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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.

Oral Histories, 1942-2000

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The Oral Histories Collection contains audio tapes and videos of Wilton residents reminiscing about Wilton history and their lives in Wilton, as well as select historical videos relating to Wilton history.

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.