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The University Archives

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

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?
Chris Burns.

Who handles questions about the UVM Archives?
Staff at the reference desk in Special Collections. By phone, 656-2138; by email, uvmsc@uvm.edu.
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 uvmsc@uvm.edu.


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.

Open Access Week & ScholarWorks @ UVM

Monday, October 19th, 2015


The University of Vermont Libraries are proud to participate in Open Access Week (October 19 – 25) with an introduction to faculty self-submission features in ScholarWorks @ UVM, our new resource to preserve and provide access to UVM’s scholarly and creative work.

What is ScholarWorks @ UVM?

ScholarWorks @ UVM serves as the institutional repository of the University and provides an open access venue for faculty and student research. Launched in October 2013, it has grown to include over twenty collections such as public health projects, historic botanical research, occasional papers on Vermont policy, student dissertations and theses and open access journal projects. With ScholarWorks, UVM joins most major research institutions in providing an institutional repository where faculty can deposit their work.

Why deposit research in ScholarWorks @ UVM?

ScholarWorks @ UVM is a great place to share pre-prints, publications and “gray literature” such as grant reports, white papers, technical reports, conference presentations, posters and unpublished writings.

Participation can:

• increase discoverability of your scholarship
• provide you with additional metrics for use in the RPT process
• help you meet public access funding requirements
• bring scholarship to researchers and practitioners in lower-income institutions and countries

How do I submit research?

Visit our Author FAQ page and the Submit Research link. You can also contact Donna O’Malley or your library subject specialist for assistance.

What is Open Access?

Open access is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. Encouraging the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, the open access movement is gaining momentum as libraries, higher education institutions, research funders and policy makers put their weight behind it. Learn more about Open Access Week.

The Legacy of H. Lawrence McCrorey

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Please join us at an event on Friday, October 23rd to honor the life and work of H. Lawrence McCrorey and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the gallery created in his honor with a panel discussion (2 p.m., Bailey/Howe Library) and jazz reception (5 p.m. Davis Center, Livak ballroom)

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Professor H. Lawrence McCrorey, known to his friends and colleagues as Larry, had a distinguished career as Professor of Physiology, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dean of the School of Allied Health during his tenure at UVM from 1966 to 1993. Dr. McCrorey contributed to research in muscle physiology and taught extensively with a special emphasis on renal physiology. He generated a new graduate course in medical biostatistics that he taught for twenty-eight years, winning many awards for outstanding teaching.

Larry McCrorey

He is widely remembered as a champion of social justice and an advocate for greater diversity at UVM. As one of only two African-American faculty members when he came to UVM in 1966, he fought tirelessly to promote greater diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. He lectured widely on racism, and was a founding member of the Vermont Human Rights Commission. Larry McCrorey was also a professional saxophonist and teacher of jazz history. His advocacy for diversity extended beyond numbers to include the appreciation of cultural expression in a variety of formats.

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The H. Lawrence McCrorey Gallery was founded in 1995 after Larry McCrorey’s retirement with donations from hundreds of faculty, staff, alumni and friends and honors his “endurance in following his heart and conscience in the fight against racism” (McCrorey Gallery brochure, 1995). Located in the Bailey/Howe’s Library’s popular first floor study area, the gallery contains a rotating selection of multi-media artworks by contemporary artists of color. Additional donations to the H. Lawrence McCrorey Multicultural Fund marked the sad occasion of McCrorey’s death in 2009. To learn more about contributing to the fund, please contact Selene Colburn.

Five books you won’t believe were banned!

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Librarians and book lovers around the world celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week 2015 (September 27th – October 3rd). Here are five books you may be surprised to learn have been challenged and even banned from library collections and school assignments.


1. A Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Salinger’s classic coming-of-age novel was published in 1951 and in 1960 an Oklahoma teacher was fired for assigning it to an eleventh-grade English class. Since then it’s been the subject of numerous curricular and library challenges and outright bans all the way to the 21st century on grounds of profanity and sexual content.


2. Harry Potter [series] by J.K. Rowling

The exploits of “the boy who lived” have been challenged hundreds of times in schools and libraries, by critics concerned that the series presents violence, witchcraft, occult and Satanic themes, and that it undermines family values.


Beloved by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winner is considered a modern classic and an unflinching indictment of slavery, as seen through the eyes of its protagonist Sethe. It’s been challenged on numerous high school reading lists and was pulled from the curriculum of a senior AP English class in Louisville, Kentucky in 2007.


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The 1961 Pulitzer Prize winner remains one of the most challenged books of all time. Objections have been wide-ranging and include concerns about profanity and racial slurs used in the novel, as well as events depicted including racism, white supremacy, rape and incest.


Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel depicts her coming of age during the Iranian Revolution. Originally published in French, it was released in English in 2003 and lauded by the New York Times as one of the best books of the year. In 2013, Chicago public school administrators pulled it from classrooms. Further challenges objected to graphic language and images, scenes of torture and Islamic literature.

To learn more about the hundreds of books that have banned and challenged in schools and libraries around the nation, visit the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom Banned & Challenged Books site.

Welcome Class of 2019

Friday, August 28th, 2015


Welcome to UVM. We’re so excited for you and eager to welcome you to the UVM family. You’re going to learn extraordinary things in your time here.

Librarians REALLY like to help people. It’s kind of our thing. So please, stop by, introduce yourself and hear more about what we have to offer and how we can support you in your time at UVM.

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Members of the Libraries Move In Team, helping out

You can check out all kinds of stuff from our amazing collection, in-person and online. We’ve got online articles you’ll need for your classes, books, DVDs and even media equipment like cameras and GoPros. Stop by our reference desk to get started and we’ll help you find what you’re looking for.

About that reference desk…during the semester when you have a question or need help finding an article or a piece of information, we have librarians standing by. You can come to the library, call us, text us, chat with us, email us…you get the picture (did we mention we like helping people?).


We also have an amazing team of subject specialists who can help you with your research and assignments, organized by department. Find a match to your class or program and connect directly with someone who knows the resources in your area.

Want to learn more about what the library has to offer? Check out our 7 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Library. And stop by today!

You Can Borrow a Book, but you get to keep the ideas.

Be Our Friends!

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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Did you know you can FRIEND, TWEET, POKE, & FOLLOW UVM LIBRARIES on social media?

We have a myriad of fun ways for you to interact with UVM Libraries, including:

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Click on the icons above to find out about new books, exhibits, events – or just explore student life in the libraries!


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We look forward to you interacting with us on social media!