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:

Art:
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.

Archives:
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.

Photographs:
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.

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