Thursday, October 21, 2021
HC News

New and Noteworthy at BHC

The Bridgeport History Center is beyond pleased to have a bevy of new offerings, some available digitally and others awaiting you when we can safely allow researchers back in! 
On the digital front, we have begun to place some of our most beloved and used collections onto the Connecticut Digital Archive.  Please check out the new homes of our Postcard Collection and “From the Historical Collections” by Mary K. Witkowski!    Moving these collections onto CTDA allows for better searching, and for you to find more related materials both from the Bridgeport History Center AND the other Connecticut institutions who choose to make their material available online. 
Also in the digital realm is the new space for Genealogy from Home!  It provides links and access information for all of the Bridgeport History Center’s main online databases so that you can keep working on your family history. 
We also have a new array of physical collections!  On the top of our list is our new Community Cookbook Collection, featuring local organizations and their favorite recipes.  This collection is seeking additional cookbooks from Bridgeport organizations, so if you have one you’d like to donate, please be sure to use our contact form and get in touch.   We also now are able to provide access to the Seeley Almanac Collection and our Sermons and Early Church Printings Collection, featuring publications from the mid 1700s to the 1890s! 

On the archives and manuscripts front, BHC is happy to report that it has now surpassed over 100 processed archival collections.  This includes the Records of Charles B. Tisdale’s 1976 Congressional Campaign, The Frisbie Pie Company and the Frisbie Family Collection, Records of Reads Department Store, and a whole host of records from local labor unions.  There’s more in the pipeline we can’t tell you about, but to see what you’ve missed be sure to check our archives and manuscripts listing. 
We’ve also compiled two new research guides – one to help you research Connecticut’s Native and Indigenous Peoples at the Bridgeport History Center and another of public domain Bridgeport histories with URLs to all the available books. 
Keep checking back for updates and new material!