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Freeman, Stephen Albert, 1898-1999


Stephen Albert Freeman first came to Middlebury in 1925 to teach French and quickly became instrumental in the development of Middlebury's global focus. Between 1932 and 1970, Freeman organized or founded four summer langauge schools in Italian (1932), Russian (1945), Chinese (1966), and Japanese (1970). He also organized and headed the Middlebury Graduate Schools Abroad Program that began in 1949. By the early 1960s, programs in France, Spain, Germany, and Italy were all granting Master of Arts degrees. In Vermont, Freeman was vice president of the college from 1946 to 1966 and even acting president on several occasions.

Source: Stameshkin, David M. The Strength of the Hills: Middlebury College, 1915-1990. Hanover: Middlebury College, 1995. Print.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Freeman Family archives

Identifier: C-79
Overview Spanning 130 years in the history of four families, the Freeman Family Archives traces the ancestry, education and professional career of Dr. Stephen A. Freeman, culminating in his pivotal role at Middlebury College. Photographs, letters and documents illuminate Freeman’s ancestors as well as those of his wife, Ruth Hayden Freeman, and allow for a comparative study of four middle-class families (Freeman, Reed, Hayden, and Smith) from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. The archive also holds...

Freeman, Stephen A.

Identifier: F.II
Scope and Contents This collection consists of documents both personal and professional in nature having to do with Stephen A. Freeman's tenure at Middlebury, his military work, both as faculty in the Biarritz American University and as a reserve officer, and more.

Records, 1948-1992

 Sub-Group — Box: 1-11
Identifier: F5.I
Scope and Contents The majority of the records for the schools abroad are from 1949 and 1977. Budget records, attendance records, and correspondence are included for the first four schools abroad in France, Spain, Germany, and Italy. Much of the correspondence involves Stephen Freeman, Roger Peel, or F. Andre Paquette.