Color Our Collections

As a general practice we discourage bringing paints, colored pencils, and crayons into Special Collections (for all the obvious reasons). We know you’re disappointed. But here’s the next best thing: The Special Collections Coloring Book.

Make your mark on these rare images from the Williams College Archives and the Chapin Library of rare books without facing a hefty fine. The pictures in the coloring book range from a 15th-century page from the Nuremberg Chronicle to 20th-century line drawings of campus buildings.

College Archives is home to the history and records of Williams College. Its collections encompass more than 8,000 linear feet. The Chapin Library contains some 70,000 books and more than 100,000 manuscripts, prints, drawings, and photos. Both the Archives and the Chapin Library actively support up-close learning and research using rare and unique materials.

Few special collections libraries in the U.S. equal or surpass Williams’. Come see the originals any time. We are located in Sawyer Library and open to the public. We recommend making an appointment before you visit.

Share your masterpieces with us: tweet @LibrarEphs using #colorourcollections!