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Vermont Libraries


Leahy Library
Vermont History Center
60 Washington St.
Barre VT 05641
user fee
This is the research library of the Vermont Historical Society, the largest of its kind in the state and supported by the Genealogical Society of Vermont. A guide is available online. The library has a large print and extensive manuscript collection partial cataloged online.



Bennington Museum Library
West St.
Bennington VT 05201
user fee
The research library has a large collection of Vermont and New England related material for history and genealogy with a manuscript collection that includes area cemetery transcriptions and Bennington church records.



Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St.
Brattleboro VT 05301
The library has a good general reference that focuses on Windham County and specifically Brattleboro. The holdings will be found in the online catalog.



Special Collections
Bailey-Howe Library
University of Vermont
Burlington VT 05405
This library housing the Wilbur Collection of Vermont material, Rare Books Collection, and the University Archives. Not all of their vast collection is available online, so check their finding aid page first. Some material may be stored off site, so for manuscript use, it is best to contact them in advance.



Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society
123 Ethan Allen Dr.
Colchester VT 05446
[PO Box 65128
Burlington VT 05406]
The society focuses on resources for French-Canadian ancestry. They have a large collection of printed reference books for Quebec and there extensive and ongoing publication of all Vermont Catholic Church records. A useful additional source is the Vermont Vital Records to 1941. A brief guide to their holdings is available online.



Swift-Stewart Research Ctr.
Sheldon Museum
1 Park St.
Middlebury VT 05753
user fee
The research center encourages appoints for research. The collection is focused on Addison County and houses a large manuscripts collection. An online catalog is on the center's main web page.



Rutland Free Library
10 Court St.
Rutland VT 05701
The Vermont Room holds a general local history and genealogy reference collection. The focus is on Rutland County. The library catalog is available online.


St. Johnsbury

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
30 Main St.
St. Johnsbury VT 05819
The Athenaeum hosts the St. Johnsbury Archives Collaborative that is a partnership between five local institutions. A guide to the holdings is available (a pdf file). The focus is on St. Johnsbury and Caledonia County.