Museum Research Collections

Early stereographic photograph of State Cabinet

The Vermont Historical Society collects and preserves over 30,000 artifacts that were made by, used by, or otherwise associated with the lives of Vermonters.

Each artifact represents a moment in time and tells a story about Vermonters who came before us. The collections range from prehistoric archaeological artifacts to fine art to contemporary household items.

Most collections items are housed at the Vermont History Center in Barre. Collections are available to researchers by appointment from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Do you have a potential item to donate that might fit within our collecting interests? Please contact VHS Executive Director Steve Perkins (802) 479-8515 or steve.perkins@vermonthistory.org to discuss museum collection donations such as clothing, textiles, ceramics, furniture, glass, paintings, prints, drawings, tools, machinery, or military collections. 

Please contact VHS Librarian Paul Carnahan (802) 479-8508 or paul.carnahan@vermonthistory.org to discuss library/archival donations such as maps, letters, books, manuscripts, diaries, photographs, audiotapes, videotapes, films, sheet music, and other ephemera.

Please note, the VHS cannot appraise or hire appraisers of gifts. Donors should consult outside advisers concerning the deductibility of their gifts.

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