Initially housed on the second floor, the Vermont Collection can be found today in the Lois Noonan Vermont Room, which is located to the right of the main desk. Bixby Memorial Free Library has one of the finest collections of Vermontiana in the state. Of interest to browsers and researchers, the Vermont Collection contains volumes about Vermont, fiction and nonfiction by Vermonters, and Vermont documents, such as the Vermont Statutes. All volumes of Vermont Life and Vermont History are available.
Readers will find the complete works of Rowland E. Robinson as well as the recently published Danvis Tales edited by David Budbill. Available are recent publications of the Vermont Historical Society and a wealth of information in earlier works by local historical societies and historians–for example, histories of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, and Vergennes (the latter by Kenneth Degree), and many centennial and bicentennial celebration works regarding churches, towns, etc. Well known and lesser known writers are represented in the Vermont collection–Ira Allen, Calvin Coolidge, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Robert Frost, Walter Hard, Abby Hemenway, Ralph Nading Hill, Murray Hoyt, Cornelia Meigs, Charles T. Morrissey, Noel Perrin, Esther Swift, Samuel Swift, and H. P. Smith.
All Vermont holdings are listed in the Vermont Collection card catalog. Vermont Books and some local genealogical records are stored on the second floor in the History Room. These items do not circulate and may be used in the library. History researchers are recommended to call (877-2211) and schedule an appointment for use of these materials.
In addition, rare Vermont books and genealogical records are stored on the second floor, must be used in the library, and are available by appointment; early editions from the Vermont Year Book collection (in the Half Round Room) are also available by appointment and may not be checked out. Finally, works of current popular Vermont authors, for adults and children, are shelved with the general collections (for example, Julia Alvarez, Chris Bohjalian, Archie Mayor, Howard Frank Mosher, Jesse Haas, Karen Hesse, and Katherine Paterson).
A sampling of Vermont titles of interest :
- Shaw, Lisa Vermont: Off the Beaten Track, A Guide to Unique Places. Old Saybrook, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 1996.
- Bassett, Elizabeth Nature Walks in Northern Vermont and the Champlain Valley.. Boston, MA: Appalachian Mountain Club Books, 1998.
- Cornwall Historical Society. Cornwall Registry. Cornwall, VT: 1975.
- Bazilchuk, Nancy and Strimbeck, Rick.Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Vermont Mountains. Marietta, GA: Longstreet Press, inc., 1999.
- Fass, Philip N. and Burrington, Merilyn S., eds.Who’s Who in Vermont. Middlebury, VT: regional Facts, Inc., 1991.
- Addison County’s Finest Vermont Recipes. Edited by Kimberly Werner. Illustrations by Todd Cummings. Middlebury, VT: Palatine Books, 1995.
- Schildge, Sue. Vermont: A Culinary Journey. Plattsburgh, NY: Schildge Publishing Company, 1995.
- Williams, J. C., Corp., Co. B, 14th Reg’t.Life in Camp: A History of the Nine Months’ Service of the Fourteenth Regiment, From October 21, 1862, When It Was Mustered Into the U.S. Service, to July 31, 1863, Including the Battle of GettysburgClaremont, NH: The Claremont Manufacturing Company,1864. Reissued by Civil War Enterprises, Newport, Vermont.
For further information regarding the Vermont collection, patrons may call 877-2211.