News and Exhibits

First World War papers in the Archives

Spring 2018 intern Brad Havill arranged and described several collections of personal papers in the College Archives, including collections of correspondence and photographs from two Williams graduates who served in the First World War. Continue reading »

Happy Birthday, Paul Whiteman!

Paul Whiteman wearing tuxedo

The acclaimed international showman and band leader was born on March 28, 1890 in Denver, Colorado. His father, Wilberforce, was a music director for the public school district, and young Paul began his musical studies at age three on a toy violin, advancing to the real thing when he turned seven. Continue reading »

The Scrapbook Challenge

A scrapbook from the Paul Whiteman collection

Open one of the 224 scrapbooks in the Paul Whiteman collection, and you’ll find anything from concert reviews to photographs of Whiteman and his daughter Margo at a horse show or an interview with Whiteman’s father, Wilberforce. There are images printed on photo paper, delicate pages torn from magazines, and thousands of articles on yellowing sheets of brittle newsprint. The scrapbooks have been an interesting series to work with not only for their content, but for the opportunity they provide to consider the challenges of archival preservation. Continue reading »

From First Edition to Second Wave

A selection of recent acquisitions on view in the Steven Schow ’81 Gallery February 21-May 10, 2018 demonstrates the variety of material being acquired by Williams Special Collections through gift, transfer, and purchase. Highlighted here are materials ranging from a seventeenth-century work of natural history to twentieth-century products of… Continue reading »

“Whiteman’s Burden”

The diets of contemporary celebrities are often the subject of much conjecture, with comments coming from “a source close to the star” and color photos featuring the “before and after” printed in countless magazines for sale in the supermarket. In the early 1930s, Paul Whiteman’s 100-pound weight loss made him the focus of such attention. Continue reading »

Alice in Williamstown

White Rabbit as herald

Honoring Williams Winter Carnival’s “Alice in Winter Wonderland” theme, editions of the “Alice” books and other works by Lewis Carroll are on view in the Special Collections Instruction Gallery, Sawyer 408. Choice items from the Chapin Library feature art by Sir John Tenniel, Salvador Dali, Pauline Baynes, John Vernon… Continue reading »