About the Collections

HARDWICK HISTORICAL SOCIETY COLLECTIONS

Bear in mind that we add materials to these collections constantly, and we update our inventories regularly. If you don’t find something, check back later or contact us – info@ hardwickvthistory.org – for assistance.

            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. To search the index of multiple collections click here. When you find something of interest, contact us –  info@ hardwickvthistory.org – and we will make arrangements for you to see the materials.

            The annual reports collection holds annual reports for 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.

            The book collection holds published works by local authors, published works describing Hardwick Hardwick people and businesses, published works used by the local schools and prominent citizens, and bound manuscripts including substantial number of the 19th century financial records. The books do not circulate.

            The manuscripts collection holds 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.

            The map collection holds 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.

            The newspaper collection contains 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. All the newspapers 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.   

            The notebook collection 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.

            The picture collection 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.

            The school collection holds materials from all the various systems, though least from the district schools. We have a nearly-complete collection of directories and yearbooks from Hardwick Academy (1892-1971) and some from Hazen Union High School, (1971-present). We also have ephemera from both high schools and the Hardwick Elementary School, (1971-present). To search the index to the school 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.

            The tube collection contains 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.

            The vertical file collection contains 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.