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New Digital Collections Available

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

The Center for Digital Initiatives launched two new collections this semester: University of Vermont Alumni Publications and Civil War Broadsides and Ephemera.

University of Vermont Alumni Publications

Since 1905, the University of Vermont has regularly published newsletters and magazines for its alumni. The alumni publications are a valuable source of information about the institution and UVM students, faculty, and staff. The publications document activities and accomplishments, curriculum developments, and campus expansion and building construction. They include feature articles on diverse topics, statistical and financial reports, interviews, photographs, and alumni news.

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Civil War Broadsides and Ephemera

The Civil War Broadsides and Ephemera Collection contains items from the Wilbur Collection of Vermontiana that were printed and circulated from 1861 to 1865. Most of the items are related to the war, while a small number are related to Vermont’s efforts to organize and train the state militia after the war. The collection features proclamations, orders and announcements about the state’s military operations, including recruitment, enrollment, supplies, and equipment. It also includes announcements about the progress of the war and President Lincoln’s death. One of the most unusual items is a broadside alerting the public to the theft of U.S. Treasury notes and bonds stolen from a St. Albans, Vermont bank by Confederate raiders in October 1864. Additional items will be added to this collection in the future.

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Great Starting Places

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Not sure where to start looking for material for a research project? Check out our Subject Research Guides. Subject Guides are available on a wide range of topics from Anthropology to Zoology. Each guide includes recommendations for the best places to look for books, articles, and other materials related to the subject at hand. In addition many guides also provide helpful advice about research strategies and preparing citations and bibliographies.

If you need more specialized help or just want to talk with someone about your research, each guide includes contact information for the librarian that specializes in working with students and faculty in that subject area. This librarian will be happy to work with you.

George Perkins Marsh Online Research Center

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

George Perkins Marsh

The George Perkins Marsh Online Research Center, available through the University of Vermont’s Center for Digital Initiatives, brings together transcriptions from over 650 of Marsh’s letters held by UVM, the Smithsonian Institution Archives, the Houghton Library, Harvard University, the New York Historical Society, and the Archives of American Art.

When Marsh’s Man and Nature was published in 1864 it was immediately hailed as a major contribution to the field of physical geography. Now a classic of environmental literature, its author, George Perkins Marsh (1801-1882), was one of the first to recognize and describe in detail the significance of human action in transforming the natural world. In addition to his work as a scholar and lawyer, Marsh served in the United States Congress in the 1840’s and held diplomatic posts in Turkey and Italy.

Major topics covered in the correspondence include the American Civil War, Vermont geography, nineteenth-century sculpture, nineteenth-century public architecture, and the creation of the Smithsonian Institution.

Brady-Handy Photograph Collection/Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (Digital File Number: LC-DIG-cwpbh-02223)