News and Exhibits

Rare Astronomy Books on Display

Copernicus solar system diagram 1543

On view in the Special Collections Instruction Gallery (Sawyer 408) through mid-September are important works in the history of Astronomy and Astrophysics, from Copernicus to Newton, chosen from the collection of Jay and Naomi Pasachoff on deposit in the Chapin Library. The display is in honor of Prof. Pasachoff’s… Continue reading »

The Great War at 100

Lady Liberty sketch by C.B. Falls

Marking a century since the end of the First World War, and in conjunction with Williams courses to be taught in Fall Term 2018, the Special Collections department presents “The Great War at 100: Williams College and Beyond”. In the Schow Gallery (Sawyer 455), items from the College Archives… Continue reading »

It’s thesis time!

Thesis students and advisors: remember that theses are submitted electronically using our new online form. Paper release forms are no longer required. Further details on submitting your thesis and obtaining a personal copy can be found on the Special Collections website. In order for your thesis to appear… Continue reading »

New Schow Exhibit: a.periodicity

In the 1960’s, Hao Wang and Robert Berger produced a set of aperiodic tiles with matching rules that, if used to completely cover the plane, produce a pattern that is not similar to itself under translation. Smaller sets were discovered in the subsequent years, until the 1970’s when… Continue reading »

New Sawyer Exhibit: Stacks as Artifacts

One of the case from REL/CLAS 215 Spring 2018 Final Project

Featuring the final projects of students in REL/CLAS 215, “The New Testament: From Word to Book”, includes 24 New Testament selected by students from Sawyer Library or the Chapin Library. Focusing on the Gospel According to John, each student draws our attention to how one specific material feature of their New Testament works to make that New Testament a particular type of meaning-making thing. Materials from the Chapin Library used for this class, are on display in the Special Collection Teaching Gallery. Continue reading »