Florence Griswold Museum

Lyme Historical Society Archives

Since its beginnings in the mid 1930s, the Florence Griswold Museum has collected documents, photographs, and ephemera associated with the legacy of Florence Griswold and the artists of the Lyme Art Colony. When the Florence Griswold Association merged with the newly formed Lyme Historical Society in 1955, the mission of the institution broadened to incorporate local history from the town’s original settlement in the 17th century to the present day.

Over the years the Archives of the Lyme Historical Society have grown to include significant holdings of original documents, letters, photographs, deeds, mercantile and business records, artists’ scrapbooks, and accounts of events that took place in Lyme and Old Lyme. This valuable resource, full of original materials, holds the key to understanding aspects of the town’s art and history.

The Archives provides research and reference services to the public. It is housed in the Chauncey B. Stillman Study Center.

Examples of items in the Archives

  • Artists' correspondence
  • Books and publications
  • Family records
  • Local house research
  • Historical maps
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Oral history audiotapes

Learn how Miss Florence's house was saved and the Florence Griswold Association was formed (which was the beginning of the Florence Griswold Museum). An essay by by Caroline Fraser Zinsser.

History Blog
or ongoing research and information, please check out ourHistory Blog. Posts highlights individual documents, photographs, buildings, and works of art that have stories to tell about Lyme’s people, places, and events. Editor Carolyn Wakeman invites you to explore the Archives and discover the richness of the town’s layered history.

Access to the Collection
The archival collection is available to researchers by appointment. Please call 860-434-5542 x114, or email charlie@flogris.org.

Please review the Archive Use Policies before your visit.

Selected materials from the archives relating to the Lyme Art Colony and Lyme Art Association (including Florence Griswold's personal papers) are on microfilm; reels 4599 and 4678-4680. These are available via interlibrary loan from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. Click Research Collections then type Florence Griswold into the search field on the top right.

Florence Griswold Museum Library
The library of the Florence Griswold Museum provides research and reference services to the public. It is a non-circulating research collection of approximately 1,000 volumes. It provides extensive coverage in the area of American art, the primary interest of the museum. Additional coverage is provided for related fields, including art history, architecture, decorative arts, and local history. The library also contains the John C. Evans American Art Collection, a group of publications funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and donated to the Museum by Mr. Evans. The library is housed in the Chauncey B. Stillman Study Center.

The library's catalog is available for searching online:
» Search the Catalog

If you need assistance with the catalog, see the User Guide.

Using the library:
The library is available by appointment. Please call 860-434-5542 x114, or email charlie@flogris.org.

The Library Use Policy provides additional information about the library's policies and procedures.

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Making a gift to the Archives or Library
Gifts and donations that support the archives and its collections are welcome. Please contact the Museum Registrar at 860-434-5542 x114 or Nicole@flogris.org to discuss.
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