Manuscripts

Letter from the Lake Dunmore Glass Company Records, ca. 1819. From the Collection of the Sheldon Museum, MSS 679

Letter from the Lake Dunmore Glass Company Records, ca. 1819, MSS 679. Collection of Henry Sheldon Museum

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 The book, Treasures Gathered Here, and unpublished inventories to selected collections provide additional information and are available in the Research Center.