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CLOTHING & TEXTILES

We have the second largest collection of antique clothes and costumes in the state of Connecticut (after the Connecticut Historical Society.)  There are thousands of dresses, skirts, shoes, handbags, hats, accessories, tuxedos, suits, and military uniforms dating as early as the 1760s right up through the 1970s. 

RESOURCES

MID-CENTURY MODERN ARCHITECTURE

New Canaan is widely known for its scores of houses designed in the decades after World War II by some of the nation’s best architects, including the mid-century modern “Harvard Five” – Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, Jon Johansen, Eliot Noyes and Landis Gores. 

LIBRARY

We maintain a research library of more than 3,500 volumes, along with scores of manuscripts, deeds, newspapers, photographs and other documents dating to the colonial era. 

RECORDS

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.