Information for Researchers


About the Records in the State Archives

The records in the Vermont State Archives consist—almost exclusively—of public records, or records created or received by public agencies. They primarily include records of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government, although we also hold some county and municipal records. We hold very few personal papers. The records in the archives include paper documents, microfilm, photographs, audio-visual material, and digital records; and span from the beginnings of earliest land grants in Vermont (c. 1688) up to the present. 

Online finding aids, indexes, and databases—which offer information about the records and can help you identify sources which may be useful in your research—are available. Most of the actual records however are not available digitally. See the “Find Records” section for more information. In the interests of preservation, records in the State Archives do not circulate. Digital State of Vermont public records can be found in our digital repository, VT Re·tain.

Registration and Guidelines

Patrons who would like to research the archives in person are required to complete a one-time registration form. This form can be printed out and completed in advance of your visit, or you may fill it out when you arrive. 

To preserve the records and ensure that they will be available for the benefit of future researchers, patrons also are required to abide by our Reference Room Guidelines.   

Hours and Directions

Our Reference Room is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No records are pulled after 3:30 p.m. While we encourage researchers to contact us ahead of time to discuss their research needs, no advance appointment is required to research the records.

Our Reference Room is located in Middlesex, Vermont. Complete directions to our facility can be found online.

Reference and Research Services

Whether you visit the archives in person or contact us by email, mail, or telephone; State Archives staff are available to assist in answering your reference queries. We welcome the opportunity to help you navigate the many sources that are in the archives; answer basic questions about Vermont state government and its history; and even point you toward other sources beyond the State Archives that may be useful in your research. However, we are unable to conduct in-depth research on behalf of patrons. If you are unable to visit the archives to conduct your own research, we can provide a list of proxy researchers who may be willing to research on your behalf. 

Copies and Fees

The majority of records in the State Archives can be copied. Photocopiers, microfilm scanner-printers, and scanners are available to copy records. Fees for copies are calculated under the Uniform Schedule of Public Records Charges for State Agencies, and State Archives staff will arrange to have copies of records made for patrons in most cases. Patrons however are permitted to use digital cameras without a flash to copy records and can save electronic copies of records to their own media.

Copies of records in the State Archives can be requested by completing and submitting the State Archives Copy Request Form

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This page was last updated: 2019-02-06