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Rotary Club of Burlington Records

Identifier: mss-1010

Scope and Contents

The Rotary Club of Burlington Records document the business and activities of the group.

The books series contains published books that orient new members, celebrate accomplishments and anniversaries, and share the philosophy of Rotary. The files series contains programs from various events as well as songbooks and miscellaneous material. The membership series contains directories, membership cards, rosters, and reports including member names, contact information, and classification. Some materials in the membership series include leadership information, general rules for members, and dues records. The minutes series contains records of meetings, correspondence, and publicity materials. Financial information is often included in the minutes records as well, such as club funds and charitable giving reports. The objects series contains audiovisual material and ephemera or memorabilia. The photographs series contains images in the form of prints, negatives, and proofs of various Rotary events and members. Events depicted include various award ceremonies, attending a Montreal Expos game (1996), the 75th anniversary (1997), the Green Mountain Review performance (1998), and City Hall park planting (2002). Oversize and panoramic prints are also present. The Rotarian series contains a long run of the club newsletter which often details meeting highlights, upcoming events or initiatives, announcements, membership and leadership information, financial reports, and humor sections.


  • 1922-2015

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Historical Note

In the summer of 1922, informal meetings were held to make arrangements and gather members. The formal charter was received on February 7, 1923 establishing Burlington's club as members of Rotary International. Meetings are held weekly and regularly consist of a scheduled presentation and a meal. In classification talks, new members introduce themselves by sharing information about their personal and professional background. Early service projects were focused on helping young people including the milk bottle fund to provide milk to schoolchildren, the Burlington Boys' Club, and sponsoring Christmas parties for children. The group frequently supported the YMCA, 4-H, the Mary Fletcher Hospital, and the DeGoesbriand Memorial Hospital. There is also a long history of the club supporting international service projects via area colleges and for teens through the American Field Service Program, providing high school exchange opportunities. Support comes from members in the form of dues, fundraising, and customary donations for special projects, anniversaries, and minor fines. A number of accounts of the club's history are present in the collection.


8.67 Linear Feet (6 cartons, 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



Records of the Rotary Club of Burlington including minutes, membership records, and photographs. The club's main objectives are fostering fellowship among members and engaging in service work at local, national, and international levels.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact for access.

Guide to the Rotary Club of Burlington Records
2021 December
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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)