News and Exhibits

New all-gender restrooms in Sawyer

We are pleased to announce the conversion of one set of multi-stall restrooms in the Sawyer Library to all-gender restrooms. We hope this small change contributes to making the libraries more inclusive and supportive of all members of the Williams community. Continue reading »

Exhibit: Arts of the Book in Asia

From palm-leaf manuscripts to Chinese handscrolls and Islamic codices, books have long served as vehicles of religious, cultural, and artistic expression in Asia. Owing both to their portability and status as vehicles of knowledge, books have acted as agents of exchange in the continent for centuries,… Continue reading »

It’s thesis time!

Thesis students and advisors: remember that theses are submitted electronically using our 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 in… Continue reading »

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 »