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House in the Pines records

Identifier: C-33
Collection contains school-related documents including trustee documents and minutes, school bylaws, trust agreements, student test results, student council and other student activity documents, published brochures, school calendars, catalogs, year books and real estate records. Collection also contains corporation records including correspondence, student academic records, and financial records. Also included are three embossers for House in the Pines documents, as well as House in the Pines silverware.


  • 1925-1974


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish materials, contact: Special Collections & Archives Middlebury College Phone: (802) 443-2387 Email:


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Biographical / Historical

The House in the Pines was a private secondary school for girls founded by Gertrude Ella Cornish Milliken (Middlebury College class of 1901). House in the Pines advertised extensive grounds and pine groves, athletic fields, horseback riding, swimming, gymnasium, language education, music, secretarial courses, domestic arts courses, and domestic science courses. Due to a lack of funding, the school was dissolved in 1972. Middlebury College accepted responsibility for the House in the Pines Association in 1972.

Gertrude Ella Cornish (1880-1969) was the daughter of Carlos H. and Ella J. (Bryant) Cornish. She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, January 28, 1880. She attended Worcester Classical High School (entered 1897), taught science and mathematics in Castleton, VT, at the Normal School from 1901-1903, and at Wheaton Seminary, in Norton, Massachusetts, 1903-1908. She was a graduate student at Clark University from 1908-1911, and was the founder and principal of the House in the Pines school for girls in Norton, Massachusettes, 1911-1944. Cornish was the first female trustee at Middlebury College, serving from 1948-?. She married Joseph K. Milliken in 1935.


Collection is arranged into 4 series:

I Trustee papers

II Corporation papers

III School activities

IV Yearbooks

Materials within each series are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The House in the Pines school (and its records) was acquired by Middlebury College in 1972.

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

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