63 linear feet of manuscripts
45,000 volumes of monographs
47 reels of microforms
150 serial titles
Durant Collection (18th and 19th century books including the social sciences, history, education, classical civilization, exploration and travel) Rare Books Collection (illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, the Milne Collection of English Bibles, works in the history of science, philosophy, classics, and first editions of major literary works) Alcove of North American Languages (printed books on North American Languages and 5 of the Micmac manuscripts of the Reverend Silas Rand) Plimpton Collection (Italian literature ranging from the 14th to the 17th century, including a collection of Renaissance manuscripts and incunabula) Elbert Collection (volumes on slavery, emancipation and Reconstruction) Juvenile Collection (19th and early 20th century materials) English Poetry Collection (includes autographed letters and manuscripts encompassing over five and a half centuries, including the original love letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning) Marks Collection (documents concerning Jamaica) Book Arts Collection (documenting all aspects of book production including volumes of specimens ranging from early typography to twentieth century fine printing and artists' books) Ruskin Collection (editions of Ruskin's major works in the original parts, many rare pamphlets, autographs, presentation copies, exhibition catalogs, drawings, and watercolors as well as biographical and critical material) Guy Walker, Jr. Collection (documenting the history of book illustration from early illuminated manuscripts to 20th century works)
Collection(s) are available by appointment only
Photo ID required
Access only in reading room, supervised
Laptop computers and tape recorders allowed with staff approval
Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff
All photocopying done by staff
Institution will produce microfilm copies for a fee
Loans for exhibits only
Finding Guides Available:
Guide to monographic collection
Guides for manuscript collection
FROM THE WEST:
Take I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) to exit 14 (Weston). Go South on
I-95/Route 128 for 1/2 mile to Route 16 (exit 21B). Follow Route 16
West for 2.9 miles to a stoplight (5-way intersection) in the town
of Wellesley. Go straight on Route 135 West. At the third traffic
light take a left into the main entrance of the College. The
Archives are located in the Margaret Clapp Memorial Library near
the center of the campus.
FROM THE EAST:
Take I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) to exit 16 (West Newton). Follow
Route 16 West for 4.7 miles. Proceed using directions above.
FROM THE NORTH:
Take I-95 / Route 128 South to exit 21B (Route 16 West). Follow Route
16 West for 4.7 miles. Proceed using directions above.
FROM THE SOUTH:
Take I-95 / Route 128 North to exit 21B (Route 16 West). Follow Route
16 West for 2.9 miles. Proceed using directions above.