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Women at Norwich University: Introduction


This research guide is intended to familiarize researchers with resources within the Norwich University Archives & Special Collections connected to the history of women and coeducation at Norwich University. It is meant as a starting point from which researchers can begin and not as a comprehensive bibliography.

Women Kicking Glass

Celebrating 2024 as the 50th anniversary of Norwich’s first women to live on the Northfield campus and the first in the NU Corps of Cadets, this is an ongoing project (in 2023-2024) of Norwich's Alumni Relations Office.


This guide is divided into several sections:

General resources: Published histories and research files pertaining to Norwich University and Vermont College as well as quick links for exploring Norwich's historical collections online.

University History: General timeline and background information surrounding the topic of Norwich at Norwich.

Personal and Family Collections: Scrapbooks, memoirs, and other personal papers of women connected to Norwich University.

University Records: Collections received from university departments and offices documenting operations and policy decisions connected with women on campus.

Other Archives: Tips for expanding archival research beyond the Norwich Archives.


Getting Started with Archival Research

The word "archives" may be broadly defined in several ways but most often means records created or accumulated by one person, family, or organization and preserved because of their continuing value.

Learn what archives are and how they're organized

Slide introducing what archives are

Finding Aids

Finding aids are used by researchers discover and evaluate the potential usefulness of archival collections. They are the archives’ equivalent of a library book's catalog record or table of contents.

Walk through a finding aid using an example from the Norwich Archives

Finding aids introductory slide

Document Spoltlight

Letter from Norwich president to first year female student, 1974 (from the Loring Edward Hart Records)

Letter from Norwich president to first year female student, 1974 (from the Loring Edward Hart Records, Women on campus, 1973-1982 file)

Contact Information

Contact Norwich University Archives & Special Collections

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Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions about archival research or need contact a further assistance in locating additional resources.


This guide was last updated by Gail Wiese in December 2023.