News and Exhibits

Williams Foodways

Food is ubiquitous but such a meaningful part of our lives.  Williams Foodways presents photographs, letters, menus, yearbooks and account books to uncover what we ate, where it came from, where we ate and with whom from the 1790s to the present.  Come experience salmon wiggle on rusk as well… Continue reading »

Keeping up with library catalog enhancements

Since we launched the new library catalog in July 2016, we’ve been gathering feedback from users about what works, and what doesn’t. In response to what doesn’t work, we’ve made a number of enhancements to improve the user experience. Visit our catalog enhancements page to see what we’ve… Continue reading »

A World of Comparisons

A World of Comparisons documents European efforts to make sense of the diversity of humankind during the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. Writing in a wide variety of genres, from dictionaries and grammars to histories, geographies, travel accounts, and costume books, Europeans sought to understand other people… Continue reading »

Williams Reads Display

image of book cover of Exist West

Companion exhibit to Exit West, the 2019 Williams Reads book. Designed by Research Services Summer Student Nasir Grissom, the display is organized around three central themes in the book: nativism, imaginary borders, and connection . Read the Curator's Statement Copies of Exit West are available at Sawyer Library, Schow Library and the Williams bookstore.  Continue reading »

Williams Presidential Records processing

Over the past eight weeks the presidential records interns for summer 2019 arranged and described the papers of William College’s ninth and tenth presidents, Tyler Dennett and James P. Baxter III. Though our primary goal was to make these papers accessible by standardizing titles, delineating the papers into series, and… Continue reading »

Theatre Festival actors read the Declaration of Independence

This year’s reading will take place inside Sawyer Library. On July 4th the Chapin Library and the Williamstown Theatre Festival will once again mark Independence Day with readings of the Declaration of Independence and other American documents. Sawyer Library, 1:30 p.m., admission free. Actors (Priscilla Lopez, Warner Miller, Thomas Sadoski,… Continue reading »