Marie and Virginia Soules Collection
The Soules collection consists primarily of Native American and other baskets. It was part of a bequest of the estate of Marie and Virginie Soules, that originally provided them to the Bridgeport Public Library in 1936. The baskets were purchased by Miss Marie Soules during her travels and from art agents throughout the United States. The collection consists of approximately 95 objects, including some textiles and other Native American ethnographic items. The collection reflects eleven tribal associations and geographic regions. Many of the objects are believed to have been purchased from Frohman Trading Co., Portland, Oregon. The collection was donated to the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History in 2006.