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  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    A.S. Barnes and Co. school textbook agreement records, 1887-1888.
    Series ID: PRA-169 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 cubic foot; 1oversize box. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of records related to the purchase of textbooks from A.S. Barnes and Co. by the State of Vermont in compliance with Act No. 34 (1886).
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Appointments, Oaths of Office and Bonds, 1825 - [ongoing]
    Series ID: A-052 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 13.4 cubic feet. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of appointments, oaths of office and bonds. Included are oaths for state officers, representatives and senators, county clerks, assistant and special assistant Attornies General, assistant judges, district judges, enviromental judges, magistrates, probate judges, superior judges, supreme court justices and Public Safety appointments, oaths and bonds. Also included are state treasurer's bonds, 1939 - 1996. None of the oaths consist of a complete set.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Assorted photographs, undated.
    Series ID: A-347 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 2.5 linear inches; 7 oversize photographs. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of an artificial collection of assorted photographs.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Assorted videos and dvds, undated.
    Series ID: A-346 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: .8 cubic feet. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of an artificial collection of assorted videos and dvds.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Bill of Rights (Vermont's copy), 1789.
    Series ID: A-004 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 document. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of the Bill of Rights sent to the state of Vermont by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson on February 25, 1791. Vermont became the 14th state on March 4th, 1791. On November 3rd, 1791, Vermont became the 10th state to ratify the Bill of Rights. The original Bill of Rights contained twelve proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Ten amendments were ratified by the required number of states, and these appear in the U.S. Constitution as articles 1 through X. One of the original twelve proposed amendments, concerning the compensation of members of Congress, was finally ratified by the required number of states on May 19, 1992. Vermont ratified it on November 3, 1791.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Campaign material, circa 1863-1982.
    Series ID: A-213 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: .4 cubic foot; 1 oversize folder; 1 oversize box. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of posters, bumper stickers, buttons, brochures and matchbooks generated by candidates for federal, state, and county offices. Includes a box of Porter Dale campaign material, circa 1915-1933.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Canvasses of Votes for Governor, etc., 1813-1960, 1986.
    Series ID: SE-041 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 9 microfilm reels. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of canvasses of votes by county for governor, presidential electors, U.S. senator, and representatives to congress. There are also returns of votes for 1986.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Canvasses of votes, 1813-1960.
    Series ID: PRA-100 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 4 microfilm reels Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of canvasses of votes by county for governor, presidential electors, U.S. Senator, and Representatives to Congress.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Certificates of elections of Justices of the Peace, 1857-1921.
    Series ID: PRA-162 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 cubic foot. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of applications for appointments, resignations, and commissions , certificates of election filed by County Clerks with the office of the Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, lists of Justices of the Peace prepared by town clerks filed with the Secretary of State’s Office, and correspondences and Provenance pertaining to individual appointments. There are some missing years within the date range given.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Charters Granted by the State of Vermont, 1779-1846.
    Series ID: A-316 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 2 volumes. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of manuscript charters granted by the state of Vermont. The charters were for many years in the possession of Surveyor - General Ira Allen and were given to the Secretary of State in 1824, by a friend of Allen's son. The volumes (originally 3 volumes, now two) contains the charter for Woodbridge that Ira Allen issued to himself, which was the cause for Thomas Chittenden being voted out of office in 1789. The volume "Sundry charters granted by the State of Vermont", includes charters of Middlebury College and the University of Vermont. (This volume is in the back of the Court of Confiscation volume, record series A-289.)
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Civil War Soldiers' Powers of Attorney and Survivor Applications to Draw State Pay, 1861 - 1873.
    Series ID: PRA-459 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 8 cubic feet, 11 microfilm reels. Access: Open
    Scope: This collection contains Civil War soldiers' powers of attorney allowing a designated assignee to draw pay ($7.00 per month) from the State Treasurer. Also includes applications of surviving relatives of Vermont soldiers to collect arrears of pay due. Many of the applications provide genealogical information. Arranged alphabetically within companies by name of soldier. Units included are: 2nd - 17th Infantry Regiments (including the 11th Regiment/1st Heavy Artillery); 1st Brigade Band; 1st Cavalry Regiment; Company F, 1st United States Sharpshooters; Companies E and H, 2nd United States Sharpshooters; 1st, 2nd and 3rd Batteries, Light Artillery; Companies M and F, Frontier Cavalry; 54th Massachusetts (Colored); Miscellaneous African American Recruits; Hancock's First Corps; Unassigned Recruits; Unassigned Recruits deserting prior to service; and unidentified (surnames Brown and White). See PRA-406 for source material.
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  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Congressional election records (Series II), 1804-1978.
    Series ID: A-216 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 7.8 cubic feet; 1 oversize box. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of canvass of votes and certificates of votes (town certificates) for elections in Vermont for the state's United States representatives from 1804-1958, and for United States senators from 1914 to 1958. For some years there are only the certificates of votes, other years only the canvass of votes, and other years there are both the certificates and canvasses. Included are election results of soldiers during the Civil War. There is also a compilation of all election results extracted from the original records, as well as additional information about party affiliation, election laws, election districts and significant information about particular elections. Act No. 42 (1977), effective 1978, required a consolidated ballot with both congressional and state officers; for congressional election records after 1978 see record series A-215.
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  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Conveyances to the State of Vermont, circa 1828 - [ongoing].
    Series ID: SE-008 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 29 cubic feet; 1 oversize box. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of deeds, leases, contracts, and other conveyances pertaining to state property filed with the secretary of state pursuant to 3 V.S.A. § 103. Series also includes three recording volumes, 1909-1950.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Copyrighted Dramatic Musical Corporations, circa 1979-1983.
    Series ID: A-237 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 cubic foot. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of copies of contracts (on paper and on microfiche) required to be filed by 32 V.S.A., Chapter 207, repealed by Act No. 167 (1992). The "copyrighted compositions tax" required that "a person, corporation, association or co-partnership who sells, licenses the use of or in any manner whatsoever disposes of for use in this state, the performing rights in or to any musical composition or dramatico-musical composition which has been copyrighted and is subject of a valid existing copyright under the laws of the United States" should file a copy of each contract with the secretary of state. There are also 35 reel to reel tapes.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Corporations' certificates of Increase, name change, etc., 1880-1915.
    Series ID: A-242 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 4 volumes. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of corporations' certificates of increase and decrease of capital stock, certificates of paid-up capital stock, and certificates of corporate name changes. The certificates were filed with the secretary of state.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    County, state and congressional election records (Series I), 1837-2008.
    Series ID: A-215 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 137.6 cubic feet; 4 oversize boxes; 87 microfilm reels (16 mm). Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of county, state, and congressional election records, including canvasses of votes, reports of the canvassing committees, returns of votes, consent of candidates, and certificates of election.
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  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Early Vermont Conventions / New Hampshire Conventions, 1775-1777.
    Series ID: A-050 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 oversize box (4 volumes) Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of three volumes (duplicates) of the record of conventions in the New Hampshire grants which contain facimiles of convention documents. The fourth volume contains original manuscripts of the record of conventions.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Election material, 1840, 1912-1996.
    Series ID: A-209 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 5.4 cubic feet; 1 oversize folder. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of ballots, canvasses, tally and summary sheets, correspondence, and memos to and from election officials. These materials document the actual mechanism of the election process. Includes correspondence concerning Armed Services absentee ballots during WWII.
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  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Great Seal and Secretary of State Seal material, circa 1899-1978.
    Series ID: A-235 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 2.5 linear inches; 1 oversize folder. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of correspondence and proclamations relating to the Great Seal, as well as counter-dies of the seal. The first Great Seal was designed by Ira Allen in 1778. A new seal, which varied from the original seal, was created in 1821; variations of this second seal were used until a precise reproduction of the original Ira Allen design was adopted in 1937. The records include a proclamation by Governor George Aiken in 1937 declaring that the Great Seal should be a faithful reproduction of the original, and a counter made by Tiffany and Co. in 1937.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Insurance Companies, 1915-1955.
    Series ID: A-245 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 oversize box (1 volume) Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of declarations of intent, articles of association, certifications, by-laws, and petitions for amendment from insurance corporations approved to conduct business in Vermont. The records are certified copies of insurance documents filed with the secretary of state.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Licensing miscellanea, 1902-1995.
    Series ID: A-227 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 6 cubic feet; 1 oversize box (1 volume) Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of annual reports, logbooks, and correspondence of a variety of licensing boards at the Office of the Secretary of State.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    List of Land Taxes and Granby Rate Book, circa 1787-1836.
    Series ID: A-349 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 2.5 linear inches (3 volumes) Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of lists of taxes. The "List of Land Taxes" (circa 1787-1835) for the use of the Committee on Land Taxes was "to be returned, at the close of the session, to the Office of the Secretary of State." The "Return of Land Taxes by Secretary of State" (circa 1786 - 1836) consists of a list of land taxes appraised on towns for making and repairing roads and bridges. The "Granby Rate Book" (1791, Eben Judd, Deputy Collector) lists the names of proprieters who paid a tax of two pounds, 16 shillings.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Manuscript Vermont State Papers, 1777-1946, bulk 1777-1861.
    Series ID: SE-118 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 97 volumes. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of laws, petitions, grand lists, correspondence, resolutions of the General Assembly, constable's certificates, committee reports, treasurers' records, court confiscations, wolf and panther certificates, depositions, etc. The records were the original core of the State Archives, and document early Vermont state government and its interaction with the public. The Nye index, available at the state archives, is a name and subject index to the documents; the pre-1800 records are searchable via our online finding aid.
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  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Map of the Massachusetts and Vermont boundary line, 1898.
    Series ID: A-326 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 oversize folder (1 map) Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of one map that shows the boundary line between Massachusetts and Vermont from the Northwest corner of Massachusetts to the Connecticut River. Act 237 of 1892 called for the governor to appoint three commissioners to work with Massachusetts commissioners to place or re-place the boundary line between the State of Vermont and Massachusetts. The commissioners were required to report their findings to the governor and file them with the secretary of state. Act 137 of 1898 established the boundary line between the state of Vermont and Massachusetts.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Mary Greene Nye records, circa 1928-1950.
    Series ID: A-061 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 3 cubic feet. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of correspondence, transcripts of documents, articles, talks, notes, indexes, and lists of records. The material was generated during Mary Greene Nye's employment at the secretary of state's office, primarily as editor of state papers. The records document Nye's work to prove the federal government owed Vermont money from the War of 1812. There is background material for her book on the State House, an index to the papers of the Auditor's Office (1936), background material for "State Papers of Vermont" volumes, and material relating the Nye's "Documentary History of Vermont" (never published).
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  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Materials Related to "The Public Papers of Governor Thomas Chittenden", 1969.
    Series ID: A-140 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: .4 cubic foot Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of materials related to State Papers of Vermont, Volume XVII, "The Public Papers of Governor Thomas Chittenden, 1778-1789 and 1790-1797," 1969, edited by John Williams. Included are copies of original documents, held by various repositories, that are reproduced in the book. There are also copies of materials taken from the Governor Clinton papers, that were not used in the book.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Motor vehicle registrations and driver's licenses samples, 1905 - 1918.
    Series ID: PRA-088 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 cubic foot. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of samples of applications for registration of a motor vehicle, licenses to operate an automobile and automobile operators’ licenses.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Municipal Charter Amendment Proposals, 1795 - 2007, bulk 1984 - 2012.
    Series ID: A-020 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 2 cubic feet; 4 microfilm reels (16 mm). Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of certified copies of proposed municipal charter amendments and new and comprehensively revised charters for cities, towns, incorporated villages, incorporated school districts, union school districts and special services districts. In most cases, the files contain information relating to the origin of the proposals, warnings, minutes of public hearings held on the proposals, sample ballots, the local vote totals and the proposed amendment language. All municipal charter amendment proposals are required to be ratified by the General Assembly pursuant to 17 V.S.A. § 2645.
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  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    New York land patents, 1688-1786.
    Series ID: A-022 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 3 oversize boxes; 1 oversize folder. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of photostats (copies) of New York land patents. Act No. 199 (1945) authorized the secretary of state to "procure from the State of New York photostatic copies of certain land patents or grants by New York covering lands in Vermont…" Transcripts of these land patents are published in "State Papers of Vermont" (Volume VII, 1947) edited by Mary Greene Nye.
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  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Perley's Gore records, 1985-1986.
    Series ID: A-025 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 2.5 linear inches; 1 oversize folder. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of surveys, correspondence, and reports concerning an unchartered parcel of land surrounded by Enosburg, Montgomery and Bakersfield. The land was temporarily named Perley's Gore in 1985 after Representative Merrill Perley of Enosburg. Act No. 239 (1985) called for the secretary of state to hire a surveyor to survey the land. Act M-13 (1986) established that the parcel of land called Perley's Gore be incorporated and annexed to the towns of Bakersfield, Montgomery and Enosburg.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Permits regarding National Prohibition Act and regulations, 1921-1933.
    Series ID: A-222 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: .4 cubic foot. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of certified copies of federal permits issued under the National Prohibition Act. It was required that copies of the federal permits be sent to the Vermont Office of the Secretary of State pursuant to Act No. 204 (1921). Included are cider permits, permits for home production and medicinal permits.
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  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Photostats of French seignories now covered by the State of Vermont, 1733-1767.
    Series ID: A-310 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 oversize folder (19 items) Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of photostats of the concessions of the French seignories which lay in what is now Vermont. They were selected on the basis of Guy Omeron Coolidge's study, "The French Occupation of the Champlain Valley from 1609 to 1759", published in the proceedings of the Vermont Historical Society, volume VI, number 3, September 1938.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Photostats of Vermont related documents in the Library of Congress, circa 1776-1825.
    Series ID: A-324 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 oversize folder (10 documents) Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of copies of letters, including letters to and from Ira Allen, and Thomas Chittenden to George Washington and General Stark.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Printed copies of session laws, 1787-1904, bulk 1792-1824.
    Series ID: A-337 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1.4 cubic feet. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of printed copies of session laws, many of which are not covered or indexed.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Publications, circa 1918- [ongoing]
    Series ID: A-225 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 5.1 cubic feet. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of secretary of state publications, including "Population and Local Government, "Biographical Sketches of State Officers and Members of the General Assembly", Licensing annual reports, "Vermont Administrative Code", "Civil Government, State of Vermont", "Town and County Clerks of Vermont", "Campaign Finance Guide", and "Vermont Election Laws". The series is fragmented; it is not a complete series of secretary of state publications.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Railroads: various company records, 1900 - 1981.
    Series ID: A-028 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: .4 cubic foot. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of a Delaware and Hudson Railway mortgage, third supplemental indenture and fourth supplemental indenture, which were filed with the secretary of state in 1976 (pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1154). There is also a condemnation order re the Montpelier and Barre Railroad Company (1980-1981) and a contract between the Ogdensburgh and Lake Champlain Railway Company, Rutland-Canadian Railroad Company and Central Vermont Railway Company, 1900.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Record of Corporation Certificates Taxation, 1919-1947.
    Series ID: A-247 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 2 volumes. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of copies of certificates of the State Treasurer and Commissioner of Taxes showing corporations and charters for which taxes were paid. A copy of the certificate was required to be filed with the Secretary of State by various laws over the years, including the General Laws of Vermont 1917, Sections 1047 and 1048, and Act No. 17 (1947).
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Record of House and Senate Bills: Executive Department, 1939-1941.
    Series ID: A-053 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 volume. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of a list of house and senate bills and resolutions, the date they were received by the governor, when approved, and when delivered to the secretary of state.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Record of Incorporation of Independent Local Churches, 1889-1893.
    Series ID: A-249 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 volume. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of the record of incorporation of independent local churches. Act No. 127 (1888) allowed for the incorporation of independent local churches, with the proceedings and vote to be certified to the secretary of state. Until 1892, churches were not required to file articles of association with the office of the secretary of state. Act No. 60 (1892) required such filing.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Record of Mining and Quarry Rights, 1901-1916.
    Series ID: A-241 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 volume. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of a record of mining and quarrying rights in the state. Act No.12 (1900) required that mining and quarry conveyances be filed by grantee with the secretary of state.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Record of receipts given to Insurance Corporations and Companies, 1897-1899.
    Series ID: A-246 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 2.5 linear inches (2 volumes) Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of a record of receipts of money paid by insurance companies to the secretary of state for filing annual statements, copies of charters, and licenses for agents. According to Act No. 1 (1874), the secretary of state and state treasurer were ex-officio insurance commissioners. The Office of Insurance Commissioner was created by Act No. 160 (1917).
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Records of the Formation of Corporations, 1860-1958.
    Series ID: A-214 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 cubic foot; 14 microfilm reels (16 mm). Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of articles of association that were filed with the secretary of state. Most private corporations had to file their articles of association with either the secretary of state, the municipal clerk, or the county clerk. By 1874 most corporations filed articles of association with the secretary of state. The 1777 constitution gave the general assembly the power to create public and private corporations, though by a constitutional amendment effective in 1913 private corporations were no longer created by the general assembly. Another method of incorporation was opened by Act No. 2 (1872). This act allowed for the incorporation of railroads under general statutes.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Records of the Vermont Constitution, 1785- [ongoing]
    Series ID: A-015 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 4.6 cubic feet; 1 oversize box (8 volumes) Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of material relating to Vermont's constitutional amendments including journals, reports, roll call votes, resolutions, petitions, proposals of amendment, town certificates, canvass of votes, minutes, proclamations, publications, return of votes, ballots, and newsclippings. Included are Council of Censors Journals (1820-1869), Council of Censors canvass of votes (1855) and Constitutional Convention Journals (1823-1870). The Council of Censors (created 1777 and dissolved 1870) proposed amendments, if needed, every seven years. There are also 8 bound volumes of articles of amendment to the constitution (1913-2002). The records document the amendment process for all proposals, whether adopted or not.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Records of Trademarks and Tradenames, 1897-1997.
    Series ID: A-250 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 23 volumes; 3.125 cubic feet. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of certificates of registration for trademarks, which were first required to be filed with the secretary of state by Act No. 158 (1898). The trademarks are for Vermont and national businesses. Until 1978, the certificates were bound into volumes which contain indexes. Later records were not bound but separate indexes exist to locate those records.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Records relating to Railroad Companies, 1901-1976.
    Series ID: A-223 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 6 microfilm reels (16 mm). Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of articles of incorporation, agreements, increase in stock certificates, town actions in aid of construction of railroads, and articles of consolidation. Act No. 2 (1872) authorized the formation of railroad companies and required that articles of association be filed in the secretary of state's office.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Registered voters, 1920-1968.
    Series ID: A-238 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 cubic foot. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of certificates submitted by municipalities to the Office of Secretary of State which list the total number of registered voters, the number of men and women, and the number of registered voters who participated in the general election. Statewide summaries of the number of registered voters are published in the "Vermont Legislative Directory" (by the Office of the Secretary of State).
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Registration of Trading Stamp Companies, 1971-1978.
    Series ID: A-236 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 cubic foot. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of trading stamp registrations and renewals, required to be filed with the secretary of state pursuant 9 V.S.A., Chapter 103. A trading stamp is "any stamp or similar device issued in connection with the retail sale of merchandise or service, as a cash discount or for any other marketing purpose, which entitles the rightful holder, on its due presentation for redemption, to receive merchandise, service or cash."
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Registry of Notes, Obligations and Bonds, 1860-1980's.
    Series ID: A-206 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: .4 cubic foot; 4 oversize boxes (10 volumes) Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of registries of notes, obligations, and bonds borrowed by the State of Vermont. An act passed November 27, 1860, and subsequent acts, required that the state treasurer should not make a contract binding the state for money borrowed unless it is countersigned by the secretary of state and registered in the Office of the Secretary of State.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Replica of 1803 Vermont flag, circa 1961.
    Series ID: A-079 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 2.5 linear inches Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of a replica of the 1803 Vermont flag (the first Vermont flag). Probably created by the women of Guilford and given to Secretary of State Howard E. Armstrong in 1961.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Reports and returns by town and county officers, 1800-1882.
    Series ID: A-239 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 2 cubic feet. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of a variety of returns sent to the secretary of state and the state treasurer. The records include names of town constables sent to the treasurer in 1800, vouchers of settlement in 1821, debentures of the assembly 1820 and 1821, petitions for pardon 1833, and statements regarding persons prosecuted sent to the secretary of state by town jailkeepers, town treasurers, and states' attorney from circa 1860 to 1880.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Returns of votes relative to the sale of liquor, 1917-1956.
    Series ID: PRA-163 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 cubic foot. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of returns and tabulations on vote cast on the question,"Shall licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquors be granted in Vermont towns?" (Authorized by V.S. 1947 § 6126 and cancelled by 7 V.S.A. § 161). There are some missing years within the date range given.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Secretary of State Office appointments, oaths and other materials, 1909-1974.
    Series ID: A-226 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 2.5 linear inches. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of appointments and oaths for deputies and engrossing clerks, photographs, and a 1947 card on the testimonial dinner for Rawson Myrick, secretary of state from 1927-1947.
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  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    State House Grounds, Surveys Plans and Titles, 1913-1914.
    Series ID: A-047 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 2.5 linear inches (1 volume); 2 surveys. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of a search of titles and a survey of the State House grounds by civil engineer Franklin Dewart. Included is a copy of a lotting plan of Montpelier, 1786. The report was requested by Governor Allen Fletcher in 1913, and filed with the secretary of state in 1915.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    State Referenda, 1847-1976.
    Series ID: A-212 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: .8 cubic foot. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of canvasses of votes (by county and state summary by counties), certificate of votes and returns of votes.The records relate to referenda on non-constitutional questions such as temperance, school governance, a direct primary, and the Green Mountain Parkway.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Statement of convicts in the state prison, September 30, 1817.
    Series ID: PRA-167 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 cubic foot. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of an alphabetical listing of convicts by last name serving sentences at the State Prison in Windsor, Vermont. Statement includes age, crimes, sentence, time served, time to serve, time expiration, and conduct remarks for each convict. This sheet measures 15 1/2" X 54".
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Tax appeals and appraisals, 1913-1943.
    Series ID: PRA-156 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 cubic foot. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of tax appeals and appraisals pertaining to railroads, utilities and other companies. Includes tax appeals, hearings and findings of the Board of Appeals.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Town boundary line surveys, 1959 - 2011.
    Series ID: SOS-002 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: oversize folders, 1 box. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of surveys of town lines filed with the Office of Secretary of State, as pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 1461.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Town lands sequestered, 1878, 1882.
    Series ID: A-234 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: .8 cubic feet. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of abstracts of lists created by the secretary of state from returns sent to the office by town listers. The abstracts concern "lands sequestered for public, pious and charitable uses" and list the number of acres, the appraisal and the amount of rent. The secretary of state was required to create these abstracts pursuant to Act No. 20 (1876) and Section 312 of the Revised Laws of 1882.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Town lists of insane, 1835.
    Series ID: A-219 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: .4 cubic foot. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of lists of "insane persons" in Vermont towns. Information such as the name, age, sex, cause and duration of insanity, and financial status are included in the lists. Resolution No. 46 in 1834 required that town clerks forward a list of all insane persons in their respective towns to the secretary of state. The lists of insane persons (required in subsequent years as well) resulted in the state granting money for the relief of the insane poor; Act No. 14 (1844) appropriated three thousand dollars annually to the Vermont Asylum to pay for the insane poor who were patients.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Town lists of paupers, 1829-1836.
    Series ID: A-221 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: .4 cubic foot. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of lists of paupers in Vermont towns. Act No. 7 (1828) required that overseers of the poor annually send a return of the number of paupers in their respective towns to the secretary of state. Information such as the town's cost of supporting the poor, the causes that may have resulted in someone becoming a pauper, and the number of lawsuits in which the towns have been involved in settling the residence of paupers are included in the lists.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Town meeting / Voting videotapes, 1984-1995.
    Series ID: A-228 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1.4 cubic feet. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of videotapes of town meetings, videotapes of election and moderator's workshops held by the secretary of state's office, educational videos about voting, etc.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Town Meeting material, 1954-1992.
    Series ID: A-207 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 1 cubic foot; 4 microfilm reels (16 mm). Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of materials relating to the mechanics of town meeting including ballots for the election of town officials, ballots for the sale of alcohol, absentee ballots, and memos to town clerks. There are also minutes of town meetings (with some towns missing) dating from 1985-1992.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    U.S. Constitutional Amendments records, 1798-1992.
    Series ID: A-042 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: .8 cubic foot. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of town certificates of votes, excerpts from House and Senate Journals, proclamations, ballots, correspondence, resolutions, certificates of ratification of proposed amendments, and transcripts of proceedings of the Vermont Constitutional Convention. The series documents Vermont's role in the proposal and passage of U. S. Constitutional amendments.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Valuation of Real Estate, 1870.
    Series ID: A-345 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: .4 cubic foot Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of general lists of the value of real estate in each town within each county. Pursuant to Section 32 of Chapter 83 of the General Statutes, the listers of each county, in County Convention, were required to report the value of real estate to the General Assembly.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Vermont births, deaths, marriages, and divorces, 1857-1968.
    Series ID: PRA-242 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 64 cubic feet. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of books of births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. Volume for 1866 is missing. The years 1903 - 1908 have two volumes per year. Books are alphabetical by county, Addison - Windsor; towns are alphabetical under their respective counties.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Vermont births, marriages and death records, 1857-1898.
    Series ID: PRA-251 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 2 cubic feet. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of annual reports to the Legislature of Vermont relating to the registry and returns of births, marriages and deaths, by county and town. Statistical tabulations as required by statute and as prepared by the secretary of state from returns supplied by town clerks. Provides a report and classification of causes of death, population statistics, occupations and ratio of living to dead, etc. Also contains manuscript copies of the same for the years 1879 and 1880.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Vermont births, marriages and deaths, 1857-1908.
    Series ID: PRA-306 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 74 microfilm reels. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of microfilm copies of original returns of Vermont birth, marriage and death records. There are no records for 1866.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Vermont grand lists and general lists, 1800-1942.
    Series ID: PRA-096 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 2.4 cubic feet; 7 oversize boxes; 2 microfilm reels. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of grand lists and general lists compiled annually by town listers and quadrennial valuations of real estate for select towns. Local listers assessed personal property values as mandated by the Laws of Vermont; the General Assembly, and later in the nineteenth century the state treasurer and auditor of accounts, used these assessments to base the rate of the state levied tax on each town. Some of the lists have detailed information about town property; others are summaries or county aggregates. Volumes 23 and 77 of the Manuscript Vermont State Papers (record series SE-118) consist of grand and general lists from 1781 to 1830.
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Vermont legislative directories and publications, 1867-1988.
    Series ID: PRA-191 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 3 cubic feet. Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of the Vermont Legislative Directory (1870-1988), Legislative Directory Rules and Manual (1867-1869), and the Manual of the Legislature of Vermont (1886-1889).
  • Vermont. Office of Secretary of State.
    Vermont vital records, 1760-2007.
    Series ID: HE-212 (Click for Index) Location: State Archives
    Extent: 2577 microfilm reels Access: Open
    Scope: Series consists of a card index of births, deaths, marriages, and divorces recorded as part of the Vermont Vital Registry System. Act No. 63 of 1857 created the Vermont Vital Registry System, which required town clerks to compile lists of the vital events that occurred in their respective towns during the course of a year. These lists were then submitted to the Vermont Secretary of State on an annual basis. The original lists are bound by year and town (see PRA-242). Through Resolution No. 425 of 1908, the Secretary of State was authorized to create a card index for any records in the custody of the Secretary.
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