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Special Collections Exhibit
The shelves of Special Collections are filled with nineteenth- and twentieth-century scrapbooks compiled by Vermonters of all ages, from all walks of life. Scrapbooks can be challenging to preserve and use: adhesive dries and items fall out of sequence or disappear, the pages grow brittle and crumble with the passing of time, and sometimes what was so significant to the creator baffles a later observer.
The five scrapbooks currently on display, however, are in good shape and tell fascinating stories. Unknown compilers collected newspaper clippings and arranged them on scrapbook pages to create unique narratives about the 1935-36 Vermont Marble Company strike, the endeavors of two enterprising Vermont brothers in South America and New York City in the decades before the Civil War, a 1907 campaign to encourage consumption of electricity in Burlington, and paper salvage efforts during World War II.