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Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives

Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives

Lyme Public Library
Local History Archives
482 Hamburg Road
Lyme, CT 06371, USA
The Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives (LPHLHA) is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to the appreciation of Lyme’s history, culture, and community. The Lyme Public Hall, originally built in 1887, is a community gathering place. With the help of community participation, the LPHLHA puts on events and programs throughout the year including suppers, lectures, musical programs, historical programs and exhibits, walks, workshops, and more. These events and programs are open to everyone, members and non-members, locals and visitors alike. The archives section of the LPHLHA, located in the Lyme Public Library, collects and preserves historical materials about the town of Lyme, its history, culture, life-ways, institutions, and people. The archives holds historical documentary and cultural heritage materials dating from the 17th century to the present. Collections include genealogical materials, family and personal papers, institutional records, manuscripts, newspapers and clippings, books, photographs, artwork, artifacts, maps, and exhibit records from LPHLHA programs and events.

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Manuscripts, 1800-2000

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The Manuscripts collection contains information covering numerous aspects and periods of Lyme history.

Elizabeth Huey Putnam newspaper clippings, 1896-2003

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Elizabeth Huey Putnam and her mother Dora Warner collected extensive news clippings about Lyme and Hadlyme from regional newspapers (Deep River New Era, New London Day, Pictorial Gazette) spanning the 20th century. They had a special interest in artists, authors, musicians, and other notable figures who lived in Lyme, local association and organization events, churches, ferries, fishing, historic houses, mills, steamships, stores, World War I and II, and a large collection of obituaries.

Town of Lyme records, 1748-2015

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The materials in this collection relate to town governance, residents, local churches, schools, and businesses in Lyme, Connecticut, from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Topics covered include how the Town supported itself and its responsibilities to the citizens: taxes, justice, welfare, road and bridge infrastructure, education and schools, legal and property affairs.

Artifacts collection, 1843-2007

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The Artifact Collection holds a variety of small objects having historical significance for Lyme's cultural history and community life.

Books, 1854-2016

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The Book collection contains books about Lyme, or on topics relevant to interpreting or contextualizing Lyme's history.

Ely family papers, 1815-2012

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The Ely papers are the papers of three prominent physicians of Lyme from the Ely family: Dr. Josiah Griffin Ely, Sr. (1829-1887), Josiah Griffin Ely, Jr. (1857-1935), and Julian Griffin Ely (1894-1980).

Elizebeth Bull Plimpton historical papers and clippings, 1625-1994

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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.

Lyme Public Hall Association records, 1886-2020

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This collection contains the records of the Lyme Public Hall and Local History Archives.

Main Street News collection

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A collection of newspaper supplements on Lyme published by the Main Street News of Essex, Conn.

Elizabeth Huey Putnam personal and historical papers, 1808-2004

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There are original documents, personal papers, and artifacts about this area and the wider town of Lyme in the mid-19th into the 20th-century. Subjects include Brockway shipbuilding, oakum manufacturing, shad fishing, and quarrying, Connecticut River navigation, World War I, and the Brockway/Joshuatown one-room school. Family materials are for LaPlace, Warner, Huey, Putnam, and Sutton. Material about her father, Robert Huey, and shad fishing, is strong. The collection reflects the deep roots of Elizabeth Putnam's family and her own lifetime (1912-2007) in the Brockway Ferry area of Lyme, CT. Her books, Brockway's Ferry, Lyme, Connecticut 1991 and a 2002 revised edition with Wendolyn Hill History and Memoir (1991 and the) hold a rich history of the Brockway Ferry, Joshuatown, and Hadlyme areas of Lyme, Conn.