Special Collections and University Archives supports the UVM Libraries' mission to further the creation, application, and dissemination of knowledge by providing access to research materials relating to the study of Vermont, the history of the University of Vermont, and the history of the book as a form of humanistic expression. As an important link in the network of institutions responsible for maintaining the documentary record of Vermont, SCUA preserves these materials for the use of current and future researchers. SCUA also serves as the repository for the printed treasures of the Libraries that are extremely valuable or fragile.
SCUA maintains a comprehensive Vermont research collection, institutional records and other information about the University of Vermont, and an eclectic rare book collection. Our collections support a diverse community of researchers that includes students, faculty, scholars, local historians, consultants, and journalists.
Special Collections and University Archives has an active instruction program that provides students at all levels and in a wide range of disciplines with hands-on educational opportunities using materials from our collections.
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Our Future Home
SCUA has been located in the Bailey/Howe Library since it opened in 1961. During the summer of 2018, we will move from Bailey/Howe Library to the Billings Library, an architectural landmark designed by H. H. Richardson and completed in 1886. Billings, which served as the main university library until 1961, will be a new academic hub, “the intellectual center of the campus,” in the words of UVM president Thomas Sullivan. SCUA will share the historic building with the Humanities Center, the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, and the Center for Research on Vermont. We are looking forward to the move as a transformation and an opportunity to grow.