Collections Beyond Middlebury

Vermont offers a number of outstanding archives and research collections within a reasonable distance of Middlebury. These repositories are available to Middlebury College students and faculty to augment their research, particularly in the area of Vermont history and regional. The staff of Middlebury's Special Collections & Archives can help introduce you to archivists and librarians at the following institutions:



The Stewart-Swift Research Center archives of the Henry Sheldon Museum rank among the top research collections in the state of Vermont. The Stewart-Swift Research Center opened in 1972 to house and provide access to two centuries of extraordinarily rich primary source materials documenting Addison County history, most of which was collected by Henry Sheldon before his death in 1907.

Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History (online catalog)


The Special Collections Department of the Bailey/Howe Library houses the Wilbur Collection of Vermont materials (published books and periodicals, manuscript collections, maps, photographs, etc.), the Rare Book Collection, and the University Archives (official records of the University; located in the Library Research Annex). The Special Collections reading room and offices are located on the ground floor of the Bailey/Howe Library.

Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, (online catalog)


The Vermont Folklife Center Archive contains the products of the Vermont Folklife Center’s ethnographic research work, as well as materials donated by others conducting ethnographic and oral history research in Vermont and the surrounding region. The archive holds a wealth of folklife materials preserved on an array of media formats including more than 4,000 audio taped interviews, over 200 video tapes, 15,000 slides and photographs, manuscripts, and other documentation.


The Leahy Library of the Vermont Historical Society, open to the public four days a week, is a center for individualized research and discovery. The curious researcher will find a variety of resources documenting the history and people of Vermont, including a collection of books and pamphlets dating from the 1770s to the present. The voices, ideas and commerce of the past are preserved here in unique letters, diaries, ledgers and scrapbooks. Some of Vermont 's earliest maps and planning documents are available here. Extensive photograph and broadside collections create a visual record of the state's past.

With a special interest in family history, the library has the largest printed genealogical collection in the state. This is the place for genealogists, researchers and students to leave the present behind and explore Vermont's rich heritage.

Leahy Library of the Vermont Historical Society (online catalog)