Statement on language in archival and library catalogs
Middlebury Special Collections works to describe materials in a way that is respectful to the communities we serve. We recognize that some of our catalog records and finding aids—created years or decades ago—may contain offensive or harmful language. Such language represents biases that have long contributed to the silencing of underrepresented and marginalized voices, and may require updating. Read the full statement here.
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.
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.
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.