News and Exhibits

Shishmaref doughnuts

I chose the "Eskimo cook book" to highlight indigenous contributions to our cookbook collection. This book was written by students of a day school in Shishmaref, an Inupiaq town on an island in the Chukchi Sea. The children compiled recipes reflecting the unique combination of indigenous and European-influenced traditions of their town. Continue reading »

Miss Leslie’s pound cake

This week's Rare Books Bakeoff features Archivist Sylvia Kennick Brown: Preparation of the cake coincided with our puppy's first birthday. Because the 1830s recipe includes nutmeg, however, Mishka couldn't nibble at the leftovers. Yes, nutmeg is poisonous for dogs. Continue reading »

“Their Wonderful Mechanism”

Microscopic image of a fly

“Their Wonderful Mechanism”: Looking at Bugs in the Age of Enlightenment, a display by graduate art history student Troy Sherman, Class of 2021, opened in the Special Collections Instruction Gallery in March just as the libraries were closing due to the pandemic. The exhibition, drawn from books in the Chapin… Continue reading »

Williams Black Lives Matter Project

Williams Black Lives Matter Project, 2020

Faith Rodriguez images, 2020. Williams Black Lives Matter Project. Williams Special Collections. Williams Student Union and Williams Libraries are collaboratively putting out a call out for submissions from all Williams students, staff, and faculty for photos, videos, poetry, art, and reflections on… Continue reading »

Services Summer 2020

While Massachusetts is gradually re-opening, the college's remote work policies are still in effect, therefore the library facilities remain closed. We are planning for a phased re-opening through the summer, but at present the conditions of access  and use remain unchanged. Online library services remain available. Read on for more information, or send your questions through the Ask A Librarian service. Continue reading »

Virtual Exhibit Now Live!

Just before we all left campus the libraries opened several new displays. Whether or not you had a chance to visit, check out this virtual version of the display in Sawyer Atrium, Beyond Zines here. More displays coming soon!… Continue reading »

It’s thesis time!

Thesis students and advisors: remember that theses are submitted electronically using our online form. The deadline for submitting your thesis to the College Archives this year has been delayed to May 31. Further details on submitting your thesis and obtaining a personal copy can be found on the… Continue reading »