The Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library is currently hosting an exhibit of Upper Valley Photographs from the 1950’s by Collamer Abbott, supported by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Quechee Library and Northlight Digital worked with photographer Collamer Abbott in 2004 to create an exhibit called “The Changing Nature of Art and Place.” Many of his images from the 1950’s were scanned, enhanced and printed by Northlight Digital of White River Junction. The prints in this exhibit capture life in Hartford, Vermont in the 1950’s.
About Collamer Abbott
Collamer Abbott was born in 1919 in Wilder, Vermont, just a few miles away from the site of the Ely copper mines. Abbott later became the historian for the Vermont Copper Company.
This involvement with copper mining has constituted only one of Abbott’s interests. He has also worked in journalism, serving as reporter, photographer, and deskman at newspapers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. In addition, he is a former associate editor of Ski magazine.
Abbott has also had experience as an English Instructor, teaching for five years at Castleton State College. He has written many articles and book reviews for historical and regional magazines, as well as for major newspapers. These articles include “Isaac Tyson Jr.: Pioneer Industrialist,” in Business History Review, 1968; “New England Money goes South,” in Georgia Historical Quarterly, 1965; and “New England’s Mining Relics,” in The New England Galaxy, 1965.