Library, Archives, & Essays

Our research library – the region’s most comprehensive resource on the history of Vermont and genealogy of New England and Vermont families

Bennington Museum’s library is the region’s most comprehensive resource on the history of Vermont and genealogy of New England and Vermont families.  The library’s collection has particular emphasis on documents not found online including books, vital records, newspapers, and other primary sources. 

The Harwood Diaries, penned between 1805 and1837, are only available here, and provide rich details of early 19th-century agricultural life. Newspapers including the Vermont Gazette 1783-1850 and Vermont State Banner 1841-1886 have been scanned and can be accessed in the library. The library houses the most comprehensive collection of material printed by Anthony Haswell.  An American patriot, a Bennington postmaster, printer, and newspaper publisher, Haswell was jailed by the United States government in 1799 and 1800 for publishing support of an editor who criticized the president.  The library maintains extensive research files organized by subject on topics relating to the history and culture of the Bennington area.

The library is non-circulating and is available to museum members, researchers, students, and daily visitors or by asking us a research question right here.  A fee of $15 will be charged to have your inquiry researched.  

Essays

In addition to the resources directly affiliated with the museum’s library, many scholarly essays have been written by staff members either individually or in conjunction with others. These have appeared in journals and magazines and many are available to you here.  

Research Query, click here.  

Research Library
Open
Monday and Tuesday 1pm to 5pm, and Wednesday by appointment. 
Appointments can be made by calling 802-447-1571 or emailing library@benningtonmuseum.org

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