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James P. Taylor collection, 1906-1949.
Taylor, James P., 1872-1949.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc T1  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Taylor, James P., 1872-1949.
Title : James P. Taylor collection, 1906-1949.
Physical Description : 13.4 linear ft. (13 volumes and 5 volumes)
General Note : Continued in Doc T2-T13, XMSC 49.1-5, Ms Size B, C, D, microfilm #248.
Summary :

The James P. Taylor papers are the records kept by Taylor during his career as secretary of the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce. The collection is made up of a series of loose leaf volumes of notes, graphics and publications; office files; copies of Chamber of Commerce publications and circulars; newspaper clippings on the Chamber and its projects; as well as clippings about national topics such as the Depression and World War; copies of speeches by Taylor and others with handwritten outline notes for some of Taylor's speeches; and correspondence.

Some of the projects that the chamber worked on were the beautification of roadsides in Vermont, the improvement of annual town reports to make them more informative and interesting, support for the Green Mountain Parkway, and monitoring of state spending. Taylor, in conjunction with the Public Relations and Education Committee of the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce, developed an idea about promoting local history which he called the Mansion of History. It was designed to be a four story building, duplicated at colleges and schools throughout the state, with interactive displays, collections of objects and printed sources, and conference and study rooms.

Biographical or historical data :

James Paddock Taylor was born September 9, 1872, in Hamilton, New York, and died in Burlington, Vermont, in September 1949. The son of James Morford (1843-1930) and Mary E. (Paddock) Taylor, he received an A.B. degree from Colgate University. He attended Harvard University, 1896-1897, and Columbia University, 1897-1898. In 1908 Taylor accepted the job of instructor at Vermont Academy. While there he organized the Mountain Club of Vermont Academy which in 1909 was renamed the Green Mountain Club of Vermont. In 1912 Taylor began working for the Greater Vermont Association as secretary in Burlington. The Greater Vermont Association expanded into the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce in 1922 and Taylor was retained as secretary, a position he held until his death in 1949. The State Chamber of Commerce waged many campaigns during his tenure to improve the state economically and aesthetically.

Personal Subject : Taylor, James P., 1872-1949.
Subject Term : Roads Vermont.
Roadside improvement Vermont.
Municipal government Vermont.
Local history.
Geographic Term : Burlington (Vt.) Economic conditions.
Vermont Environmental conditions.
Vermont Economic policy.
Genre/Form : Broadsides.
Lecture notes.
Appointment books.
Local Subject : Mansion of History.
Added Author : Greater Vermont Association.
Vermont State Chamber of Commerce.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.