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Alfred H. Heininger Papers

Identifier: mss-979

Scope and Content

Alfred Heininger's Papers consist of correspondence, news clippings, speeches, printed material and business records. Some of the more important subjects include: the Champlain Valley Council (1928-1948), Burlington Lion's Club (1933-1966), America First Committee (1941), and the Green Mountain Parkway (1937-1939), as well as the activities mentioned in the biographical statement. The subject arrangement follows Heininger's career. A list of notable correspondents follows the shelf list.


  • 1887-1970


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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.

Biographical Note

Alfred Harris Heininger (1887-1970) a prominent lawyer and businessman was also known as "the father of Vermont's State Social Welfare System." As a Democrat from Chittenden County he served as a State Senator from 1935 to 1941. He ran for govenor in 1936 and lost the race to George D. Aiken.

Heininger attended Burlington schools, the University of Vermont (1908) and Northeastern Law School (1915). He helped organize and became a partner in the Kieslich Construction Company, whose projects included the original DeGoesbriand Hospital building, Burlington school facilities, the UVM baseball and football grandstands and the first Burlington airport administrative building.

His many activities included memberships on the Rutland Railroad Crisis Committee, a successful effort to save the failing company, and the St. Lawrence Seaway Board, for increased power to Vermont. He was very involved with Vermont's Social Welfare System and from 1935 to 1959, he was Old Age Assistance Commissioner. Heininger was active in Burlington City affairs and was a charter member of the Burlington Boys Club and the community center. He participated in many other clubs and organizations.


5 Boxes


Alfred Heininger's Papers consist of correspondence, news clippings, speeches, printed material and business records.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex.

Acquisition Information

Mrs. A. H. Heininger, Fall 1971, S.Nostrand
Guide to the A Guide to The Alfred H. Heininger Papers, 1887-1970
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
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