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HI249 - Historical Research Methods: Norwich University History

Historical Collections

Norwich University Archives and Special Collections:

Sullivan Museum and History Center:

  • Museum catalog: Search the online catalog to the museum's collections

University Histories

Kershaw, Alex, and Gordon R. Sullivan. Citizens & Soldiers: The First 200 Years of Norwich University. Northfield, Vt.: Norwich University Press, 2018.

Norwich University Alumni Association. Reflections from the Hill : The Oral History Project. Dallas, Texas: PCI, 2022.

Norwich University Bicentennial Commemoration Committee, and Norwich University. Archives. 200 Things About Norwich. Norwich, Vt.: Norwich University Press, 2019.

Trottier, Al. Norwich University : A Selected Date Line History, 1819-2008. Northfield, Vt.: Norwich University, 2008.

Poirier, Robert G. "By the Blood of Our Alumni" : Norwich University Citizen Soldiers in the Army of the Potomac. 1St hardcovered. Mason City, Iowa: Savas Pub, 1999.

Smith, Brian, Gary T Lord, and Norwich University Alumni Association. Norwich University. 2nd ed. Prospect, Ky.: Harmony House, 1998.

Morse, Sidney Gilbert, and Russell B Capelle. The Conversational Club and Norwich University : Excerpts from the Minutes of the Conversation Club of Northfield, Vermont, 1881 to 1984. Northfield, Vt.: publisher not identified, 1990.

DeCola, Kelly Hunter, and James Harold Eaton. Celebrate Our Past, Join Our Future : Vermont College Sesquicentennial, 1834-1984, a Commemorative Book in Honor of Its One Hundred-Fiftieth Anniversary. Place of publication not identified: publisher not identified, 1984.

Smith, Peter Plympton. “The Transformation of Norwich University : 1971-1981,” 1983.

Guinn, Robert Darius, and William Arba Ellis. The History of Norwich University, 1912-1965. Burlington, Vt.: George Little Press, 1966.

Martin, Eldon Hubert. Vermont College, a Famous Old School. Nashville: Parthenon Press, 1962.

Barber, Charles N. The Story of the Funds of Norwich University. Northfield, Vt.: Norwich University, 1952.

Harmon, Ernest Nason. Norwich University, Its Founder and His Ideals. Newcomen Address. New York: Newcomen Society in North America, 1951.

Ellis, William Arba, and Grenville M Dodge. Norwich University, 1819-1911; Her History, Her Graduates, Her Roll of Honor. Montpelier, Vt: Capitol city Press, 1911.

Sheldon, Nelson Lewis. Norwich University. Boston: Warren F. Kellogg, Pub, 1899.

White, Homer. History of Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. Northfield, Vt.: C.N. Whitmarsh, printer, 1891.


Some Dates to Remember

1819 August 6–> The first bricks were laid for the American Literary, Scientific & Military Academy at Norwich, VT

1820 September 4 –> The first class of students was admitted to the Academy

1825 April 1 –> The Academy closes in Norwich, VT, as the institution prepares for its move to CT

1825 August 23 –> The American Literary, Scientific & Military Academy reopens in Middletown, CT

1829 June 1 –> The Academy in Middletown closes

1831 June –> The Academy reopens in Norwich,VT

1834 November 6 –> Incorporation date for Norwich University

1843 September 15 –> Alden Partridge resigns as president of NU

1866 March 13 –> Fire destroys the Old South Barracks, followed by NU’s move to Northfield, VT

1881-1884 –> Norwich University operated as Lewis College

Town Histories

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Other Archival Repositories

Norwich (VT) Historical Society:

Northfield (VT) Historical Society:

  • Online Collections: Select documents, including the Historical Society's newsletter, freely available online

Vermont Newspapers: