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Rare Books and Manuscripts

Middlebury’s collection of rare books and manuscripts range from a cuneiform tablet to literary papers and contemporary pop-up books. They can be searched for using the library catalog. Visit ArchivesSpace to search for literary manuscripts.

Our collection is chronologically, geographically, and culturally broad in scope, with strengths in American literature, New England history, sacred religious texts, the history of science, zines and artists’ books.

Abernethy Collection

The Abernethy Collection contains primarily American literature from the late 18th through the early 20th century, and his library included first editions, collected works, critical editions, and manuscripts.

Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection

The Flanders Ballad Collection was the lifework of Helen Hartness Flanders (1890-1972) from Springfield, Vermont, and contains New England folk song, folklore, and balladry.

College Archives

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.

Digital Special Collections

Digital Special Collections include photographs, newspapers, maps, Middlebury College websites and social media, and other archival materials.