Newspapers are useful for all types of research, and many inquiries begin with something spotted in a newspaper. Newspaper articles contain in-the-moment coverage of historical events, insight into cultural attitudes, and much more. Business advertisements can be integrated with corporation and business records. Court case coverage or estate notices can lead to criminal, civil, or probate court records. Vital announcements give clues that can be verified by original vital records.
The Vermont State Archives has the most complete collection of Vermont newspapers on microfilm, dating from the 1780s to the present. The microfilms are available for research in our Reference Room. Complete lists of the newspapers are available:
Currently, several titles are also available online through the efforts of the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project. The titles are accessible on Chronicling America and span the years of 1836 -1922.
Our Reference Room staff is happy to search for and provide copies of obituaries from newspapers if:
- A death date is provided.
- A specific newspaper is identified.
We can complete searches for up to two deaths in up to two newspapers each, if complete information is provided. Please email requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-828-2308.