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Shelburne Spinners Records

Identifier: mss-130

Scope and Content Note

The records of the Shelburne Spinners occupy two cartons, and an extra loose-leaf binder and consist chiefly of seventeen (17) loose-leaf binders. Samples of dyed wool are included with the dye recipes and formulae. This collection, well-organized upon receipt at the library, lacks correspondence and business records; however, nearly all the records for internal management of the co-operative are present, e.g., minutes of weekly meeting for four (4) years, newsletters for three (3) years, dye recipes for five (5) years.


  • 1972-1978



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.

Historical Note

The Shelburne Spinners was begun in February, 1972, by two women D'Ann Fago, director of the Vermont Arts and Crafts Service, and Marilyn Leimonstell. Originally financed by the state of Vermont and later by the New England Regional Commission, the Shelburne Spinners was a co-operative designed to provide employment for skilled women on welfare and to help preserve one of Vermont's oldest industries, sheep-raising and spinning. Although the group originated in Shelburne, VT, prior to 1974 it moved to Burlington. The Spinners disbanded in early 1978.


1 Linear Feet (2 Boxes, 1 loose-leaf binder)

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The collection contains the records for internal management of the co-operative, e.g., minutes of weekly meeting for four years, newsletters for three years, dye recipes for five years.

Shelf location

Library Research Annex.

Acquisition Information

The collection was presented by Karla Fenelli of the Shelburne Spinners in April 1978.

Separated Material

1. The Family Creative Workshop, 17 (NY, Plenary Publications, 1976) removed and cataloged for general book collection. The chapter by Vicki Fraser "Spinning, from Sheep to Sweater" has been reserved for this collection.

2. "Vermonters Spin a Good Yarn" a video-tape of the Shelburne Spinners. Sent to the Vermont Film Archive, Waterman Building, UVM, May 1978.

Shelburne Spinners Records, 1972-1978
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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
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