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About Special Collections


The mission of the Special Collections Department is to support the University of Vermont Libraries in its efforts to further the creation, application, and dissemination of knowledge by providing access to research materials relating to the study of Vermont, the history of the University of Vermont, and the history of the book as a form of humanistic expression. The department also preserves these materials for the use of current and future researchers, and to fulfill its role as a link in the network of institutions responsible for maintaining the documentary record of Vermont. The department also serves as the repository for the printed treasures of the Libraries which are placed in Special Collections because of monetary value, fragility or challenging format.


The Vermont Research Collection includes some 80,000 books and pamphlets, approximately 200,000 photographs and other pictures, upwards of 7,500 printed and manuscript maps, and more than 8,000 linear feet of Vermont manuscripts. Contemporary Vermont materials, such as legislative records and state agency documents, are acquired on a continuous basis. The department also maintains an extensive reference file of news articles and pamphlets on issues pertaining to Vermont and Vermonters. Thus researchers have access to a wide range of materials documenting both historical and current Vermont topics.

The Rare Book Collection contains a wide range of rare and antiquarian volumes, with noteworthy concentrations in modern fine printing and artists' books, early illustrated editions of Ovid, Canadian history, Chiswick Press imprints, modern literature, New Englandiana, and Americana.

The University Archives houses records--administrative files, faculty lecture notes, student diaries, and assorted other UVM-related papers--from the 1790s to the present.

Library Instruction

Special Collections offers course-related sessions which introduce students to both the rare book and Vermontiana collections as well how to conduct research in Special Collections. Instructional sessions have been held to support courses in Environmental Studies, History, Political Science, Historic Preservation, Literature, Geography, French, German, Classics, Botany, Vermont Studies and other disciplines. We are continually working with faculty to discover new uses for our collections. To schedule a session, contact us at uvmsc@uvm.edu or 656-1493.

Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library

538 Main Street . Burlington VT, 05405-0036

ph: 802-656-2138 . fax: 802-656-4038