Marian Hunter History Room

Photo of C.B. Hadsell
Photo of C.B. Hadsell

The Marian Hunter History Room is dedicated to Marian M. Hunter, long-time librarian and historian of Avon. The collection was formed when the Library and the Avon Historical Society combined their archives and dedicated the room on February 4, 1989. Researchers and interested residents may find information on the general history of the town, original old homes and buildings in Avon, and genealogies of original families.

Read about the history of Avon Free Public Library.

Access Avon’s history online

Over 30,000 items from the our history room collection are available online as part of the Connecticut Digital Archive.

Some Finding Aids for this collection are available here.

Connect with the Avon Historical Society here.

Avon records prior to 1830 are at the Farmington Town Clerk’s Office and the Farmington Room at the Farmington Library.

Visiting the History Room

The History Room is staffed by volunteers and reference staff. Please contact the library before visiting, to ensure materials will be accessible when you arrive! You will be asked to complete a researcher request form when you arrive.

For hours and information:

Treasures within the History Room

Book Collections

  • Local History of Avon and neighboring towns
  • Book Collection of Northington Library
  • Genealogy of selected Avon families
  • Genealogical reference materials

Serial Collections

Manuscript Collections


  • The map cabinet inventory is available here.

Photographs & Visual Materials

Microfilm Resources

Newspaper Collections

  • The Avon Library has copies of Avon News, 1981-1995. View digitized issues here
  • The Farmington Library maintains a collection of the Farmington Valley Herald from 1894-1986.
  • The Connecticut State Library maintains a collection of Avon News (1987-1996), Avon Life (2001-2013), Valley News (1996-2004)