Serving as the institutional memory of Middlebury College, the College Archives is the repository of records, documents, publications, photographs, audiovisual recordings and other archival materials related to Middlebury College and its emerging global presence since 1800.
In general, most material in the College Archives is not restricted. The Archives is committed to preserving College records and making them available for research. At the same time, the College may have a legal or institutional obligations to restrict access to some collections or parts of collections.
In general, access to Middlebury College's personnel and student records is restricted for 50 years or until the death of the individual(s) named, whichever is shorter.
Faculty Meeting Meeting of the Faculty Council are restricted for 50 years from the date of creation. Officers of the College or administrators of departments may waive this time period at their discretion.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click on the question to view the answer. If you do not see the answer to your question here, email SpecialCollections@middlebury.edu.
How do I locate an undergraduate thesis?
The College Archives retains all available undergraduate Honors theses dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. To determine if a thesis is in the Archives, please search our listing of Undergraduate These & Senior Work.
A growing number of undergraduate theses (since 2006) and research projects are available in our digital archive. Search Middlebury Scholarship (go/scholarship).
How do I locate archival audio-visual materials in Special Collections and the College Archives?
How do I schedule a class or an individual appointment?
To schedule a class or personal appointment in Special Collections or the College Archives, please fill out the appropriate parts of this form.
How do I obtain a copy of Special Collections or College Archives material?
To request photocopies or digitized copies of images, print, manuscript, or audio/visual materials from Special Collections or the College Archives, please fill out the appropriate sections of this form.
How do I obtain permission to publish Special Collections or College Archives material?
To obtain permission to publish an image, print, manuscript, or audio-visual materials in Special Collections or the College Archives, please fill out the appropriate sections of this form.
How do I locate archival information about Midd alumni?
To determine if the College Archives has a file on a specific alum prior to 1970, please search this file.
You can also find information on alumni by doing an advanced search in our online college newspapers and magazines in this database.
To search for images of a limited number of past alumni, you also can do advanced searches of the College Archives digital collection by clicking here, and the Middlebury College News Bureau Photo Archive digital collection by clicking here.
PLEASE NOTE: These digital collections are in process and by no means represent the full holdings of historic images in the College Archives.
How do I locate information on past Middlebury faculty and administration?
To determine if the College Archives has a file on specific faculty member or college administrator prior to 1960, please search this file.
You can also find information on college faculty and administration members by doing an advanced search in our online College Newspapers and Magazines collection in this database.
How do I borrow materials from Special Collections or the College Archives?
As a rule, Special Collections and College Archives material do not circulate and must be used within the Special Collections Reading Room. However, under certain conditions, most commonly for use in exhibitions on Campus, or at other colleges, universities, museums, or cultural institutions, materials will be loaned for a limited period of time. If you have an applicable request, please fill out this form.
How do I make a donation or gift to Special Collections or the College Archives?
If you are considering making a monetary gift, donating rare books or manuscripts, alumni memorabilia and materials related to Middlebury College history to Special Collections or the College Archives, please go to this page.
PLEASE NOTE: If your gift or donation is a significant monetary gift or consists of materials of considerable value, you will be referred to appropriate staff in College Advancement.
How do I obtain information about the Friends of the Library?
To obtain information about or to become a member of the friends of the Library, please go to this page.