University of Vermont reclaims stolen historical documents

The former Billings Library (now Billings Center) is one of many historic buildings on the campus of the University of Vermont in Burlington. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The former Billings Library (now Billings Center) is one of many historic buildings on the campus of the University of Vermont in Burlington. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – The University of Vermont has reclaimed documents taken by a presidential memorabilia collector who’s been sentenced for stealing thousands of rare and valuable documents from historical societies and archives nationwide.

Barry Landau acknowledged stealing documents from at least six institutions, including the University of Vermont. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in June.

WCAX-TV reports UVM staff recently made the trip to the National Archives to reclaim items. They’re still not certain when they went missing from the collection of roughly a million items that mark Vermont history. They’re glad they’re back for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the university’s special collections.

UVM said it no longer allows bags and backpacks in its special collections and is working on new security cameras.

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Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com

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The former Billings Library (now Billings Center) is one of many historic buildings on the campus of the University of Vermont in Burlington. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The former Billings Library (now Billings Center) is one of many historic buildings on the campus of the University of Vermont in Burlington. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.