New Exhibits: "Taking Place, Making Space" and "Spaces for Living and Learning"

Collage of modern dorm building, students in classroom, and blueprint labelChange has a history. In a new pair of coordinate exhibits, the Chapin Library and the College Archives explore communities, campus, and our built environment through historical photographs, books, manuscripts, and artifacts.

In planning for a college campus, we draw on the current needs of our communities, as well as centuries of cultural experiences of group living. “Spaces for Living and Learning” offers views into spaces where people gather outside of nuclear family groupings.

“Taking Place, Making Space: Campus Planning and its Connections to Community at Williams College, 1918-2022,” explores moments of change to the physical Williams campus and to the general Williams community through six different themes of campus planning and change.

Curator Ruth Kramer ’22 writes: “It is my hope that this exhibition will allow each of us to understand the Williams community now by understanding the Williams communities in the past; understanding how the space and place of Williams has evolved is a form of preparation for the future. Change can be intimidating, but looking into the outcomes of history and the lives of the people who were a part of it allows for comforts of stability and reassurance that change can bring forth better community, advancements of accessibility, and possibilities rooted in equity.”

These coordinate exhibits will be on display in the Special Collections galleries (4th floor of Sawyer Library) until late summer.