Learn More About the Collection

Welcome to the Little Compton Historical Society’s Online Catalog. Our extensive collection of over 10,000 items features fine and decorative arts, furniture, artifacts, documents and photographs related to the town of Little Compton. At the present time much of the collection is available online. The collections database is a work in progress. If you believe you have additional information for any of the items you find here, we would like to hear from you.

High quality copies of images in our collection are available through the online store. Most of the online images are not high quality and contain watermarks. Use of text and low-resolution image files from the website are for the personal use of students, educators, scholars, and the general public. Permission to reproduce and/or distribute content from this web site for commercial purposes requires permission from the Little Compton Historical Society.

Highlights of the collection include:

Notable in the collection are works by Sydney Burleigh (1853-1931) and Molly Luce (1890-1986).

Decorative Art:
The Society has a large collection including samplers, quilts, clothing, toys, and dolls.

The archives contain material on subjects including West Island Fishing Club, Fort Church, Rhode Island Red, Portuguese residents in Little Compton, Adamsville, Sakonnet Point, etc. The Little Compton Historical Society archives may be researched by appointment.

The Society has an extensive collection of photographs of people and places in Little Compton, including over 700 postcards. Many of the postcards are by photographer O.E. DuBois.

Wilbor House and Outbuildings:
Furnishings of the period rooms of the Wilbor House span from the 1600s to the 1850s.  The outbuildings contain agricultural items, tools, carriages, and sleighs.

4 thoughts on “Learn More About the Collection

  1. Are Wilbur family genealogies/lineages available in your collection? I am helping a friend enter DAR. She has traced her lineage up through Silvanus Wilbur to William Wilbur (1775) to Samuel Wilbur (1725). We live in Mobile AL and could use help with documentation of this family and their participation in the Revolutionary War.

    Any suggestions you could give us would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Kathryn Griffin

    • Silvannus was Samuel’s son – son of William son of Samuel – on the first Wilbors to come to LC and the builder of the Wilbor House Museum. This is the Quaker branch of the Wilbor Family. We are unaware of any military service. I would check with Fold3.

  2. For the purpose of joining the DAR, I’m researching the Gifford Family starting on page 288 of the book compiled by Benjamin Franklin Wilbour titled “Little Compton Families, Volume I.” The LCHS gave permission for the publication of this book, and I am assuming endorses its contents. Could you please help me to determine what the Gifford Family sources are? As of now, I see no mention for the basis of the documented dates and names.
    Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    • The sources are the primary sources located primarily in the Town Clerks office in Little Compton or if the family lived in other areas in those towns as well. The research was done in the early 20th century. I believe there is about a 10% error rate. I also believe the DAR accepts LCF as a source.
      Marjory O’Toole
      Executive Director

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