News and Exhibits

Historic personal papers collections processed

detail of peck correspondence

Spring 2019 intern Julia Callahan arranged and described two collections of personal papers in Special Collections. Housed in the College Archives, the Ezra Jones Peck correspondence comprises letters between Peck, a Williams 1851 graduate, and his Zeta Psi fraternity brothers. The second collection, in the Chapin Library, is… Continue reading »

Monument Man

Daniel Chester French and seated Lincoln model

Harold Holzer, one of the leading historians of Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, will speak at Williams College on Monday, April 29 about the life and work of American artist Daniel Chester French. Holzer recently published the biography Monument Man: The Life and… Continue reading »

Hedera Mutante: Changing Ivy

Hedera helix or ivy from Dodoens herbal

“Hedera Mutante”, or “Changing Ivy”, is a new exhibition in the Special Collections Instruction Gallery (Sawyer 408). This display of botanical illustrations of ivy, largely from the collections of the Chapin Library, was researched and written by Graduate Art History student intern Brandon Scott. It will be on view… Continue reading »

Renovation in Schow Gallery

Pardon the disruption! On Tuesday, April 9, electrical work will commence in Schow Gallery (Sawyer 455). We expect that access to the exhibit “For Such a Time as This”: 50 Years of Africana Studies at Williams may be disrupted until the end of the work, which is scheduled to be… Continue reading »

Paul Whiteman: Radio Performance Rights Advocate

This guest post is written by Katherine M. Leo, a 2018-2019 Paul Whiteman Collection Fellow. Learn about the Fellowship and find out how to apply here. We often think of Paul Whiteman (1890-1967) in his public persona as the beloved “King of Jazz.” The Paul Whiteman Collection at… Continue reading »

University of California System and Elsevier: what the end of their negotiations means for Williams

The University of California System ended negotiations to renew their license to the Elsevier ScienceDirect service and all the attendant access to the scholarly journals published by Elsevier. UC is the first big academic library system to walk away from this kind of negotiation in the United States. Why should we at Williams be concerned with what happens in a large, public, statewide, research-intensive consortium a continent away? Continue reading »

Paul Whiteman Collection Fellowship

The Paul Whiteman collection began its tenure at Williams College in the 1930s, with initial donations from Paul Whiteman himself. Throughout the years, Whiteman and his family added to the collection, as did Whiteman admirers and scholars. The result is the 586-linear foot Paul Whiteman collection, which is… Continue reading »

Hold the dates for Tuesday Teas 2019

Image of promotional poster for Tuesday Teas Series

The Library Tuesday Teas will host professors Julie Cassiday (April 9), Chad Topaz (April 16), Aparna Kapadia (April 23) and Neil Roberts (April 30). 4PM. Sawyer Library Stetson Reading Room. All Welcome. Detailed Schedule and Program Continue reading »