Vermont Folklife Center Middlebury Vermont


Vermont Folklife Center Archive


The Vermont Folklife Center Archive contains the products of the Vermont Folklife Center’s ethnographic research work, as well as materials donated by others conducting ethnographic and oral history research in Vermont and the surrounding region. The archive holds a wealth of folklife materials preserved on an array of media formats including more than 4,000 audio taped interviews, over 200 video tapes, 15,000 slides and photographs, manuscripts, and other documentation organized into over 100 distinct collections. Our holdings are constantly growing.

  • Collection Resources A listing of topics covered by the materials in the Vermont Folklife Center Archive collection. :: link

  • Information & Services Information about archive use policies, including our hours of operation, duplication fees, licensing and consulation services. :: link

  • Online Digital Archive With the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Jane's Trust, and the Lintilhac Foundation, the Vermont Folklife Center has been able to digitize and work to make available portions of our archive via the World Wide Web. :: link

  • Online Field Research Tools The VFC archive provides a number of online documents to assist those interested in conducting folklore, folklife and oral history fieldwork. They include information on field audio recording equipment, the editing of digital audio, and links to other online resources. New documents will be added periodically. To access these materials, please see our Archive Field Research Guides page. :: link

  • VFC Research Program The Vermont Folklife Ceneter Archive holdings are continually expanded by new research from Vermont Folklife Center fieldworkers and through outside research projects conducted by community members and organizations. Information about a selection of our research activities, please see our Research Projects page. :: link

  • Links A collection of Web links on the topics of folklore, oral history and regional archival collections. :: link

  • Field Research Support The archive provides support to individuals and groups interested in conducting ethnographic and oral history fieldwork in the state of Vermont. The support we provide includes informal one-on-one discussions with aspiring researchers, formal paid consultancies with groups and organizations, low-cost rental of audio recoding equipment, and sale of blank recording media. For more detailed information on the Field Research Support Services we provide, please contact the Archivist by phone or email.

  • Gifts & Donations In addition to preserving both the products of our own research and fieldwork materials generated by outside researchers, we welcome and encourage community additions to the VFC archive. Individual and family donations are a valuable part of our resources and serve to round out our picture of both historic and contemporary life in Vermont. Individual donations might include photographs, slides, home audio recordings on any format, home movies or videos, commercial recordings of Vermont music on 78rpm, 45rpm or 331/3rpm disks, letters, diaries, and manuscripts. Please contact the archivist to discuss donating your collection to the archive. Donations to the VFC archive may be tax deductible.

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Archive & Research Center :: By Appointment
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