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Two New Civil War Collections Won for Special Collections

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Erastus Hibbard Phelps Collection

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.

Andy also made the winning bid on another Civil War archive, 54 Letters of 2nd Lieut. Ephraim L. Hackett, Wisconsin 1st Light Artillery. Born in Maine in 1837, Ephraim L. Hackett was living in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in August 1861, when he enlisted as a Sergeant in the 1st Independent Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery. Small in number and mobile, the Battery recruited barely over 100 men before being sent into the field in Kentucky that Fall, then went on to fight up and down the Mississippi Valley until the end of the war.

These two important Civil War collections significantly enhance Middlebury’s already impressive Civil War era archival holdings including the Aldace Walker (Middlebury Class of 1862) Letters, the Calvin Parker Letters, the Civil War Archive of Professor Kit Wilson, and nearly 100 Civil War era letters from individual writers.

The purchase of the Phelps and Hackett archives was made possible through the generous partial funding from the Friends of the Davis Family Library, the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Julian W. Abernethy Fund, and the Davis Family Library.

Special Collections spotlight

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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.

LIS Collection Management has a new name!

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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
  • Cataloging/Acquisitions/Serials
  • Preservation & Processing
  • Collection Development

Library Hours

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clockAll Midd Libraries begin 9 – 5 hours today.

Library hours are reduced during the period between spring and summer semesters. Check here for hours.

PLEASE NOTE! The Libraries will close at 12 noon on Monday 5/24.

Special Collections will be closed Monday 5/24 through Friday 6/4; opening Saturday 6/5 from 10-2 for Reunion weekend, and resuming regular hours Monday 6/7.

Special Collections open again on Sunday 4/11

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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS will be CLOSED TODAY Friday, April 9, 2010
We will reopen for regular evening hours Sunday, April 11, 2010 7:00-10:00 p.m.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Library Hours for Spring Break

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library hoursA reminder that Library hours will change for the Spring break period 3/19 – 28.
Please check hours here.

Main Library
Friday 3/19 7:30 am – 8 pm
Saturday – Sunday 3/20 – 21 9 am – 5 pm
Mon – Fri 3/22 – 26 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday 3/27 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday 3/28 – resume regular hours 9 am – 1 am

Music Library
Friday 3/19 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday 3/20 – 21 CLOSED
Mon – Fri 3/22 – 26 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday 3/27 CLOSED
Sunday 3/28 CLOSED

Armstrong Library
Friday 3/19 7:45 am – 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday 3/20 – 21 CLOSED
Mon – Fri 3/22 – 26 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday 3/27 CLOSED
Sunday 3/28 4 pm – 12 midnight

Special Collections
Friday 3/19 1 pm-5 pm
Saturday – Sunday 3/20 – 21 CLOSED
Mon – Fri 3/22 – 26 CLOSED
Saturday 3/27 CLOSED
Sunday 3/28 7 pm-10pm