Collection ID: ebp-h

Collection context


Elizebeth Bull Plimpton (1921-1994), Lyme town historian and a descendant of first settlers, collected an encyclopedic range of historical material about Lyme and Old Lyme, CT, strongest for the 19th to mid-20th century — artists, authors, businesses, churches, community organizations, fishing, ferries, geography, historic properties and houses, military and maritime subjects, schools and much more. There are original documents, transcriptions, research notes, manuscripts, journals and ledgers, photographs, and print materials.
4 Linear Feet
English .


Acquisition information:
Elizebeth's husband, Kenneth Plimpton, donated the files in this collection to the Archives.
Scope and Content:

This collection is comprised of a large variety of materials on many subjects about life in Lyme from pre-colonial times into the 20th century. The late 19th century and early 20th century are especially well represented. The types of materials are largely manuscript, news clippings and ephemera with a few photographs.

Biographical / Historical:

Elizebeth Plimpton (1921-1994) was a long-time resident of Lyme, a genealogist, author and Municipal Historian of Lyme. She was also active in community and historical organizations. In all of these roles, she collected materials reflecting both her interests and the history of the town of Lyme.

Mrs. Plimpton served on the board of the Lyme Public Hall Association after it was re-established in 1987. During her tenure she was an advocate for establishing an historical archives in support of that part of the mission of the Hall "to collect and memorialize the history of Lyme". The Archives had its dedication in May 1998. Donations which were made to the Lyme Public Hall in Mrs. Plimpton's memory after her death were used to buy some of the first storage materials and furniture for the archives.


The collection is housed in archival files and boxes by subject, alphabetically (see attached list). Most subject headings were suggested by Plimpton's own file headings. A few files such as "Ferries" were so full and diverse in material that they have been sorted into separate but related files for accessibility and preservation of the materials. Most news clippings have been copied on acid free paper for preservation.


Lyme Public Library
Local History Archives
482 Hamburg Road
Lyme, CT 06371, USA
(860) 598-9760