Research

Research Materials

Billings Farm is one of the best documented historic farms in America, with complete records dating back to the Civil War. A state-of-the-art archive preserves these irreplaceable materials, which ensure the historical depth of our programs and help future generations explore our history.

Library Collection:

We hold over 9,400 cataloged books relating to 19th and early 20th century agricultural practices and farm life in Vermont and New England. All catalog card information has been digitized and is accessible through a searchable database.

Textual materials:

An extensive collection of manuscript/typescript materials including letters, diaries, journals, bills, receipts, typed correspondence, etc., from the Billings family, the farm operation, and related activities from the mid-19th century onward.

Photographic materials:

Approximately 2,000 photographs, negatives, slides, and glass plates, dating primarily from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, visually describe agriculture and farm life in Woodstock, the Upper Connecticut River Valley, and Vermont.

Audio and video holdings:

Over 100 oral history recordings (many in digital format) and several mid-to-late 20th century film and video recordings relating to agriculture, farm life, and craft practices in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. There is an extensive collection of oral history transcripts relating to the Blodgett family, the source of over 6,000 artifacts currently in the museum collection.

Access and/or use of any of these materials is by prior arrangement. Please contact Marian Koetsier, Administrative Officer, at 802-457-2355, ext. 112 or by email at mkoetsier@billingsfarm.org.