Archives & Special Collections
The Norwich University Archives collects, preserves and provides access to the written and still photographic records of the university.
Our collections include:
- Official records of offices, departments and committees documenting the development and growth of Norwich University.
- Letters, diaries and scrapbooks telling the personal stories of Norwich alumni before and after graduation.
- Student papers and theses deposited in the archives and retained as permanent records.
You can find documents, photographs, and other material in the archives through our finding aids, digital collections and staff.
Online finding aids describe the general contents, including file-level listings, of all open collections.
Digital collections include a growing number of Norwich’s early newspapers, yearbooks, photographs, letters and other documents.
Visiting the Reading Room
Located on the fifth floor of the library, the archives Reading Room provides a friendly and secure space for students and researchers to access archival documents and rare books. We are open for regular hours from Monday to Friday throughout the year. No appointments or special permissions are necessary. All are welcome.
During the academic year, the reading room is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Summer and holiday hours are from 1 to 4 p.m.
We are here to help with research questions pertaining to Norwich University history by email, phone or in person in the Reading Room.
Requesting Copies, Reproductions and Permissions
Duplication services, including photocopies and digital reproductions, are provided to all researchers on an equal basis free of charge. We retain the right to set restrictions and limitations for administrative or preservation reasons. We also asks that attribution be provided if our materials are used in publications.
Teaching and Learning
We offer a variety of opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience using primary sources and handling rare materials. Our archivists provide tailored instruction into the archival research process, highlighting the unique strengths of Norwich’s historical collections. Faculty wishing to incorporate handling of archival documents into class presentations may also make use of our monitored Reading Room during certain hours.
Our rare book collection dates back to 1532 with an edition of Robert Valturio’s military treatise De Re Militari (On Military Matters). Special Collections includes many other rare books relating to military and Norwich University history. All can be found through the library catalog and read in our Reading Room.
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663 USA
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