Michael Murphy

Librarian & Archivist

Schedule an individual appointment

Michael Murphy

Librarian & Archivist

Schedule an individual appointment

The Library is open Tuesday-Friday 9:30-4:30. The Librarian is available to answer questions or assist with research during those times. If you would like research done for you, please email Mike Murphy at A research fee will apply.

The New Canaan Historical Society Library is located in the Society’s headquarters, the Town House, 13 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan.

The New Canaan Historical Society maintains a large, well-focused research library of more than 3,500 volumes, specializing in local history, regional history, and genealogy. The Library also includes an extensive collection of manuscripts, deeds, old newspapers, photographs, Colonial era documents, indexes of local businesses, town tax and real estate records, and more.

Aiding researchers, and maintaining and adding to the collection, are among our most important responsibilities, and we carry them out with the utmost care.

The Library specializes in genealogy. Our collection includes family records not just from New Canaan but from Stamford and Norwalk, as well as from Pound Ridge, N.Y., all of which historically had family and political connections to New Canaan. We also have genealogical volumes from a large number of Connecticut towns where New Canaan families settled.

For a nominal fee, our librarian can assist you in your individual research, either on-site or on-line. We will gladly provide a half hour of free research help, after which our minimum charge is $25 to respond to inquiries and provide library orientation for non-Society members. The fee for additional research by our staff is $30 an hour.

For Society members, we provide library orientation and up to three research inquiries a year free of charge (click above for membership information). You are also welcome to use our collections to conduct your own research. We kindly request a suitable donation for the use of our materials. Complete information about fees is available from our librarian.

Library Resources

The library offers an array of historically significant documents, archival photographs, artifacts, maps, surveys and newspaper clippings. There are unique collections, including Lois Bayles’ American Revolutionary War records and correspondence, along with rare military relics from the Civil War and World Wars I & II. Important documents can be found in collections on Family Genealogy; Local Artists, especially those from the Silvermine Guild; Historic Homes; Architects and Architecture; Schools; Churches; Town Government; Businesses; and Town Clubs.


The Historical Society has an extensive collection of books, articles and other materials relating to mid-century modern houses in New Canaan, including a comprehensive index of all houses that have since been demolished.

About Our Librarian

A Stamford native, Michael Murphy began work at the NCM&HS in 2013 as an intern. A lifelong student of history, Mike gradated with a degree in History from Manhattan College.  In 2017, he became the Librarian and Archivist, and is responsible for cataloguing and maintaining the Museum’s extensive collections.  His favorite collection is the vintage photographs that document the changing New Canaan landscape over the decades.