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Office of the President

 Record Group
Identifier: A2

Scope and Contents

The volume of materials collected for each President varies widely from earliest appointees to current. The holdings for each presdient are primarily correspondence, published essays, sermons, and speeches, and since the 1970s-1980s includes reports generated by the Office of the President. For presidents prior to 1908, additional information may be located in associated record groups, including Board of Trustee records and correspondence, and early subscription/development records.


  • 1800-

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Beginning in 1800, the presidents of Middlebury College were not only teaching members of the College, but also primary fundraisers, administrators of student judicial proceedings, as well as being involved with hiring and firing of faculty, and development of the physical plant. By the 20th century, the College had grown to the point that President John Martin Thomas, 1908-1922, and Class of 1890, was not a member of the teaching faculty, becoming the first president to work solely as an administrator and fundraiser, and the first to delegate governing duties to other administrators in newly created offices. That precedent characterizes the Office of the President to date, and is reflected in the organization of the College Archives.


62.0 Linear Feet (110 regular document boxes, 28 half document boxes)

1.5 Linear Feet (Photo Files: 2 document boxes, 1 flat oversize box)

Language of Materials


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Middlebury Special Collections staff
November 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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