Five classes visited Special Collections last week, studying a wide range of materials. We shared hundreds of items, from classic Greek texts published in Venice in the 15th century, to an 18th century Torah, to 1930s government reports on eugenics policy in Vermont.
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, and even “aero-skijoring” on Lake Champlain. Winter Carnival the way it was in the middle of the last century![vimeo https://vimeo.com/119374983]
And this newsreel, produced by Paramount Pictures in 1949, is an entertaining glimpse back into a unique moment in time. It was shown in movie theaters throughout the country before the feature film.[vimeo https://vimeo.com/110363038]
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!