The Old Document Project is a composite collection of some of the Windsor Historical Society’s primary documents. It contains nearly 3,000 items dated from 1640 to 1939 and a handful of holdings from the mid-late 20th century. Each has been indexed by date, name, and document type.
The collection contains land records such as deeds, land grants, quit claims, leases, and surveys. Business documents include small account books, bills, payments, and receipts. A wide variety of legal documents include court summons, complaints, arrests, tax documents, insurance policies, and promissory notes. A significant portion of the collection pertains to the settlement of estates with documents such as wills, inventories, and probate records. There are Town of Windsor contracts for road work and school teachers as well as lists of district school pupils. Early military documents include orders, commissions, and regimental lists, while miscellaneous personal records include genealogies and single pieces of correspondence. Other items can best be described by their format – notes, signatures, calling cards, minutes, and sermons. Photographs, however, were not included in this project.