Special Collections at Middlebury College serves as a research laboratory for students, faculty, administration, staff, alumni, the Middlebury community, and independent scholars.
Several discrete, non-circulating collections comprise Special Collections including the Julian W. Abernethy Collection of American Literature, the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, the rare books and manuscripts component of the Vermont Collection, and the Middlebury College Archives. We are also temporarily holding the archives of the National Museum of the Morgan Horse.
Special Collections staff offer research instruction and hands-on workshops with primary source materials. We welcome class visits, individual researchers, and we frequently serve as the classroom/laboratory for semester-long and Winter Term classes.
For detailed collection development guidelines and policies and procedures for handling Special Collections materials, please see Special Collections Policies and Procedures.