Browse Collections (7 total)

St. Joseph's Orphanage

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St. Joseph's Orphanage was operated by the Sisters of Providence from 1854 to 1974. For most of that period, the orphanage was located on North…

Contributors: Natalie Meyer, Catherine Blizzard, Erica Dean

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Eugenics and the Brandon Training School


The Vermont Eugenics Survey and the Vermont State School for Feeble-Minded Children were deeply intertwined. The School opened in Brandon in 1915,…

Contributors: Gilly Moore, Matt Donohue, Harman Singh

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Brattleboro Retreat


The Brattleboro Retreat was founded in 1834 as the Vermont Asylum for the Insane. Though private, the institution served as the State's only asylum…

Contributors: Sam Montgomery, Alec Brownlee

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Vermont State Hospital


The Vermont State Hospital opened in Waterbury in 1891 and closed in 2011. For much of its history, the Hospital was overcrowded, understaffed, and…

Contributors: Sabrina Glaser, Sophia Peluso, and Julia Sinton

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Vermont State Prison


Vermont opened its State Prison in 1809 in the town of Windsor. When the prison closed in 1875, it was the longest-running correctional institution…

Contributors: Mariel Edokwe, Bobby Sullivan, Rehan Zafar

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Vermont Industrial School

Dormitory - Boys' Cottage - Weeks School

The Vermont Reform School was opened in Waterbury in 1865. When that institution burned down in the 1870s, the institution was re-opened in Vergennes…

Contributors: Danny Jacobs, Danny Tighe, Brendan Dawson

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Vermont State Institutions - General


This collection includes documents that pertain to all of the Vermont State Institutions, including the Prison, the Industrial School, the Training…

Contributors: Holly Allen

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