What is an Archival Collection?
The Bridgewater Public Library Archives and Special Collections is, as the name suggests, organized by collection. Archival collections are most often defined by how they came to exist, for example, the records of a company that were naturally compiled over the company's lifetime or a set of Bridgewater photographs that were deliberately collected by a local historian.
Once the collection comes to the Bridgewater Public Library Archives and Special Collections, we process it according to archival standards and create a guide to the collection called a finding aid. A link to our Archives and Special Collections catalog and a list of our online finding aids are available below. If you are interested in accessing collections not listed below, contact the Archives staff.
List of Collection Guides
BRW003 Town of Bridgewater World War II records
This collection includes scrapbooks, correspondence, and committee records related to the Town of Bridgewater’s involvement in World War II.
BRW004 Town of Bridgewater military information cards
This collection contains military information cards primarily for Bridgewater residents during World War II.
MSS001 Flora T. Little film
This collection contains 53 reels of travel and Bridgewater footage collected and likely filmed in part by Flora T. Little.
MSS005 World War II ration books
This collection includes six ration books issued during World War II.
MSS008 Andrew T. Pratt Civil War papers
This collection contains four items relating to Andrew T. Pratt’s service in the American Civil War.
MSS009 William H. Cornwell Grand Army of the Republic badges and cuff links
This collection contains six Grand Army of the Republic commemorative badges and a pair of cuff links.