- 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.
- 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.
A Special Collection Devoted to Local History
Bristol History Room's Highlights
- 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
- Over 3000 photographs and several hundred postcards. Some of them are part of the Treasures of CT Libraries digital collection.