On December 9, 1965, a nonprofit corporation was formed with the expressed purpose of preserving the extensive historical collection of Mrs. Eva Lutz Butler, a teacher, local historian and practicing anthropologist. The collection includes manuscripts, out of print books, vintage photographs, Indian artifacts, genealogical material and notebooks relating to the Southeastern New England Indian and Colonial period
The Indian & Colonial Research Center is located in the historic 1856 Mystic Bank on Route 27 in Old Mystic, Connecticut. Many original architectural features remain including the barred windows, reinforced vault, and the massive iron-faced entrance doors and is the perfect place to safeguard these treasured and valuable materials Take a tour of The I C R C
The Indian & Colonial Research Center has been designated a Registered State of Connecticut Genealogical and Research Center. All materials are accessible to students, academic groups and education entities
There is a research fee for any phone or email request that requires staff more than 15 minutes to fulfill. The cost for each hour after the initial 15 minutes is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Photocopies are $.50 for standard size, $.75 for legal size, and $1.00 for ledger size
The I C R C is also a local historical society and museum and reference library
On August 12, Jackie Butler Bieber, Sewall Butler Jr., and David Butler presented the I C R C with a plaque, a portrait, and a $1000 check in memory of their father Sewall Tolbert Butler who passed away earlier this year. Sewall, the son of I C R C ‘s founder Eva Butler, was a native of Mystic, a graduate of Fitch High School, and a World War II veteran. He became an I C R C member in 1965 and was named honorary director in 2001
Robert Mohr, Joan Cohn, Jackie Butler Bieber, and Sewall Butler, Jr.
The third-generation Butlers reminisced about the many visits they and their father paid to Grandmother, Eva, and how they would attend harvest festivals, dances, and participate in archeological digs. Sewall, Jr., recalled, ” It was a fun time. It was a big part of our life being here from childhood all the way until we went to college “