Last week Jane Lindholm from Vermont Public Radio visited the Middlebury College Archives to find out more about a recent gift of Civil War letters. To listen to the story and see more images, visit the VPR web site here!
To mark Founder’s Day, the original Middlebury College Charter, signed by the Governor of Vermont on November 1st, 1800, will be on view in Special Collections & Archives in the Davis Family Library from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, November 1st, 2013.
Middlebury College’s Library & Information Services (LIS) will participate in a federal grant rewarded to the Northeast Document Conservation Center to digitize wax cylinder recordings in the Flanders Ballad Collection, one of the nation’s great archival collections of New England folksong, folklore, and balladry.
Working in partnership with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the grant will use IRENE/3-D, a system that uses digital imaging to retrieve sound from historical recordings made on discs and wax cylinders that might otherwise be unplayable. IRENE/3-D was used at the Library of Congress in 2012 to extract sound from discs produced by Alexander Graham Bell whose contents hadn’t been heard since they were made about 125 years ago.
Middlebury College will make available over 200 wax cylinders and more than 1,000 records from the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection. This new technology will make it possible to capture sound even from broken and cracked cylinders and records, making it possible to play ballads not heard for over 80 years.
About the Woody Guthrie Archives
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.