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Peter Kohn photographs

Identifier: C-146

Scope and Contents

The collection contains approximately 28,000 color photos taken by and related to Peter Kohn during his time as lacrosse manager at Middlebury. Photographs are primarily of lacrosse events and players, but also includes photos taken at events, parties, ceremonies, and other sporting events.


  • 1979 - 2008


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

Peter Kohn (1932-2009) was a well-known lacrosse manager and friend to Middlebury College. Kohn is best known for serving as manager of the U.S. National Team at the World Games. Kohn was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2004.

He started as a field manager for the Park School in Baltimore in 1954, and was manager of the U.S. teams from 1978-1998. Kohn acted as manager for the North-South All-Star game for over 25 years and for the club teams in the United States Club Lacrosse Association for over 20 years. Kohn worked in the equipment room at Middlebury College from 1981-1988, while serving as a manager of the men's lacrosse team. Kohn also enjoyed helping with other spring sports teams at Middlebury when time allowed.

Kohn and his role in the lacrosse world were the subject of a much-publicized 2005 documentary, "Keeper of the Kohn." The title of the film is drawn from a longstanding College tradition, in which a "keeper" (usually a first-year lacrosse player) was selected as a caretaker to Kohn, who suffered from mild autism.


24 Boxes

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This collection is divided into four series, series I. Sports, series II. Events, series III. Peter Kohn, and series IV. Miscellaneous. Those series are in turn divided into subseries created according to the way the photographs were originally organized by the donor. The subseries are arranged alphabetically whereas the contents of the subseries, the photographs, are arranged chronologically. The undated pictures are arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location

Shelved at end of archives photos.

Other Finding Aids

For a comprehensive list of the contents of this collection visit this link: C-146 Peter Kohn photographs finding aid

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection given to Special Collections by Bob Sideli '77, P'08 and P'13 in 2016.

Related Materials

For additional resources related to Peter Kohn, please see Peter Kohn Club, a website created and maintained by Bob Sideli '77.

Related Materials

For photographs taken by and related to Peter Kohn, see the Yahoo! Flickr site Peter Kohn. Note that Middlebury College does not own this account or these photos, and that the website continues to be maintained by Bob Sideli '77. To watch the documentary Keeper of the Kohn, a documentary about Peter Kohn see: Keeper of the Kohn. There are two copies of the documentary available in the archives.
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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