Special Collections

  • President Eisenhower at the Vermont Dairy Festival

    President Eisenhower at the Vermont Dairy Festival
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    The summer of 1955 was an especially busy time for Vermonters engaged in dairy farming. June was declared Dairy Month and a series of public events, including a parade, square dance displays, and dairy exhibits, […]
    Posted 3 weeks ago.
  • J. Lamb’s Little Books for Children

    J. Lamb’s Little Books for Children
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    Between 1820 and 1830, Burlington, Vermont experienced significant growth. The population increased dramatically, from 2111 in 1820 to 3526 in 1830, a 67% increase. Among the new residents who relocated from other […]
    Posted March 31, 2019.
  • Pickens African American Collection

    Pickens African American Collection
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    William Pickens III recently made a special gift that included significant books of African American history, literature, and works on civil rights and black life in America.  Many of the books were passed down […]
    Posted February 19, 2019.
  • Spotlight: Billings Library Souvenir Ceramics

    Spotlight: Billings Library Souvenir Ceramics
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    One of the best parts of working in a library is that there is always something to discover (or rediscover) in the collections. While preparing for our move to new quarters in the Billings Library, we came across […]
    Posted January 23, 2019.
  • An Extraordinary Manuscript

    An Extraordinary Manuscript
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    In 2017, President Thomas Sullivan generously allocated $100,000 to the University Libraries to support acquisitions in the humanities. At the recommendation of College of Arts and Sciences faculty from the […]
    Posted July 31, 2018.
  • Fall 2017 Events

    Fall 2017 Events
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    We kicked off our fall programming on October 4 with two events. Chris Burns, Manuscripts Curator and University Archivist, participated in #AskAnArchivist Day, when archivists around the country answered […]
    Posted October 12, 2017.
  • Champlain Valley Fair Album

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    As the Champlain Valley Fair winds down for this year, we are sharing an album of fair photos from the 1940s and 1950s. Manuscripts curator Chris Burns created the album using a wonderful selection of photographs […]
    Posted September 04, 2017.
  • Haven in the Mountains: The Lake Mansfield Trout Club

    Haven in the Mountains: The Lake Mansfield Trout Club
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    This post was contributed by Erin Clauss, who has been working as a processing archivist in Special Collections since August 2016. Erin graduated from UVM in 2016 with a degree in history and classical […]
    Posted August 08, 2017.
  • All Will Sing: Burlington's 1918 Bastille Day Tribute

    All Will Sing: Burlington's 1918 Bastille Day Tribute
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    “All will sing; all will pass in solemn procession up the street where Lafayette once passed himself when he was the guest of the city of Burlington; all will lay flowers before the statue which is the symbol of […]
    Posted July 14, 2017.
  • Literary Archives at UVM: Kinsey, Mosher, and Budbill

    Literary Archives at UVM: Kinsey, Mosher, and Budbill
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    Vermont lost three literary giants in the last year: Leland Kinsey, Howard Frank Mosher, and David Budbill. Special Collections is fortunate to house the papers of all three of these authors, and their collections […]
    Posted April 27, 2017.
  • 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 February 27, 2017.
  • 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 February 06, 2017.
  • 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.