News and Exhibits

Imagining American Union

America has always been in search of a more perfect union. The sheer diversity and size of the country, while a great blessing, is also a constant source of strife: how can so many different people agree on the common good? Who is allowed to craft this myth? How do… Continue reading »

Our Sun

Now on display at the Schow Science Library, books featuring the topic of our sun and eclipses. Presented in conjunction with Professor Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy, and the Sigma Xi Spring Lecture Series, these books have been selected by and from the personal library of Professor Pasachoff. … Continue reading »

“Take Due Notice” of Native presence and absence

In this Chapin Gallery exhibit on view until May 12, 2017, Library Special Collections contributes to the campus-wide dialog sparked by the Log mural depicting Ephraim Williams and Hendrick Peters Theyanoguin, and contextualizes the relationship between Williams College and Native Americans. Library collections reveal the presence of Native Americans in… Continue reading »

The Map as Narrative

We’ll always have Paris . . . at least until the end of March, in the exhibition The Map as Narrative: Cartographic Evolution of Parisian Space, 1836–2015. Now on view in the Special Collections Instruction Gallery (Sawyer 408), this display stems from the honors thesis of Hannah Benson, Class of… Continue reading »

Eyewitnesses to History

During Winter Study in January 2017 seven Williams students participated in History 13, “Eyewitnesses to History: American Treasures in the Chapin Library”, taught by Charles Dew, Ephraim Williams Professor of American History; Lori DuBois, Research Services, Williams Libraries; and Wayne Hammond, Chapin Librarian. For a final project, each student selected… Continue reading »

Celebrating 200 Years of Geology at Williams

Map of northwestern Massachusetts, 1819 The latest exhibition in the Steven Schow ’81 Gallery in Special Collections highlights 200 years of Geology at Williams. Specifically, it recognizes four nineteenth century professors who were pioneers in the study of the local area and in the pedagogy of their emerging… Continue reading »

How to renew your books

A few days before books are due, you will receive a notice telling you which books are due. Books that are available for renewal can be renewed online in your Library Account. Continue reading »

Beardsley’s Salomé

Aubrey Beardsley’s pictures for Salomé by Oscar Wilde have long been notorious. From their first appearance they were subject to alteration or replacement, according to the sensibilities of editors and publishers. The new display in the Special Collections Instruction Gallery (Sawyer 408), “Veiling and Unveiling Salomé“, examines this issue with… Continue reading »

Natural History Books in the Chapin Library

Birds and beasts, fishes and insects, plants in the wild and under glass: all of these figure in the new exhibition “Natural History in the Chapin Library: Purchased on the Tobias Cabot Fund”. The Tobias Cabot Fund – named after the donor’s cat! – allows the Chapin Library to purchase… Continue reading »

Student Portraits on Display

Drawings from students in ArtS218 are in display in Sawyer (Hallways Level 3 and 2). The course examines the historical, contemporary, private and social roles of portraiture and studies the complexities—physical and psychological—that have historically been selected to represent the appearance of others and the self. On display until Friday November 4. Continue reading »