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Board of Trustees

 Record Group
Identifier: A1

Scope and Contents

The records of the Middlebury Board of Trustees are the official records of Middlebury College. The College Archives holds the official minutes of the meetings of the Middlebury Board of Trustees and records of their votes, policies and decisions. There are printed by-laws and rules dating from 1803 and including revised editions to the present. A substantial part of the Trustees record group includes Trustee Committees records and reports from both temporary and long-standing committees. There are also files containing biographical information on individual trustees. Additional and related material can be found in the Office of the President (A2) record sub-group.

As of November 2018, Trustee Meeting Minutes dating from 1988 to present are retained in Old Chapel.


  • Existence: 1800-current

Conditions Governing Access

Records of the Board of Trustees are restricted for 50 years from the date of creation. Records older than 50 years are open for research without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from:

Special Collections

Davis Family Library

Middlebury College

110 Storrs Avenue

Middlebury, VT 05753


Ask a Curator Phone: (802) 443-5501, or (802) 443-5634

Biographical / Historical

The President and Fellows of Middlebury College, also referred to as the Middlebury College Board of Trustees, has been the single governing entity of Middlebury College since its establishment in November 1800. As of 2013, the Board can consist of 35 members, including the President. It exercises fiduciary care for all programs, operations and commitments undertaken by Middlebury. The work of the Board of Trustees shall be vested in nine bodies of the Board: the Prudential Committee, five Standing Committees, and three Boards of Overseers, with each Trustee serving on one Standing Committee and one Board of Overseers. Each of these bodies will be chaired by a member of the Board, and supported by a Designated Senior Administrative Officer (appointed by the President), who will work with the Chair and the President to develop the agenda and make available to the Committee/Overseers all relevant documentation and data. The Board will hold three regular meetings each year, including the Annual Meeting in May. These meetings will normally take place in Middlebury, Vermont in October, February, and May. The October, February, and May meetings will include meetings of the Standing Committees and of the Boards of Overseers of all Middlebury programs. The Board receives reports each year from its committees, from the President of the College and the Treasurer of the College, among others.


60.0 Linear Feet (103 regular document boxes, 22 half document boxes, 7 bound volumes)

6.0 Linear Feet (Photo Files: 6 document boxes, 6 half document boxes, 1 flat oversize box, 1 large flat oversize box)

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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