hunter Memorial Golf Course
2016 Giuffrida Park