About Us and Contact

Mission: The Mission  of the Archives is to collect, preserve and make accessible  material about Lyme — its history, people,  culture and life-ways and institutions — for research, study, and exhibit. Materials include  town, institution and association records; personal and family papers; special collections of farm and business account books;19th and early 20th c.   photographs, books, media, newspaper  and houses. Click here to view Archives Collections 

Services: Comfortable study space and copy equipment  are available for reading and research.  Archives staff will assist with subject searches and document retrieval. The use of the Archives is free; copies and reproductions of material may have a small fee. Contributions are welcome in support of this totally volunteer operation.

Contact: Carolyn Bacdayan, Archivist        PHONE: 860-598-9760                                History Archives Email :    lymepublichall1887@gmail.com              

Open Visit Hours:   Tuesdays 2pm– 4pm   Thursdays 10am–noon  or make an appointment by contacting us. Temporary Notice: The Archives will be open for visitors on Thursdays only, Nov. 20– January 12, 2018.

 Location:   The Archives is located within the Lyme Public Library, 482 Hamburg Rd. (Route 156), Lyme, CT  06371.

Donations   The Archives seeks  personal and family papers, documents, photographs and other materials relevant to the history and life-ways of Lyme. With proper archival care and storage they can be preserved and made accessible to future generations as part of the  Archives Collection. We also welcome the opportunity from individuals to make digital scans of documents and photos to be added to the Archives Collection, the originals retained by their owner.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Various  tasks  are available for volunteer assistants — to transcribe hand-written documents and  oral history tapes, index small collections, write abstracts or short articles,  and curate small exhibits based on archival materials. Let us know of your interest and skill. 

Archives Reading Room