On December 9, 1965, a nonprofit corporation was formed with the expressed purpose of preserving the historical collection of Mrs. Eva Lutz Butler, a teacher, local historian and practicing anthropologist. The collection includes manuscripts, out of print books, photographs, Indian artifacts, genealogical material and notebooks relating to the Southeastern New England Indian and Colonial period. The Indian and Colonial Research Center is located in the historic 1856 Mystic River Bank on Route 27 in Old Mystic, Connecticut. The old brick bank with its metal-faced double entrance doors and sturdy bank vault is the perfect place to exhibit the collection to the public. We present our on-line catalog of Eva Butler’s notebooks, library, artifacts and manuscripts.
The Indian & Colonial Research Center [ICRC], a nonprofit 501c3 organization, was established in 1965 and housed in the historic building on Main Street which in 1856 had been the Mystic National Bank. Many original architectural features remain including the barred windows, reinforced vault, grained woodwork and the massive iron-faced entrance doors. Presently, the ICRC serves as a library and museum as well as a research resource.
The Indian & Colonial Research Center has been designated a Connecticut State Registered Genealogical and Research Center. All materials are accessible to students, to academic groups and to education entities. Take a tour of The ICRC.
Carol Kimball was an original board member and first recording secretary of The Indian and Colonial Research Center. Please visit our tribute page to her and make a donation to the ICRC in her memory. Click here.
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 $20.00 for non-members and $15.00 for members. Photocopies are $.50 for standard size, $.75 for legal size, and $1.00 for ledger size.