The Bruce Family Papers consists of papers from several generations of Bruce family members dating from 1816 thru the 1940s. This collection provides a view on the business activities of Henry Bruce, Jr. [1811- 18??]; the social life of a genteel southern family; a woman’s life of this period; Confederate views on slavery; the perspective of one southern minister on slavery; news of the Civil War and its impact on southern families and businesses; includes information about 19th century business development in the northern Kentucky/Cincinnati region including the Roebling Bridge, Covington & Cincinnati Bridge Co. and others; as well as early drawings by the famed American painter Mary Bruce Sharon.

Most of the collection was digitized and transcribed in 2007-2008 thanks in part to grant funding from the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives.

View the finding aid for the complete paper version of the Bruce Family Papers.

The preferred citation for this collection is: Bruce Family Papers, Eva G. Farris Special Collections, W. Frank Steely Library, Northern Kentucky University.