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“Joseph Battell: A Centennial Appreciation,” a talk by David Haward Bain, Monday, February 23rd

February 23, 2015 is the centennial of Joseph Battell’s death. Bread Loaf land baron (in his day the largest private landowner in Vermont), environmentalist, crusading newspaperman, Middlebury College alum (Class of 1860), trustee, philanthropist, novelist. David Haward Bain presents an illustrated “magic lantern” talk on Joseph Battell’s life and works. When: February 23, 2015, 4:30pm Where: Abernethy […] Continue reading

Winter Carnival Films from the 1940s “Premiered”

Fun in the snow at Middlebury College!  These recently digitized 16mm films haven’t been seen in more than fifty years. This silent film montage shows scenes of the 40 meter jump on Chipman Hill, early ski trails at the Snow Bowl and the “new” 50 meter ski jump, Mountain Club outings to the winter woods, […] Continue reading

Winter Carnival Vintage Films Premiere and Hot Chocolate Bar, February 13

Recently rediscovered films in the College Archives from the 1940s will be shown for the first time in more than sixty years. See Winter Carnival the way it was, before Gore-Tex and fiberglass: ski jumps on Chipman Hill, races at the Snow Bowl, aero-skijoring, and more. When: Friday, February 13, 2015, 4:30 – 6pm Where: McCullough Crossroads Cafe (The […] Continue reading

Sporty sweethearts, wishbones, and sausages: Vintage Valentines from the Archives

From Special Collection and Archives, drawn from our collection of American postcards and ephemera: Valentine Thoughts My heart’s a golf ball for your “game” You always with me “score” If I could only win this “match,” You’d “tease” my heart no more. © 1914 A Greeting to my Valentine My heart goes bounding o’er the net, […] Continue reading

Davis Library spring exhibit, “Before the Selfie: A Century of Student Portraits”

Our spring exhibit features photographic portraits of Middlebury students striking serious poses for the camera and at times, goofing off. In other words, one hundred years of awe-inspiring facial hair, evolving fashion trends, and outdoor leisure pursuits. How will you be remembered? Email a selfie to the Archives at specialcollections@middlebury.edu …or Instagram #middleburyselfie   Photo credit: Lewis Hemenway, […] Continue reading

“Joseph Battell: A Centennial Appreciation,” a talk by David Haward Bain, Monday, February 23rd

February 23, 2015 is the centennial of Joseph Battell’s (Class of 1860) death. Bread Loaf land baron (in his day the largest private landowner in Vermont), environmentalist, crusading newspaperman, Middlebury College trustee, philanthropist, unreadable novelist, eccentric Joseph Battell left his stamp on his homeland. David Haward Bain presents an illustrated “magic lantern” talk on Joseph Battell’s life […] Continue reading

Historic NYC Post Card Exhibit at Davis Family Library

Who would guess that an artist born and bred on a Vermont farm would create some of the most iconic postcards of New York City? Rachael Robinson Elmer’s ground-breaking “Art-Lovers New York” postcard series is currently on exhibit at the Middlebury College Davis Family Library, on the upper level, through April 17th, 2015. The exhibition, […] Continue reading

Middlebury women take a snowy ride up to Ripton, ca. 1940s

In this clip, members of the Women’s Forum of Middlebury College load up holiday gifts into a truck parked behind Forrest Hall, en route to the Meeting House in Ripton, VT. Upon their arrival in Ripton, local children run (and slide, trudge, and sled) to meet them. The Middlebury women, joined by a costumed Santa, […] Continue reading

A phonograph record on a post card? A professor throws a curveball at Special Collections.

Recently Paul Sommers, Paige-Wright Professor of Economics, stopped by the archives with an unusual item: he had purchased a “melody card” online, a paper phonograph record first manufactured in the 1930s, most notably on cereal boxes or as inserts in magazines. His postcard reads: Play this record on the PHONOGRAPH, 78rpm speed manual. Prof. Sommers doesn’t have a record player that […] Continue reading

We were greatly shocked with the news…

During a recent visit to the archives by Professor Ellie Gebarowski-Shafer’s Religion 130 class, The Christian Tradition, students plowed through 214 years of Middlebury College missionary history with College Archivist Danielle Rougeau. Amid the pages of 19th century cursive was this diary entry by Mary Martin, wife of a missionary to China and grandmother of Mabel Martin (later […] Continue reading