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Access to Our Collections

The Mystic River Historical Society actively collects documents, photographs and artifacts with historic links to the Mystic area.  If you are ‘down-sizing’ and discover collections of family letters, photographs, journals, diaries, or other documents, in your attic or cellar, please consider donating them to the MRHS.  Our repository is a secure archival environment, accessible to future generations of your family, as well as to our community.

Our professional curatorial staff welcomes your visit and/or inquiry.  We will be happy to help you in any way possible with your Mystic area research, be it by phone, U.S. mail, email, or in person. 

Collections Manager ~ Dorrie Hanna  BA in English from University of Michigan; Library certificate from University of Rhode Island. Also employed at Mystic & Noank Library.

Collections Assistant ~ Betsy Boucher  BA from Yale University and working toward an MA in Archives. Also employed by the Stonington Historical Society and the Noank Historical Society.

Collections Assistant ~ Louisa Alger Watrous  BA from Russell Sage College; LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. Also employed by the Mystic Seaport, Ledyard Historical Society, and the Noank Historical Society.

For further information, please contact us at info@mystichistory.org or 860-536-4779

There are nominal charges associated with copying photographs or documents. 

All donations are subject to review by our Curatorial Committee, which will evaluate their appropriateness to the MRHS Mission Statement


Take a moment or two to view our Virtual Exhibits of photographs from our collections.