Aldrich Public Library

Washington Street
Barre, Vermont 05641

Main Library:
Monday & Thursday 10 am - 8 pm
Friday 12 noon - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm (Summer: 9 am - 12 noon)

Archives of Barre History:
Monday & Friday 12 noon - 5 pm
Thursday 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm (Summer: 9 am - 12 noon)

Open to the public.

Photocopying facilities available.

Most published Vermont titles are available through interlibrary loan. Archival materials do not circulate.

General Description of Vermont Collections: The Aldrich Public Library (APL) collection focuses on Barre City and Town history, although it does also include publications relating to Vermont as a whole. The Archives of Barre History, a separate collection held by the Aldrich Public Library, collects printed, manuscript, audio, and photographic materials which document the history and culture of Barre City and Barre Town, with particular emphasis on the granite industry and the area’s diverse ethnic population.

Books: Approximately 775 Vermont titles from the mid-19th century to the present. The collection is located in the Vermont Room on the main floor of the library. The books are cataloged in a card catalog and appear in Pubcat on VALS.

Newspapers: The APL collects Barre area newspapers. Most of the collection is on microfilm.

Serials/Periodicals: APL holdings include Barre periodicals, Vermont History, Vermont Life, and other Vermont periodicals.
Documents: The APL collects documents generated by Barre City and Barre Town governments. The Vermont Room vertical file contains some Vermont government documents; these documents are not cataloged.

Maps: Limited holdings contain published maps of Barre and vicinity.

Broadsides: Manuscript collections contain many broadsides not separately cataloged.

Manuscripts: Approximately 200 linear feet housed in the Archives of Barre History. The collection includes personal, organizational, institutional, and business records relating to the history and culture of Barre City and Barre Town from its European settlement to the present. Clan Gordon No. 12 records, Lena Giudici papers, Wheelock Family papers, and Lamson Merchandising Service records (relating to the granite industry) are major collections. An electronic database is currently being created. Finding aids exist for approximately one-third of the collection.

Photographs: Approximately 15 linear feet of photographs housed in the Archives of Barre History, mainly of Barre and the surrounding area with emphasis on granite quarrying and manufacturing. The collection is arranged by subject. Photographic duplication is available for a fee; a fee schedule is available.
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