Oral History Collection
Scope and Contents
The Windsor Historical
Society Oral History Collection is an artificial
collection of oral history interviews and other recorded
memoirs, public presentations, and short historical
essays which have been transcribed by Society staff and
volunteers. The earliest recordings were made in 1952,
but the collection spans to the present day. A few of
the transcripts were prepared from videotaped
recordings. Virtually all the recordings are now
available in a digital format.
Oral history themes and
topics include neighborhood and family history;
childhood chores and fun; school days; learning to
drive; hunting, fishing, and other sports; working
tobacco; church activities; and fondly remembered local
stores, shopkeepers, and home delivery services.
Recorded lectures and programs provide insight into
history of the Lithuanian community in Poquonock; the
mills along the Farmington River; the history of the
Hayden Station area; Christopher Miner Spencerís many
accomplishments; and Windsorís brickmaking industry.
Some narrators offer perspective on the changes in the
town of Windsor, CT during the 20th century,
considering aspects such as the postwar housing
shortages, race relations, and the impact of the opening
of Interstate 91.
There are currently thirty
six transcripts in the collection, most with a detailed
index. A Microsoft Word inventory lists the name of the
narrator, the date of the recording, the collection
number, and a brief abstract of the contents. Additional
materials will be included as they become available.
Contact the Librarian for more information.