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The College Archives serves as the institutional memory of Middlebury College, and as the repository of College records, documents, publications, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and other archival materials.

Collections Development Policy

The Middlebury College Archives uses a Collection Development Policy to maintain and manage its collections. Please see our policy to determine whether your records should be preserved in the College Archives.

Transferring Records

Find information regarding the transfer of records to the College Archives.


Middlebury is committed to making the College Archives available without restriction. Find more information about legal or institutional requirements that restrict access to some materials.

Trustee Mandate

Approved unanimously by the Board of Trustees May 13, 2017

The Archives, as mandated by the Board of Trustees, determines which institutional records will be transferred to and permanently retained by the Archives for administrative, historical, and research use. Records created in the course of Middlebury’s business, whether at Middlebury College, Middlebury Language Schools, Middlebury Schools Abroad, Bread Loaf School of English, the School of the Environment, or the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, are the property of Middlebury. The Archives will collaborate with the creators and managers of institutional records to identify permanent and non-permanent records, establish a management plan including transfer to the archives, and provide access to those records as appropriate. This imperative has recently become more complex in the context of electronic records: the storage media have short life spans, and electronic data are inherently subject to corruption, to problems in access, and to functional obsolescence.