Special Collections

  • UVM Experiments with Rubber Plant

    UVM Experiments with Rubber Plant
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    I’ve been on the lookout for photos of local World War II victory gardens, so this image caught my eye as I was searching through a carton of publicity photographs that Special Collections received from UVM’s […]
    Posted 4 weeks ago.
  • Spring Semester Events and Exhibits

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    The Spring 2017 semester is off to a busy start. In addition to teaching classes, building collections and supporting researchers, we have been planning some exciting outreach events and installing exhibits. We […]
    Posted last month.
  • A Desirable Gift Book

    A Desirable Gift Book
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    In 1857 UVM graduate (1839, 1845) Rev. John Henry Hopkins, Jr. wrote a hymn that became a beloved Christmas carol. Some accounts say he wrote “The Three Kings of Orient” (now known as “We Three Kings of Orient […]
    Posted December 22, 2016.
  • First Fall Presentation: Breaking the Deckle*

    First Fall Presentation: Breaking the Deckle*
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    Please join us on October 11 at 5:30 pm for “Breaking the Deckle: Using the Paper Arts for Social Justice,” a presentation by Peace Paper Project’s Drew Matott. Matott is a master papermaker with an […]
    Posted September 20, 2016.
  • Arbor Day Proclamations

    Arbor Day Proclamations
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    It’s the first Friday in May, so that means it’s Arbor Day in Vermont. For 130 years, Vermonters have joined the nation-wide effort to plant trees. Special Collections intern Perri Moreno looks at the history […]
    Posted May 06, 2016.
  • Vermont Statehood: A Dissenting Opinion from the Allen Family

    Vermont Statehood: A Dissenting Opinion from the Allen Family
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    Vermont celebrates 225 years of statehood in 2016, having formally entered the Union as the fourteenth state on March 4, 1791. There was a great deal of popular support for joining the United States at the time, […]
    Posted March 04, 2016.
  • Spring 2016 Programs--March 1 and 17

    Spring 2016 Programs--March 1 and 17
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    MARCH 1, 5:30 In and Out of Print On March 1 at 5:30, Special Collections will host UVM art professor Steven Kostell for a discussion of his work investigating forms of mediation, production and […]
    Posted February 23, 2016.
  • Burlington's First City Market

    Burlington's First City Market
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    Since 2002, shoppers have been buying groceries at Onion River Co-op’s City Market on South Winooski Avenue in Burlington, Vermont. The store is very successful, with over 11,000 members/owners and thousands of […]
    Posted December 22, 2015.
  • Views of Saint Helena

    Views of Saint Helena
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    While preparing for a presentation on book illustrations this summer, we came across a rare volume of prints in our Rare Book collection that has special historical significance today (October 15).  George […]
    Posted October 15, 2015.
  • Our Fall Lecture Series

    Our Fall Lecture Series
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    We are pleased to announce our fall lecture series, which will feature presentations on historical landscapes. Robert McCullough will talk about tracing bicycle history on the land, and Jeffrey Marshall will […]
    Posted October 08, 2015.
  • Vermonter Henry Stevens, Jr., Joins Yale’s “Skull & Bones” Secret Society

    Vermonter Henry Stevens, Jr., Joins Yale’s “Skull & Bones” Secret Society
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    Bookseller Henry Stevens, Jr. (1819-1886) achieved distinction as a builder of library collections in a career that took him from his home in Barnet, Vermont, to London, where he spent most of his life after […]
    Posted August 19, 2015.
  • Touring Old Mill With Local School Children

    Touring Old Mill With Local School Children
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    I recently had the opportunity to lead a group of six Edmunds Elementary second graders on a tour of Old Mill. The students were from the classrooms of Mrs. Bellevance and Ms. McMorris, and were visiting as part […]
    Posted July 24, 2015.
  • Before Bernie Sanders Made History, He Sold It

    Before Bernie Sanders Made History, He Sold It
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    Since Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, UVM Special Collections librarians have become much better acquainted with the diverse resources in our […]
    Posted June 16, 2015.
  • Longhouse Records Now Available

    Longhouse Records Now Available
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    The records of Longhouse, Publishers and Booksellers of Guilford, Vermont are now available for research. Poet and editor Bob Arnold established Longhouse in 1971 and was joined by Susan Arnold in 1974.  […]
    Posted May 05, 2015.
  • "She knew something about seeds" - A Tribute to Celia Thaxter

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    A casual conversation about favorite gardening books led us to browse a copy of Celia Thaxter’s An Island Garden from the University of Vermont’s Rare Book collection. We discovered that our copy is especially […]
    Posted April 03, 2015.
  • Special Collections Faculty Receive Humanities Center Awards

    Special Collections Faculty Receive Humanities Center Awards
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    Special Collections faculty members are involved in two initiatives supported by grants from the Humanities Center at the University of Vermont (UVM). Chris Burns, Manuscripts Curator and University Archivist, […]
    Posted March 01, 2015.
  • Unexpected Gifts

    Unexpected Gifts
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    People periodically contact Special Collections to ask if we would be interested in acquiring some old Vermont books that they found in an attic or received from an elderly relative. One recent box contained a […]
    Posted February 02, 2015.