Stewart-Swift Research Center, Henry Sheldon Museum

Stewart-Swift Research Center, Henry Sheldon Museum


The Stewart-Swift Research Center houses and provides access to over two centuries of primary source materials documenting the history of Addison County and other Vermont locales. Built in 1972 with the generous support of Jessica Swift and other donors, the Research Center building is adjacent to the Judd-Harris House and is accessed through the Museum’s main entrance.

Thanks to the collecting efforts of Henry Sheldon and local residents, the Center’s archives rank among the top research collections in the state of Vermont. The collection comprises close to 1,000 linear feet of manuscripts; over 4,000 books and pamphlets; almost a complete run of local newspapers since 1801; over 500 maps; and thousands of photographs, ephemera, and other materials.

The majority of archival materials in the Swift-Stewart Research Center date from the 1790s to the 1940s, but the collection also includes earlier and more recent materials. For more information see Research Collections, search our online catalog, or contact the Archivist.

Reading room at the Stewart-Swift Research Center

Reading room at the Stewart-Swift Research Center

The Research Center is open to the public two afternoons a week or by appointment. Researchers on their first visit will be asked to complete a Registration Form and present an ID. There is a $5.00 fee for non-members. Sheldon Museum members and students with school identification may use archives for free.

Hours: Thursday and Friday 1-5 pm.

We encourage research appointments, so that the staff can prepare for your visit in advance. Please, contact the Archivist Eva Garcelon-Hart by email: or by phone: (802) 388-2117.

For helpful suggestions on how to prepare for successful visit in archives, see the American Historical Association blog entry “Summer Tips for Visiting Archives.”

Service Fees & Reproduction Rights

Copies of archival documents and photographs for approved uses are available. A fee schedule applies for photocopying, scanning, genealogical, and other extended research. See Service Fees & Reproduction Rights section for details.

Programs for Students

High School and College classes, maximum of 15 students per group, may make arrangements for a group visit to the Research Center.

The charge for these groups is $75 per visit. Please, contact the Archivist to discuss and schedule a visit.