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 Collections of note

Slightly over half of the processed collections in the Archives are from Saint Michael’s College.  The best way to identify collections of interest is to browse the database, or search an office or an area of interest without using the term Saint Michael’s College. 

Some of the Society of Saint Edmund Archives Collections contain information related to Saint Michael’s College.  Minutes of meetings of the General Council or General Chapter might contain records of decisions affecting the school, and Superiors General records might contain correspondence with College administrators or with individuals living at Saint Michael’s.  Another collection of note is the SSE Local Administration Saint Michael’s College House.

Published works

Saint Michael’s College Yearbook

  • The Shield       LD4821.S915 S3
  • Hilltop             LD4821.S915 S3

Saint Michael’s College newspapers (Issues from current year available in current periodicals, older issues available in Archives.)          

  •  The Defender  (1980-present)(Issues from current year available in current periodicals, older issues available in Archives.)          
  • The Michaelman (1947-1980) (Available in Archives)
  • Over the years, Saint Michael's students have sporadically published newspapers apart from the official papers listed above.  A complete list is available upon request, and all can be viewed in the Archives. 


Celebrating a century: Saint Michael's College, 1904-2004. Cedar Rapids, Iowa : WDG Publishing,c2003.  OVERLD4821.S922C45 2003

Dupont, Gerald Ernest, The History of Saint Michael's College. [Winooski, Vt. : s.n., 1970]  LD4821 .S907 1970

Geno, Thomas H., From Le Mont Saint-Michel to Saint Michael's College: early Edmundite years in Vermont, 1892-1904. 2004.  BX4056.G46 2004

Gosselin, Leon E., The Story of St. Michael's.  Winooski, Vt. :  Endowment Committee, Friends of St. Michael's. 1936.    SPEC LD4821.S912G67 1936

Maloney, Vincent Benedict, Saint Michael's through the years. Winooski Park, Vt. :  St. Michael's College Press, 1955. LD4821 .S912 1955

McLaughlin, Joseph Michael, The Limerick lad, the Burlington lady, and the founding of Saint Michael's College. 1998.  LD4821.S912M335 1998

 -------- The Acquisition of the core property of Saint Michael's College, 1895-1904.  1998.  LD4821.S912M332 1998

Silver jubilee. : Saint Michael's College, Winooski Park, Vermont. [Winooski, Vt.:s.n.,1929]  ARCHIVESLD4821.S92S55 1929

 Sweetser, Abigail.  Lady Knights who lead the way : the history of women at Saint Michael's College.  [2005?]  ARCH LD4821.S913S94

A Brief Timeline of Saint Michael's College

1904: With an initial investment of $5,000, Edmundite priests open Saint Michael’s Institute. Enrollment: 34 students ages 10 to 22. Tuition and board: $105.

1911: Julian R. Miller, Saint Michael’s first African-American student (and first African-American varsity athlete) graduates.

1926: Saint Michael's begins to offer graduate programs. Today, the College offers five master’s degree programs (in addition to all its undergraduate degrees) in Theology, Business Administration and Management, Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Clinical Psychology.

1942: Biology professor Elsa Kiel Sichel becomes Saint Michael’s first female full-time faculty member, leading the way for a faculty that is today 46 percent women.

1947: Saint Michael’s Playhouse opens, bringing professional summer theatre to Vermont and giving students the chance to work behind the scenes. Saint Michael's students still intern with the Playhouse each summer.

1952: Federal government gives $10,000 grant to the College for a cancer research project. Last year, the College spent nearly $1 million in grant money for research and other projects.

1954: Students from around the world begin learning English in a new program, today called the School of International Studies. SIS graduates to date: 15,000.

1958: The “Iron Knights” basketball team fights to second place in the NCAA college championships, putting Saint Michael’s on the athletic map.

1969: An SMC athlete dies in the midst of an athletic event, prompting members of the College community to form the Saint Michael's College Fire and Rescue Squads. The squads respond to an average of 2,000 emergency calls annually.

1970: 22 women enroll for the first time as full-time students. (Today, women slightly outnumber men.)

1971: Sunday night students Masses begin in the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel, starting a long and popular tradition. Hundreds of graduates have returned to the Chapel to be married.

1974: Patrick Leahy ’61 elected to U.S. Senate, becoming the youngest person ever to win that post in Vermont. Among all Saint Michael’s graduates, government service is among the top 10 career fields.

1988: MOVE office formed to spearhead volunteer efforts by members of the Saint Michael’s community. 70 percent of our students volunteer at some point during their college career – for a total of 6,000 hours annually.

1989: Saint Michael’s first included in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings as a “top northern university.”

1995: Jeffrey Good ’81 wins Pulitzer Prize for editorials exposing abuses in Florida probate courts.

1996: Wilderness Program launched, teaching leadership skills to students via wilderness adventures.

1997: Templeton Foundation first names Saint Michael’s as one of only 328 character-building colleges, particularly citing its substance abuse programs.

1999: Two athletic firsts: The Ice Knights claim the NCAA Div. II hockey championship (the first national title in College history), and women’s lacrosse wins the NE-10 Conference Championship.

2000: The Luce Foundation awards Saint Michael’s $224,000 in support of women’s pursuit of science, math, or engineering careers. Awards cover complete educational costs for the junior and senior years.

2003: Saint Michael's named a "Hidden Treasure" by Kaplan/Newsweek, and is also invited to establish a Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus.  The College is only one of three institutions in Vermont and 220 Catholic colleges nationwide to house a prestigious PBK chapter.

2004: Saint Michael’s celebrates its Centennial in an 18-month long celebration featuring special lectures, musical performances and convocations.

2005: Saint Michael's is selected to appear in The Princeton Review's Best 361 Colleges guidebook.

2007:  The Teaching Gardens of Saint Michael's College presented to the community with the gardens named, “Books in Bloom” and “Native Plants of Vermont."

2010   Word Garden opens on campus.

2012  Saint Michael's College named a Fair Trade College, the first in Vermont.








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