Information for Researchers

State Archival Records

Records preserved in the Vermont State Archives consist of public records created or received by Vermont state government in the course of state business that have continuing value to the State of Vermont. The Vermont State Archives consists primarily of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government dating from earliest land grants in Vermont (c. 1688) through the present. 

Online indices are available for records in the Vermont State Archives and born-digital records in the Vermont State Archives can be searched and downloaded online through VT Re·tain.

Reference Room Services

Our Reference Room is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m (directions are available). While encouraged to contact us ahead of time to discuss record requests, no advance appointment is required to inspect and copy records through our Reference Room or conduct onsite research. Please note, however, that no records can be requested after 3:30 p.m. Photocopiers, microfilm scanner-printers, and scanners are available to copy records. Use digital cameras without a flash to copy records and saving digital copies to a flash drive is permitted.

Those visiting our Reference Room are required to complete a one-time registration form. This form can be printed out and completed in advance or completed at the time of arrival. To preserve the integrity and security of records in the Vermont State Archives, researchers must abide by our Reference Room Guidelines.   

We welcome the opportunity to answer reference questions by phone, email or in-person. However, we are unable to conduct research for the public. If unable to visit the Vermont State Archives in person, we can provide a list of proxy researchers who may be willing to research on your behalf. 

Copy Request Form and Fees

The majority of records in the State Archives are open for public inspection and copying and copies may be requested under the Vermont Public Records Act. Please use the State Archives Copy Request Form for submitting requests for copies of records in the Vermont State Archives. Fees for copies are calculated under the Uniform Schedule of Public Records Charges for State Agencies and an estimate will be provided. 


This page was last updated: 2019-07-11