About the Collections

HARDWICK HISTORICAL SOCIETY COLLECTIONS

Bear in mind that we add materials to these collections constantly, and we update our inventories frequently. If you don’t find something you would like to see, contact us – info@ hardwickvthistory.org – for assistance.

Updated: June 23, 2021

            The Hardwick Historical Society holds a collection of historical records, images, newspapers, government publications, and ephemera. Each collection documents the history of the town, the village, the schools, the businesses, and the people.

            Annual reports hold official reports issued by the Town of Hardwick from 1898 to the present. It holds annual reports for the incorporated Village of Hardwick (1891-1989) from 1927-1987. Finally, it holds some annual reports from Hazen Union School District and the Hardwick Elementary School District. We don’t yet have an inventory of the annual reports, but it will appear soon.

            Bound volumes represents several types of collected information.

  1. Our book collection contain published works by local authors, published works describing Hardwick people and businesses, published works used by the local schools and prominent citizens. Bound manuscripts includes a substantial number of 19th century financial records. To view the inventory of the books and bound manuscripts, click here.

2. As early as 1870, people from Quebec made their way into the Hardwick area, but they came in large numbers shortly after World War I. The children and grandchildren of the settlers collected their stories and celebrated their culture at the French Heritage Festival every year between about 1980 and 2000. The organizing committees created notebooks celebrating individual families. To see an inventory of our holdings of the notebooks and a few other published items about the French-Canadian experience in the area, click here.

3. Hardwick Academy, the local high school between 1870 and 1970, published student work and year books. For an inventory of student publications and yearbooks, click here.

4. We have three collections of serial publications. The Vermonter magazine, which published stories about Vermont history and culture, ran from 1895 to 1946. For an inventory of our The Vermonter holdings click here. The Vermont Historical Society publishes a scholarly journal called Vermont History. We’ll post the inventory of Vermont History soon. The Greensboro Historical Society publishes a journal called the Hazen Road Dispatch. We have a complete run. We do not have Vermont Life, except for those articles that pertained directly to Hardwick.

Nothing circulates. When you find something of interest, contact us –  info@ hardwickvthistory.org – and we will make arrangements for you to see the materials.

            Manuscripts hold a large collection of business records from the granite industry that dominated the community’s economy during the first half of the 20th century. It also has smaller collections reflecting the life of a particular person, family, or business of the area. To search the index to the manuscript collection, click here. When you find something of interest, contact us –  info@ hardwickvthistory.org – and we will make arrangements for you to see the materials.

            Maps hold a few 19th century maps and a set of the 1922 Sanborn maps, but the real strength lies in a large collection of aerial maps from the second half of the 20th century. We don’t yet have an inventory of the maps, but it will appear soon.

            Newspapers contain the great majority of the local paper, the Hardwick Gazette, which started publishing in 1889. The HHS has a nearly-complete run from 1897 to the present. The HHS also has a complete run of The Hardwickian, published between 1970-1975 and Our Community Journal, published for 9 months in 2005/2006. All the Gazettes appear in digital form through an arrangement Vermont State Archives and Records Administration and Newspapers.com. To access them, Vermont residents must create an account with MyVermont.gov; the account will get you free access to all Vermont newspapers. People living outside Vermont should create an account with Newspapers.com.  Our Community Journal and the Hardwickian have not been digitized, but they will be, eventually.

            Notebooks holds the work of volunteers who have compiled several dozen notebooks to provide researchers with of copies of primary materials or previously published material. Some hold histories of local places or buildings. Others hold collections of obituaries of prominent men and women of the 20th century. Yet others provide genealogical essays, compiled information about sports at Hazen Union High School, and assorted school projects. For a list of our notebooks, click here.

            Pictures contains photographs, print-outs of electronic images, and post cards which document Hardwick as a place and community. It holds thousands of images of commercial and residential buildings, town and village streets and roads, community events, individuals, and groups of people, including a large collection of school class pictures dating to the late 19th century. We have filed the images in folders by subject and date, and the index provides a list of those folders – right now, we have no digitized images online. To search the index to the picture collection, click here. When you find something of interest, contact us –  info@ hardwickvthistory.org – and we will make arrangements for you to see the materials.

            Tubes contain large documents rolled and stored in tubes – most of them blueprints related the Woodbury Granite Company projects. The rest are a few drawings and some gravestone rubbings. To search the index to the tube collection, click here. When you find something of interest, contact us –  info@ hardwickvthistory.org – and we will make arrangements for you to see the materials.

            Vertical files contain hundreds of folders with materials about people, families, buildings, businesses, lakes, rivers, bridges, the Town and Village of Hardwick, Hardwick history, and other topics that shed light on the life and times of the people of Hardwick. It also includes a sample collection of legal documents, letters, business documents, cookbooks, music, and ticket stubs, etc. To search the index to the vertical file collection, click here. When you find something of interest, contact us –  info@ hardwickvthistory.org – and we will make arrangements for you to see the materials.