Williston Historical Society

whsThe Williston Historical Society is housed in the Vermont Room of the library. The Vermont Room is open during library hours. For more information, or to make an appointment with a historical society member please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Historical Society is volunteer run and as such there is not a member at the library to assist with research.

The Vermont Room contains many books relevant to Williston as well as displays of historical interest. Much of this material may only be used in this room. The society does not house vital records. For Williston vital records please contact the Williston Town Hall.

A book on the town history of Williston by Willard Sterne Randall and Nancy Nahra, published by the Williston Historical Society, Thomas Chittenden's Town: A Story of Williston Vermont is available for sale at the circulation desk.

UVM Special Collections

uvmspecialThe University of Vermont Special Collections Department is located in the Bailey/Howe library on the campus. The collection is full of Vermont history including books, periodicals, maps, photographs, etc. Along with being able to search their catalog online, the department also has a digital initiative where many old photographs are available for viewing.

UVM also has an initiative called the Landscape Change Program which is a digital collection of images documenting the ever changing history of Vermont. There are thousands of images in the collection available for viewing.

Vermont Historical Society

vhsThe Vermont Historical Society has a wealth of information pertaining to the entire history of the state.  The VHS library and museum store are located in Barre. The museum is housed in Montpelier. More information can be found on their website.

Vermont Genealogy Library

VTGenLibraryGenealogy research in Vermont can be conducted at the Vermont Genealogy Library at Fort Ethan Allen in Vermont. VTGENLIB also offers many classes on genealogical research as well as special interest groups. Information for the beginning or seasoned genealogist about how to trace ancestors. A great resource for French-Canadian research, the library also has Vermont birth, marriage and death records on microfilm and many city directories as well as access to Ancestry.com.