The Library of the Stonington Historical Society opened its doors on June 20, 1998; named for Stonington resident Richard W. Woolworth (1935-1989). Marcy Woolworth Porter, along with many other generous donors, made the construction of this building possible. With over 600 linear feet of archival and genealogical material available, as well as a remarkable collection of historic artifacts and objects from Stonington’s history. The Woolworth Library is a community research staple. We welcome and assist curious residents and friends from all walks of life with their questions and research, and offer volunteer opportunities for those passionate about the humanities or looking to get involved and make an impact in their community.
The main collections focus of the Woolworth Library is on Stonington history and its people, with a secondary focus on the surrounding areas of North Stonington, New London, southern Rhode Island and southeast Connecticut. The collections include over 60 linear feet of manuscript files; books on the history and people of the area, including genealogies; local and county histories; ledgers and account books; city directories; war records; and copies of the land and probate record books.
The Library also holds an extensive collection of historical photographs of the area, supplied by the generous donations of two former Stonington residents. Rollie McKenna (1919-2003) and Maurice LaGrua (1915-2005), celebrated local photographers, donated many of their images to the Woolworth Library, creating a visual record of Stonington from the 1940s to the 1980s. In addition to our manuscript, library and photograph collections, The Woolworth Library also has a repository of local newspapers, including the microfilms of the Stonington Mirror and Mystic Pioneer from 1870-1931. If you want to learn more about the collection policy of the Woolworth Library, please click here.
Schedule and Directions
The Woolworth Library is open:
Mondays 1:30 – 5:30pm
Wednesdays 3 – 7pm
Fridays 1:30 – 5:30pm
Saturdays 9am – 1pm
Due to the limited availability of our librarian and volunteer staff, appointments for research assistance are strongly encouraged. Please direct all library correspondence to
R.W. Woolworth Library
P.O. Box 103
Stonington, CT 06378.
We can also be reached at 860-535-1131, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Richard W. Woolworth Library & Research Center
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