The Ridgefield Historical Society is dedicated to collecting photos, documents, and objects that tell a story about the history of Ridgefield. Since 2002, when the collections originated, Historical Society volunteers have carefully preserved over 10,000 pieces of Ridgefield’s past that are stored in archival materials and placed in our climate controled vault beneath the Scott House
Online Archive at Past Perfect
Many of the materials in our collections are searchable online through our Past Perfect online archive, which is a virtual “portal” into our physical archives. If you are looking for specific items that are not listed here or in Past Perfect, please contact us.
A regularly updated collection of downloadable compendiums for researching history in Ridgefield, CT. These files may be viewed online or downloaded to your computer. The Encyclopedia and Timeline are updated and expanded regularly. All files are in searchable PDF format. Note that many of these files are large and may take a few seconds to download fully.
This collection contains maps of Ridgefield from the early 1700s to the early 2000s. Included is the 1867 Beers Atlas map and Whitlock’s 1912 map in addition to modern day maps of the town’s streets, historic districts, open space, zoning, school districts, and graveyards.
Books and Reports
A regularly updated collection of downloadable books and reports for researching history in Ridgefield, CT. These files may be viewed online or downloaded to your computer. All files are in searchable PDF format. Note that many of these files are large and may take a few seconds to download fully.
COVID-19 CollectionThe Ridgefield Historical Society’s COVID-19 Collection is a record of the Coronavirus pandemic, declared in March 2020. The collection includes artifacts, drawings, photographs, videos, and other elements that represent this particular and unexpected time in Ridgefield history. From masks and face shields to images of empty grocery store shelves to first-hand accounts from local residents, the Collection is ongoing and new additions are welcome.
The Clarence Korker Collection
Clarence and Geraldine Korker operated a photo shop on Main Street for forty years from 1950-1990. During that time Clarence photographed weddings, family portraits, town events, streetscapes and more.
This valuable collection is a window into what the town looked like during that era and illustrates how its townspeople marked their family milestones by sitting for a Corker portrait. This Collection is not yet catalogued.
WWII Oral Histories
The WWII Oral History Collection preserves the memories of 45 of Ridgefield’s World War II veterans. They tell the stories of the war in Europe, the Pacific, and at home.
This Oral History Collection was conceived and captured by Betsy Reid, Ridgefield Historical Society Collections Manager. The Collection includes photographs of the veterans as young men and women and as older citizens relating their tales on tape.
Ridgefield was considered a resort in the early days of the last century, and many postcards were printed at that time for travelers to send home. The Historical Society has a large collection of postcards of Ridgefield’s houses, roads, lakes, and other scenes from that era.
Ridgefield High School Yearbooks
This yearbook collection ranges from 1945, when thirty-three students graduated, to present day, with a graduating class in the hundreds. The yearbooks follow the growth of the town’s school system and transition from the old high school on East Ridge to the new high school on North Salem Road.
Ridgefield Probate Records
This collection of probate record books contain wills, inventories, distributions, and accounts of Ridgefielders in the early 20th Century. These books are an important research tool for those looking for the occupations, land ownership, and household belongings of their ancestors.
The Ridgefield Press
The Historical Society inherited a large collection of bound volumes from the Ridgefield Press ranging from 1930 to 2003. This collection of newspapers highlights the social, economic, educational and cultural changes that Ridgefielders experienced over seventy years.
Warren Arthur Architectural Archives
The Warren Arthur Architectural Archives honor the architectural heritage of Ridgefield by acquiring architectural drawings and related ephemera of the best representative work of architectural designers as well other works that represent the less-celebrated but important commercial and residential design that make up the character of the town. The Archives are a legacy gift in honor of architect and prolific lighting designer Warren Arthur who designed his own home on Lake Mamanasco and was a long-time member of the Ridgefield Planning and Zoning Commission’s Architectural Advisory Committee.
Laura Curie Allee Shields was one of twenty women who formed the Equal Franchise League in Ridgefield. Their first meeting was on July 28, 1911 in town hall. The League continued to grow and eventually joined with leagues in surrounding towns to work for the passage of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Historical Society’s Women’s Suffrage collection is based on Ms. Shield’s personal papers, notes, speeches, and photographs. This Collection is not yet catalogued.
In This Section
- Online Archive at Past Perfect
- Digital Compendiums
- Books and Reports
- COVID-19 Collection
- The Clarence Korker Collection
- WWII Oral Histories
- Postcard Collection
- Research Library
- Ridgefield High School Yearbooks
- Ridgefield Probate Records
- The Ridgefield Press
- Warren Arthur Architectural Archives
- Women’s Suffrage