ASC services during COVID-19 remote learning

Effective March 17, the campus has transitioned to remote work. Archives and Special Collections is closed with no staff on site until further notice. We appreciate your understanding.

Archives and Special Collections staff is here to support you. We understand that this is a very disruptive transition, and we're here to support you in any way that we can. We've put together a guide for Doing Research Remotely, and research help will be available via phone and email.


The Archives & Special Collections at Amherst College holds over 80,000 books and 11,000 linear feet of archival materi­als. The department houses major collections of Emily Dickinson and Richard Wilbur books and manuscripts, along with one of the largest collections of Native American literature in the United States. It is the official repository for institutional memory of Amherst College, including records pertaining to academic programs and departments, College administration, alumni activities, and student life. The history of Amherst College and the local community is extensively documented through books, manuscripts, photographs, film, and objects. Other strengths of the collections include: natural history, especially ornithology; missionary activity; travel literature; theater history; international politics and diplomacy, and social justice and activism. Read more about our collection development policy.

Learn more in Plan Your Visit, Frequently Asked Questions, and our blog, The Consecrated Eminence.