News and Exhibits

Transcribe-a-thon: Help Write the History of Williams

On Wednesday March 1, join us in the Stetson Reading room 7:00-9:00 to learn to transcribe historic documents. Turning handwritten manuscripts into typed documents helps to make them more discoverable, readable, and searchable. We will focus on documents relating to the early history of Williams College, including a diary… Continue reading »

Williams Goes Modern: Architectural Drawings from the College Archives

Modern architecture came slowly to Williams College. Colonial Revival was the rule until the building of Driscoll Hall in 1963. But long before this, the college was experimenting with modern ideas, and it was often students who took the initiative. A student campaign persuaded the college to build its first modern infirmary, complete with a surgical operating room. And it was a student-run fraternity that tried to give the campus its first completely modern building (but which gave it one of its ugliest). Continue reading »

National News Literacy Week, Jan 23-27

News Literacy Week, Jan 23-27

Join the libraries in celebrating National News Literacy Week, an annual event that underscores the vital role of news literacy in a democracy and provides audiences with the knowledge, tools and abilities to become more news-literate. Continue reading »

Special Collections Summer Research Fellowships

Williams students, apply for a summer research fellowship! These fellowships are designed to fully support use of Library Special Collections (the Chapin Library or the College Archives) over the course of a summer. During a fellowship, students work closely with library staff to continue an ongoing project or delve… Continue reading »

New Exhibit: Realizing Utopias

Now on display in Sawyer Library's Lipmann Atrium, this exhibit shares work from students in REL/STS 219 who explored pragmatic realizations of radical hope, articulating bold visions for emancipatory communities of the future. Continue reading »

Exhibit Opening: Poetry and Second Wave Feminism

Join us for cider, coffee, and pastries on Monday, December 12, from 11am-12 pm in the Special Collections galleries on the fourth floor of the Sawyer Library for a curated exhibition put together by the students in ENGL, WGSS, AMST 113: The Feminist Poetry Movement. The exhibition features writings,… Continue reading »

Digital collections now searchable in Library catalog

New Way to Access Williams Digital Collections

New Way to Access Williams Digital Collections Williams Digital Collections, including complete runs of the Gul and Record, senior theses, faculty scholarship, and the Alumni Review, can now be accessed through the library web page. This material, formerly accessed through the Unbound site, is now conveniently integrated… Continue reading »

Confidential Disposition (Shred) Day 2022

Confidential Disposition (Shred!) Day will be Wednesday January 11th, 2023. All records must be collected by noon, Tuesday January 10th (details below). To support a more sustainable campus and to promote better business workflows, Williams Office of VP Finance, Operations, and Treasurer and the records management program (Special Collections,… Continue reading »

New Exhibit: Zines Respond: Recognize, Reclaim, Resist

In a collage style image, a hand holds a megaphone above blue waves.

In response to bias incidents on campus, the zines in this exhibit were chosen to to demonstrate how the authors RECOGNIZE histories of oppression and their effects on the targeted communities, RECLAIM personal experiences of oppression in the hopes of redefining oneself, and, ultimately, finding ways to RESIST hegemonic structures, both individually and within a collective.  Continue reading »

New Sterling A. Brown Playlist Released

Throughout his lifetime, D.C. Native, Sterling Allen Brown wore many hats. Novelist, poet, essayist, literary critic, and educator extraordinaire, SAB was also considered a top authority on folk music and blues. His participation in events such as the 1952 Jazz Roundtable panel session, “Jazz and the American Popular Culture,”… Continue reading »