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Douglas v. The President and Fellows of Middlebury College, 2023

Identifier: A12

Scope and Contents

3 .pdf files containing summons and complaint filed by former Governor of Vermont James "Jim" Douglas against the President and Fellows of Middlebury College in response to the latter's removal of the name "Mead" from the Middlebury Chapel; motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the President and Fellows of Middlebury College; and denial of Middlebury's motion to dismiss filed by the Vermont Superior Court.


  • Creation: 2023


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Open for research without restriction.

Biographical / Historical

The name of the chapel was changed from "Mead Chapel" to "Middlebury Chapel" in 2021 after consideration of former Governor of Vermont John Abner Mead's role in the eugenics movement in Vermont.

See President Laurie Patton's letter to the Middlebury community, September 27, 2021.

See History of Middlebury Chapel.

See Mead Chapel name removed in acknowledgement of its namesake’s role in eugenics.

See Former governor and executive in residence Jim Douglas ’72 sues Middlebury over chapel name removal

See College files motion to dismiss Mead lawsuit, considers education efforts.


3 Digital files

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Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States