About us

Special Collections serves as a research laboratory for the Middlebury community and independent scholars. Our collections range from a cunieform tablet to contemporary pop-up books; rare books, manuscripts, photographs, audio and video recordings; the College Archives; and other rare and unique materials that tell the story of our collective past.

Teach with us

During class visits our staff typically provide hands-on, guided explorations of rare books, archives, manuscripts, maps, music, and more.

Staff can also provide an overview of book history — how books shape and are shaped by cultural, economic, technological, and political forces — as well as book arts — the aesthetic, manufactured, and creative dimensions of books.

Our teaching philosophy is to deeply engage students with original primary materials, to expose as many students as possible to our collections, and to provide them with the tools they need to analyze, interpret, and use primary documents.

If you are interested in setting up a class visit, please contact us at specialcollections@middlebury.edu


Community and school visits


Classes and visits for K-12 schools, area colleges, and community groups are also welcome. Please contact us at specialcollections@middlebury.edu.