Archive for the 'Williams history' Category

J. Brooks Hoffman, M.D.

The death on June 11th this year of John Brooks Hoffman, M.D., Williams College Class of 1940, brought to a close a long and enjoyable relationship with one of the Chapin Library’s greatest friends. Brooks loved his country and its history, and collected American documents with a keen eye for quality and importance. Many of […]

Exhibit Featuring the Life and Legacy of James A. Garfield

Scholarship and Statesmanship: James Abram Garfield The Williams College Archives and Special Collections is hosting an exhibit April-August 2015 that details the life and legacy of Williams Alum, James Abram Garfield (Class of 1856). The exhibit will feature highlights from his time as a student at Williams, service in the military during the Civil War, […]


In support of the Book Unbound initiative, Professor Edan Dekel and College Archives co-curated an exhibit highlighting the first library collection of Williams, now known as the 1794 Collection. Purchased by the first Williams President, Ebenezer Fitch, the catalogue lists a diverse assortment of over 360 volumes, divided into such categories as: arts and sciences, voyages and travels, […]

“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 […]

Chesterwood Archives Grow

A second group of documents has been transferred to the Chapin Library from Chesterwood, the former Stockbridge, Massachusetts country home and studio of the sculptor Daniel Chester French. The bulk of the Chesterwood Archives was given to the Library in June 2010, but plan files and a few boxes were kept back for further sorting. […]

Honoring Seniors and Alumni

Archives and Special Collections and the Chapin Library will be open special hours for both Commencement and Alumni Reunion weekends. Seniors, alumni, family, and friends are welcome to visit us in our temporary quarters at the Southworth Schoolhouse, corner of Southworth and School streets. For Williams College Commencement, we will be open from 10:00 a.m. […]

Chapin & Archives Podcast

Wayne Hammond, Assistant Chapin Librarian, and Sylvia Kennick Brown, Williams College Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, are featured in a podcast newly added to the Williams online multimedia collection.In an interview with Sean Pegado, Class of 2011, they spoke about the activities of the two special collections departments at Williams, highlighting for the Chapin its […]

Williams Mascot Spotted in Historic Photograph

In one of our favorite photographs a cow has somehow found its way to the front of Griffin Hall. This is one of the entrancing images of Williamstown and Williams College shot by Warren in 1865. Beyond the mascot-related cuteness the photograph also reflects a fascinating period in the town’s development. When housing lots were […]