Special Collections

Williams College
Sawyer Library
Route 2
Williamstown MA , 01267
FAX: (413)597-3931
General email:
Institution Contact(s):
  Sylvia Kennick Brown, College Archivist, Special Collections Librarian (413)597-2568 sylvia.kennick.brown@williams.edu
Hours: M-F 9:00AM-NOON; 1:00PM-4:30PM
Online Catalog:
  Web: http://www.williams.edu:803/library/library.www/wcl.html
Services for the Disabled:
  Americans with Disabilities Act accessible Handicapped parking
Other Services:
  Information on hotel/housing accommodations
Bibliographic Utility:
Name: Archives and Special Collections
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Sylvia Kennick Brown, College Archivist, Special Collections Librarian (413)597-2568 sylvia.kennick.brown@williams.edu
Collections: 7
Formats: 3,000 volumes of manuscripts 3,000 volumes of archives 20,000 volumes of monographs 54 linear feet of newspapers 6 linear feet of maps 10,000 photographs 15 linear feet of pamphlets 2 disks of electronic records 60 reels of microforms 40 reels of video tapes 5 8mm. motion picture reels 45 16mm. motion picture reels 25 linear feet of realia/artifacts 500 reels of oral history audio tapes
Collection Description:
  Archival collections (official records, including meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, and other documents, reflecting the goals and events throughout the College's history from 1785) (Finding Aid)
Manuscript collections (augmenting official records of college) (Finding Aid)
Audio-Visual and ephemera collections (providing unique views of the College experience)
Published Material (including college and regional histories, biographies of staff and alumni etc.)
Rare book collection (Finding Aid)
Paul Whiteman collection (Finding Aid)
Shaker collection (Collection Catalog) (Finding Aid)
Access: Collection(s) are available by appointment only Photo ID required Access only in reading room, supervised All or part of the collection(s) not accessible Laptop computers and tape recorders allowed with staff approval
Copying: Photocopying permitted at discretion of staff All photocopying done by staff Restrictions on scanners Restrictions on cameras Restrictions on tape recorders
Loans: Loans for exhibits only
Finding Guides Available:
  Guides for manuscript collection Guides for archives' records groups Guide to specific microfilm collection(s) Specialized indexes
Directions: JUNCTION OF ROUTES 2 AND 7: Archives and Special Collections is located in Stetson Hall, on the North side of Route 2 between Hopkins Hall (the main administration building) and Thompson Memorial Chapel (a small cathedral). Visitor parking is available by taking the driveway that runs between Hopkins Hall and Thompson Chapel and follow the drive to the lower parking lot.