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


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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 Candace 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 & 2012-present. The subject index for this newspaper makes it easy to research a wide variety of topics.
    • 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


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