Vermont offers a number of outstanding archives and research collections within a reasonable distance of Middlebury. These repositories are available to, and are frequently used by Middlebury College students and faculty to augment their Special Collections and College Archives research, particularly in the area of Vermont history. The online catalogs of these institutions are available to Middlebury users for research purposes.
You can search online catalogs and read descriptions of these archives by clicking on the links below.
HENRY SHELDON MUSEUM OF VERMONT HISTORY (Middlebury, VT)
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)
UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT (UVM), (Burlington, VT)
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.
VERMONT HISTORICAL SOCIETY LIBRARY (Barre, VT)
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)