History, Genealogy and Ornaments

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 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 offers other resources including: Heritage Quest. 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.

Meriden yearbooks are now digitized and online!

The following schools and years are available:
  • Meriden High School 1953 - 1958
  • Maloney High School 1959 - 2020
  • Platt High School 1959 - 2020
  • Wilcox Technical High School 1954 - 2020
To view the yearbooks, visit the Meriden Public Library page on the Connecticut Digital Archive website via this link: http://hdl.handle.net/11134/680002:MeridenPL

Hard copy yearbooks are accessible in our Meriden Historical and Genealogy Collection located at our site at the Meriden Historical Society. To visit the collection or for other inquiries, email us at: wguzman@meridenct.gov.

An additional resource for Meriden History:

The Meriden Historical Society 

Meriden Local History - Art and Design

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
Meriden Public Library
105 Miller Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Attn: Reference Department

2018 Meriden Daffodils                       Past Ornaments:

ornament 2019
  • 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
  • 2017 Meriden Green
  • 20018 Meriden Daffodils