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Forbes bee-keeping diaries

Identifier: C-62

Scope and Contents

Collection contains 44 diaries kept by Rollin Forbes (1851?-1931) and his son Benjamin Forbes (1888-1974), and concise documents about daily activities on their farm, with special attention given to beekeeping. Diaries are handwritten. In addition to notes of daily activities on the Forbes farm, there are brief accounts of weather activity, farm chores, bee care, harvests, and care of cattle, also documented.


  • Creation: 1891-1948


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Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Rollin E. Forbes (1851?-1931) of St. George, Chittenden county, Vermont was a noted beekeeper in the state. Forbes was born in Hinesburg, Vermont around 1851, the son of John and Hannah Forbes, and brother to Frank C. and Robert R. Forbes. With his brothers, Rollin Forbes owned and operated what was known as the Forbes Brothers Farm. In 1887, he purchased new property and began working more seriously as a beekeeper. Benjamin H. Forbes (1888-1974) was the son of Rollin and Ada Forbes. He was born in St. George, Chittenden County, Vermont.


2 Box


44 volumes.
Box 1:
Folder 1: Diaries 1891-1899
Folder 2: Diaries 1901-1907
Folder 3: Diaries 1908-1914
Folder 4: Diaries 1915-1920

Box 2:
Folder 1: Diaries 1921-1927
Folder 2: Diaries 1928-1934
Folder 3: Diaries 1935-1946
Folder 4: Diaries 1947-1948

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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