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Paul Brigham Papers

Identifier: mss-940

Scope and Content

The Paul Brigham papers have been divided into four main categories: correspondence; legal/court documents; Vermont town and state; and Brigham's personal financial papers. The correspondence and financial papers have been arranged chronologically, with a name index to the correspondence placed in drawer 115 of the reading room catalogues. The legal papers have been arranged by type of material, then chronologized. The town and state papers have been grouped alphabetically by the name of town, then chronologized within each folder.

Each of the four categories in the collection contains material of interest. Notable correspondents include Thomas Chittenden, Henry Dearborn, William A. Palmer, Jonas Galusha, Alden Partridge, and Isaac Tichenor. The legal papers are primarily from Windsor County Court, with several court docket notebooks and a number of case transcripts of testimony and evidence. The town and state documents offer material on land grants and title claims in a variety of Vermont towns, state and federal tax collectors papers, and a few manuscripts relating to Vermont's state government. However, the Bulk of the material in this third section pertains to Brigham's home of Norwich: local land records; documents; town government papers; and a large group of manuscripts from the Norwich Religious Society [Congregational], in particular records of the building of a new Society meetinghouse in 1817. Finally, the financial papers offer a good look at Brigham's personal and business accounts, reflecting the state of the local economy from 1790 to 1820


  • 1763-1837


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.


Born in Coventry, Connecticut, on January 17, 1746, Paul Brigham moved to Norwich, Vermont, in 1781 after serving in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Brigham soon became prominent in both local and state affairs, representing Norwich in state legislature and at state constitutional conventions and serving as chief judge of the Windsor County Court. First elected to the Governor's Council in 1792, he held his council seat until 1796, when he became lieutenant Governor. Brigham remained Lieutenant Governor of Vermont continuously until 1813, then returned for five more years from 1815 until 1820. He also served as a presidential elector in 1792, and as acting Governor for two-months in 1797 from the death of Thomas Chittenden to the inauguration of Isaac Tichenor. Paul Brigham died in Norwich on June 15, 1824 at the age of seventy-eight.


1.8 Linear Feet (1 carton, 2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Paul Brigham papers include correspondence, legal/court documents, Vermont town and state documents, and personal financial papers. Paul Brigham moved to Norwich, Vermont, in 1781 after serving in the Continental Army during the American Revolution and soon became prominent in both local and state affairs.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact for access.

Related Material

For the text of a Brigham diary in the manuscript collections of the Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, VT, see Edward A. Hoyt, ed., "A Revolutionary Diary of Captain Paul Brigham: November 19, 1777-September 4, 1778, "Vermont History, 34, no. 1 (January 1966), 3-30.

Separated Materials

Separated Materials

  1. "Debenture of the Adjourned Session of the General Assembly [of Vermont]..." Jan. - Feb. Session, 1804; vii pages. Lacking iii - vi 24 cm., blue paper.
  2. Governor's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, Isaac Tichenor, Oct. 24, 1800; 35., broadside
  3. "An Act, In addition to an altercation of, an act, entitled, "An act ascertaining the principles on /which the list of this state shall be made, and directing listeners in their office and duty" passed March 20, 1797," leaflet, 3 pp. 35.
  4. Military training manual, pp. 13 - 82 only, ca. 1800, 20 cm.
  5. Book on Whisky Rebellion in western Pennsylvania, pp. 51-112 only, ca. 1800, 22 cm.
  6. Incomplete Windsor Vermont Republican newspaper, 1815
  7. Print from magazine, Washington at Valley Forge, "The Powder Horn," n.d., ca. 1900, 23 cm.
  8. U.S. Treasury Department statement of accounts, 1822, pp. 7 - 24 only, no title-page or identification.
  9. "Regulation for Assistant Assessors in the execution of their duty, under the act of July 22d, 1813 "for the assessment and collection of direct taxes and internal duties," 6 pp., blue paper covers, 34 c
Guide to the Paul Brigham Collection, 1763-1837
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
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Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
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