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Hildreth Tyler Wriston Papers

Identifier: mss-009

Scope and Contents Note

The collection contains correspondence, various printed materials, clippings, research notes and drafts of her books and articles. The collection offers an excellent insight into Mrs. Wriston's style and organization, from research through publication. This is especially evident in the papers of Show Lamb, which includes a speech entitled "How I Wrote It." Following the first folder of family records, the papers have been arranged alphabetically by subject.


  • 1899-1969



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

Hildreth Tyler Wriston was born in Enosburg Falls, June 27, 1899, where her father was editor of the Enosburg Standard. She was graduated from Enosburg High School in 1917 and from the University of Vermont in 1921 where she was a member of Phi Beta Phi sorority and of the Mortar Board senior honor society. Mrs. Wriston wrote ten children's books which were published by well-known publishing houses in New York. Thorough and accurate research are earmarks of her work. They remain a good source for students of Vermont history. Best known among her books were three Junior Literary Guild selections: Camping Down at Highgate, Open Water, and Susan's Secret. Several of her articles have appeared in national magazines including Vermont Life. Mrs. Wriston and her husband were connected with hotel operations in Vermont, New England, Maryland, and Florida for forty years, the last eight years of which they were owners of the Tavern in Grafton. Retiring in 1962, Mrs. Wriston died May 25, 1969.


1.2 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



Wriston wrote books for children. Collection includes correspondence, drafts of books and articles, printed material, and newspaper clippings.


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Acquisition Note

The Hildreth Tyler Wriston Papers were donated by John C. Wriston, Jr. and Cynthia W. Massey on August 19, 1969.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

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