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Historical Maps of Burlington and Winooski Now Online

Monday, February 25th, 2013


The Center for Digital Initiatives has launched its first collection of Vermont maps, “Historical Maps of Burlington and Winooski.” Ten of the most frequently used maps in Special Collections are now available online.

The collection contains wall maps, city plans, and atlas sheets published between 1830-1890, a period when Burlington became the largest city in Vermont and a center of commerce and industry on Lake Champlain. The earlier maps show the village and rural sections of the town of Burlington, which extended from Lake Champlain on the east to Muddy Brook on the west, and from the Winooski River on the north and the town of Shelburne on the south. Later maps cover the City of Burlington, which was established in 1865 when most of the rural areas were set off to create the town of South Burlington. Maps of the neighboring village of Winooski are also included in the collection.

The maps show streets, buildings and lots, building owners’ names and functions, parks, cemeteries, wards, railroads, and some natural features. Some of the maps include illustrations of prominent buildings and business directories.


A zoom function makes it possible to extract detailed information, such as the horse racing track at Howard Park in the southern part of town on the 1890 map of Burlington.

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The University of Vermont as shown on one of the 1869 maps.


A section of the business directory on the 1869 map of Winooski Falls.


Interlibrary Loan Provides E-Documents on E-Readers

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

B/H’s Interlibrary Loan Department announces that two e-readers are available for use by patrons seeking access to electronic documents that otherwise are unavailable. Patrons using this service will receive an e-reader preloaded with their requested information. The lending period is two weeks. Click here to make a lending request.

Persistence of Slavery in Early Vermont

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Lecture: March 14, 5:30 pm, Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

University of Vermont professor Harvey Amani Whitfield will discuss the tensions between slavery and freedom in early Vermont history.  His research indicates that the end of slavery in Vermont was messy, disorderly, and contradictory and that various forms of bondage persisted in Vermont well after the 1777 abolition of adult slavery.

Professor Whitfield’s areas of research are the black population in the Maritime colonies and Vermont. In 2006, he published Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860. His article, “African Americans in Burlington, Vermont, 1880-1900,” was published in Vermont History in 2007.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 656-2138.


“The Radiant Child” Free Screening & Food March 19

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

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The UVM Libraries and the Office of Student Life and Campus Programs have teamed up to offer students, staff and faculty an opportunity (complete with refreshments) to see the outstanding documentary about Jean-Michel Basquiat, “The Radiant Child,” by director Tamra Davis.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Super Maple Ballroom.

Here’s what the L.A. Times reviewer had to say about the film:

“Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” is a remarkably rich documentary possessing depth, range, insight and compassion. Basquiat was born into an upper middle-class Brooklyn family. Although intermittently felled by psychiatric problems, his mother exposed him to great museum art an early age. By 17, Basquiat found refuge in the teeming lower Manhattan art and club scene of the early ’80s, and was nudged from graffiti artist to a full-fledged painter who could “paint with words.”


Picturing the Ski Capital of the East

Friday, February 8th, 2013


The current exhibit in Special Collections features postcards that document Stowe’s development as the Ski Capital of the East during the 1940s-1950s. For many years, Newport, Vermont photographer Harry Richardson traveled around Vermont and took thousands of pictures of people, places, and activities. He published many of the images as real photo postcards. The postcards in this exhibit are from a sample book that Richardson may have used to sell his cards to Stowe retailers. The cards promoted Vermont skiing with images of deep snow, downhill descents, modern facilities and traditional landscapes, and above all, happy skiers.

The exhibit is open to the public. For more information, call 656-2138 or email uvmsc@uvm.edu

Remembering Irene

Monday, February 4th, 2013

At the end of August 2011, Tropical Storm Irene devastated Vermont. After the storm,Vermonters gathered stories of destruction and devastation as well as stories of the remarkable recovery efforts.  Bailey/Howe Library is collecting books and films that document how Vermont communities came together to help individuals and communities rebuild.


Wrath of Irene: Vermont’s Imperfect Storm of 2011
Accounts of the storm in the White River watershed, taken from articles and photographs that originally appeared in The Herald of Randolph.

Irene Storms Through Mendon: You Can Get There from Here
With help from the Vermont Folklife Center, the Mendon Historical Society recorded first-person accounts of the struggles town residents confronted during and after Tropical Storm Irene. The interviews form the framework for this book.


Voices from the Flood, by Jeanne Weston Cook
Black and white photos and essays record people’s experiences during the  flood devastation and then recovery in Northfield and Roxbury.

When the River Rose
When the River Rose presents stories of “flood, recovery, and rebirth” in Waterbury, one of the towns hit hardest by Tropical Storm Irene. Edited by journalist David Goodman, with photographs by Gordon Miller. Published by the Children’s Literacy Foundation.

O' Let Your Song Be Sung

Higher Ground, by Kevin Fitton
Higher Ground is a children’s book about a flooded dairy farm, with illustrations by Mary Azarian.

Flood Bound
Filmmaker Marion Abrams and 36 other Pittsfield residents tell the amazing story of how the townspeople responded to the destruction and isolation that resulted from the August storm.

Strength of the Storm
Strength of the Storm is a film about Tropical Storm Irene’s devastating affect on Vermont’s mobile home parks and how the residents came together after the storm to make their voices heard and get their needs met. Produced by the Vermont Worker’s Center and directed by Rob Koier.