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Bristol History Photograph Collection

Identifier: GA.BH.7

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of eleven boxes of miscellaneous photographs of various dates, creators, and conditions, all pertaining to local Bristol history. Some photographs are copies with the status of the original prints and their provenance being unknown.

Photographs within this collection have been digitized and published to the Digital Collections website. Any that are photocopies have not been included online for publication, but can be viewed in the physical collection.


  • circa 1863-2017

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright interests for this collection belong to the Grundy Foundation. For more information, contact the Grundy Archivist.

Biographical / Historical

Photographs in this collection were donated to the library at various points in time before official accession records were implemented to the library’s Historical Collection. Most original donors and creators of the photographs are unknown with no original arrangement. Over several years, archive volunteers compiled the photographs and arranged them for research use originally in labeled binders by subject. Most inscriptions and interpretations on the back of photographs were created by said volunteers.


4.58 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Language of Materials



Items within each series have no official arrangement. Most items are labeled as they were by the volunteers who compiled the collection and identified the photographs through the original donors or their own study of Bristol’s history. Some items were labelled by their creator unless no title was given; in which case the title was supplied by the collecting volunteers or the Archivist for accessibility based on the content of the item. Archivist-assigned labels are in brackets to identify these given titles.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Photographs compiled from various donations, most of which have lost their original provenance.


No further accruals expected.

Related Materials

GA.BH.3 Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library Institutional History Collection

GA.BH.4 Bristol Borough School District Collection

GA.BH.5 Kaiser Fleetwings Collection

GA.BH.14 Bristol Jewish Center Collection

GA.BH.15 King George II Inn Collection

GA.BH.20 Small Photograph Collections

GA.BH.24 Bristol High School Yearbook Collection

Digitized photographs can be viewed here:

Processing Information

The collection was compiled and organized by archive volunteers in 29 subject-based, three-ringed binders. Initial draft of finding aid, file list, and additional physical processing conducted by Archivist Eric Walerko 2017-2018. Edits and final draft made by Archivist Lillian Kinney, 2019-2020. Items rehoused from record cartons to document boxes by Archivist Lillian Kinney, 2021.

Bristol History Photograph Collection
Archivist Eric Walerko 2017-2018, Archivist Lillian Kinney 2019-2020.
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Repository Details

Part of the Grundy Archive Repository

680 Radcliffe Street
Bristol PA 19007 United States