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Special Collections

The Special Collections at Champlain College illuminate the history of the College and its environs. Home to three distinct collections, Special Collections plays a central role in experiential, primary source education at Champlain College and serves as an important resource hub for internal and external researchers studying Vermont.

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About Our Collections

Champlain College Archives

The Champlain College Archives documents the history and activities of Champlain College from its founding in 1878 to the present day.

Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History

The Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History contains publications, artifacts, and ephemera related to the state of Vermont, with a focus on the city of Burlington.

Local History Collection

The Local History Collection contains additional publications related to Burlington, Lake Champlain, and Vermont.

Supporting Your Research

  • Color advertising card depicting two birds holding sprigs of berries and perched on stylized lattice and foliage.
    Searching the Collections

    Local History Collection Catalog # 2016.66.1

    Cataloging of Special Collections materials is currently underway. Records for cataloging items are available in two places: Books and pamphlets in the Local History Collection are included in the Champlain College Library’s catalog. Materials in the Llewellyn Collection and Archives, and ephemera in the Local History Collection, are included in the Special Collections catalog.

    Champlain College Library Catalog Special Collections Catalog
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    Visit the Special Collections Reading Room

    College Archives Catalog # 2019.18.7

    The Special Collections Reading Room is located in the lower level of Miller Information Commons, Room G08. Visits to the Special Collections reading room are available by appointment only. Contact specialcollections@champlain.edu with more information about your research needs to schedule your time in the reading room.

Connect with Us

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    Contact Special Collections

    College Archives Catalog # 2019.18.2

    Champlain affiliates and community researchers alike can contact Special Collections for assistance with research questions focused on the history and the culture of Champlain College and Vermont. Send a message to specialcollections@champlain.edu with your query or your appointment request to get started.

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    Donate to Special Collections

    We welcome your contributions. To make a gift in support of Special Collections, please visit Champlain College’s Online Gift platform and enter Special Collections in the “Other Designation” field.

    Online Gift Platform