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Walter Hill Crockett Papers

Identifier: mss-096

Scope and Content

The Walter Hill Crockett Papers consist of three cartons of correspondence, lecture notes and drafts of Crockett's writing from the period 1900-1931. Most of the correspondence is from the years 1929-1931, and relates primarily to his projects in Vermont history and his publicity work for UVM. Notable Vermont correspondents include John Clement, Walter John Coates, Vrest Orton, Arthur Wallace Peach, Harold Goddard Rugg, Arthur F. Stone and Stanley C. Wilson. Crockett's lectures at UVM for his class in Journalism comprise a substantial part of the collection, along with manuscript drafts and typescripts of his articles for the Vermont Alumni Weekly on the history and presidents of the University. There are also clippings from his 1923 newspaper series, Vermont's Great Senators, and drafts of biographical sketches for Vermonters: A Book of Biographies (Brattleboro, 1931). Finally, there is a nearly complete set of Crockett's manuscript lectures in Vermont History at UVM, as well as drafts of most of the corresponding chapters of Vermont: The Green Mountain State.


  • 1900-1931


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Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.


Newspaperman, teacher and historian, Walter Hill Crockett was born in Colchester, VT on June 26, 1870. He attented Mount Hermon School for Boys from 1892 to 1894, then taught school briefly in his home town before joining the staff of the Burlington Free Press as Assistant Night Editor 1895. After six years with the Free Press, Crockett moved to the St. Albans Messanger for eight years beginning in 1901, followed by a stint as Managing Editor of the Montpelier Journal from 1909 to 1913. He then became Director of the new Vermont State Publicity Bureau, a job he retained when appointed Editor of Publications at the University of Vermont in 1915. Crockett worked for UVM the rest of his life, lecturing in Journalism and Vermont History in addition to his editorial duties. Other activities and positions in Crockett's career included service on the Lake Champlain Tercentenary Commission from 1907 to 1910, six years as a Burlington alderman (1921-1927), a seat on the Vermont State Senate (1927-1931, and the secretaryship of the Vermont Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Crockett was best known as a Vermont historian, however, and two of his books, A History of Lake Champlain (1909, revised and reprinted 1937) and Vermont: The Green Mountain State (1921-1923, five volumes), are still popular and important sources for the study of the state's past. Walter Hill Crockett died in Burlington on December 8, 1931, at the age of sixty-one.

For more biographical information, see Nancy G. Crocett's college paper, "Walter Hill Crockett: 'A Vermonter who Lived for Vermont,' " folder 1-1 in this collection.


3 Linear Feet (3 cartons)


The Walter Hill Crockett Papers consist of three cartons of correspondence, lecture notes and drafts of Crockett's writing from the period 1900-1931.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex.

Related Materials

There are more Walter Hill Crockett materials at UVM in the John Spargo Papers and the Vermont Society of the Sons of the American Revolution collection.

Guide to the Walter Hill Crockett Papers, 1870-1931
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

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