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Vermont Historical Records Survey published & unpublished reports, 1938-1942.
Vermont Historical Records Survey.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 532 (cont'd in 533)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 


Corporate Author : Vermont Historical Records Survey.
Title : Vermont Historical Records Survey published & unpublished reports, 1938-1942.
Physical Description : 2 linear ft.
Summary :

The collection is organized in two series, published and unpublished inventories. The first series contains mostly inventories of town, village, and city archives in Vermont. The series also includes three reports related to church archives and the final report of the Vermont Historical Records Survey.

The second series contains unpublished, draft booklets of inventories of Vermont churches. These are not duplicated in the stacks of the VHS. These inventories are arranged the way the VHRS created them: by denomination and then alphabetically by town.

Biographical or historical data :

The Historical Records Survey, part of the United States government's Work Projects Administration during the Great Depression, began work in Vermont in 1936. The first director was John Clement, followed by Merrill Perry, Samuel Bean (acting supervisor), Frank Bryan, and Henry Howard Eddy. The first inventory, an experimental inventory of the records of the town of Stowe, appeared in 1938. This was followed in May 1939 by an inventory of the town of Bolton and a directory of the churches and religious organizations of the State. Inventories for Grand Isle County and Waterville followed. An experimental inventory of the church records of Hinesburg was issued in August 1939. From September 1940 until May 1941 the Survey put out 19 volumes, a rate of better than two volumes per month. The recovering economy and the war in Europe spelled the end of the project. In January 1941 the project employed 120 people; by August the number had dropped to 62 and by December it was down to 47. With the onset of war, priorities in Washington changed. In September 1941 the War Department redirected part of the staff to undertake a "truck and bus inventory." On April 1, 1942, the Historical Records Survey officially ended. More details of the history of the project are contained in "Final Report and Inventory of the Vermont Historical Records Survey" in folder 35 of this collection.

Related Collections : The manuscript collection of the Vermont Historical Society contains numerous boxes of materials generated by the Vermont Historical Records Survey. They are generally housed in MSC-63 through MSC-70 and MSC-83 through MSC-90. A copy of an inventory of the location of VHRS records made in October 1970 is included in Folder 0 of this collection.
The library collection includes a set of 40 microfilms of unpublished VHRS town records surveys (Mfilm-253). The originals of these records are at the Vermont Public Records Division.
Corporate Subject : Vermont Historical Records Survey.
Subject Term : Municipal government Vermont Records and correspondence Indexes.
Archives Vermont.
Church archives Vermont.
Church records and registers Vermont Indexes.
Geographic Term : Vermont Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Inventories.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.