The winning bid on the Archive of Civil War paymaster Erastus Hibbard Phelps, Middlebury Class of 1861, was made at auction by Andy Wentink, Curator of Special Collections & Archives. The archive was one among nearly 350 lots of American History, including Civil War, materials offered by Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati, OH, last Friday morning, December 2. The Phelps Archive comprises 334 letters, 4 diaries (3 from Civil War years), 2 bound volumes including a photo album containing portraits of graduates of the Middlebury Class of 1861, many of which are inscribed to Phelps. The archive also includes two photos of Phelps previous to his years at Middlebury, his paymaster sidearm (a Colt 1851 Navy 36 caliber pistol), what is believed to be his sheepskin winter jacket worn on duty, and a leather documents trunk carried during his service.
A change in Summer Hours for Special Collections on the Lower Level of the Davis Family Library was approved by the LIS Area Directors at their recent meeting. The following hours will be in effect immediately:
Tuesday, May 31-Thursday, June 2 By Appointment Only
Friday, June 3 Open 1-5 p.m. for Reunion Weekend
Saturday, June 4 Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for Reunion Weekend
June 5-19 CLOSED
Monday, June 20-Friday, August19 By Appointment Only
Monday, August 22-Friday, September 2 CLOSED
CLOSED WEEKENDS DURING THE SUMMER
On Saturday afternoon, April 30 our Special Collections hosted an Open House for members of the Rutland Railroad Historical Society as part of the 25th annual convention of the group. The Open House provided an opportunity for society members to see some of the most interesting material that has been acquired for the archives in the past decade.
A two page summary of material in the Rutland Railroad Archives can be found at http://midddigital.middlebury.edu/rutland_railroad/Summary%20of%20holdings%20of%20the%20Rutland%20Railroad%20Archives.doc and a more detailed 25 page listing of holdings can be found at http://midddigital.middlebury.edu/rutland_railroad/RRAGuide.htm. A two page gateway to other resources relating to the Rutland Railroad Archives can be found at http://midddigital.middlebury.edu/rutland_railroad/RutlandRailroadArchivesHandout.htm.
Hans Raum served as co-chair of the two day convention held at the Middlebury Inn, which drew attendees from as far away as California. Greg Pahl, an expert on the Beldens Falls Branch Railroad (and Joy Pile’s partner) spoke about the railroad at a program on Saturday, in preparation for a field trip on Sunday morning to visit traces of the short-lived railroad which ran from Beldens Falls, north of Middlebury, to a marble quarry about four miles away, east of Middlebury.
The Abernethy Series and Friends of the Davis Family Library
Thursday, April 28, 2011
4:30 – 6pm
Davis Family Library 201 – Watson Lecture Hall
James L. Haley, author of Wolf: the Lives of Jack London, and Anne Trubek, author of The Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses, join Reginald L. Cook Professor of American Literature Brett C. Millier, to discuss the legendary American author from a variety of perspectives.
This event is being held in celebration of recent Jack London materials gifted to the Abernethy Collection in Special Collections, by Whit Bond, grandson of the man whose dog inspired Call of the Wild. There will be an exhibit of these materials in conjunction with the symposium.
Join us for the opening of a
Jack London Exhibit in the Atrium of the Davis Family Library
and a reception in Special Collections
immediately following the symposium.
Watch this for a lovely feature by the Addison Independent on Middlebury College Special Collections and Andy Wentink’s journey to his current place as Curator!
Also of local/Middlebury College interest: the music on the video is by Middlebury alumna Anaïs Mitchell from her recent “folk-opera”, Hadestown.
On view in Special Collections, Davis Family Library, Lower Level
Faculty and Staff are welcome fo review our most recent acquisition of primary source materials incuding rare books and first editions, historic periodicals, manuscript collections, journals, diaries, antique maps, ephemera, etc.
Everything from the Illustrated London News to American travel letters to Victorian hair jewelry to NY Poet Frank O’Hara.
- Suggestions for future acquisitions are welcome.
- Tours of the closed stacks available upon request.
Please stop in anytime 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, August 31-September 2, 2010
We look forward to seeing you.
In collaboration with Vergennes boat builder Douglas Brooks, Special Collections is offering a new short-term exhibit The Two Pointers of Dead Creek : A Tradition of Trapping and Boat Building in Addison County. Assistant Curator Danielle Rougeau is working with Douglas Brooks on mounting the exhibit on the Lower Level of the Davis Family Library. The exhibit officially opens on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, and will be on view through Friday, October 1.
During the 2009-2010 academic year, Brooks and three Middlebury College students, Renee Igo ’11, Christian Woodard ’11 and Ben Meader ’10.5, interviewed trappers and their descendants in an effort to document the culture of muskrat trapping in Addison County, with an emphasis on the “two pointers”, the double-ended boats that trappers built.
After a training program with the Vermont Folklife Center, the researchers began recording interviews and examining historic boats. Over twenty historic trapping boats were identified in the region. Eventually several boats were carefully measured and one was chosen for replication. The students displayed an historic boat at the 2010 Middlebury College Student Research Symposium.
In the 2010 spring semester, Igo, Woodard, and Meader, guided by Brooks, built this trapping boat in studio space at Middlebury’s Old Stone Mill. The boat was launched on Commencement day, May 27, 2010.
With the merger of Collection Management and portions of Academic Consulting Services, it became clear that the area needed a new name to reflect its expanded scope.
I’m therefore pleased to announce that the name for this area is now Research and Collection Services (RCS). While many portions of the website still reflect the old names — and it will take a while before we’ve eradicated all remnants of Collection Management/Academic Consulting Services from the website, email distribution lists, HR/Banner information, etc. — please consider the name to be effective immediately. We’ll try to get the changes made expeditiously.
As a reminder, RCS includes:
- Reference and Instruction Librarians
- Special Collections
- Vt. Collection
- Government Documents
- Inter-library Loan
- Preservation & Processing
- Collection Development