Research room

Janice W. Bell Historical Research Room

A historical research room, dedicated to the history of Ledyard and Gales Ferry, is located at the Bill Library. The room, named for Janice W. Bell, the first Town Historian and Archivist, contains photos, diaries, letters, documents, maps, land records, and genealogies pertaining to local families and events.

To view the digital collections from the Bell Room, please visit the Ledyard Historical Society’s webpage.

The Bell Room is open:

  • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. every Monday that the Bill Library is open;
  • 9:30 a.m. to Noon on the first Saturday of the month when the Bill Library is open; and
  • By appointment, which you can schedule by emailing the research committee at  or by calling the library.

You may also submit a research request via email, mail, or by bringing it to either library. To do so, please complete the BellRoomResearchInquiryForm. The Historical Society research volunteers will contact you concerning your inquiry.

Click here for the Historical Room policy (PDF).