Welcome to the tour of this important non-profit resource center in Old Mystic, Connecticut. In 1965, friends of Eva L. Butler purchased the former Mystic National Bank from the town of Stonington and incorporated as the Indian and Colonial Research Center (ICRC).
The Center contains the works of Mrs. Eva Lutz Butler, a noted historian and anthropologist who collected a wide range of Indian, colonial, and genealogical materials for the better part of fifty years.
The images on this page were take before the flood of March 2010. The main building was originally the Mystic National Bank, completed in 1856. The front room contains display cases containing pottery, baskets, beadwork and textiles fashioned by Native Americans from the Eastern Woodlands and Southwestern United States. This room also contains cases filled with dozens of stone tools, projectile points, and vintage books of various origins. The old bank vault contains all of our colonial manuscripts, ledgers, and other primary source documents.
The Director’s Room is the next area you enter. It serves as the administrative center for the ICRC.
The third room is the Carol W. Kimball Library Room, which contains most of our books. The room was dedicated in November 2005 in honor of Mrs. Kimball’s many contributions to the ICRC over the years. We have volumes on Connecticut and local history, colonial history and Native American history. Our books range from polar expeditions undertaken with the assistance of Inuits to colonial cuisine.
Our back room is the Mary Virginia Goodman Memorial Room, dedicated to one of our founders and president of the ICRC for 18 years, as well as good friend to Eva Butler. The room houses Eva Butler’s notebooks and many glass plate negatives, including the work of Mystic resident Elmer Waite.
Volunteers and docents have divided Mrs. Butler’s work into colonial, state/local/court records, Indian and genealogy notebooks. There are thousands of documents that Eva collected throughout her years as an avid historian. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated to continue indexing and cataloging Eva’s work. This room also contains journals, periodicals, genealogy notes, scrapbooks and prints from the glass plate negative collection.