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David Bain Bread Loaf Writers' Conference collection

Identifier: C-189

Scope and Contents

This is a collection donated by David Haward Bain on September 29, 2020 from his personal collection from his home in Orwell, Vermont. The collection is made up of 5 series: Annual records, Research material, Photographs, Realia, and Media. These series contain annual content and research materials generated by Bain for his 1993 book Whose Woods These Are: A History of the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, 1926-1992, as well as materials produced in preparation for an unfinished documentary film project. Also included are copies of The Crumb newsletter, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference pamphlets (primarily dating from 1926 to 1992), and files belonging to Ted Morrison and John Ciardi. The Photograph series contains photographs and photographic negatives taken by David Bain during his tenure as Bread Loaf photographer at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference between 1981 and 2003. These records also include Realia such as a plastic purse modeled in the shape of a loaf of bread and a Bread Loaf key fob, and audiocassette and video tapes.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1926-2019


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:

Biographical / Historical

David Haward Bain (1949-) is a writer and instructor in literature and creative writing at Middlebury. Following his fellowship year (1980) at Middlebury College's annual Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Bain was named to the conference faculty for ten subsequent years, and served terms on the admissions board and other committees; designated the Bread Loaf Historian in the mid-1980’s, he has lectured annually at the conference for many years.


20 Boxes

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged into five series; Annual Reports, Research Material, Photographs, Realia, Media.

Physical Location

B3 14 7.4-6

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Special Collections by David Bain.

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

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