Bristol History Room

  • Main Street circa 1960
  • the old post office
  • North Main street from 1984
  • a man walking across main street
  • the old Downs Mill
  • an old horse and carriage

Bristol History Room Hours

  • Tuesday: 2:00 – 4:00pm
  • Wednesday: 2:00 – 4:00pm & 6:00 – 7:45pm
  • Thursday: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

2014 Saturday Hours

Saturday: 9:30am – 11:30pm

  • September 20
  • October 18
  • November 15
  • December 13

  • This special collection devoted to local history includes:

    • Books about Bristol
    • Cemetery and church records
    • City directories (1884 – 1991): containing sections for Bristol, Terryville, & Plainville.
    • Diaries: such as Candice Robert’s diary & excerpts from Sylvia Lewis’ diary from the early 19th century
    • Maps of Bristol: including Sanborn Insurance and topographical maps. An 1802 Survey of Bristol Turnpikes is the oldest original map in the collection.
    • Newspapers:
      • The Bristol Press newspaper is available on microfilm from 1871 – 2006. The subject index for this newspaper makes it easy to research a wide variety of topics. From 2006 on, the Bristol Press is available as a searchable online database.
      • Copies of the Bristol Observer, a weekly newspaper, are accessible from December 2004 to the present. There are some missing issues of this newspaper.
    • Oral histories
    • Photographs & Postcards: view over 3000 photographs and several hundred postcards. Some of them are part of the Treasures of CT Libraries digital collection.
    • Yearbooks

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    DVDs and Prints Available to Purchase

    Specially selected prints from the Bristol History Room Collection are available for purchase. These 8″ X 10″ print formats are suitable for framing

    • Individual prints: $10 each
    • Set of 4 prints: $35

    The DVD “Bristol Remembered” (a slideshow with Music) is also available for $9.95

    Historic Prints Order Form

    View Print Samples

    Print Samples

    Main Street 1960

    Main Street, 1960

    Main-Street Bristol,1890

    Main Street, 1890

    Old Post office

    Old Post Office

    Rockwell Park

    Rockwell Park

    Bristol Remembered- a DVD slideshow of historic images

    Bristol Remembered, a DVD slideshow with music


    Read the History of the Library.