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News ROYALL TYLER MEMORABILIA GIFTED TO MARLBORO COLLEGE

Marlboro, VT - (October 13, 2009) - A collection of literary material relating to Royall Tyler, the famous Guilford, Vermont author,  lawyer and dramatist, has been presented to Marlboro College for its Special Collections library. The donor is Marius B. Peladeau, formerly of Brattleboro, who has written extensively on Tyler and collected, edited and published his writings for several decades.

Peladeau, the son of the late Dr. Marius and Lucienne Beaudoin Peladeau, attended Brattleboro schools, graduated cum laude from St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont, and received M.S. and M.A. degrees from Boston University and Georgetown University. He currently lives in Readfield, Maine, following his retirement as director of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine.

Born in Boston in 1757, Royall Tyler moved to Guilford, Vermont in 1791 after graduating from Harvard. He later moved to Meeting House Hill in Brattleboro and then to the house which still stands on the corner of Putney Road and the Common. He died in 1826.

Peladeau said he felt Marlboro College was the best repository for his Tyler material, which he first started collecting in the 1960s. Earlier he and his wife, Mildred Cole Peladeau had presented to Marlboro College their collection of Rudyard Kipling material to augment the Kipling items housed at the Marlboro Library, given by Howard C. Rice, Jr. of Brattleboro, from a collection by the Landmark Trust and those found in a safe deposit box at a local bank.

The Peladeau collection of Tyler material includes the only known engraved portrait of Tyler, original copies of his legal and literary works and hundreds of photocopies of Tyler poems, essays, legal briefs and correspondence found in libraries and private repositories across the country. Everything known to have been composed by Tyler is now in one location at Marlboro.  Assembling these items in one place will allow Marlboro students and scholars interested in the earliest literary productions of the United States to come to Marlboro and find copies of his work without having to travel to many locations to view the originals.

"We are very thankful to Mr. Peladeau for his continuing generosity to Marlboro College. This gift is a significant contribution toward preserving the rich, literary history of southern Vermont," said Emily Alling, who joined Marlboro College as the Library Director this past September. Alling added that any public access to the collection will be announced after they have taken time to catalog and inventory all the items.

Included in the collection is material that relates to Tyler's friend, Thomas Green Fessenden, the Brattleboro poet and Joseph Dennie, Tyler's collaborator in the famous joint poetry/prose column they authored for The Farmer's Weekly Museum newspaper at Walpole, NH. As Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, Tyler was also highly regarded in Vermont political circles and the Peladeau collection includes correspondence with Thomas Chittenden, the state's first governor, Ethan Allan, and Vermont's first senators and representatives in Washington, D.C. and many other founders of the new state of Vermont.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu.

For more than 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College also offers master's degree and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.

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