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Bread Loaf menu options, from the Archives

In honor of the return of the 2015 faculty plenary meeting and lunch to the Bread Loaf campus, we have some

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Summer Language School on Film in the College Archives

Drawn from our newly digitized historic 16mm films, a taste of what life in the Summer Language Schools was like in the middle of the 20th century.  Enjoy! German School Dancing Considered the forerunner of all the Middlebury Language Schools in 1915, the German School established its home in Bristol, Vermont and flourished under the direction […] Continue reading

From the College Archives: Middlebury Commencement Through History

We are thrilled to introduce a new series, From the College Archives, curated by Josh Kruskal, ’15. In the weeks of his last semester, Josh, a prized Special Collections staff member, scoured 200 years of Middlebury Kaleidoscopes in search of historic and day-to-day moments. In Josh’s inaugural post: Commencement. In his photo essays to come, look for themes such as Students and Their […] Continue reading

Sugarin’ Off in the 1940s

It’s early April and the maple sap is starting to flow, which means it’s time for one of Vermont’s most beloved traditions: The Sugaring-Off Party. This recently rediscovered clip from a 16mm film reel in the Middlebury College Archives records one such party held by students in the early 1940s. Sponsored by the Mountain Club, […] Continue reading

Poetry Reading from “Please Do Not Remove: A Collection Celebrating Vermont Literature and Libraries”

We are pleased to present, along with the New England Review as part of their VT Reading Series, a reading from Please Do Not Remove: A Collection Celebrating Vermont Literature and Libraries. This special event will take place in the Davis Family Library Special Collections and Archives Room 101, at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10. The […] 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 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