Special Collections Exhibit Handlists

Materials from exhibitions in the Chapin Library of Rare Books and the College Archives & Special Collections.


A Fisherman's Library
A Fisherman's Library
Exhibition featuring books on fish and fishing, chiefly from the collection of Robert A. DeVilbiss (Williams 1933), gifted to the Chapin Library of Williams College.
A World of Comparisons
A World of Comparisons
In the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, the peoples of the world interacted with increasing frequency and intensity all across the globe. A World of Comparisons documents European efforts to make sense of the diversity of humankind during this era. Writing in a wide variety of genres, from dictionaries and grammars to histories, geographies, travel accounts, and costume books, Europeans sought to understand other people and places.
Center for Environmental Studies: 50 Years Strong
Center for Environmental Studies: 50 Years Strong
Exhibition celebrating 50 years of the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies.
Churchill: The Life of a Politician and Author
Churchill: The Life of a Politician and Author
Exhibition of selections from the Winston Churchill collection of John C. Walsh (Williams 1954).
Claiming Authority: Do Authenticity, Reliability, and Authoritativeness still matter?
Claiming Authority: Do Authenticity, Reliability, and Authoritativeness still matter?
In 2016, the Association of College & Research Librarians adopted a framework for information literacy in higher education. Librarians use this framework as a tool to interrogate the principles that undergird our consumption of information. One of the frames, Authority is Constructed and Contextual, inspired the current exhibition — a spotlight on the traditional components of authority in an increasingly uncertain information environment.
Design Envisions: Envisioning Design
Design Envisions: Envisioning Design
An exhibition inspired by the books of Edward R. Tufte held in the Chapin Library at Williams College from September 22 to November 3, 2000.
For such a time as this: Fifty years of Africana Studies at Williams College
For such a time as this: Fifty years of Africana Studies at Williams College
The Spring 2019 exhibit in Schow Gallery celebrates fifty years of Africana Studies, an interdisciplinary field of study that emerged during the 1960s Freedom Movements, and that expands our knowledge of the vast experiences of people of Africa and the African Diaspora. Commemorating Africana Studies at Williams College is a recognition that, even in the rural hills of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Black Lives have always and continue to matter. The exhibit theme, FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS, celebrates the formal presence of Africana Studies at Williams from 1969 to 2019 while denoting cyclical time in our history, where tides of student, staff, and faculty have had unique impacts upon the study of the Black Diaspora. The exhibit is designed to do five things: 1) to note the ways in which the “souls of Black folk” have left a permanent imprint on this particular Berkshire space; 2) to reveal Africana Studies’ role in helping to make that imprint; 3) to account for a work of building community that requires continuous tending; 4) to recognize the at time thorny relationship Black Williams (and Africana Studies) have had with this institution; and 5) to remember the people and moments that have been instrumental to the life of Africana Studies at Williams College.
Frank Lloyd Wright, collected by Robert P. Fordyce, class of 1956
Frank Lloyd Wright, collected by Robert P. Fordyce, class of 1956
Exhibition featuring selections from the Robert P. Fordyce (Williams 1956) collection of works relating to the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, gifted to the Chapin Library.
Herman Melville: A retrospective of his works on the 150th anniversary of Moby-Dick
Herman Melville: A retrospective of his works on the 150th anniversary of Moby-Dick
Exhibition of the works of Herman Melville from the Chapin Library collections.