The Pawlet Community Study (1890-1990) provides a way to explore and learn about a small town in Vermont through photographs of the place and its people - individuals, families and groups - at work and in their daily lives. The photographs and supporting documentation are augmented by recorded conversations with older and younger townspeople that collectively create the dynamic voice of constant change, central in all community life over time.
Neil Rappaport (1942-1998) and two women who worked in the town before him, Nellie Bushee and Ella Clark, made the photographs. Susanne Rappaport (1944-2014), Neil's fieldwork partner and collaborator, conducted the recorded oral interviews over several years. The web version of the Pawlet Community Study has been developed from the original electronic publication produced by Neil Rappaport.