History Room Collection

  • Brass Mill
  • Old Main Street
  • Delivery Wagon
  • Old Bristol High School
  • Main Street 1950s
  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
  • Old Bus Accident
Some of the collection’s highlights are:

  • Candice Robert’s diary & excerpts from Sylvia Lewis’ diary from the early 19th century
  • Books with soldier lists from various wars starting with the American Revolution
  • Civil War letters
  • The book “Bristol in World War II”
  • Material highlighting local clock makers
  • Books about prominent companies such as Associated Spring & New Departure

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Audio / Visual Catalog


Bristol History Room Audio Visual Materials Catalog

Item Title Author Notes Date Type Content
Albert Gurske, Bristol High Sports, Fordham University, Gurske, Albert 3/20/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
Arthur O. Reckert, His Life Story Reckert, Arthur O. 3/28/1988 Cassette Spoken Word
Attorney Louis F. Hanrahan, Growing Up in Bristol, The Law, Hanrahan, Louis F. 2/21/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
Bicentennial Tape Bristol Baptist Church, 1791-1991 7/12/1992 Video Event
Bristol Bicentennial Parade, Vol. 1 & 2 (copy 1) LHR 394.2 B774 v1, LHR 394.2 B774 v2 Video Event
Bristol Bicentennial Parade, Vol. 1 & 2 (copy 2) Video Event
Bristol Bicentennial Quilt Show 2 copies Video Event
Bristol Bicentennial, Ed Flynn, WTIC 1080 Flynn, Ed Radio Broadcast 4/25/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
Bristol Bicentennial, Ed Flynn, WTIC 1080 Flynn, Ed Radio Broadcast 7/8/85 Cassette Spoken Word
Bristol Bicentennial, WTIC 1080 Radio Broadcast Cassette Spoken Word
Bristol Central, Europe Tour 2000 Fund Raising Campaign 2000 Video Event
Bristol Chamber of Commerce 100th Anniversary Promotional Video Video
Bristol Chamber of Commerce 100th Anniversary Promotional Video Video LHR 381 B774 Video
Bristol Eastern Yearbook 2006 DVD
Bristol Eastern Yearbook 2007 DVD
Bristol Eastern Yearbook, 2010 2010 DVD
Bristol Press newspaper, 1871-2004 1871-2004 Microfilm
Bristol Press Sale Video
Bristol Public Library Building Centennial Concert 8/14/2007 DVD Event
Bristol Public Library Centennial Celebration 8/14/2007 DVD Event
Bristol Public Library Festival of Trees, Bristol Choral Society 2006 DVD Music
Bristol Public Library Groundbreaking Digital still pictures 8/11/2004 CD Photos
Bristol Public Library Re-Dedication 6/22/2006 Video Event
Bristol Public Library Re-Dedication 2 copies 6/22/2006 DVD Event
Bristol Remembered LaPorte, Tom 2 copies CD Spoken Word
Bristol Soap Box Derby, 1987, Copy 1 LHR 629.228 B774 1987 Video Event
Bristol Soap Box Derby, 1987, Copy 2 1987 Video Event
Bristol Symphony Orchestra & Bristol Choral Society Traditional Holiday Concert 12/21/1999 CD Music
Bristol Symphony Orchestra Traditional Holiday Concert 12/10/2000 CD Music
Bristol Symphony Orchestra, The Classical Concert CD Music
Bristol Symphony Orchestra, Pops goes the Symphony 6/5/2001 CD Music
Bristol Town Clerk Records Management Project Bristol Town Clerk 1960-1962 Downtown Bristol 9/1/2009 CD Photos
108 Photographs 1930’s Rockwell Park (2 copies)
Bristol, WTIC 1080 Radio Broadcast Cassette Spoken Word
Bristol’s Historic Hoppers, Part One LHR Video/974.63 B776 Video
Candace Roberts Diary, a transcript Roberts, Candace CD Text
Carl Magnuson Magnuson, Carl 10/3/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
Celia T. Critchley, Her Work at the Library Critchley, Celia T. 12/10/1984 Cassette Spoken Word
Charlotte Freedman, Jewish Community & Bristol Business Freedman, Charlotte 11/30/1984 Cassette Spoken Word
City of Bristol Bicentennial, Ed Flynn Flynn, Ed Radio Broadcast Undated Cassette Spoken Word
City Wise, BDDC (Bristol Downtown Development Corp.) RFQ Presentations LHR 338.9 B775 2009 10/15/2009 DVD
Clarkson Barnes, part 1 & 2 Barnes, Clarkson 5/15/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
Class First Met: 1) Pequabuck Floods Greisner, Bertha Oral History Introduced by Jeanne Bouyea 1978 Cassette Spoken Word
Class First Met: 2) Early Golfing in Bristol Shea, Miriam Oral History Introduced by Jeanne Bouyea 1978 Cassette Spoken Word
Class First Met: 3) A Glorious Fourth at the West End Kelly, Kay Oral History Introduced by Jeanne Bouyea 1978 Cassette Spoken Word
Class First Met: 4) Daily Commuting by train to Hartford to work at Traveler’s Sinisgalli, Angelina Oral History Introduced by Jeanne Bouyea 1978 Cassette Spoken Word
Class First Met: 5) Adventuring at Cedar Lake and Fall Mountain Heffernan, Mae Oral History Introduced by Jeanne Bouyea 1978 Cassette Spoken Word
Company K & The Boys From Bristol LaPorte, Tom CD Spoken Word
Connecticut During World War II, Battlefront Video/LHR 974.6 H752 Video
Connecticut During World War II, Homefront Video/LHR 974.6 H752, Video
Dolly Curtis Interview: Chris Bailey American Clock and Watch Museum Curtis, Dolly Chris Bailey, Nancy Connelly Video
Dorothy (Anderson) Manchester, 4/9/85 Manchester, Dorothy 4/9/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
E. Bartlett Barnes, part 1   2, Barnes, E. Bartlett 2/6/1986 Cassette Spoken Word
E. Ingraham Company, Bristol, CT, 1940 Factory Footage Video 680 IN4 1940 Video
Edwin Clayton, part 1   2 Clayton, Edwin 10/9/1984 Cassette Spoken Word
ElizabethDraper, Growing Up in Bristol Draper, Elizabeth 2/12/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
Elsie Velasco Velasco, Elsie 3/20/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
Encore Old Tyme Fiddler’s Club Connecticut’s Bristol Old Tyme Fiddler’s Club Cassette Music
Europe Tour 2000 Fund Raising Campaign, Bristol Central High School Performing Arts Dept. Located in small white box 2000 Cassette Event
Federal Hill Green Bicentennial Celebration Reel to reel Videotape
Focus on Bristol: Bart Barnes, Francine Petosa Leone, John Featuring Bart Barnes, Francine Petosa 1993 Video
Forestville Monument Setting in Place & Dedication 1998 Video
Gerald Blethen Blethen, Gerald 4/18/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
Gerald Murphy, Police Work, Lake Compounce, part 1   2 Murphy, Gerald 4/11/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
Gianna, d’Angelo, The Coloratura’s Collection D’Angelo, Gianna 4 copies CD Music
Helen Mae Heffernan, Education, Her Father Heffernan, Helen Mae 3/12/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) Rossini Featuring Gianna D’Angelo Record Album Music
Images of Bristol’s Past, A Slideshow Created to Commemorate the Opening of the Bristol Room Picture Gallery (6 copies) 10/27/2008 CD Photos
James Sessions, Family, Company, Methodist Church, Boyhood Reminiscences Sessions, James 3/21/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
John Denehy, Jr., Bristol in World War II Denehy, John Jr. 5/13/1992 Cassette Spoken Word
John Denehy, Sr., His Story and the E. Ingraham Co., part 1   2 Denehy, John Sr. 4/15/1988 Cassette Spoken Word
John T. Reardon, Sr., Education and Sports in Bristol Reardon, John T. 12/5/1984 Cassette Spoken Word
La Boheme Puccini Featuring Gianna D’Angelo Record Album Music
Lakme, Highlights from Lakme Delibes Featuring Gianna D’Angelo Record Album
Leigh Minor, Farmer Minor, Leigh 10/23/1986 Cassette Spoken Word
Lori DeFillippi, Women’s Role in the Military DeFillippi, Lori Mini-cassette 7/19/2006 Cassette Spoken Word
Luncheon with Bristol’s Mayors, December 11, 2002 at Chippanee Golf Club Video/LHR974.63 L971 12/11/2002 Video Event
Lynda Russell, author of Bristol Historic Homes Russell, Lynda Mini-cassette 8/16/2006 Cassette Spoken Word
Mr. Leslie Wright with Marjorie Harold Wright, Leslie 2 copies 2/4/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
Msgr. George Bartlewski, St. Stanislaus R.C. Church Bartlewski, George 12/14/1984 Cassette Spoken Word
Nineteenth(19th) Century Photography in Bristol, Connecticut LaPorte, Tom 2 copies CD Spoken Word
Oscar H. Wulff, Immanuel Lutheran School, Principal Wulff, Oscar 2/16/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
Oscar Pease, Forestville, Flood of 1955 Pease, Oscar 7/16/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
Persian Gulf War Memorial, August 7, 1994 8/7/1994 Video
Philip Rokosa, Post Office, Growing Up in Bristol Rokosa, Philip 7/21/1985 Cassette Spoken Word
Police Chief Wm. J. Mead, Jr., Police Work in Bristol Mead, Wm. J. 11/16/1984 Cassette Spoken Word
Rigoletto Verdi Featuring Gianna D’Angelo Record Album Music
Stretch Norton, History of Lake Compounce Norton, Stretch Cassette Spoken Word
Tales of Hoffman Offenbach Featuring Gianna D’Angelo Record Album Music
The Moving Wall Video/975.3 M869 Video
Third Tyme Around Old Tyme Fiddler’s Club Cassette Music
Untitled: Life’s Journey, a collection of musical performances by Bristol Hospital physicians, employees and friends CD Music
William I. Treadway, Treadway and Ingraham Families Treadway, William I. 4/29/1988 Cassette Spoken Word
Wozenski, Br. Gen. Edward part 1   2 Wozenski, Edward 5/19/1985 Cassette Spoken Word

Genealogy


Researchers can consult

  • Published and unpublished histories of older families in Bristol
  • The Book “Records of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of Revolution, War of 1812 and the Mexican War”
  • The book “Connecticut Men in the Civil War”
  • City directories (1884 – 1991)
  • Baptist Church Records (1801 – 1927)
  • Congregational Church records (1742 – 1897)
  • Trinity Episcopal Church records (1834 – 1949)
  • Hale Cemetery Indexes
  • Records of Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in North and South Cemeteries, Bristol, Conn.
  • A Record of Deaths in Bristol, Conn. 1793-1861 by Tracy Peck
  • Probate Records of Bristol 1785-1830
  • Birth, marriage, and death indexes compiled from the Bristol Press newspaper (although these indexes include many names, there are gaps for various years in which names were not recorded)
  • A subject index to the Bristol Press (1871 – 2006)
  • Assessor’s records (1815-1917)
  • Maps

Houses and Other Buildings


The following resources are available:

  • The Historic Resource Inventory which contains a listing of several hundred older houses in Bristol
  • A description of local buildings and historic districts which are on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Indexed articles from the Bristol Press newspaper about older houses in Bristol
  • A newspaper clipping file about various houses in Bristol

Pictures


The collection consists of over 3000 photographs and several hundred postcards.

Some of them are part of the Treasures of CT Libraries digital collection.

 

Yearbooks

High Schools (Public)
Bristol High School 1919, 1930-1959
Bristol Central High School (Torch) 1960-present, updated yearly
Bristol Eastern High School (Lance) 1960-2011, updated yearly
Middle Schools (Public)
Memorial Boulevard School 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995-2005, 2007-2009
High Schools (Private & Parochial)
Laurel Crest Academy 1962-1970
St. Anthony (Shield) 1953-1955, 1957, 1958, 1960-1967
St. Paul (Kaleidoscope) 1970-1975, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990
Elementary Schools (Parochial)
Immanuel Lutheran 1993
St. Joseph 1988-2005 (1991 is a photocopy)
St. Matthew 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999-2002