The Historical Artifact Collection, including more than 200 ribbons and pin backs, document the social life of Bristol residents for the last 200 years. We have an especially robust collection of Fourth of July materials.
The BH&PS Artwork Collection includes painted portraits, landscapes, drawings, sketches, architectural renderings, and hand painted china and other decorative items.
The Manuscript Collection consists of more than 100 collections of personal and family papers and institutional and early business records that date from the 1700s to the present.
The non-circulating library contains hundreds of local and regional histories, including works by local authors, genealogical materials, business directories, and subject files.
The Photograph Collection consists mainly of images of Bristol and Bristolians. We hold daguerreotypes, tintypes, ambrotypes, glass-plate negatives, and carte-de-visite portraits of individuals, houses, and groups
The Textile Collection contains hundreds of 19th and 20th century fabric items. We have a rich collection of women’s clothing, military uniforms, doll clothes, and hand worked items including samplers and quilts.
This collection provides various types of materials relating to the history of industry in Bristol, including, but not limited to, ledgers, account books, photographs, correspondence, and artifacts.
Our collection consists of chairs, tables, desks, secretaries and glass front cabinets of various periods from Bristol homes. We also have a collection of children’s furniture including prams, high chairs, and cradles.
The Newspaper Collection contains over 40 titles, ranging from single issues of American and foreign newspapers to extensive runs of early Providence, Warren, and Bristol papers.
As of December 2015, Fire, Burglar and Security systems at the BHPS are fully installed due to the receipt of a generous $15,000 matching grant from The 1772 Foundation. The BHPS has motion alarms and security cameras throughout the building, has a secured entry alarm system and a fire alarm system that is directly linked to the Town of Bristol Fire Department. As part of its 2015 Matching Grants for Historic Preservation made available to organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island, The 1772 Foundation Grant has enabled the Society to protect its unique research library, its extensive paper document room, the significant portrait collection, and all of the other artifacts throughout the building.
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