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Primary Source Documents
(Primary source documents, when possible, appear as printable images throughout this web site and are listed in the Site Map.)

Archival Documents in the Collection of the Mattatuck Historical Society, Waterbury, Connecticut

Archival Documents and The Public Records of the Colony and of the State of Connecticut, in the Collection of the Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT

Census Records, 1790-1920

Waterbury Land Records, Waterbury Town Clerk's Office

Acts and Laws of the Colony of Connecticut
, 1756, in the Collection of the Silas Bronson Library, Waterbury, CT

Local Publications
(Containing transcripts of eighteenth-century documents and some reminiscences.)

Joseph Anderson, ed., The Churches of Mattatuck: A Record of a Bi-Centennial Celebration at Waterbury, Connecticut. New Haven: The Price, Lee & Adkins Company, 1892

Joseph Anderson, ed., The Town and City of Waterbury, Connecticut, a three-volume history published in 1896

John Warner Barber, Connecticut Historical Collections, Containing a General Collection of Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes &c. Relating to the History and Antiquities of Every Town in Connecticut, with Geographical Descriptions. New Haven and Hartford, CT: John W. Barber and A. Willard, 1836.

Joseph Perkins Beach, History of Cheshire, Connecticut from 1694 to 1840, Lady Fenwick Chapter, D.A.R., 1912

Henry Bronson, The History of Waterbury, Connecticut, 1858

William Cothren, History of Ancient Woodbury, Connecticut, From the First Indian Deed in 1659 to 1879, Including the Present Towns of Washington, Southbury, Bethlehem, Roxbury, and a Part of Oxford and Middlebury (Three Volumes), Woodbury, CT: William Cothren, 1879.

Daughters of the American Revolution, Sarah Whitman Trumbull Chapter, History of Ancient Westbury and Present Watertown From Its Settlement to 1907

Grace Bicknell Eisenwinter and others, The Old Burying Ground of Ancient Westbury and Present Watertown, Sarah Whitman Trumbull Chapter, D.A.R., 1938

Rawson W. Haddon, “Slaves in Waterbury,” The Mattatuck Historical Society, Occasional Publications New Series, No. 20, October 1953

Frederick J. Kingsbury, History of St. John’s Church, Waterbury, Connecticut. The Price, Lee & Adkins Co., 1907

Katharine A. Prichard, Ancient Burying Grounds of the Town of Waterbury, Connecticut, The Mattatuck Historical Society, 1917

Katharine A. Prichard, ed., Proprietors' Records of the Town of Waterbury, Connecticut, 1677-1761. Waterbury, CT: The Mattatuck Historical Society, 1911

N. S. Richardson, Historical Sketch of Watertown, From Its Original Settlement; With the Record of Its Mortality from March, 1741, to January, 1845, and to May, 1858, being One Hundred and Seventeen Years. Waterbury, CT: E. B. Cooke & Co., 1858.

Secondary Sources

E. Edwards Beardsley, The History of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, From the Settlement of the Colony to the Death of Bishop Seabury. New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1865.

Daniel Cruson, Newtown’s Slaves: A Case Study in Early Connecticut Rural Black History. Newtown Historical Society: 1994

John Duffy, From Humors to Medical Science: A History of American Medicine, University of Illinois Press, 1993

James Essig, “Connecticut Ministers and Slavery, 1790-1795” in the Journal of American Studies, 1981

Lorenzo Greene, The Negro in Colonial New England, Columbia University Press, 1942

Jackson Turner Main, Society and Economy in Colonial Connecticut, Princeton University Press, 1985

Edgar J. McManus, Black Bondage in the North, Syracuse University Press, 1973

Joanne Melish, Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England, 1780-1860, Cornell University Press,1998

William Piersen, Black Yankees: The Development of an Afro-American Subculture in Eighteenth Century New England. Amherst: The University of Massachusetts Press, 1988

Orville Platt, “Negro Governors” in Papers of the New Haven Colony Historical Society, Vol. VI, 1900

Christine Quigley, Skulls and Skeletons: Human Bone Collections and Accumulations. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., Inc., 2001.

Michael Sappol, A Traffic of Dead Bodies, Princeton University Press, 2002.

Horatio Strother, The Underground Railroad in Connecticut, Wesleyan University Press, 1962

Ralph Weld, Slavery in Connecticut; Tercentenary Commission of the State of Connecticut; 1936

David White, Connecticut’s Black Soldiers 1775-1783, Connecticut Bicentennial Series IV: Pequot Press; 1973

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