Collections

Special Collections provides access to a variety of materials from our collections. Unbound offers a platform for sharing our oral histories, photographs, theses, syllabi, moving image materials, maps, posters, manuscripts and texts.

  • Alexander Davidson Photography
  • 19th century photographs of Williams College and surrounding areas taken by Alexander Davidson (Class of 1897).

  • Andy Jaffe Project
  • A collection of materials from Williams music professor Andy Jaffe. The scope of the materials includes recordings from the Williamstown Jazz Festival, posters from the Williams Jazz Ensemble, and images from jazz performances.

  • Architectural Plans Collection, Large format
  • Blueprints and architectural plans of various spaces and buildings at Williams College.

  • Artifact Collection
  • Objects from the Artifact Collection.

  • The Costume Archives of Williams College
  • The Costume Archives is a collection of images of costumes from the Williams Theatre department.

  • Davis Center Posters
  • A grouping of posters publicizing the Williams Minority Coalition and Davis Center events and speakers.

  • Dively Committee Posters
  • Covers a broad array of programming that explores issues relating to gender, sexuality, feminism, and encourages a respect for and awareness of human sexuality and diversity, archives, and undergraduate life.

  • Ephraim Williams Project
  • The Ephraim Williams Project consists of Ephraim Williams Jr. related materials from the Williams College Archives collections.

  • Founding Documents
  • The Founding Documents of the United States located in Special Collections at Williams College include: The Declaration of Independence, British Replies to the Declaration, The Articles of Confederation, The Constitution of the United States of America, The Bill of Rights, and The Federalist.

  • Gaudino Education Initiatives
  • Gaudino Educational Initiatives collection represents Professor Robert Gaudino’s emphasis confronting biases through immersive engagement with otherness and, through that experience, learning to know ourselves more deeply and differently.

  • Gulielmensian: Williams College yearbooks
  • Digital copies of the Williams College yearbook.

  • History of Williams and Higher Education
  • Collection of objects, photographs, and ephemera.

  • John Milton Holley Papers (1777-1836)
  • Letters that were written and received by Milton Holley (1777-1836) and his brother Myron (1779-1841) during their time at Williams College.

  • Moving Image Collection
  • Reformatted and born-digital videos and films from Williams College Archives.

  • Oral History Project Abstracts
  • Abstracts of unrestricted interviews made with Williams College faculty, staff, trustees and alumni. Interview transcripts are also available, but only in the Chapin/Archives' reading room.

  • Photographic Collection
  • Digitized photographic material from Williams College Archives Photographic Collection.

  • Presidential Induction Speeches
  • Transcripts from Williams College Presidential induction ceremonies from 1936-1985.

  • Printed Materials
  • Materials from Williams College Archives collections including publications, diplomas, menus, and other printed documents.

  • Psalmodi project
  • Images from the records of the Psalmodi archaeological dig that was led for many years by Professor Whitney Stoddard. The dig is now led by Whitney Stoddard's son, Brooks Stoddard (Class of 1960).

  • Reily Scrapbook
  • Documents Michael Reily's time as a student at the Woodberry Forest School (high school years) and Williams College (Class of 1964).

  • Richard Henry Winslow Dwight Collection
  • Material from the Col. Ephraim Williams, Jr. volume (#50) of the Dwight Collection which presents a variety of documents pertaining to the life of the College's Founder and the history of the local Williamstown area.

  • Shaker Collection Highlights
  • Works by and about the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing from the Shakers' first theological treatise published in 1790 to the most recent scholarship concerning this utopian society. The manuscript portion of the collection includes account books, journals, and photographs.

  • Shaker Song Books
  • Hymnals from the College Archives Shaker Collection.

  • W. Allison Davis (1924) and John A. Davis (1933) Lecture Series
  • Materials from this Williams College lecture series sponsored by the Davis Center and the Oakley Center.

  • Williams College Black Student Union and Afro-American Society Records (selections from)
  • This collection documents two prominent student organizations at Williams College: The Afro-American Society and the Black Student Union (active since 1972).

  • Williamstown and Williams College Map Collection
  • Maps of Williams College and surrounding areas.