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Chapin in ScientEphic Blog

Elizabeth Jacobsen, Class of 2016, has published a fine article, “Chapin Rare Books Library Unites Science and History”, on the Williams College Science Blog, The ScientEphic. In addition to commenting on some of the ways the Chapin collections cross academic disciplines, Elizabeth’s post serves as a reminder that students and faculty in all departments of […]

The Laws of Williams College, published 1795 on display in Sawyer Library

The Laws of Williams College, published 1795, is on display for a limited time in conjunction with exhibit The Libraries of Williams. Located in the level three entrance directly across from the circulation desk, the exhibit showcases the original printing of the Laws, images from old Sawyer Library, images from Stetson Library, and an image of […]

“A is for Archival Artifacts” on Display in Archives/Chapin Galleries!

The new Sawyer Library complex is open. And, this means Archives and Special Collections and The Chapin Library’s shared reading room and gallery spaces are available for research by appointment and perusing.  On display in Archives/Chapin Schow connector gallery is the Archives’ exhibit  “A is for Archival Artifacts.” Showcasing everything from 19th century barbells, black […]

Lonnie Youngblood and the Redcoats in Baxter Hall, November 17 1961.

Lonnie Youngblood in the Redcoats played Baxter Hall Nov 17 1961. Sponsored by Williams Class of 1965,  the event highlighted  Youngblood on the saxophone, who played “twistable” music. Although somewhat unknown at the time of the Williams performance, Youngblood famously went on to record and perform with Jimi Hendrix. Listen to Ronnie Youngblood! (Listen close– […]

Shaker Collection Highlights Digitized

Please browse our recently digitized Shaker Collection Highlights. The collection includes resolutions adopted at the Shakers 1905 Peace Convention, a pamphlet on vegetarianism, songbooks, advertisements, and the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearance’s first theological treatise (1790). Browse the digital collection here. -JGD Vegetarianism Among Shakers Shaker Cloak Shakers at Orchard Beach   […]

Williams College Kappa Alpha Dormitory, circa 1885

Archives and Special Collections were recently gifted two photographs (gift of Gordon and Karen Clark, class of 1951), circa 1885, detailing the interior of a Kappa Alpha fraternity house. Showing Herbert J. Brown’s (class of 1885) dormitory room, the decor includes a stand complete with sheet music, a desk overflowing with textbooks, handheld fans, an […]

Caricatures Donated to College Archives

“I just recall a man making the rounds of the fraternities and quickly drawing many of the members,” recollects Dick Debevoise, Class of 1946.  We know no more than this about how and why George Pal came to Williams to draw student caricatures in 1946. Happily two of Pal’s drawings survived and were gifted last […]

Michael Reily (Class of 1964) Scrapbook Digitized

With support of a gracious donor, a wonderful scrapbook collection of news clippings, photographs, sports ephemera, and awards relating to Michael Reily (class of 1964) was reformatted by Williams Archives and Special Collections into digital form for preservation and access. Please browse the Reily Scrapbook here. While at Williams, Reily established himself as one of the […]

Alumni Weekend Donation: WW II Correspondence of Williams Fraternity Brothers

Williams alumni weekend brings many wonderful guests to the Archives. Nancy Clapp (class of 1987) was no exception,  donating a wonderful collection of correspondence and photographs pertaining to her father, Charles Clapp II (class of 1945) and his Psi Upsilon fraternity brothers. Using a mail service in order to share their writings with their “delegation,” […]