Maya Angelou (center) and other honorary degree recipients at UVM’s 1985 commencement. Governor Madeline Kunin and President Lattie Coor are on the right. Photo from the University Archives.
A UVM alumnus, class of 1985, recently inquired about the speech that writer and poet Maya Angelou delivered at convocation that year. We found the text of the speech, and a wonderful photograph of Angelou and other honorary degree recipients, in former President Lattie Coor’s papers in the University Archives. Over 200 years of UVM’s history are documented in the Archives, available to anyone seeking information about the university.
What is the University Archives?
The University Archives is a collection of official records (e. g., Board of Trustees meeting minutes) and information about the University of Vermont. Note: Most printed UVM publications (e.g., the Vermont Quarterly) are retained as part of the Vermont Research Collection, not the Archives.
Who is the University Archivist?
Who handles questions about the UVM Archives?
Staff at the reference desk in Special Collections. By phone, 656-2138; by email, email@example.com.
Staff may refer patrons to archivist Chris Burns in some cases.
Are there records for UVM Archives materials in the library catalog?
At this time, mostly no, so patrons should contact the Special Collections reference desk. One exception is print theses and dissertations.
Are there any other inventories of UVM Archives collections?
Yes. A few collections have finding aids. Patrons can view them at http://cdi.uvm.edu/findingaids/. More finding aids will be released soon, and eventually each collection will have a record in the library catalog.
Where is the University Archives?
The University Archives is not a publicly accessible location. Material is stored in the Library Research Annex (LRA) and in the Special Collections closed stacks.
How do patrons access UVM Archives material?
For theses and dissertations, look in the library catalog, request from the LRA, and use the item in Special Collections. For other items, contact a Special Collections librarian. When requested, materials will be transferred from the LRA for patron use in Special Collections.
What Archives collections are frequently used?
The building information reference files and building (and campus) photograph collection—both stored in the Special Collections closed stacks—are consulted often. And researchers come from distant places to use the Raul Hilberg papers.
More questions? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commons Hall, 1929. The dining hall, also known as the Hash House, stood where the Fleming Museum is located now. Photo from the University Archives.