The Research Center manuscript collection consists of personal and family papers of Addison County residents; records of local businesses, organizations, churches, schools, and towns; account books of farmers, lawyers, merchants, and doctors; and diaries by local men and women.
The collection covers diverse subjects including: art and architecture; agriculture; labor; dairy, marble and other local industries; education and Middlebury College history; religion; politics; temperance; anti-slavery and colonization societies; recreation and tourism; medicine; the War of 1812, the Civil War, and World War I; women’s history; Addison County genealogy; and more.
Additionally the collection comprises over 30,000 individually cataloged letters from the 18th through the 20th century by missionaries, merchants, women woolen mill workers, lawyers, educators; Civil War, World War I and World War II soldiers, and other area residents. A card catalog index to these letters is available in the Research Center’s reading room.
The manuscript collection is searchable through the online catalog and a limited number of published finding aids. The book, Treasures Gathered Here, and unpublished inventories to selected collections provide additional information and are available in the Research Center.