News and Exhibits

Natural History Books in the Chapin Library

Birds and beasts, fishes and insects, plants in the wild and under glass: all of these figure in the new exhibition “Natural History in the Chapin Library: Purchased on the Tobias Cabot Fund”. The Tobias Cabot Fund – named after the donor’s cat! – allows the Chapin Library to purchase… Continue reading »

Student Portraits on Display

Drawings from students in ArtS218 are in display in Sawyer (Hallways Level 3 and 2). The course examines the historical, contemporary, private and social roles of portraiture and studies the complexities—physical and psychological—that have historically been selected to represent the appearance of others and the self. On display until Friday November 4. Continue reading »

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert, combines scientific analysis with personal narrative to describe extinct or near-extinct species while simultaneously providing the reader a historical perspective on the concept of extinction.   Stop by the Schow display case and see works selected by our summer student assistant Andy Castaneda ‘18. … Continue reading »

The Banning of Books

The banning of books has a long history. See examples of banned or censored books from the Chapin Library in the Special Collections Instruction Gallery, Sawyer 408, through the end of October. Presented in conjunction with a panel discussion on freedom of inquiry, Thursday, October 6th at 4:15 pm in… Continue reading »

Shakespeare and His World

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow: but only a few tomorrows remain before the Chapin Library exhibition “While Thy Booke Doth Live”: Shakespeare and His World closes on Tuesday, October 11th. See it now in the Chapin Gallery, Sawyer 406, Monday–Friday, 10:00–5:00. The display includes all of the folio editions of… Continue reading »

Summer Fellowship Photos

What does a Summer Fellowship Look Like?  Check out the photographs taken by fellowship recipients.  Through the photos, you will travel to Spain, the Philippines, Japan, Russia, Cuba, China, and beyond. Located in the Class of 1987 Forum, Sawyer Library. For more information, visit the Williams Fellowships web site. Continue reading »

Color Our Collections

As a general practice we discourage bringing paints, colored pencils, and crayons into Special Collections (for all the obvious reasons). We know you’re disappointed. But here’s the next best thing: The Special Collections Coloring Book. Make your mark on these rare images from the Williams College Archives and the… Continue reading »