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Benjamin Stein Records

Identifier: mss-527

Scope and Contents

The Benjamin Stein Records document many projects undertaken throughout his career as an architect.

Material types include sketches, notes, correspondence, reference materials, photographs, blueprints and renderings, maps and drawings, microfilm, slides, reports, regulatory information, submittals and transmittals, product specifications, proposals, cost information and invoices, project manuals, bid information, schedules, and court records.

He designed many types of structures including several rural elementary schools, commercial properties, private residences, and buildings or renovations for institutions, most notably the University of Vermont, University Health Center, and International Business Machines (IBM). Most project sites were in Vermont, but a few projects in the surrounding areas are included in this collection.

Users should note that this collection does not constitue a complete record of all work undertaken nor were all of Stein's designs constructed. Not every project represented in this collection is present in all forms (ex. files, drawings, microfilm).

Project files and drawings (oversize) are ordered by project number which is roughly chronological. Projects that were not assigned a number follow, in date order, then alphabetical order (when undated).

The office files are a mixture of reference sources, consulting work, and records of occasions when Stein was called as an expert in a court case. A small collection of personal material details his interests in art and culture. Microfilm is ordered alphabetically as the project number was not provided.


  • 1930-1995
  • Majority of material found in 1955-1990



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 / Historical

Benjamin Charles Stein Jr. was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on October 28, 1922. The son of Benjamin C. and Josephine (Houseman) Stein, Ben was an advanced student, earning his Masters in Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) at the age of 20. He and wife Dorothy Stewart (1921-1998) were married in 1944 and moved to Burlington in 1947. He practiced architecture for over 50 years in the Burlington area and was a member of the American Institue of Architects (AIA).

Among many other services to the community, he served as state President of the Jaycees, and on the ACLU board. He was a prolific watercolor artist, painting mostly landscapes and cityscapes, both around Vermont and around the world. He was an avid outdoorsman, hiking, canoeing, and skiing with family, friends, and the Green Mountain Club. He also found great joy in dancing, from square to contra to folk to Scottish and English Country Dance. He died in 2010 and was survived by their six children. [Adapted from obituary]


26 Linear Feet (111 tubes, 13 cartons, 1 box-album)

Language of Materials



This collection contains files and drawings for architectural projects designed and overseen by Stein. Project files contain plans, proposals, studies, reports, photographs, notes, correspondence, product specifications, submittals, schedules, site maps, shop drawings, and other materials that document his professional activities and the building, addition, alteration, renovation, and reconstruction projects Stein designed.


Library Research Annex; contact for access.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
48 University Place, Room B201
Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
(802) 656-2138
(802) 656-4038 (Fax)