Eugenics Survey Records
The Eugenics Survey of Vermont (1925-1936) was a privately-funded organization directed by Henry F. Perkins, a zoology professor at the University of Vermont. The purpose of the organization was to conduct studies of Vermont families and communities based on eugenics research models and to support a program of social legislation that would allegedly improve the inborn quality of future generations of Vermonters. As part of this work, the survey developed detailed pedigrees of the families that it studied. Those pedigrees are available for research at the State Archives.